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This Week's Software Tips
April Tutorials Now Live Online!
The latest editions of all your favorite Cadalyst tutorials for AutoCAD as well as SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Inventor, Alibre Design, ArchiCAD, MicroStation, Revit and more are now live on Cadalyst.com.
Get the Code for April!
Cadalyst’s April code from Hot Tip Harry is now available for download. This month's
$100 winner is AutoCAD Excel Interface from Q.J. Chen, a routine that transfers text information stored in a grid layout (table) into an Excel worksheet by just locating the corners of the table.
Cut Out Layer Filters and Cut Down File Size
Timothy C. Doyle sends this reminder about an oldie-but-goodie routine to trim AutoCAD file size: "AutoCAD allows you to build and save layer filters. These filters increase file size and migrate from drawing to drawing when you use simple commands such as Wblock, Cut/Paste and Copy/Paste. A small LISP routine deletes several or all layer filters easily -- using it, my office is experiencing drawing file size reductions from 10% to 80%." The original routine, Delete Layer Filters I (by R. Robert Bell, July 2003), is available from Cadalyst's Get the Code! download site. Thank you, Robert Bell!
More Follow-up on Block Redefine
R.K. McSwain follows up on the recent Block Redefine Without Exploding tip with another option: "Starting with AutoCAD 2006, the Block Editor (Bedit) command can also be used to redefine internal block definitions."
Setting F Keys in AutoCAD 2006
Billy Wooten writes in response to Stephen Rien's recent request for help with setting osnaps to F keys, which in AutoCAD 2006 requires a different approach than in previous versions. Wooten answers: In 2006, the Help file contains almost all the information you need to customize the F keys. The problem is that the Shift key automatically precedes any assigned F key. To overcome this, just follow the steps listed. When the dialog box asks for an F key to assign, hit the space bar in conjunction with the desired F key. This should show the assignment without any modifier key."
Temporary Override Keys in AutoCAD 2006
And finally this week, Mitchell Hirschklau sends this bit of advice: " With respect to the temporary override keys, we've found that if you are in the new CUI and are trying to create what Autodesk now calls shortcut keys (the old ***Accelerators keys), if you highlighted the shortcut keys and right-click to bring up the menu, an option for New appears, and the New option automatically defaults you to the creation of a new , temporary override key -- not a shortcut key!
"We found two workarounds to this for shortcut key assignments:
1. Drag (copy) a command up to the shortcut keys, then edit the copied item for content, key assignment and so forth.
2. Edit the MNU files of your old, pre-2006 AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT software, import via the CUI and drag your old ***Accelerators keys over as new shortcut keys. Note: If you thought you would pull out just the old ***Accelerators part of the menu, you're going to have to rename it as ***MENUGROUP=SKEYS for the CUI to read it. (See the
AutoCAD 2006 white paper, "Customizing the User Interface Through the CUI Editor (PDF)," by Lee Ambrosius, page 18.)
"By the way, importing an old menu allows you to assign some shortcut keys, which the 2006 CUI doesn't otherwise permit. For example, you cannot create NUMPAD shortcut keys in the CUI, but you can import old ones!"
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