This Week's Software Tips
Congratulations November Drawing Winner!
Bill Karkula won the November drawing for a $100 gift card. Bill's tip, Block Counting, was published in the November 10 Tips & Tools Weekly.
Submit your tip (see guidelines below) for your favorite CAD software.
If we publish your tip, we'll send you a Cadalyst T-shirt, and each
month Cadalyst editors will randomly select one published tip and send
a $100 gift card to its author.
Attention Tip Fans: Changes in the Works for Newsletter Tips
Beginning with today's edition of Tips & Tools Weekly, readers will notice some changes in the works regarding how we share tips. All the latest software tips are now posted in full on Cadalyst's new CAD Tips site. A brief description of each new tip will appear in that week's newsletter to alert readers of the update and link to the full tip description and comments from the Cadalyst Tip Patrol. On the CAD Tips site, registered users can rate and comment on each tip, pose questions to the author, and tag favorites.
We hope you'll enjoy all this new functionality, including the ability to search the tip archives and to find all the tip detail and reader follow-up in one place. Send your suggestions and feedback about this new process to firstname.lastname@example.org. Now, on to this week's new tips!
Multiple Drawings in Taskbar
Karen Tomajko sent us Access Multiple Drawings via Taskbar for accessing multiple open drawings. Her solution makes the drawings visible in the taskbar so you don't have to use the Window pull-down menu. Karen uses this tip in AutoCAD Map 3D 2008, but it also works in AutoCAD and all AutoCAD-based verticals. View the full tip
Larry Kibel needed a way to close an AutoCAD drawing while making sure certain settings are the way he needed them to be. He sent us Exit Macro, which adjusts a variety of system variables before closing a file. It's a nice way to make sure you know how your file will react. View the full tip
Read DWFx Files Without a Viewer
Brent Daley sent us a link where users can download the software that enables Windows users to open and Read DWFx Files Without a Viewer. This is a good tool to have when you need to send files to clients, vendors, and competing firms. View the full tip
Layer Freeze – Extra Settings
Don Bentz wrote in about an often overlooked feature of AutoCAD's Layfrz command -- the Settings/Undo option. Don's tip, Layer Freeze Ð Extra Settings, explains how to use the settings to optimize the Layfrz command. View the full tip
Follow-up, Clarification: Quick 3D Solid
Jack Kriz wrote in about the Quick 3D Solid tip in the November 24 edition. He asked, "Exactly what command is issued to use the CTL/ALT assist?" The response from the Cadalyst Tip Patrol: There is no command!! That's the cool thing about it. Users can create a solid object from existing linework without starting a command. In fact, it seems to be starting the PRESS/PULL command without starting the command, because Press/Pull works the exact same way. Here's how it works:
Get some linework that is closed, meaning an area similar to what could be hatched. Press and hold the CTRL key and press the ALT key (both at the same time). While holding these two buttons, drag the cross hair around your linework you want to make a solid from. That area will become highlighted. Let go of the buttons and drag your mouse up/down/sideways to create the solid. It does work exactly like the PRESS/PULL command.
Submit Your Tip for your favorite CAD software. If we publish your tip, we'll send you a Cadalyst T-shirt, and each month Cadalyst editors will randomly select one published tip and send a $100 gift card to its author. Please remember:
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Tips & Tools Weekly software tips for AutoCAD are reviewed by Cadalyst staff and the Tip Patrol before publication. Use all tips at your own discretion, please, and watch later editions of this newsletter for updates and corrections. We're sorry, but editors and Tip Patrol members cannot provide assistance with technical problems; please refer to Cadalyst's Hot Tip Harry-Help discussion forum.
Sincere thanks to our volunteer Tip Patrol members: Brian Benton, Don Boyer,
Mitchell Hirschklau, R.K. McSwain, Kevin Sawyer, and Billy Wooten.
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