This Week's Software Tips
Douglas Lerner sent us a routine that will assist in exporting the coordinates of objects/points from an AutoCAD file. "This routine exports coordinates of picked points to a file. Coordinates are exported in decimal format at maximum precision regardless of what the drawing units or precision settings are." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Jon Jonas discusses different ways to move around in a drawing using different forms of the PAN command. "This is useful if you have multiple versions of a drawing in model space and want to change from one to the next version being seen in the viewport and have it show up in the exact same space." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Turn Off Notices
Jim Lampe gives us a tip on eliminating the RECONCLIE LAYERS prompt in AutoCAD. "Put this ACADDOC.LSP file into a folder, which is listed in your Support File Search Path (Options>Files). That way each time a drawing is opened, the notifications will be turned off." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Frame Your Text
Perry Medina uses this trick to create an automatically expanding outline around his text. The trick is to use a multileader and then do a quick grip-edit of the leader so that the leader has a length of zero and is essentially invisible. "In the Leader Structure tab, first change the Set landing distance to zero, then uncheck the Automatically Include Landing check box." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
And More Tips!
Following are this week's reminders, tidbits, and miscellaneous updates from the Cadalyst Tip Patrol.
Print Screen: Use this button on your keyboard to make a copy of what is displayed on your screen and add it to the Clipboard. Use Print Screen to copy the entire screen or Alt+Print Screen to copy only the active window. You can copy any CAD drawing and paste it into other applications -- for example, paste into a Word document for a quick reference sketch.
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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. 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 for assistance with AutoLISP and other AutoCAD customization questions.Sincere thanks to our volunteer Tip Patrol members: Brian Benton, Don Boyer,
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