This Week's Software Tips
Setting up INSUNITS
Al Thibault sent this tip about the INSUNITS variable and why users need to know how it works. "Have you ever inserted a block or an entire drawing into your current drawing and noticed that it 'magically' scaled upon insertion?" View the complete tip and post your feedback.
More Buttons = More Power
Brad Rose shared a tip about using a five-button mouse to increase his efficiency in CAD. "This is a tip that I thought users might not know about. After setting it up, I would be lost without it." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Shane Wells submitted this tip for getting instant access to Osnaps. "Do you ever find that your Osnap settings don't have the option you need autoselected? Normally you would have to exit your command and reselect your Osnap settings through the Osnap manager, right? No more of this!" View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Layer Off in Viewports
Chris Kuenning sent in a tip discussing the freezing of layers in viewports and how to control the Freeze settings to get the command to work the way you want it to. "To change this setting enter Layoff at the command prompt; enter 'S' for Settings; enter 'V' for Viewports; enter 'O' for Off. Now you can turn layers off in peaceful bliss, knowing that when it's time for Layon, all entities that should be there, will." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Convert Hatch to Associative
Alex Borodulin of NYacadshared one of his AutoCAD tips, Hatch Edit, to fix a hatch, add a boundary, and convert hatch to associative.
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