This Week's Software Tips
Congratulations August Drawing Winner
Kathleen Clevenger won the August drawing for a $100 gift card. Submit your tip (see guidelines below) for your favorite CAD software. Kathleen's tip, Easy Client-Specific AutoCAD Settings, was published in the August 4 edition. 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.
Alex Borodulin shared this tip for using objects to add revision clouds (Revcloud command), making this procedure faster and performance easier. When prompted, specify a start point or [Arc length/Object/Style] <Object>. Press Enter or type O, then select a single Object on the screen. To download a program related to this tip, visit this NYacad Web site. Thanks, Alex!
John L. Loudermilk wrote to say, "Since multiline attributes behave much like mtext, I've replaced standard block attributes with multiline attributes for two distinct advantages: I can adjust the width of a multiline attribute (to fit as required), and I can mask a multiline attribute (to hide objects under attribute)."
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL:
This feature is new in AutoCAD 2008. For more information, check out this blog entry from JTB World.
Brent Daley offered this tip: "When you get a lot of xrefs into your drawing, your layer list can populate with well over a thousand layers. Then your layers can get mixed up in your pull-down list. The MAXSORT system variable sets the maximum number of items sorted in a list. The initial value is 1,000. If you find you are having a problem with your layers being out of whack, bump this number up to 5,000."
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL:
The maximum for the MAXSORT system variable is 32,767. A value this high shouldn't be a problem for today's high-speed computers. With drawings becoming more and more complex, this is a good reminder. Thanks, Brent!
Note: These follow-up tips have not been tested by the Cadalyst Tip Patrol.
Follow-up: Bullet Lists in Revit
Several readers notified us about a glitch in the tip regarding making bullet lists in Revit in the August 25 edition. Some pointed out that the tip works fine while you are in the text, but as soon as you click outside the text, your bullets disappear. We haven't forgotten; the Tip Patrol is still looking for a fix for this. If you know how to avert this problem, please share the secret with us and we'll pass it on.
MicroStation Tip: Preferences in a Pop-up Menu
Oscar Albornoz, vice-president for technology, Axiom International, shared this easy way to add your MicroStation v8 XM workspace preferences to a pop-up menu:
Select Workspace / Preferences from MicroStation's Main Menu bar.
Select the Input category along the left side.
Click on the Reset Pop-up Menu option list and select Click.
Press the OK button.
Now try it out! Move the mouse anywhere inside any view and press the Reset button. The pop-up menu now includes the Pop-up Menu Options. Select to open the Preferences dialog box.
Axiom offers many MicroStation Tips on its MicroStationTips.com Web site.
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:
By submitting code, you grant Cadalyst the right to print and distribute your code in print, digitally, and by other means. Cadalyst and individual authors retain all rights to the code; published code is not to be used for commercial purposes.
- Submit only code and other tips that are your original work (or provide the original source so we can include proper credit).
- Tell us which software version you use.
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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