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Hello friends and welcome to the June/July edition of Michael's Corner. "Everything changes and nothing stands still", to quote Heraclitus of Ephesus. And that is as true of the software we use as it is of everything else, although I suspect the speed of change may have increased since Heraclitus' day (he was born in 535 BC). Many of the changes to our software over the past few years have been for the better but there are one or two things that I just don't like.
25 years ago, my world was turned upside down by the renaming of a chocolate bar (yes, of course I'm exaggerating). Those of you of a certain age in the UK will know what I'm referring to. My childhood "Marathon" bar became "Snickers" and I've never seen it the same way since.
More recently a smaller but no less important (to me) change happened when Autodesk decided to replace the quirky dynamite image on the Explode button in AutoCAD with the rather more anodyne (read boring) image that we know today. Now I don't mind change but what we lost in that transaction is the quirkiness and personality that our software tools should have in order to brighten our day. Why use an icon that makes it look like we want our blocks to fall apart when we could be exploding them?
If you feel the same way as I do, Michael has a great article this month that shows you how to get your dynamite back. Of course, there are some really useful articles on other stuff too but this is the really important one, right? I'm not alone in thinking this am I?
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This tutorial introduces the 3D Scale and 3D Align tools. Although 3D Scale is a bit of a damp squib, 3D Align is very powerful and can get you out of all sorts of scrapes if you know how to use it correctly. Running time: 3min 42sec
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If you are unable to open a drawing for editing (read-only) because it is in use, and want to find out who has it open, start a new drawing, or go to a drawing you have open and type WHOHAS at the command line. Browse to the drawing file using the file dialog box and double-click the filename (or select the file and click the Open button). A small message box will appear, showing who is using the file, the name of their PC and when it was opened.
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