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Michael’s Corner - June/July 2015

Once Upon a Time

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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Lock your viewports!

Display lockedThe zoom factor of your viewports is crucial because it affects the plotted scale of your drawing. So, once you have set your viewport scale, it's a good idea to lock your viewport so that you don't inadvertently change it. To lock a viewport, select it in paper space by picking on its boundary and then right-click anywhere within the viewport. Select "Properties" from the right-click menu and the Properties panel will appear. In the "Misc" section, click on "Display locked" to activate the pull-down and set the value to "Yes".

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