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One of my new-to-AutoCAD students nailed it this week, "I now realize just how much you can do with AutoCAD!" What's even more exciting is the relatively easy customization you can do if you know where to look… so here are a few places to turn your attention!
…Add a System variable to a Field on your Layout tab
…Assign an object snap to a Function key
…Display a toolbar in the Ribbon workspace of AutoCAD 2015
…Use the Copy option when you Rotate objects
I hope you have all had a grand summer. The highlight of ours was our son Joshua's graduation [BFA, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from the Art Institute in Cincinnati], so if anyone works where you could use a Production Assistant, please let me/him know!
Keep up the good work!
In the February 2004 and April 2004 articles, I mentioned a couple polyline-related features, but I have failed to mention how you can convert lines into polylines in order to take advantage of the benefits of polylines.
First, by way of analogy, geometry created with the Line command is similar to toothpicks laid end to end. It's a collection of line segments whose endpoints are co-incident.
Polylines, however, have knuckles; they're connected at their endpoints. To convert lines to polylines…
Tip: In AutoCAD 2004/2005, to suppress the prompt “Do you want to turn it into one?” that occurs after selecting the line to edit, set the variable PEDITACCEPT to <1>.
[Open/Join/Width/Edit vertex/Fit/Spline/Decurve/Ltype gen/Undo]
Next month I'll take a look at some of the other Pedit options and their relationship with other AutoCAD features.