If you are now the proud user of A2007 and really don't have a practical need for all the new 3D-related bells & whistles… this issue is for you. There have been several articles in Michael's Corner regarding named views, so I have updated the knowledge-base with a quick overview of the features found in the new View Manager. A2007 also corrected the missing piece of the CUI that enabled customization of the double-click action. (Can I get an "Hoorah" for that one!?) Take a look at how to get the Refedit dialog box to come up when you double-click a normal, non-attributed block.
Slowly but surely Express Tools features and commands are making their way into the core product, Revision Cloud being the most obvious; all the way from the old R14 Bonus collection. In addition to creating a whole new toolbar ( Layers II ) for the formerly-Express layer-related routines, A2007 now includes Change Space which you will find in the Odd Spot this month. And last but far from least in my estimation, is the ability to add commands to the tool palette, directly from the CUI!! No, really, you can now drag commands out of the CUI! Gotta love that one.
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Over the last several years I have written a number of articles on the use of named views: April 2005, September 2004 & June 2003. The procedure to create a named view is the same as in the earlier releases, however in A2007 you will find some subtle adjustments and some very useful additions.
Note: If you do click Apply before clicking OK to close the View Manager, the named view requested is restored to the drawing window prior to clicking Apply. This enables you to see if that's the named view you want. This is a nice feature especially if you have several named views in a Layout or if you're searching for that perfect display in a Preset View.
Since there are always at least two working environments in all drawings… Model Space and at least one Layout… sometimes we need to get objects from one location to the other.
Formerly found in Express Tools, the Change Space feature is now on the Modify menu (albeit relegated to the bottom). In the first figure, there is text in Model Space that should be the label for a viewport in the Layout.
|Caption in model space||Caption in paper space|
1 object(s) changed from MODEL space to PAPER space.
Objects were scaled by a factor of 0.00146276561534557 to maintain visual appearance.
(Yep, it's pretty important to scale that out to 17 point accuracy…)
Note: If you are going to change objects from the Layout to Model space, you need to be in the Layout before you launch the command, then you will be prompted to select the viewport.
Not sure what drove this change, but I'm sure it came from the masses who have customized AutoCAD for years and found it quite frustrating to be unable to drag anything out of the CUI. To give credit where credit is due, I found this tip in Ellen Finkelstein's monthly email that you can sign up for at www.ellenfinkelstein.com. After reading this, check out my January 2006 article on adding a blank tool to the palette using AutoCAD 2006.
Fly catching: With summer drawing to a close and the flies getting a bit slower, I thought it might be useful to know that a house fly takes off backwards. So cup your hand behind it, then sweep forward really fast and you should be able to catch it. What you do with it now is up to you.
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