I hope you all are looking forward to the upcoming holiday season, no matter what hemisphere you're wandering around in at this time. In an effort to brighten your AutoCAD day, I wanted to bring you another 3D treat from A2007. The Presspull command is pretty simple and has quite a bit of potential. Some of that potential can be reviewed in the Help screen… which just happens to be the coverage in the Basics section this time.
As for this month's Power Tool, regardless of your take on that annoying DYN button, it does have some pretty useful stuff incorporated into it, especially when you are querying information about existing objects. And for all of us who have been diehard fans of the Express Tools Layer Manager, heads-up. Take a look at the Odd Spot and make plans to redirect your layer state efforts toward the Layer States Manager.
By the time you read this, Autodesk University 2006 will be in the archives and Las Vegas will… still be Las Vegas. There are, however, numerous sources from which you can acquire significant AU content. First, take a look at www.autodesk.com/au to see what's available for browsing or download. You may also want to take a look at the AU blog of my friend Shaan Hurley, http://autodesk.blogs.com/between_the_lines/.
Have a blessed and safe holiday season, one and all!
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This one is so-o-o easy and so-o-o cool! The Presspull command creates a 3D solid and, when once you've worked with it, you'll see it is simply the logical, graphic progeny of the Extrude command.
I will say here and now (again, I'm sure) that I'm not a fan of the DYN button that was introduced in A2006. However, while training my Level I students at University of Louisville a couple months ago, I made some interesting discoveries… and it's not often that I make discoveries in a Level I class, but when I do, I'll admit to 'em.
Quick History Lesson. The Express Tools have, as many of you know, had an interesting history. In the Express Layers collection, there was a wonderful feature called Layer Manager in which you could name layer states… including, to its credit, layer states within viewports.
Beginning in AutoCAD 2006, named layer states created using ExpressLayersLayer Manager could ALSO be opened in the Layer Properties ManagerLayer States Manager.
Here & Now. Yes, in AutoCAD 2007 you can type LMAN and get the Express Layer Manager dialog box. However, the Layer States Manager (accessed from the Layer Properties Manager) does NOT list the named layer states created using LMAN.
Could this be a subtle "hint" on the part of Autodesk that LMAN is being phased out? We'll know soon enough but my hunch is "probably". So, starting now, I'd be saving layer states using the Layer States Manager.
I have used AutoCAD's Help feature dozens of times, I'm sure. While writing this month's column, I went over to the Help screen to see if there were any variables that related to the Presspull command.
When authoring one of the Training Courseware books for Autodesk, I consulted Help extensively to learn about the (then) new Sheet Set feature… and that was before the software was on the streets!
Needless to say, Help is where it's at.
Birthday - Telesphorus, the second Bishop of Rome (125-136 AD), declared that public Church services should be held to celebrate "The Nativity of our Lord and Saviour". In 320 AD, Pope Julius I and other religious leaders specified December 25 as the official date of the birth of Jesus Christ.
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