Last month we did some Spring cleaning, this month we're going to have a Yard sale. Here in the US, when things pile up in the basement or garage, we put them out on the garage apron or out in the front yard near the street. This month we have Estate Items which are things I should have covered long ago that are legendary features that still have many versions left in them.
Then we have the Fix-It Table and Odd Lots which both contain a few items you may find useful and informative when things aren't coming out as you had hoped. Pots and Pans of course are fundamentals that have their place even if it's not every day… but they probably will be. Thanks for hanging with me this month as I just needed to get this information out to you and giving you just four this month wasn't going to cut it.
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A couple of very useful options were included in the Hatch routine over the last few versions. Specifically the ability to create separate hatches as well as the ability to specify a start point for the hatch. The latter can also be accomplished using Snapbase, but the separate hatches feature is pretty fine.
Note: If you are adding a 2' x 4' lighting fixture to the ceiling grid and need to snap to the intersection of the hatch patterns, you will need to go to Options and make sure you clear the check box for Ignore Hatch Objects. The default is On.
When the Create Separate Hatches box is checked, a single hatch procedure will result in each hatch area being recognized individually.
Prior to the introduction of DesignCenter, virtually every AutoCAD user knew how to create a DWG using the Wblock command. They could then use the Insert button to insert that DWG into any other DWG. It is still an important command, especially if you simply want to create a DWG of the floorplan so you can Xref it back in.
One of the side effects of Wblock is that the draw order of all objects is reversed. Objects drawn most recently, appear as though they were drawn way back at the start of the drawing. This isn't of much importance these days, but in the days before it was possible to control the display order of objects, this was a really neat trick.
I recently came across some users that turned off the grips! That's nigh on to sacrilegious, but then I got to thinking, well, maybe that's not a bad idea. So I started a list of why grips are a good thing and came up with the following:
In the meantime, I would be very interested in hearing where or when you use grips. I'll post your replies in July.
If you receive drawings from someone and there is a dialog box that pops up regarding a .shx file, in the lower left corner of the that dialog box is the name of the file AutoCAD is unable to find. Chances are it's a bigfont, too. So here's what you do.
Now when you re-launch AutoCAD and open that drawing, AutoCAD will see the font and open the drawing without the dialog box. You should do that for a font called "Special.shx". That's one that seems to have a life of its own and is not part of the AutoCAD Font collection.
Another option is to set the value for Fontalt to Simplex.shx. That will substitute the Simplex font when AutoCAD can't find the one it's supposed to have with that drawing.
Images and Wipeout objects have frames. Each object has its respective procedure to turn the frames on or off.or . Don't do that anymore. If you need to toggle the frames for images and/or wipeouts on and off, use the variable TFRAMES.
The command is actually called Burst but it's on the Express menu under Blocks as Explode Attributes To Text. As shown in these three figures, the first illustration shows the attributed block including room name and number. If it's exploded, you see all the attribute definition tags. If, however, you use the Express tool, you get something a little less wacky and retain the integrity of the values for the visible attributes.
Beginning in AutoCAD 2006, an option was introduced to the Zoom command called "Object". You can either click the button on the Zoom toolbar, or launch the Zoom command and then enter O for the Object option. You can use any object selection procedure, but as soon as you press <Enter> those objects fill the drawing window!
Use the Area command to query an area and the result is displayed on the Command line.
This is the strangest thing. If you didn't install Express Tools in A2006/A2007 when you first installed the program, if you put in the install CD, it will Auto-Launch and tell you that AutoCAD is already installed… and won't let you Add a program.
OK, so put in the A2006/A2007 Installation CD, then go to Windows Explorer. Double-click ACAD.MSI to run the "Add or Remove Programs" from the CD, and check "Express Tools". OK then Finish.
The age old question: So, if dog years are age x 7, how do you tell the age of a horse in people years? The age of the horse is age x 3 plus 8.
Courtesy: A visit to the Kentucky Horse Park.
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