First, I want to thank Lee Ambrosius for stepping up to the plate for the month of January where he took our understanding of customizing up a notch and gave us some pretty cool insights into writing AutoLISP and Scripts routines. He humbly failed to mention that he is the co-author of the "AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies" book, and you can read a few chapter excerpts on his website, www.hyperpics.com.
Sometimes when I'm training, I tell my customers that my goal is to help them go home sooner than they would have if they didn't know the shortcuts I'm there to share with them. I'm just there to help them learn how to shave moments off their daily routine. Like your waiter shaving a pile of parmesan onto your pasta, I'm there to pile up the shortcuts.
This month has what I would consider to be three shortcuts along with an opening article on a practical application for the Wipeout object.
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One of my first training gigs of the year was with my friends up at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. All of the AEC disciplines were represented since they all worked with the University Architect's Office. We were talking about reflected ceiling plans and how you could put a 2′ x 4′ fixture in a 2′ x 2′ ceiling grid… but what were we supposed to do with the intermediate line. Check. This. Out.
Before You Begin…
Many of you know how I feel about Tool Palettes, especially my customers. Since this exercise involves making a block, open your dedicated Block Source drawing (The Basics, March 2006) before beginning the following steps.
Bonus Points: To enable the block to be rotated when you place it in the drawing, right-click on the block on the palette, then click properties. Set the Prompt for Rotation to Yes. (Power Tool, September 2004) And DO NOT drag the block from the palette to place it. Simply click on it, breathe, then move into the drawing and place it as necessary.
Extra Credit: By default, AutoCAD is configured to NOT snap to Hatch objects. If you're placing this fixture in a reflected ceiling plan generated with a hatch pattern or two, that can be very aggravating. Go to Odd Spot, September 2006).tab and in the lower left corner, turn off the setting to Ignore Hatch Objects (
Time for another button on a palette and here's one that will save a few steps. You know how the PSLTSCALE variable needs to be configured by Layout (The Basics, April 2006)? That is one of those things that can get really annoying, especially since you have to run a Regen after establishing the desired value. Once you have set the desired Layout to be active, in the following Command String, you switch to Model Space, set the Psltscale variable, then Regenall, just in case you have more than one viewport to configure.
First, be sure you have a non-Continuous linetype in Model Space that has an LTSCALE set to a value greater than 1.
Let's say you copy a viewport and in viewport A you see one portion of your drawing, but in viewport B you want to see another portion of the drawing that is directly to the right of the current view. Wouldn't it be handy to be able to pan with, essentially, Ortho On? (This works whether you're using the wheel button to pan or Realtime Pan from the Standard Toolbar.)
After launching the command, position your Pan cursor where you want it… then hold the Shift key down before you pan the drawing left or right, up or down. Cool, huh?
Anyone who has created a Leader using May 2007), but if you still use the Quick Leader command, here's a real simple trick.(QLEADER if you're using A2008), has probably wanted to have more than one leader line to the same text. Yes, AutoCAD 2008 has a Multileader feature (
Legos to the Moon! - There are 75 Lego bricks for every person on the planet. Snapped together, ten columns would reach to the moon.
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