One of the reasons I enjoy writing this column each month is that I get to learn about features that I had always wanted to look into but never had the time. The Layer Translator has been around for several versions and is something that those of you receiving drawings from outside sources may appreciate. My customers have - once again - come up with questions that brought me to the two legacy variables as well the variable to enable AutoCAD to remember the folders from which you open drawings. And, of course, there's another tool palette button idea for you, too.
I hope these insights bump your productivity a bit today so you can have a few more minutes with your family or favorite activity.
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Let's say you receive several drawings from the same contractor on a particular project and they use a layer named AR-Wall but your layer standard is A_Walls. AutoCAD's Layer Translator (located on the CAD Standards toolbar or from) may be the solution.
Ideally, you would have a "master" drawing or template which contains your layer list. Using Layer Translator, you can then "map" the other drawing's layers to your layers as you'll see in the following procedure.
Sidebar A: If you get "happy fingers" and mistakenly grab the wrong layer from the Translate From list, you will notice after you click Map that the mapped layers are displayed in the Layer Translation Mappings list. Right-click on the layer mistakenly mapped, then click Remove to put it back in the Translate From list.
Sidebar B: If you need to add a layer on the Translate To side to accommodate a layer from the Translate From side, click the New button to open the New Layer dialog box.
When my interior design customers add systems furniture to a floor plan they received from an outside source, they need to put on a few dimensions to assist the installers in the accurate placement of the first panel and the other freestanding components.
You will need a drawing with a dimension style and a layer you want to put it on.
Note: Under the General heading, notice that the Layer and the Dimension Style settings reflect the settings that were current when you added the dimension to the drawing.
One thing that has bothered me over the last several versions is when a Node snap marker comes up when I get near an Mtext object or an Attribute! What's up with that?? The other thing that is bothersome is the new Shift+Spacebar thing to cycle through objects occupying the same location (See October 2007, Odd Spot).
Well, there's a solution to both of them. One of my top-notch customers at Iowa State reminded me of the fix for the cycle through objects thing (Thanks, Paul; I hope your brother enjoyed his new Bowling Green "baby"), and the other one I just bumped into researching another customer's problem.
LEGACYCTRLPICK Set this to <1> and the method of cycling between objects reverts to the method used for many years where you put your pick box over the item, then hold down the CTRL key and click through the objects (See December 2003, Basics).
OSNAPNODELEGACY - Set this to <1> also and you effectively disable that curious Node snap feature that shows up when you're in the midst of a command requiring you to specify a point… and a Node snap pops up on the insertion point of an Mtext object or an Attribute.
In many Windows applications, you have the ability to designate the folder in which that program ‘looks’ when opening a file. The question is, how do you make AutoCAD ‘look in’ a specific folder?
The Rememberfolders variable in AutoCAD has two settings:
<1> Whenever you Open or Save (essentially when you encounter the Select File dialog box), AutoCAD will remember the folder of the drawing you opened last. This memory will also carry over after you have closed AutoCAD.
<0> Whenever you Open or Save, AutoCAD ‘looks in’ the folder specified as the "Start In" folder in the AutoCAD 2008 Properties dialog box of the AutoCAD icon you launched the program with. Use the following instructions to configure AutoCAD to consistently look in the same folder. [Note: This procedure may be subject to "Administration Privileges" on some systems.]
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