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resullins

So, I never realized that people didn't know this, so just in case, I'll post it!

 

In a 3D drawing, holding down the SHIFT key and clicking your mouse wheel in (like you're panning) will allow you to Orbit without having to invoke the 3DO command.

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bgingerich

The LISP new line switch can be used in the CUI for making the text in buttons multiline.

 

For example typing "User Interface" into the name box of the button/command will display the name on one line.

User Interface
Typing "User\nInterface" into the box will display the text like:
User

Interface

See the attached image for further clarification.

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Chris.E_AllaboutCad.com

Here's a tip that I think might be of value: 

 

For anyone finding themselves with dimensions that have different scales from paper space to model space you may use DIMLFAC.

 

DIMLFAC allows you to dimension in paper space that is associative in scale to the drawing in model space. Just type it in and set the value to 1, to use dimension for both model and paper space  

 

Cheers,

-Chris E., AllAboutCad.com

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Chris.E_AllaboutCad.com

One of the tools that we often forget is the Quick Select Tool.

 

We can use Quick Select Tool to select the layers/ blocks that we want to isolate. This is extremely useful for those with specific layers, (Furniture Layer- Interior; Furniture Layer ref- Ceiling) because from there you can influence how the block behaves. An example would be using blocks for different specific sheets (Architectural- walls only, no furniture; Interior- Furniture only no lighting; Lighting Plan, Furniture setting in dotted outline; and so on.)

 

To access this tool, we can right click into the model space and pick it from the drop down list. Pick the one with the lightning and an arrow. Pick the drop-down to select an entire drawing, from the properties you may check the layers you want to change.

 

Cheers,

-Chris E., AllAboutcad.com

 

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Chris.E_AllaboutCad.com

Earlier I was pondering about layout commands and somehow found myself juggling between PSPACE and MSPACE. When you happen to click on a layout window and zoomed in too much (that you thought you lost the Plot Area). You can type PSPACE to return back to your Paper  Space / Layout.

 

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Chris.E_AllaboutCad.com

Oops, you did it again -and again. We often push ourselves  to beat the deadline that we are very mush prone in making mistakes. Sometimes, we only realize those mistakes once we are almost finished. So much, that it might be gruesome to CTRL+Z and lose all the work we did. 

But fret no more, the OOPS might just what we need. by using the OOPS command, we can safely travel back to our past work while retaining what we recently finished. Sounds science fiction right? Maybe, you just have to try it yourselvt. Oops

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Chris.E_AllaboutCad.com

Navigating 3D modeling is quite hard with a single window, sometimes we wish we have multiple monitors to see things in different angles. To create a split screen (similar to 3DSMax -plans, elevations, perspective in one window), where you can view 4 or more windows simultaneously, you can use the command -VPORTS or access this option in the View Tab.

 

You can check more about this functionality here: https://allaboutcad.com/draw-with-tiled-viewports/

 

-Chris

 

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Chris.E_AllaboutCad.com

To move around between model space and layout space is easier via CHSPACE.  By using this tool, you can literally copy and paste components from the model space to layout space without losing its attributes such as scale. Hope this tip can help someone, somewhere.

 

Cheers,

Chris

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RobDraw
On 5/14/2020 at 11:42 AM, Chris.E_AllaboutCad.com said:

Oops, you did it again -and again. We often push ourselves  to beat the deadline that we are very mush prone in making mistakes. Sometimes, we only realize those mistakes once we are almost finished. So much, that it might be gruesome to CTRL+Z and lose all the work we did. 

But fret no more, the OOPS might just what we need. by using the OOPS command, we can safely travel back to our past work while retaining what we recently finished. Sounds science fiction right? Maybe, you just have to try it yourselvt. Oops

 

Why didn't you explain what OOPS does?

 

FYI, it replaces the last objects to be erased, that is all. Not quite as powerful as this post makes it out to be.

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Chris.E_AllaboutCad.com

You can instantly set your CAD to automatically save your work every 10 minutes using the SAVETIME command.

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Chris.E_AllaboutCad.com
On 5/22/2020 at 4:47 AM, RobDraw said:

 

Why didn't you explain what OOPS does?

 

FYI, it replaces the last objects to be erased, that is all. Not quite as powerful as this post makes it out to be.

Hi Rob,

 

Apologies, if it came across to you that way. Yes, it may not be that powerful,  but let's say it's a go to command before there was even an undo or redo but nonetheless it still useful.

All the best,

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Chris.E_AllaboutCad.com

VIEWBASE command in Autocad allows you to generate orthographic views from your 3D model. To use it, you have to be in your paper space or layout view.

 

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Chris.E_AllaboutCad.com

It is frustrating to work on a file that you can't figure out the problem is. OVERKILL is a command that you may use to remove duplicates or problems in your drawing. To use it, select the drawing or CTRL +A, enter command OVERKILL and select OK. You may also try and use AUDIT or PURGE to aid this command. 

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Chris.E_AllaboutCad.com

Sending this tip to who might need it.To convert a 3d view or object to a 2d drawing, you may use the FLATSHOT command. This command works similar to how a screenshot works nowadays, although in this case FLATSHOT usually takes the edges of the drawing and uses that to create a flat version of the model even if it is in isometric view.

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tombu
Posted (edited)

Using Ctrl+A to select all when an active command prompts "Select Objects" kicks you out of the command by default.

In the CUI Keyboard Shortcuts → Shortcut Keys → active pick the "Select All" (with the green check) change the macro

^C^C_ai_selall

 to 

$M=$(if,$(getvar,cmdactive),_all,^P_ai_selall ^P) 

Now it works both in or out of a command.

 

The default Shortcut Key macro for toggling groups is:

'_setvar;pickstyle;$M=$(if,$(eq,$(getvar,pickstyle),0),1,$(if,$(eq,$(getvar,pickstyle),1),0,$(if,$(eq,$(getvar,pickstyle),2),3,2)))

 Changing it to 

^A

still toggles groups but also indicates the status at the command line with either <Group on> or <Group off>. Was the default 25 years ago, not sure why they changed it.

 

Whenever commands prompt to "Select objects: " you can enter "?" to see all the selection options like "F" for Fence, "L" for Last, or "P" for Previous.  Of course you don't need to enter "?" to use them.

Edited by tombu
Added two more tips.

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