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Here's this months tips and tricks...
#1) Put a
smile on your boss’s face :) Setup an effective AutoCAD Document Management
Why is managing your AutoCAD documents so important? Simple -- because it saves
you TIME and your company MONEY. And we all know what makes the bo$$ happy…
We've all had at least one day of joy when we had to search through the hard
drive or server to find a drawing that was worked on 3 months ago, but no one
can remember its name. And how long did it take to find it? Oh yeah, I remember
As you'll see, setting up a simple AutoCAD document management system can do
keeping you organized and a little less frustrated. Read the
full AutoCAD document management article…
#2) Don’t be a Scrooge, Share Your AutoCAD Tips
Our AutoCAD Tips reviewer has been pretty bored lately. Remember the Maytag man
from the TV commercial? Sitting around waiting for a call…
Well that’s poor Joe here at
Twiddling his thumbs; waiting to receive your helpful AutoCAD tip. Good
thing we’ve got Joe keeping the front walk cleared from all the snow. Just
kidding Joe ;)
Seriously folks, I know many of you are just sitting on some great AutoCAD tips.
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#3) Subscribers Corner: Q & A
Here are some answers to questions we received from some of our readers:
Q. Is there a way I can trim many items at once?
A. If you have several objects that extend beyond a cutting edge, try
using the “Fence” object selection method.
Current settings: Projection = current Edge = current
Select cutting edges...
Select objects: pick the desired cutting edge, Enter
Select object to trim or [Project/Edge/Undo]: F, Enter, Start the fence at
one end of the multiple objects to be trimmed (left
mouse click) and drag it
across the other objects to be trimmed (left mouse click again).
If you play with it, you’ll get the hang of what can be accomplished from there
Q. Should I turn off or freeze a layer?
A. When you freeze a layer AutoCAD hides the frozen entities and does NOT
perform regenerations (REGEN). If you are working with a large size
drawing file, lengthy REGENS can be time consuming and slow you down while
working. It’s best to freeze layers when working with large files, but
keep in mind that AutoCAD does perform a REGEN once you thaw the layer.
When you turn off a layer, AutoCAD hides the off entities but DOES perform
regenerations. Consider turning off layers when the drawing file size is not
that large and you regularly change the layer's visibility. Once you turn on a
layer, the entities are shown without a regeneration being
Freeze All Layers
Here’s a simple macro that you can use to freeze all visible layers (except the
current layer of course) that I use quite often. It is similar to
isolating a layer, except it freezes all the layers instead of turning them off.
I utilize this macro within a customized icon.
Thaw All Layers
Same deal here, except this macro thaws all
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