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SSX and UCSFOLLOW Commands
December 20, 2004
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Welcome to our first newsletter!
Once I decided to develop an AutoCAD newsletter, my biggest obstacle was choosing a theme that would be most beneficial to its members.
After some pondering, I began recalling my “newbie” days as an AutoCAD user.
It dawned on me that the most exciting of ACAD times were the days of learning something new.
Learning something that would make my
job more interesting, quicker and easier – that was excitement to me.
I’m sure many of you reading this newsletter may agree that the REAL
training and learning with this drafting software comes from on the job
experience; sharing tips, tricks and shortcuts with your
fellow CAD operators.
Autodesk had recently introduced the “Fence” selection tool and the CAD users in the office were unaware of its existence. One of the staff had mentioned how great it would be if AutoCAD came out with a utility that let you trim multiple lines at once.
As soon as I heard
that I felt the adrenalin rush to my head knowing I was about to give these guys
a great tip that would give me a little more respect as a newbie in the office.
I told them about the fence tool and how to use it – they were like kids in a
Of all the selection tools in AutoCAD, I use SSX the most. It’s a handy useful tool that gets things done quickly, in my opinion. Sure the “Quick Select” tool has more whistles and bells, but I like the simplicity and speed of this tool. I use SSX mostly to group similar entities. For instance, let’s say I want to modify all the “30DR-90” blocks in a drawing.
1. Type SSX, Enter.
2. Now choose the desired entity with the selection box. (for my example I would choose a “30DR-90” block), Enter
3. SSX now displays the number of “30DR-90” blocks it found and holds the selection set in memory for use with the next command., i.e. “206 found”
4. Now here’s the great part: If I want to MOVE, COPY, CHANGE, ERASE, SCALE, (or whatever modify command I want to use) I simply select or type that command followed by “P” for “Previous” (previous selection). So if I wished to ERASE all the “30DR-90” blocks found the command would be “ERASE”, “P”.
5. Presto! All the “30DR-90” blocks are gone.
I especially find SSX useful when I want to export attribute information to a text file for modification in Excel. SSX grabs all the blocks I need and then I use the Express Tool “Export Attribute Information” followed by “P”. This sends the data on its way in a flash.
The SSX command also has other filter tools to help narrow your search. Play with it and you’ll soon find SSX a useful tool in your AutoCAD arsenal.
See you next time :)
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