Four years ago I wrote about selection sets in AutoCAD. All of these commands still work great but at that time the SELECTSIMILAR command was only available in AEC versions (Civil 3D, Architecture, etc.) of AutoCAD. I am happy to say that since version 2011 the command has been available in plain AutoCAD as well! Read more »
When you have a drawing with a lot of XREFs in it, the amount of layers shown in the “Layers” toolbar drop-down can increase dramatically. I started noticing as the amount of layers in the drawing increased, at some point they started being displayed in random order.
Here is a site that helps you learn AutoLISP in plain English. You will be guided slowly to create your own AutoLISP program! Check it out…
I’m not sure how this happened but one day my coworker was trying to select multiple objects after starting a command but AutoCAD forced him to select one object at a time unless he explicitly told it to do a crossing window by typing C at the select prompt. This was very frustrating!
After asking around, someone in our office figured out that “Implied Windowing” was turned off.
If you ever run unto this, here is how you fix it:
Type PICKAUTO into the commandline and change it to 1.
I’m lazy so I like less keystrokes. For example when I am running the PEDIT command on an object that isn’t a polyline, I don’t want to be prompted with this every time:
Do you want to turn it into one? <Y>
According to the AutoCAD help file, “Reconciling new layers is the process of manually reviewing new layers so that you can avoid potential errors before plotting your drawing or when restoring a layer state.” Read more »
I hope you had a good New Years. I sure did! I’m just getting back to blogging after a holiday break.
Have you ever been frustrated that your hatch patterns always cover other objects no matter how many times you set the draw order to send it to back? Read more »
I am trying to understand why companies use the “unitless” insertion scale (UNITS, INSUNITS) in their drawings as a standard. I’m sure there are uses for it, but I am having a hard time understanding. If you set your drawings to “unitless”, leave a comment here and tell me your reasoning. Read more »
There may be times when you would want to turn on/off the dialog box when inserting an attributed block into your drawings. For example, if you are creating a script or macro that inserts an attributed block you might want to set ATTDIA to 0 (zero) at the beginning so that the it will prompt for attributes on the command line only. Read more »