Automate Sheet Setup with Action Macros

Recording an Action Macro

Although there’s no shortage of ways to customize AutoCAD, nearly every one requires some familiarity with programming. Given the barriers of learning a programming language, I find so many of the AutoCAD users I come across simply survive with the tools they already have verses learning to create new ones. This is the fundamental reason […]

Use Performance Monitor Gadget to keep AutoCAD Virtual Memory in Check

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In July I provided a first look at Project Photofly, an uber-cool technology from Autodesk that lets you build 3D models from photographs. Now I’ll admit it’s difficult to exceed the cool-factor of something like Project Photofly. Still that doesn’t mean Photofly’s slightly less glamorous cousins are any less attractive and/or useful. Performance Monitor for […]

Maximize the Power of Page Setups by Importing

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Continuing the topic of using Named Page Setups (started with my last post titled “Name That Page Setup and Win (Save) Money”) to help you more efficiently manage plotting I wanted to take a look at how you might implement their use in the real world. The true versatility in Named Page Setups is found […]

Name That Page Setup and Win (Save) Money

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AutoCAD provides an almost infinite number of possibilities when preparing a drawing for plotting. Setting up drawing to plot is like an artist making a reproduction of a painting; the two paintings will look very similar, but they’ll never look exactly the same. This is much like plotting in AutoCAD; you’ll probably find the right […]

Creating Zoom Macros with the Action Recorder

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I can’t speak for the other vertical products out there, but both Land Desktop and Civil 3D have a handy assortment of Zoom Macros. These Zoom macros include things like ZE for Zoom Extents, ZP for Zoom Previous, and so on. Although both LDT and Civil 3D are built atop the beloved AutoCAD platform, these […]

Display Drawing Mode Icons as Text

Despite my best efforts I never had the chance to blog nearly as much as I wanted from Autodesk University 2009.  Suffice to say, with 4 on-camera interviews, 3 classes to present, 1 lab to assist, and a partridge in a pear tree, it was a busy week. Ok, so maybe I made up the […]