Separate Annotation Scales Per Viewport

Dana Probert over at the Engineered Efficiency blog wrote about quickly changing your Civil 3D Drawing Scale with the new Annotation Scale. Using the Annotation Scale fly out on the Status Bar we can quickly change our Civil 3D Drawing Scale. Those familiar with previous versions of Civil 3D will recall having to go to the “Settings” tab from the Civil 3D Toolspace. So that tip helps us out when working in Model Space, but what about Paper Space.

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Making Blocks Annotative

If you have been keeping up with AutoCAD 2008, you know the idea behind Annotative Scaling as it relates to text. The general concept to make it possible to do in one object what once required we use multiple objects. I am of course speaking about copying a piece of text numerous times just so we could plot a drawing at different scales. Personally I would have been happy just to get Annotative Scaling with text in AutoCAD 2008, but the folks at Autodesk were apparently swinging for the fences as they have hit a home run. See, Annotative Scaling isn’t just for text; we can also dynamically scale things like blocks and hatches.

RSS Feed Reader Inside AutoCAD

RSS Feed Reader Inside AutoCAD 043007 0531 rssfeedread1If you frequent mine or any blog on the internet you have likely become familiar with a little thing called RSS feeds. RSS is of course an acronym, which depending on who you talk to has a few variations. The generally accepted definition for RSS is Real Simple Syndication. Many people who frequent a specific blog will add it to a feed reader.

The power behind RSS feeds are their flexibility. They can be added to an array of feed reading devices such as My Yahoo, Google Reader, even the latest versions of Outlook and Internet Explorer. Although each of these programs has their differences, the core similarity is the ability to group together multiple RSS feeds, effectively notifying an individual when a website of interest is updated. But even still what does all of this have to do with AutoCAD?

AutoCAD 2008 – First Look at Multileaders

Various notes & callouts can easily inundate a plan sheet making it hard to discern the actual design. Thus in the interest in making plan sheets more readable, a common practice is to have numerous leaders referencing a single note. Prior to AutoCAD 2008 the only solution was to trace over the original leader when drawing any subsequent leaders. It’s tough to call that practice a solution, as it was more a workaround, but at the end of the day it was all we had to work with. It likely goes without surprise that the ability to have numerous leaders “attached” to a single piece of text has been a longstanding AUGI Wishlist item. In the words synonymous with the 80’s band Queen – “Another one bites the dust”.

New functionality of the Layer Isolate (LAYISO) Command


I must begin by expressing my sympathies to all of those affected by the tragic events at Virginia Tech yesterday. Working in Richmond, Virginia (about 3 ½ hours from Virginia Tech) a large percentage of our engineering staff are Virginia Tech graduates. Today has been especially hard for them as many are learning old friends, and even old professors were among the group of individuals who sadly paid the ultimate price.

New functionality of the Layer Isolate (LAYISO) Command windowslivewriternewfunctionalityofthelayerisolatelayisoc c77ehokie hope thumb1 ***UPDATE (4/18/2007)*** As the news reports have continued to come in, I have recently learned the tragedy at Virginia Tech has touched my firm, Timmons Group, even more. Graduate student, Matt Gwaltney was a phenomenally bright individual who we had made a job offer was among the victims of April 16th. In memory of not only Matt, but all of the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy this Friday (April 20, 2007) has been declared a national “Orange and Maroon Effect” day (click left image for details). Likewise a memorial fund has also been set up. More information on it can be found on the Virginia Tech website. ***


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Introduced as “Bonus Tools’ in Release 14; layer tools such as Layer Isolate (LAYISO) are among the list of favorite commands for countless AutoCAD users. Since AutoCAD 2000 users have come to know the “Bonus” menu under its new name – “Express”. Quite simply the Express Tools are commands that Autodesk is nice enough to include in the software, but does not officially support. From time to time these commands “grow up”, earning their stripes, becoming full-fledged AutoCAD commands. In AutoCAD 2007 our beloved “Layer Tools” were among the commands to get their stripes and become full-fledged AutoCAD commands.

Linking Excel and AutoCAD with Data Links

Linking Excel and AutoCAD with Data Links 041307 1647Arguably the most valuable tool in the modern-day engineer’s toolbox is Microsoft Excel. People love Excel so much that after its launch in 1985 Microsoft redesigned the rest of the Microsoft Office programs to look more like it. Microsoft Excel’s dominance is undoubtedly tied to its flexibility. After all, I think it’s fair to say that nearly all of us have at least one Excel table that is “wickedly complex”. The introduction of OLE objects, and more recently AutoCAD Tables were noble attempts to synchronize AutoCAD with Excel, but still fell short for many real-world needs. What engineers wanted and needed was bidirectional synchronization between AutoCAD and Excel. Among the new features packed within AutoCAD 2008 is just that capability through use of Data Links.

Introduction to Annotative Scaling

As most know AutoCAD 2008 was released about 2 weeks ago on March 23. Perhaps the most exciting new feature in AutoCAD 2008 is what is known as “Annotative Scaling”. I have often referred to the 2008 release of AutoCAD as the “your wish is now a command release”, and Annotative Scaling is of the

Tool Palettes Auxiliary Scale

Many have discovered the power of Tool Palettes. Tool Palettes have a seemingly endless number of applications. Of the uses of Tool Palettes is the ability to categorically organize your block library. Blocks which relate to your drainage design can be put on a palette separate from those blocks relating to your utility design. By

Man that’s OVERKILL!!

On a somewhat frequent basis I get a call from a user desperate to rid their drawing of the plethora of duplicate objects that in one way or another has plagued their drawing. There is of course the grueling method of individually selecting each duplicated object and running the ERASE command, but surely there is

Adding & Deleting Viewport Scales

Embedded into the functionality of the viewport command is a list of standard viewport scales. These preconfigured scales allow a user to set the scale of a viewport in a matter of seconds. While the included scales save a lot of time for a fair number of the industry’s most common scales, it does not

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