Getting the initial manuscript for my upcoming book AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT: No Experience Required submitted has made me fall behind on reading some of my favorite blogs. This morning I took a quick minute to get caught up on what’s happening in the blogosphere, and came across an announcement on the EE Civil3DPedia blog that made me double-check today was March 1, not April 1 (aka April Fool’s Day).
One of my biggest complaints about Civil 3D has been its lack of an easy way to manage styles and command settings across many drawings. It’s certainly not uncommon to add or even update a style to your companies’ Civil 3D template. Such revisions oftentimes mean changes to your default command settings, and so the domino effect begins. With styles you do at least have the option to drag-and-drop styles from one drawing to another, but even this method has its caveats. Command settings have always been a different story; short of manually making the change across multiple drawings, I have yet to find a great way to manage changes to command settings out of the box.
If you use Civil 3D you’ve probably heard of Engineered Efficiency. They’ve had an excellent solution to this very problem for a while now in the form of an add-on they call EE ProPack CAD Manager Tools. Think Express Tools, but for AutoCAD Civil 3D. Starting today you can get EE ProPack CAD Manager Tools free; just download and request a free activation code to take some of the drudgery out of managing Civil 3D styles and command settings.
Learn more and Download EE ProPack CAD Manager Tools (link to EE Civil3DPedia)