For the past couple weeks The CAD Geek Blog has been rather quiet. Rest assured I haven’t abandoned my little corner of the CAD blogosphere, but rather took a little end-of-year vacation (Dec 17-Jan 1). I started my vacation with grand plans of blogging almost non-stop, and finding new ways to break AutoCAD and Civil 3D. What actually happened was a lot of Christmas shopping, followed by a number of excursions.
Proclaimed as the birthplace of the Tacky Christmas Light Tour, I had a chance to visit the many tacky homes in and around Richmond, VA. My mothers home is among those on the Richmond Tacky Light Tour. Getting Christmas off to a somewhat comical start was me attempting to calculate and balance the electrical load for her light display. 2-30 Amp and 2-20 Amp breakers later – we had lights!
Other highlights of my long Christmas break included visiting Baltimore, MD for their Miracle on 34th Street; Newport News, VA for their Celebration in Lights, and Virginia Beach, VA for their Holiday Lights on the Boardwalk. Finally I had the pleasure of bringing in the new year with my favorite band – Carbon Leaf. Needless to say, all that fun didn’t leave much time for blogging. But 2008 is here, and so am I!
AutoCAD 2008 introduced a handy feature for managing layers properties on a viewport-by-viewport basis. Pre-2008 we could only freeze and thaw per viewport, but now we can change Color, Linetype, Lineweight, and Plot Style. In the short time we have had 2008 installed, the feature has already proven helpful a number of times. So just how does one use this feature?