Microsoft Natural Language Search, pptPlex, & Email Prioritizer

First let me start by offering my congratulatory birthday wishes to the “Between The Lines” blog by Shaan Hurley.  Seeing that most blogs die within a matter of months, reaching the 5-year mark is a monumental achievement.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.  Since switching to Windows Vista in January of this year, I really have found the OS to be rather enjoyable.  One thing I especially like is the Windows Search integration into the Start menu.  Rather than browsing through all of my installed programs, I just type “Word” to launch Microsoft Word.

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My First Week With Vista

 

imageWednesday, January 16, 2008, the day in which I decided to say goodbye to my beloved Windows XP and hello to the monster known as Windows Vista.  Be it press releases from numerous government agencies, or the ever entertaining Apple I’m a Mac, I’m a PC ads – Vista hasn’t found too many friends.  Despite all of that propaganda, I decided to roll the dice with Vista.  Vista / Vegas – coincidence?

Much like AutoCAD installations, Vista installations are quite literally defined by the hardware you have backing it.  For me I am actually working on a late Windows XP laptop, a HP Compaq nw8440 to be exact.  Inside of it I have a 2.0 Ghz Intel Centrino Duo processor with 2.0 GB of RAM.  Overall I see my machine as a pretty typical AutoCAD 2008 capable laptop.

Coming from a civil engineering firm, it’s only natural we are using AutoCAD Civil 3D and an array of other verticals; Land Desktop, Map 3D, and Raster Design.  We are using the 2008 versions of the products mentioned above.  But enough information about platform, what about usability and reliability?

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MS Office 2003 Stops Opening Files

In September of last year, Microsoft released Service Pack 3 for its Microsoft Office 2003 system.  Along with fixing numerous bugs, they seem to have caused another.  To sum things up, Service Pack 3 disables a users ability to open pre Office 2003 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) documents.

Today I got a call from one of my users with the error message "You are attempting to open a file type that is blocked by your registry policy setting."

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Inserting DWG’s into MS Word or PowerPoint

image Just this evening I received an e-mail from Autodesk letting me know my AU Unplugged session "The Training Trinity: Fundamentals of a Successful Training Program" was accepted.  Thank you to everyone who voted for my session.  If you’re attending AU, be sure to check out the AU Unplugged Schedule.  There you will find the full list of, and information on each of the AU Unplugged sessions.  I do look forward to meeting some of you guys!

Throughout the years, I have seen both high and low-tech ways of inserting AutoCAD DWG’s into Microsoft Office documents.  I believe the most low tech way I have seen included printing each the MS Word file, and the AutoCAD DWG, then using Scotch Tape to insert the DWG onto the printed document.  Run it through a photocopier, and no one will ever know (unless you were a messy Scotch Taper).  But what do you say we jump into the 21st century?

Staying in the 21st century, AutoCAD does actually provide us with a fair number of options for inserting AutoCAD DWG’s into MS Office documents.  Although a Ctrl + C (Copy) and Ctrl + V (Paste) will work, it will insert your AutoCAD DWG just as it looks in AutoCAD – including the black background.  My guess is you would rather have it look similar to the way your DWG plots?

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