Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Don't Forget These Commands...Part 4

Here's another system variable that I forget because I only seem to need it when working on drawings from others:

XCLIPFRAME

Here's the definition from the AutoCAD Help Menu:


When this system variable is set to 0 and you xclip an xreference drawing, you can't see the boundary of the xclip and therefor you can't invert the selection. We set this variable to 2 in our templates so that we can see the frame (for adjusting and inverting as needed), but the frame won't plot.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Quick Tip about Importing Styles and Settings


If you're using Civil 3D 2012, you've hopefully already heard about the ability to Import Styles and Settings. This new command is a real time saver but be careful, because you may not be getting everything you want.

Here are a few things you won't get by using the Import Styles Command:

  • Object Layer Settings (Use this workaround to transfer the settings to your current drawing)
  • Blocks and Layers not used in styles (Use Design Center to import all layers and blocks)
  • Description Key (Use old style drag & drop to import into your current drawing)
There may be more items that aren't imported, but those three items will definitely be missing if you use the Import Styles command.

Feel free to add comments for additional items that you find missing when you use the command.