AutoCAD 2011+ Hatch Properties

Sense moving to AutoCAD 2011 products, I’ve noticed that hatching is very slow and causes AutoCAD to “Not Respond” for a few moments, not to mention that hatching is all ribbon based now. This is something that really don’t care for, so I’ve done some searching and found some system variables to make hatching a little easier.

hpdlgmode” set to 1. Now when you enable the hatch command the old hatch dialog box will appear. If you want to be able to double click your hatch to edit it, you will have to edit your double click options in CUI, under the hatch option.

hplayer” Is another useful system variable I found allows you to set a default layer that you want all your hatches on. Don’t forget to setup the system variable in your templates with the layer already created.


Plot Log

Do you HATE the plot logs cluttering your folders? Well, Turn them off!

Go to your Options
Select plot and publish tab
In the plot and publish window, click the “Plot Stamp Settings” button
In the plot stamp dialog box, click “Advanced”
In the advanced dialog box, uncheck “Create a log file”

Load Lisp with push of a button

If you have multiple custom toolbars, it may be come tedious to attach each lisp file.

Instead, have your button load the file for you and launch the command!

This only works if you have a support folder pointed where you store custom lisp files.

^C^C_(if (not c:YourCommandHere)(load “lisp file”)) YourCommandHere


^C^C_(if (not c:blank)(load “text_blank”)) blank

If you don’t have a support folder pointed to your custom lisp files, you have to define the path in the command:

^C^C(if (not c:YourCommandHere)(load “C://YourFile//Path//Here.lsp”))YourCommand

Hatching and UCS Origin

When you place a hatch inside a closed area, by default, the pattern starts at the origin of the drawing, which is usually 0,0 of the current User Coordinate System (UCS). Since your closed area probably doesn’t start at 0,0, the hatched area starts somewhere in the middle of the pattern.
For simple hatches, such as diagonal lines, that doesn’t make any difference. But for some hatch patterns, such as concrete, the result may not look very good.

You can specify the origin of the hatch pattern to get a better-looking result. Follow these steps:

1. Start the HATCH command

2. Select required Hatch Pattern

3. Set required Scale and Rotation

4. In the Hatch Origin Section, choose one of the options

If you want the hatch to start at a corner of an enclosed area (bottom-left, top-left, etc.) or the center, check the Default to Boundary Extents check box and choose one of the options from the drop-down list.

If you want to pick a specified location, click the Click to Set New Origin, and you will be prompted to pick a point in your drawing.

You can store you selection as the default origin by check the Store as Default Origin check box.

Easily Align A Viewport View

Rotating a view within a viewport can be quite involved when using the DVIEW command.

The ALIGNSPACE command from the Express Tools is a quick way in which rotating the view within a viewport to match that of a line in Paper Space is easy as using the ALIGN command.
It is really that easy too!!!

Here’s how:

Make sure that you have a reference line in both model space and paper space.
Activate the viewport in which the view is to be rotated.
Start the ALIGNSPACE command. Found on the “Express Tools” tab > “Layout” panel > “Align Space” tool
Pick 2 points within the viewport that define the angle
Pick 2 points in Paper space to define the desired angle
Click inside a viewport to apply the rotation to that viewport and then hit

Note: The order in which you define the 2 points within the viewport and the order of the 2 points in paper space will be aligned accordingly.

Undo Trick

Undo Trick
Here is one of my favorite tricks using the UNDO command….

Lets say you have to make MAJOR changes to your drawing, but you are not sure if it will produce the desired result causing you to UNDO numerous times to get back where you started.

Here is a little trick:

1. Enter the UNDO command, and enter M at the command prompt for “MARK”

2. Proceed with your desired changes as necessary.

Now, lets assume the changes didn’t have the desired result, and you have to go back to where you started (i.e. when you entered M for Mark).

1. Enter the UNDO command

2. Enter B for BACK (and press enter)

How useful is that??