I’m sure at one point or another you have debated turning off the .bak file. I’m sure some of you have actually done it, but sooner or later realized that was a bad idea.
Usually the reason for wanting to disable it, is because it clutters up your folder(s). At least that was my reason.
But did you know you can actually control the location of the .bak files?
By default, BAK files are created in the same folder as the drawing file.
You can use the MOVEBAK Express Tool to change the location where BAK files are stored. Follow these steps:
1. On the Express menu, click File Tools > Move Backup Files.
2. On the command line, enter the path location where you want the backup files to be stored.
Note: You must have Express Tools installed to access this command. Refer to the product installation documentation for details about installing Express Tools.
It never fails! Every time I have to work on somebody else’s drawings, their viewports are never locked! I got tired of click every viewport and locking them manually, so I created this lisp!
(defun c:vpl (/ kw kval doc adoc lao cnt inc cvprt blk pw)
(initget 1 "LOCK UNLOCK")
(setq kw (getkword "\nLOCK or UNLOCK ALL VPORTS [LOCK/UNLOCK]: "))
(setq kw (strcase kw))
(if (= kw "LOCK")
(setq kval :vlax-true)
(if (= kw "UNLOCK")
(setq kval :vlax-false)
(setq doc (vlax-get-object "AutoCad.Application")
adoc (vla-get-ActiveDocument doc)
lao (vla-get-Layouts adoc)
cnt (vla-get-Count lao)
(setq cvprt (vla-Item lao inc)
inc (+ inc 1)
blk (vla-get-Block cvprt)
(vlax-for itm blk
(vlax-property-available-p itm 'DisplayLocked)
(vla-put-DisplayLocked itm kval)
I just learned from fellow forum member YZ over at www.cadtutor.net, that you can put “*” at the beginning of a macro and it will cause it to loop.
It will work great on the macro I posted for DIMSPACE.
*^C^C(Command "dimspace" pause pause "" ".375")
With the DimSpace command, you simply select your baseline dimensions, then use this command to evenly space them so they look great!
(In case you didn’t know, the dimensions should be spaced 3/8″ apart)
Here’s the sequence:
- Command: DimSpace
- Select base dimension:
- Select dimensions to space: (Select the rest of the dimensions.)
- Enter value or [Auto] < Auto >: (AutoCAD selects a value to space them, or you can input your own specific value.)
Spacing Value Tip:
You can use a spacing value of 0 (zero) to align the dimension lines of selected linear and angular dimensions end to end.
If your like me, you want to automate the process as much as possible. This syntax will automatically input the distance for you. The only negative to this, is you can only select one dimension at a time instead of windowing multiple.
(Command "dimspace" pause pause "" ".375")
Did you know you can control how AutoCAD starts up?
For most people when you open AutoCAD, it automatically starts a blank drawing with a template that has been set in the OPTIONS menu.
But did you know you can control whether AutoCAD opens a blank drawing or prompts you to open a drawing or template?
The system variable is STARTUP
0: Displays the Select Template dialog box, or uses a default drawing template file set in the OPTIONS dialog box, on the files tab.
1: Starts without opening a drawing template file, and displays the Startup or the Create New Drawing dialog box
2: Starts without opening a drawing template file. If available in the application a custom dialog box is displayed
Do you find yourself having to clean up drawings that were poorly drawn? Maybe ends don’t meet or the lines are not orthogonal. Did you know that the CHANGE command is a handy tool that can help you fix them?
The CHANGE command changes the endpoint of a line and the radius of a circle. The CHANGE command works differently, depending on whether you select lines or circles, so it’s best not to choose lines and circles at the same time.
Note: You can use the CHANGE command to change the rotation of blocks. The Properties option of this command can change many object properties, but it’s generally easier to use the Properties palette.
Have you ever overrode a dimension outside the Dimension Style Manager and wished you could add the changes to your dimension style?
I’m going to show you how to do just that!
After you have finished tweaking the dimension simply select the dimension > right click > Dimension Style > Save as New Style > Select existing Dimstyle (or create a new one if needed).