Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Export AutoCAD Drawings

Here is a quick tip.

One item I see overlooked when exporting AutoCAD Civil 3D files is the "Selected drawings in source folder" option. Most users export one file at a time. Exporting multiple files will save a lot of time.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Autodesk University 2017!

I submitted a few proposals this past spring to Autodesk University 2017. I am excited to say, one proposal has been selected. The class is called "Gaming with AutoCAD". I will focus on creating 3D game environments with AutoCAD. This is for users who may not have 3D Studio Max, Maya or other 3D modeling software in their toolbox. I will teach 3D modeling methods then export the model into Autodesk Stingray game engine.

If you are attending Autodesk University 2017 in Las Vegas, please join me.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday, October 28, 2016

OSNAPs Assigned to F-Keys

Do you find yourself not using the F-Keys in AutoCAD? I assigned OSNAPs to my F-Keys. I left F2 and F8 as default.

F1 = Endpoint
F3 = Intersection
F4 = Intersection
F5 = Center
F6 = Perpendicular
F7 = Midpoint
F9 = Insertion
F10 = Tangent
F11 = Quadrant
F12 = Node

1. Save the F-Keys.cuix to your desktop.
2. Launch AutoCAD.
3. Type CUI in the command line to launch the Customize User Interface.
4. Click the Transfer tab along the top.
5. In the left panel (Main File), expand Keyboard Shortcuts then Shortcut Keys.
6. In the right panel, open the saved F-Keys.cuix.

7. Expand Keyboard Shortcuts then Shortcut Keys.
8. Select the shortcut keys.
9. Drag the shortcut keys to Keyboard Shortcuts\Shortcut Keys on left panel. I placed the keys to the bottom of the list so I can easily find them.

10. Click the Save button on the left panel.
11. Click OK to close the Customize User Interface.

To reassign the OSNAPs with different F-Keys follow these steps.

1. Type CUI in the command line to launch the Customize User Interface.
2. Click the Customize tab along the top.
3. In the top left panel, expand Keyboard Shortcuts\Shortcut Keys.
4. Find the OSNAP F-Keys.
5. Click the desired OSNAP F-Key to change.
6. In the right lower Properties panel, click the button to the right of Key(s).

7. In the pop-up window, press the desired F-Key.

8. Click OK to close the dialog box..
9. Since another OSNAP is assigned with that F-Key, you’ll need to change the other OSNAP with a different F-Key.

10. Click OK to close the notice.
11. Click OK to close the Customize User Interface.

A link to the F-Keys.cuix file.

If you have a hard time remembering which key is which, create a template for the keyboard.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Cleanup old and unused files associated with AutoCAD

AutoCAD/Civil 3D will create a number of files along the way. Some files log certain events and other files are left behind due to a crash or failure. I’ll often search these files then decide if they are needed. This can be a time consuming task depending on the amount of data and projects. Below is a list of AutoCAD files.

·         Plot.log (AutoCAD Plot Log File)
·         Acad.err (AutoCAD Error Log File)
·         sav*.tmp (AutoCAD Temporary Save File) In the event of a crash while saving a drawing, AutoCAD will leave the Temporary Save File in the same location as the DWG file.
·         *.adt (AutoCAD Audit Log File)
·         *.dwl & *.dwl2 (AutoCAD Drawing Lock Files) In the event of a crash, AutoCAD will leave Drawing Lock Files for unsaved drawings. Old drawings locks are usually overlooked because the file's attributes are set to hidden. Set the file manager to display “Hidden Files”.

The plot and audit log files can be turned off through the AutoCAD options and plot settings but make sure these files are not being utilized for company standards before doing so. Here are the system variables.
·         Audit Log Setting: "auditctl" "0".
·         Plot Log Setting: “-PLOTSTAMP” “Log File” “No” “Plot.Log”

Below is a simple batch command to automate the search and delete process. Copy and paste the script to a blank ASCI text file using Notepad then change the P: and P:\ (shown in red) to the desired drive and path. Save the file as AutoCAD File Cleanup.bat.
@echo on
del "P:\acad.err" /s
del "P:\*.adt" /s
del "P:\*.dwl" /s /a
del "P:\*.dwl2" /s /a
del "P:\*.tmp" /s
del "P:\plot.log" /s

The batch file switches are as followed.
/s            Delete specified files from all subdirectories.
/a           Selects files to delete based on attributes.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Autodesk University 2016

My Autodesk University 2016 class proposals are in!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Civil 3D 2017!

I finally have Civil 3D 207 installed. I'm looking forward to the new grading tool and the new PDF to DWG tool. I'll post a few tips on the new features in the coming weeks.