This tip was tested and works with Windows Explorer and Google Chrome (and Microsoft Excel…)
To create a list of drawings, either for yourself or for a client, these steps can help save some time.
- Navigate to the folder in Windows Explorer
- Copy the folder location
- Paste the folder location into Google Chrome and press enter
- Note: I have not tried this with Firefox. I did try it with Internet Explorer and when I hit enter, it would open the folder location…
- Highlight the files as they are displayed in the browser and copy
- Paste the copied list of files into Excel in the upper left corner.
Note 1: After the initial spread sheet is created, you can add to this list by adding to the bottom row of the spreadsheet.
Note 2: You have 2 choices when Pasting the content
- “Keep Source Formatting” will also create a link to the individual files (could be handy)
- “Match Existing Formatting” will keep the formatting as simple text
After pasting the content into Excel, you may need to clean up some columns and rows… But this will save some time instead of manually creating a drawing list.
Today’s featured routine is an example from a book about Visual Lisp Programming and was an example that we learned from as an example in class when I was in school.
It is a simple routine that lets you incrementally array a row of numbers. This might be helpful for creating numbered lists or placing numbers along a line…
Lee-Mac has made some pretty powerful numbering routines that can do a lot more than this routine does. These routines can be found here:
- NUMROW <enter>
- Specify the first text location – this will be # zero
- Specify the distance – either by picking 2 points on screen or by entering the distance in the command line
- Specify the angle – either by picking 2 points on screen or by entering the angle in the command line
- Specify the ending number of the array
; Example from book: Visual Lisp Programming
; NumRow.lsp by Cal Clater
; Purpose: To create an evenly spaced row of incrementally increasing numbers,
; such as might be required for a chart or graph. The beginning number is zero
; and the last number is as specified.
(defun C:NumRow (/ PT1 DST DIR NN HN)
(setvar "CMDECHO" 0) (setvar "BLIPMODE" 0)
(princ "\nText will be center justified.")
(setq PT1 (getpoint "\nstart point of number row: ")
DST (getdist "\nDistance between number: ")
DIR (getorient "\nAngle: ")
HN (getint "\nNumber sequence to be 0 through: ")
(command "TEXT" "C" PT1 "" "" "0")
(setq PT1 (polar PT1 DIR DST))
(command "TEXT" "C" PT1 "" "" (itoa (setq NN (+ NN 1))))
Here is a quickie.
You can use this as a script or macro for a custom tool…
If you go to the OPTIONS dialog box often, you may want to open on a specific tab for whatever task you are doing.
- +OPTIONS <enter>
- The default is <0> (zero) and if you simply hit <enter> again it will open the last tab that you were on. So if I want the Options dialog to open on the “Files” tab I would enter the following at the command line:
- +OPTIONS <enter>
- 0 <enter> (zero)
The thing to remember about this tip is to use the + (plus sign) at the beginning of the command….
Refer to the picture below that shows what tabs equal what number equals what tab.
Note that the Options dialog box shown below is from AutoCAD 2013
(See below for the many ways to open the OPTIONS dialog “the normal way”)
- Right-click anywhere in the drawing area and select “Options”
- Click on the Application Menu (Big Red A)
- Then click Options at the bottom of the menu
- Type in either OP <enter> or OPTIONS <enter> in the command line
Here is how to change the setting that allows you to highlighting objects prior to selection. This feature is useful so that you can visibly see what you are about to select prior to actually selecting them.
OPTIONS <enter> or OP <enter>
Make the “Selection” tab current
To turn this feature on, make sure that the check marks are checked under the “Selection Preview” area of the “Selection” tab (orange area shown below)
In the “Visual Effect Settings” dialog, you can define how the pre-highlighting is displayed: 1) Dashed lines, 2) Bold, 3) Both (the default = both)
The Advanced options button will display a little dialog box that shows what items are excluded from being pre-highlighted
Shown below – hovering the cursor over objects with pre-selection highlighting turned OFF
Shown below – hovering the cursor over objects with pre-selection highlighting turned ON
This might seem like an odd post but it is helpful because there is an AutoCAD support path that might be hidden thus preventing you from navigating to this location through Windows Explorer.
The desired support location is located within the “AppData” folder. This folder is unique for each user for a computer. The location is C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2013 – English\R19.0\enu\Support
If you navigate to C:\Users\Username folder you may not see the folder called “AppData”
(Note: My username folder is called “Trog”)
- If you press the ALT button you will see the below menus appear.
- Click the tools button from the menu and then click “folder options”
Click the “View” tab to make it active
- Then scroll down and click to toggle to “Show hidden files, folders and drives”
- This menu is also where you can change how the file types are shown, A file type is the three-letter file extension that is at the end of a file name. For example, a .dwg is an AutoCAD drawing file. Or a .pdf file is a PDF file…
Click OK when you are finished.
You should know see the below folder “AppData”
I really like how little space the new command line takes up in the drawing area (vertically), but did you know that the new command can be sized horizontally?
Simple move your cursor over the right edge to the command line and then click, hold and drag to re-size its width. Now it takes up even less room!!!
(Note that it stretches/shrinks about its mid point)