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AutoCAD: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets

Accessing drawings using Favorites


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AutoCAD: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets

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  1. 1m 28s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 47m 11s
    1. Adding relevant data to Quick Properties and tooltips
      5m 38s
    2. Creating custom ribbon tabs and panels
      8m 55s
    3. Creating macro-enabled tools
      10m 29s
    4. Increasing speed with command aliases
      4m 44s
    5. Finding commands and system variables using Auto Complete
      2m 35s
    6. Optimizing the size of palettes
      3m 17s
    7. Accessing drawings using Favorites
      2m 25s
    8. Controlling notification bubbles
      2m 24s
    9. Restoring hidden messages
      3m 53s
    10. Following a blog from within AutoCAD
      2m 51s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Disabling mode settings on the fly
      3m 28s
    2. Finding hatch boundaries in busy drawings
      3m 32s
    3. Generating boundaries from difficult shapes
      2m 20s
    4. Calculating the overall length of multiple entities
      6m 16s
    5. Calculating the area of multiple shapes
      4m 42s
    6. Flattening geometry to a single elevation
      4m 0s
    7. Trimming all entities to one side of an object
      2m 42s
    8. Eliminating duplicated geometry
      5m 10s
    9. Creating true offsets
      3m 44s
    10. Finding errors when joining multiple entities
      6m 48s
    11. Moving and copying entities using Windows shortcuts
      2m 24s
    12. Solving expressions using the command prompt calculator
      5m 1s
    13. Using the Calculator palette
      10m 25s
  4. 21m 17s
    1. Bringing all text objects to the front
      1m 20s
    2. Underlining single-line text
      1m 21s
    3. Managing numbered and lettered lists
      3m 36s
    4. Creating superscript and subscript text
      3m 18s
    5. Removing formatting from MTEXT
      3m 26s
    6. Using fields to identify who revised a drawing
      3m 10s
    7. Squeezing text into tight spaces
      3m 5s
    8. Hiding extra annotative scales
      2m 1s
  5. 16m 55s
    1. Creating "one-click" dimensions
      1m 52s
    2. Dimensioning angles greater than 180 degrees
      1m 40s
    3. Creating dynamic dimension breaks
      2m 20s
    4. Making linear dimensions act like aligned dimensions
      2m 44s
    5. Finding dimensions with false values
      1m 38s
    6. Creating parent/child dimension styles
      4m 45s
    7. Making dimensions easier to read
      1m 56s
  6. 14m 40s
    1. Making global edits to attribute data
      4m 1s
    2. Clipping references using curved geometry
      2m 21s
    3. Exchanging one block symbol for another
      3m 3s
    4. Using drag-and-drop to insert content
      3m 17s
    5. Creating a block library in two clicks
      1m 58s
  7. 10m 42s
    1. Making global changes to layer names
      3m 19s
    2. Converting all object properties to BYLAYER
      1m 43s
    3. Navigating layer lists using the keyboard
      2m 5s
    4. Producing a hard copy of the layer settings
      1m 34s
    5. Removing stubborn layers
      2m 1s
  8. 25m 1s
    1. Accessing viewports within viewports
      3m 21s
    2. Creating viewports with islands
      6m 5s
    3. Creating legends using the Change Space tool
      3m 55s
    4. Rotating viewport content to match layout
      4m 55s
    5. Importing layouts from template files
      2m 3s
    6. Visualizing multiple design alternates
      4m 42s
  9. 30m 18s
    1. Consolidating backup files into a single folder
      2m 48s
    2. Launching applications from within AutoCAD
      3m 53s
    3. Creating custom linetypes
      5m 9s
    4. Incorporating symbols into custom linetypes
      2m 48s
    5. Salvaging data from a corrupt drawing
      3m 57s
    6. Applying hyperlinks to drawing objects
      3m 34s
    7. Converting drawings from name-based to color-based plot styles
      2m 0s
    8. Identifying the owner of a drawing
      1m 18s
    9. Incorporating drawings into PowerPoint presentations
      4m 51s
  10. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

Video: Accessing drawings using Favorites

When using AutoCAD in a production environment, you may be working in multiple projects within a single week. In this lesson I'm going to show you a quick way to access your project folders using favorite places. As you can see, I've just launched AutoCAD and I'm sitting in the default Drawing1 file. I would like to open a drawing, so I'm going to click Open. This brings up the Select Final dialog box. Now let's say there is a project folder on your network that you visit frequently. For the purposes of my example, I'm going to use the Exercise Files folder.

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AutoCAD: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets
3h 48m Intermediate Jan 31, 2011

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In AutoCAD 2011: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets, Jeff Bartels shows AutoCAD users how to become more efficient power users, reducing the amount of time it takes to accomplish a task, increasing profit margins, and strengthening marketplace competitiveness. The course covers everything from shortcuts used in geometry creation, to program customization, to real world solutions to common problems. Interface customization, block and reference management skills, and express tool usage are also covered. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating macro enabled tools
  • Using Auto Complete
  • Disabling tool mode settings on the fly
  • Moving and copying entities using Windows shortcuts
  • Using the Calculator palette
  • Formatting text
  • Creating parent/child dimension styles
  • Making dimensions easier to read
  • Making global edits to attribute data and layer names
  • Exchanging one block symbol for another
  • Inserting content using drag and drop
  • Navigating layer list using the keyboard
  • Importing layouts from template files
  • Consolidating backup files
Subjects:
CAD 2D Drawing 3D Drawing
Software:
AutoCAD
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Accessing drawings using Favorites

When using AutoCAD in a production environment, you may be working in multiple projects within a single week. In this lesson I'm going to show you a quick way to access your project folders using favorite places. As you can see, I've just launched AutoCAD and I'm sitting in the default Drawing1 file. I would like to open a drawing, so I'm going to click Open. This brings up the Select Final dialog box. Now let's say there is a project folder on your network that you visit frequently. For the purposes of my example, I'm going to use the Exercise Files folder.

I've saved to my Exercise Files folder to the desktop, so I'm going to click the Desktop icon and then I will click, hold, and drag the Exercise Files folder over to this left margin and I'll release my mouse button. This add the folder as a favorite place. That means that from now on, no matter where I may be on my hard drive, I can quickly open files from the Exercise Files folder by clicking on this favorite place. I'm going to double-click to open up Chapter 1 and let's open up this drawing, 07_background.

This represents my standard AutoCAD background file. Now that my file is open, I'm going to launch the Open command again to bring back the dialog box. Think about some of the folders that you use frequently. Maybe there are a few more that you'd like to add to this list. Maybe you're someone who'd like to rotate folders in and out of this area on a regular basis, depending on the length of your typical project. If that's the case, you can always remove the folder by right-clicking on it and selecting Remove. Now I'd like to keep my Exercise Files folder as a favorite place, so I'm going to click Escape to close this menu.

Let me drag the slider down. Take a look at some of these standard folders. If you don't see yourself using all of these, you can always remove them to make room for your own folders. Let's remove the FTP folder. I'll click Yes and I'll remove Buzzsaw. At any point in the future if you'd like to bring those standard folders back, simply right click in this margin and select Restore Standard Folders. I'm going to move up and click the x to close this dialog box, and then I'm going to come down select NO, because technically we didn't make any changes to the Favorite Places list.

Using AutoCAD Favorite Places feature, you can have quick access to any of your project folders, even if they're widely scattered throughout your network.

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