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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.
One thing AutoCAD is known for is being a good communicator. For instance, if you keep an eye on your command line, AutoCAD will tell you exactly what it needs to complete every command. If you hover over anything with your cursor, AutoCAD will offer help in the form of a tooltip. AutoCAD will even keep you informed about the status of your plots, reference files, or layers in the form of notification bubbles. Now, the default settings assigned to notification bubbles can make them annoying, because they will remain on your screen until such time as you come down and click on them to turn them off.
In this lesson, we're going to learn how to make the notification feature a little more user-friendly. Let's start by taking a look at a notification bubble. We'll do that by plotting this drawing. I'll move up and launch Plots. As you can see, this drawing is going to plot to the DWF format. I'll click OK and I'm going to save this plot out here on my Desktop. As you can see, AutoCAD has pumped up this notification telling me my plot was successful. The problem is this message will stay on my screen until such time as I come down and click this X to close it.
Now, AutoCAD can display notifications for plotting, modified reference files, or unreconciled layers. So depending on the work you're doing, this corner of your screen can turn into a notification bubble waiting room. Fortunately, we can adjust the default settings of our notifications, such that these messages display and then close on their own. To do that I'm going to click the small arrow in the far lower right corner of the interface. I will then select Tray Settings from the menu and in the Tray Settings dialog box I'm going to select Display time.
I can now use this fly-out to determine how long I would like my notifications to display on my monitor. I'm going to select 5 Seconds and I'll click OK. All right, let's try the new settings. Once again I'll launch the Plot command, I'll click OK and then I'll click Save, and we'll overwrite the original plot file. And as you can see, the notification pops up just long enough to tell me everything is okay and then it closes on its own. Using the Display time feature we can make AutoCAD's great communication even better, by having notification bubbles close automatically.
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