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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.
In a production environment, a large CAD project can involve many drawings, each being worked on by the members of a project team. With multiple people getting in and sometimes not getting out of the drawings, you may have trouble accessing some of the files. In this lesson we'll learn how to identify which team member has possession of a drawing. On my screen I've a drawing that represents a proposed parking lot in my overall CAD project. Let's say that several of the other project drawings I have tried to open have been coming up in a read-only state. This usually means that someone else is currently working on those files.
If I'd like to identify the owner of a specific drawing, I'll use the command whohas. This command works just like the Open command, except its job is to tell me who has possession of a file. I'm going to navigate into the Exercise Files folder, I'll jump into Chapter 8, and I'm going to select the current drawing. Now this a little anti-climactic, because AutoCAD is reminding me that I'm in this file. If however I was working with a group of people, I could easily identify the owner of any CAD drawing on the network. So the next time one of your project drawings comes up read-only, try using the whohas command to find out whose taken possession of that file.
Once you identify the owner, you can then follow-up with them to determine when you can get access to that drawing.
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