Monthly Archives: October 2011

Lengthen Polyline Endpoint & Vertex

I have previously posted about using the LENGTHEN command, which is helpful, but the LENGTHEN command doesn’t work on polylines. Here’s how to lengthen a polyline segment whether it is an endpoint or a vertex. The examples shown in this … Continue reading

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Customize the Open Folders Location

While in AutoCAD, we usually need to open another drawing. there are ways to set the default location where AutoCAD looks to open a drawing but this tip is how to customize the dialog box that lets you search your … Continue reading

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OPTIONS dialog box Current Drawing Settings

Have you ever wondered why you have set the VIEWRES in one drawing and then when you open another drawing, it has changed even though you may have changed it using the OPTIONS dialog box? There are some settings that … Continue reading

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Open the Welcome Screen

We have all done this – we uncheck the box that tells AutoCAD to show the “Welcome Screen” each time AutoCAD opens. But what if you want to open it again and check out some of the “New Features” videos? … Continue reading

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AutoLISP: Remove Binding Prefixes from XREFs

After you have bound an XREF to a drawing you know the nastiness that comes into your drawing – Layers, Blocks and styles now a have a prefix added to the front of their names. This routine (I wish I … Continue reading

Posted in AutoLISP, Blocks, Layers, Modifying, Text, TIPS, XREFs | 4 Comments

AutoLISP: Perpendicular to Entity

Here’s a handy routine that lets you draw many perpendicular lines to any type of object. This can be done manually by using the perpendicular Osnap, but this routine lets you do this quickly. Very handy for curved objects. As … Continue reading

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AutoLISP: Spline Split

I don’t know how useful this routine is – but it is still pretty cool. Someone requested it for a landscaping project and Lee-Mac came to the rescue. What it does – Lets you draw a spline that intersects itself … Continue reading

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AutoLISP: Make and Save Custom Hatch Pattern

This Routine has been featured on Cadalyst’s website and is very handy. If you have ever wondered how to make a custom hatch pattern and then looked at the coding that is required, you will really appreciate this routine. The … Continue reading

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AutoLISP: Break Polyline Segments

Here’s a great routine that lets you break a polyline segment. Simply select the segment that you want to be a separate polyline entity from the ones that it was initially created with. This routine works on closed polylines line … Continue reading

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Insert OSNAP

Have you ever wondered what the OSNAP that is called “INSERT” does? Well, here’s what it does: You can always set this in the “running OSNAPs” or use the OSNAP overrides (shift + right-click and select “Insert’ or entering INS … Continue reading

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