Monthly Archives: June 2013

Cant See .ctb files: CONVERTPSTYLES

When opening a drawing that is from someone else, they may have set the drawing to plot/print using a “Style” that has a file extension of “.stb” instead of a “.ctb” What is a “.stb”? The settings that define how … Continue reading

Posted in BASICS, Printing - Plotting | 11 Comments

CADWorx Equipment Palette

Here is a quick tip for CADWorx Equipment users. The user interface for CADWorx Equipment is simply a tool palette and maybe a toolbar… The common problem is closing the Equipment palette and not knowing how to get it back … Continue reading

Posted in CADWorx, Manage | 6 Comments

Use Align Space to Easily Align A Viewport View

Rotating a view within a viewport can be quite involved when using the DVIEW command as was shown in this post:¬†https://autocadtips.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/dview-with-a-twist-rotating-a-viewport-view/ But as a guest named Nick pointed out, the ALIGNSPACE command from the Express Tools is a quick way … Continue reading

Posted in Manage, Modifying, Paper Space, TIPS, Viewports | 12 Comments

Express Tool: EXPLAN – Improved PLAN command

The PLAN command is commonly used in 3D to get your view back to “home” and squared up so that you are looking down onto your drawing. It is also helpful when working in 2D drawings and the view has … Continue reading

Posted in 3D Intro, Express Tools, TIPS | 2 Comments

AutoLISP: Great Dialog Box to Turn On Layers from Various States

If you’re like me, you have a handful of routines, scripts or macros that let you basically “turn on” layers Thaw those frozen layers; Unlock those locked layers; Turn on those Off layers… The routine featured today combines all of … Continue reading

Posted in AutoLISP, AutoLISP XREFs, AutoLISP: Manage, AutoLISP: Modify, Layers | 1 Comment

AutoLISP: Purge Missing SHX files

If you have drawings that are constantly missing SHX (shape) files, the routine posted below is now your friend. The routine was posted in the LISP forum at CADTutor at the following link. Please refer questions there. http://www.cadtutor.net/forum/showthread.php?37306-remove-unknown-SHX-files&highlight=delete+shape+files Here’s how: … Continue reading

Posted in AutoLISP, AutoLISP: Manage, Linetypes, Manage | 1 Comment

DVIEW with a Twist: Rotating a Viewport View

Not everything that we draft or model in AutoCAD is at 90 degree increments. For this reason when we want to make our model aligned with the sheet of paper. Shown below is a house that has 2 major axis. … Continue reading

Posted in BASICS, Dimensions, Layout, Modifying, Paper Space, TIPS | 11 Comments