Category Archives: Layers

Load A Linetype

Here is a simple explanation for how to load a linetype. I decided to demonstrate how to do so for an appropriate layer but a line type can be loaded from the “Properties” panel as well. Here’s how: In the … Continue reading

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AutoCAD 2016 XREF Layer Controls

This new feature in AutoCAD 2016 is by far my favorite. Here is the scenario: Your drawing (electrical) references two other discipline’s drawings (Structural & Mechanical) The problem comes when you print your drawing. Your electrical content is hard to … Continue reading

Posted in Layers, Linetypes, New in 2016, Printing - Plotting, XREFs | 7 Comments

Issues With Using DEFPOINTS for Viewports

It may seem like a great idea to use the layer “DEFPOINTS” as the layer for your viewports since it doesn’t plot by default. And you may have heard from various posts that you shouldn’t do so but may have not … Continue reading

Posted in BASICS, Layers, Layout, Manage, Paper Space, Trouble Shooting, Viewports | 6 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

AutoCAD 2014 Merge Layers from the Layer Properties Manager

This new feature is cool in many ways but one reason why is that I remember reading somewhere like the Augi wish list ( or even on twitter that Jimmy B from simply wished that he could easily select the layers from the … Continue reading

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Control PDF Layers

The ability to have control over layers while in a PDF is a cool/useful feature but there are times when you might not want to include them. Here’s how to turn OFF (or on) layers when creating PDFs. (Below is an … Continue reading

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AutoLISP: Control Xref Color Here is a handy routine that has 4 functions in it. To be honest I don’t know why there are 4 functions – I can understand why 2 of them would be helpful. But it’s always nice to have … Continue reading

Posted in AutoLISP, AutoLISP: Blocks, AutoLISP: Manage, AutoLISP: Modify, Layers, Modifying, TIPS, Uncategorized, XREFs | 7 Comments