Here is Owen’s tip:
In AutoCAD, you can cycle through each entity beneath the pickbox during object selection to get the specific entity you want in a crowded drawing without needing to mess around zooming in and back out. If selection preview is enabled, you can press <Shift>-<Space> to cycle through the available entities. If selection preview is disabled, you can hold the <Shift> key and left-click to cycle through the available entities.
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Here are the other great tips submitted today:
From Steve Bennett:
In Autodesk Revit, if you are using Design Options, be sure to create a unique view for each Design Option within a set. Then, in each view, set the Visibility graphics to display the Design Option is correlates to. You'll save yourself a major headache this way.
From Mohamed Haris:
Using DWG Convert functionality in DWG TrueView application, we can easily perform batch operations such as purging, checking & fixing errors, binding external refs etc. in addition to converting drawing format in multiple drawings. There are many other operations available over there, but these are my favorites. You may find this tool very handy during the final submission of drawings at the end of a project.
From Justin Sigalos:
For AutoCAD, if you need to bind an xref and it fails to bind, use the QSELECT command to quickly find the culprit. Open the xref, type QSELECT, highlight the object type you suspect is causing the problem (in my case its always an ACAD_PROXY_ENTITY). Click ok. And then explode it, or delete it, or whatever you need to do. This command has saved me countless hours and headaches.
From Tommie Richardson - (3) tips:
Setup Named Views to quickly switch between plan view rotations in a base drawing.
Use the ALIGNSPACE command to quickly setup viewports rotated to objects in modelspace.
Create a custom or enterprise cui to autoload on everyone's computer with a change in one network location.
From Jennnifer Hoskens:
When you start AutoCAD and attempt to open a file, and instead of giving you a dialog box to navigate to your .dwg, you are prompted at the command line to enter a the file path and name to open the file. The tip to change this command prompt back to a dialog box is the command variable FILEDIA. Typing this at the command line and setting it back to 1 will bring your dialog box back when opening files. The most common cause of FILEDIA getting set to 0 is a crash.
Need to point your network installs to a new server host-name then use a Group Policy on your Windows Domain and set the System Environment Variable ADSK_LICSENSE_FILE to @servername. If you have multiple servers you can specify more than one in order @servername1,@servername2. This will save you time if you need to change this on many workstations.
While it is Valentines Day, please remember there are 364 other days in the year to show love to those in your life and not just on the February 14th.