Monday, January 12, 2009

Traveling and Teaching AutoCAD MEP this week

This week I have traveled to the great white north to frigid temperatures. Airline travel and lines at the airport were extremely light.

I'm teaching AutoCAD MEP to new users.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

AutoCAD Options-Files Tab-Pt. II

When setting the Plot Style Table Search Path, choose a location other than the default location. Preferably, this should be under your appropriate directory on your network with CAD Standards.

After you create your template, store it in a network directory as well under your CAD Standards. Then point QNEW to your template. This will begin all new drawings with your template.

If you do not yet have a template, choose one of the default templates.

If you only have AutoCAD, you will not see such an extensive list. If you have AutoCAD Architecture, you will see templates that begin with AEC. Those will be divided between Model and Sheet. Those with the Sheet name will contain a sample titleblock. There will also be choices for .ctb and .stb plot styles.

If you have AutoCAD MEP, you will have all of the above, but also choices of AECB with similar choices mentioned above and possibly choices of Imperial, Metric, and Global.

If you use a special CUI file, you can point to that under Main Customization File. If your company has a separate CUI file, you can point to that under Enterprise Customization File.

One often overlooked are of customization and efficiency is the Custom Dictionary File, which is a .cus file type. If you point to the default file, every time you do spell check and add a word it will be added to this file. When you install a new version of the program or get a new computer, you have to start this process all over again. Why repeat the past?

All a .cus file is really is a simple notepad file. You can create a notepad file either blank or with a list of words on each line. Save this file in your CAD Standards and point to it. Call it your company name or your name. When you are faced with a new program or computer, you can simply point to that file. I've actually been using the same .cui file for about 10 years now.