2011-10-25

Finding Modified Dimensions in AutoCAD

It's the dirty little secret we all know about... sometimes... people fudge their dimensions.

Today's question is... once they've been modified, how can I easily tell?

The quick and dirty way to see is to invoke the DIMREASSOC Express Tool (or DIMREASSOCIATE, if you like typing out even longer words).
You can select all of the entities in the drawing, and dimreassoc will create a selection set of only those which have been changed, allowing you to see them more easily.


There are other routines available, such as this one over at CADTempo, that will place other visual indicators.


Anybody else have any favorite ways of easily detecting rogue dimensions?

2011-10-15

AUGI Wishlist System - Go Rank Some Wishes!

The new AUGI Wishlist system is now online!
In the past, the wishlist system relied upon the validation and sorting of wishes by volunteers, which could sometimes lead to delays. The new system was created to allow wishes to move more quickly through the system. AUGI President Dave Harrington wrote an introduction to the system in October's HotNews.

The first thing you need to do is log into AUGI, then go to My Account.

Then click on Membership Details, and tick the box(es) next to the Autodesk products you use and support.
Next, click on the Wishlist Channel in the gray navigation bar.
There are 6 wishlists available (with more to be added later), but, you will only be shown the ones which correspond to the programs you selected in your profile.

Currently active product lists include:
  • AutoCAD
  • Revit
  • Revit MEP
  • Revit Structure
  • Inventor
  • Civil 3D
You will be randomly presented with one wish at a time to rank, which you do with a sliding bar.

Some older wishes still need to be processed, so there is a link to report that a suggested feature already exists in a product.

You'll be taken to another page where you can input details, if needed.

The buttons on the screen are pretty self-explanatory, if you want to discuss any of the wishes, you can do that.

It's easy to submit and edit wishes of your own, too.

So, the thing now... there is a backlog of wishes that still need to be ranked!

After the wishes are ranked, the 30 or so wishes with the highest overall ranking for each product will be put up for a vote (I believe, in the month prior to AU), where the TOP 10 will be decided!

Please log in today and help out by sharing your opinions of some of existing wishes, or add your own!!!

2011-10-04

I haven't heard of this command...

I don't think this dialog box exists in AutoCAD, but, based on some deliverables I've gotten, it wouldn't really surprise me...

(for anyone who is curious, this is a spoof of the Cleanup Tools available in MAP and Civil3D
Edit: here's another blog post describing the tools and how best to use them: BeingCivil)