Monday, August 31, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
- You receive an autocad drawing. You open the file and attempt to change or match a hatch pattern. You receive an error reading hatch pattern.
- List the hatch to find out name of the missing pattern.
- Search for this pattern. In the example in the video below, I was able to find the pattern in a modified acad.pat file on a designers computer (c:drive).
- Create a text file with the name that is the same as the missing pattern (case sensitive).
- Paste the missing pattern into this file and save to a folder within the AutoCAD Support file search path.
The tool is web based, it records high def video and audio. When it is done, you'll get a preview and the ability to tweet it directly, download the mp4 file, post it to Youtube, copy paste the embed link and or copy the url and send it via email using your own client. It is easy to use and free! What can be better than that!
How to create video using Screenr
Watch the video above to learn how easy it is use. I recorded myself recording a screenr video using Camtasia so you could see the entire process. I will, of course, continue to utilize camtasia for the videos I wish to edit, but when I need a quick video to post for someone, expect to see a screenr.com version. Want to see the output from screenr? Click the hyperlink below.
How to Video Created using Screenr
Monday, August 17, 2009
After installing Revit Architecture Suite 2010, I was suprised to find out that my install of Architectural Desktop 2007 would no longer allow me to drag and drop palettes from the content browser to the application. Since the "AutoCAD" native import and export of tool palettes is disabled in the vertical products, I was left with attempting to rebuild tool palettes one tool at a time. This is unacceptable and left me without a means to re-build or extend some standard palettes in use by a large number of users. It also was an ALL Stop issue related to pushing out Revit Architecture 2010 to others in the firm.
After failing to uncover a hotfix, service pack, or mention of the problem related to ADT 2007 I resorted to standard processes. I attempted the fix on my own by doing the repair option. When this failed I resorted to the standard uninstall/reinstall dance. When that too I attempted a more vigorous repair option, this time by uninstalling all Autodesk products, purging the known hideouts and registry entries and then reinstalling in order of release.
Since none of these steps worked, I submitted a trouble call to Autodesk Web Support. While I waited for a response, I prepped my machine for a clean wipe and re-image for the hard drive. I was pleasantly surprised when Autodesk responded with an "as yet" unpublished Hotfix (see the Archidigm link). This am, I applied the Hotfix and was once again able to drag and drop palettes into ADT2007.
This fix is easy to apply, simply rename the offending file in the Autodesk Shared folder and copy in the new dll. You can get them at Archidigm or wait for Autodesk to post them.
Friday, August 14, 2009
My teams use a legend with the following title: *****Open and Save*****
On this legend you'll find a project "ToDo List", "User Coordination Notes", and more.
We've got three special text styles for use on our ToDo List. A grey version that indicates the item is complete, a black version that indicates a current item, and a red style that identifies something as "Hot" or "Important".
Each open and save operation is much quicker when performed with this view active.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
- A graphic override for room separation lines where lines are red and heavy
- Model graphics style: set to wireframe.
Now whenever you need to clean up these conditions, you can apply the view template (see example image below) temporarily and you'll be able to see graphically where the "coincident" conditions exist.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
See you at Autodesk University 2009.
Monday, August 10, 2009
The image shown displays two blocks, the one on the left has already been updated with an attribute. Notice that there is no text displayed. Remember this when you go to modify yours... You'll need to sync the attributes before the text will display appropriately. We'll cover that at the end of this post.
How to Add Attributes to Dynamic Blocks
- Open the drawing containing your dynamic block
- Select your block and right click choosing "Block Editor" from the context menu as shown here.
- Delete your text and click the define attribute tool within the block editor.
Note: Your previously assigned actions will become disconnected as shown in the image below. This is not a cause for concern, we will fix that by double clicking and selecting our new attribute.
- Enter the values for your new attribute and ensure that you LOCK the attribute position as indicated in this image.
- Place your attribute and double click any "disconnected" actions then select your new attribute definition.
- Close the block editor and update the block.
- Type "ATTSYNC" and select your updated Dynamic Block.
- Your edits are complete, now start using it.
- You might have noticed that in practice your attribute will update upon changing the attribute value...no need to wait and click the "Apply" button to see the new value as shown in this image.
For more info and help with Dynamic Blocks, visit the Dynamic Blocks forums at AUGI.com