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Friday, November 30, 2007

AU Overview 2007

AU in one word, OVERWHELMING!! The training was excellent, networking great, walking tiring. I was able to attend most of the classes I wanted to go to. I registered late & many of the classes were full by the first week. I sat through many CAD Manager classes. The classes were taught by Robert Green. If you get a chance to attend one of his classes, thru AU or AUGI CAD Camp, I suggest you get down there. I'll post more when I get home.



Wednesday, November 28, 2007

AU Day 3

Well, I have survived another day at AU!! I have learned much on this trip so far. Things like when you are up $20.00 at the craps table it's time to call it a day. This knowledge came to me after I lost it plus the original $20.00 I bet. Seriously, The training here is really good. Yesterday I attended 3 classes, Today I have 5. I learned a little more about the CUI & I'll share those things when I get a little more time. I'm off to my next class. Talk with you later.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Feed the hungry

I ran across this this morning on, it's a word game that has real life consequences. For every word you get right they donate 10 grains of rice. It's gets a little challenging as the levels progress but I think you all can handle it.



Thursday, November 1, 2007

Going to AU??

It's a little close to go time for AU this year. I just found out that I will be there. I'm looking forward to meeting fellow bloggers there & other CAD monkeys like myself. If you're going to be there drop me a line & I'll try to see you there.



Tuesday, October 16, 2007


I recently had to re-setup my AutoCAD. Today after a few weeks of using my scroll wheel to zoom I realized that I had to scroll an awful lot to zoom just a little way. I forgot to set my ZOOMFACTOR. Default is 60 I like mine in the lower 90's. What do you like to set it at?


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

What's your OSMODE?

Mine, 111.

Everyone has their own preferences for which running osnaps they like to have. Once you have yours set to your liking, type in OSMODE. Enter new value for OSMODE : will be your prompt. Write down or memorize that number in the brackets, that is your OSMODE. Now anytime you want to reset your running osnaps to your liking you can by entering your number.



Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Been a couple days

It's been a few days since I posted anything, I had some computer problems to fix. Anyway, I added a search bar up top of my blog. This search will take you directly to the AutoCAD LT Discussion forum. It's not real pretty but it works. I find many of my LT questions have already been asked & have good & quick responses.



Friday, September 14, 2007

CADing && Coding

I've had this blog as a link for a little while but wanted to spotlight it on my blog.
Here's a guy who seems to know his stuff when it comes to customizing AutoCAD LT.
Check it out.

Welcome to Mohamed Haris & his blog.


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Plot Tip

I just created a button for printing. It's a 1 button for all your plots kind of thing. Everything in the plot command is the same except for the plot scale. My first thought was to prompt the user to enter the scale like 1=48 type of thing. But, then I had an idea. Use DIESEL. Where it would prompt for the scale in the MACRO I added..


this will enter the ratio of plotted units to drawing units. No prompting, no hassel.



Monday, September 10, 2007

AUGI Forum

Keep a lookout on AUGI Forum for good information. I recently found this viewport creation tool for LT users.

Thank you to Shinyhead for the tip.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Set current layer by selecting object

It was brought to my attention that I missed something right in front of my eyes. AutoCAD LT 2007already has a button to do this, it's on the LAYER toolbar. But, for those of you with LT versions below 2000 this is a good alternative.

More DIESEL. I spent a couple days looking & trying to figure out how to set the current layer to an object I picked. Of course with lisp this is fairly simple, but I think I came up with a good alternative for Us LT users.


Also by changing the code a little you can use it to freeze, turn off, lock or unlock a layer.

I hope this is helpful,


Tuesday, September 4, 2007


Here's a quick way to toggle TILEMODE with a DIESEL expression. You can program this as a button.


Also once you make this a toolbar button you can assign a keyboard shortcut to access it.


Friday, August 31, 2007

Be sure to check the comments

I'm getting good feed back on the comments. Some of the visitors have added their own tips there.

Thanks for stopping in,


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Align Command

Here's a way to get LT to mimic the align command. Create a toolbar button & use this as a macro..
^C^C_select \_move _p ;\\_rotate _p ;@ _r @ \\

Thanks to...

Dean Saadallah
Add-on products for LT

for the tip.


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fellow LT Blogger

Thanks to Shaan Hurley I've been introduced to a fellow LT blogger.

Everyone stop by & say hello.



Friday, August 24, 2007

Status bar

I used to have a little lisp that when added to the acad.lsp file, would display drawing information on the status bar. With out the use of lisp I can do the same thing, I just have to go about it differently. I created a startup script & added the following... (watch for word wrap)

MODEMACRO Date =$(edtime,$(getvar,date),mon/dd/yyyy) | Dimscale =$(getvar,dimscale) | LTscale =$(getvar,ltscale) | Dimstyle =$(getvar,dimstyle)

I then added "/b startup.scr" to the target line in my AutoCAD icon. Now every time I start AutoCAD it will run this script & my status bar will have the information I like.

Have a good weekend,


Thursday, August 23, 2007

DIESEL "IF" Statement

While looking for LT info I ran across this help.


The portion in orange is the test (IF "tilemode" equals 1). If the test is true it does the first statement, if the test is false it does the second statement. Each statement is separated by a comma.

Thanks for the tip Ty.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Custom keyboard commands


I learned something new, the SHIFT key overrides the default radius. So when prompted to pick lines to fillet hold the SHIFT key down to fillet with a zero radius. This will keep your radius stored & will not over write it.


I used to use FF to execute a lisp routine that would fillet with a radius of zero. You can create a toolbar, menu or tool palette object to do this but what about the keyboard. Here's a tip.

In the CUI drag the command fillet up to the keyboard shortcuts part of the CUI tree.

Once added you can adjust the macro to set the fillet radius to zero & specify a keyboard shortcut to execute the command, I use SHIFT + F to execute it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Default Layer for Tool Palettes

If you right click on a tool palette object you can select properties
& set the default layer for that object.
This way you can keep your CAD standards in tact & increase productivity.


While trying to figure out different ways to do things I used to do with lisp, I found this out.
Use DIESEL in your commands. Tool palette, menus or toolbars it will work in all. I created this one to automatically set text height per dimscale.


I hope this will help,


Hello all,
my name is Erik Deyo & I recently took on the duty of CAD Manager at a small engineering firm. Working at a small business has its good & bad points, smaller budgets mean smaller resources. We currently use AutoCAD 2007 LT & I plan on sharing pieces of information with all of you as I discover them. I look forward to sharing with everyone.