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  1. <?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><?xml-stylesheet href="http://www.blogger.com/styles/atom.css" type="text/css"?><feed xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom' xmlns:openSearch='http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearchrss/1.0/' xmlns:blogger='http://schemas.google.com/blogger/2008' xmlns:georss='http://www.georss.org/georss' xmlns:gd="http://schemas.google.com/g/2005" xmlns:thr='http://purl.org/syndication/thread/1.0'><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10487294</id><updated>2012-04-15T21:40:41.955-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Ninedots</title><subtitle type='html'>The thoughts of a CADD Manager.</subtitle><link rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#feed' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://ninedots.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/10487294/posts/default?alt=atom'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://ninedots.blogspot.com/'/><link rel='hub' href='http://pubsubhubbub.appspot.com/'/><author><name>Ben Jones</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/08486464450067755450</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='https://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><generator version='7.00' uri='http://www.blogger.com'>Blogger</generator><openSearch:totalResults>13</openSearch:totalResults><openSearch:startIndex>1</openSearch:startIndex><openSearch:itemsPerPage>25</openSearch:itemsPerPage><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10487294.post-112880088144793396</id><published>2005-10-08T12:31:00.000-07:00</published><updated>2005-10-08T13:00:05.193-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Autocad Array - Preview Tip</title><content type='html'>Ever in the array command and you set everything up and then you go to preview and can&#39;t see the whole array? Well, don&#39;t press Cancel!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3998/813/1600/image004.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;&quot; src=&quot;http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3998/813/320/image004.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;To solve that problem click modify and reselect your objects. Before right clicking, zoom out far enough to see the entire array.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3998/813/1600/image006.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;&quot; src=&quot;http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3998/813/320/image006.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Then press preview. Problem solved...so no more need to cancel and start over.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3998/813/1600/image008.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;&quot; src=&quot;http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3998/813/320/image008.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;blogger-post-footer&quot;&gt;&lt;div id=&quot;description&quot;&gt;
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  99. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://ninedots.blogspot.com/feeds/112656523003052781/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=10487294&amp;postID=112656523003052781' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/10487294/posts/default/112656523003052781'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/10487294/posts/default/112656523003052781'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://ninedots.blogspot.com/2005/09/dell-and-autocad-2006.html' title='Dell and Autocad 2006?'/><author><name>Ben Jones</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/08486464450067755450</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='https://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10487294.post-112571876860586987</id><published>2005-09-02T20:33:00.000-07:00</published><updated>2005-09-05T11:12:39.306-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Get to Read What You Want in Less Clicks with RSS</title><content type='html'>I am jumping on the band wagon. I have heard and seen a ton about these RSS feed Readers. &quot;Just the info that you want&quot;, &quot;All the new stuff right at your finger tips&quot;, and &quot;No need to sift through each site trying to find what you need&quot; are some of the things that have tempted me. So I did it. I got a free RSS feed Reader called &quot;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.rssbandit.org/ow.asp?RssBandit&quot;&gt;RSS Bandit&lt;/a&gt;&quot; and tried it out. It came with a few default readers like comics, news, and entertainment. Then I tried to add some of the blogs that I read regularly to see if it was worth it. I was surprised how easy it was to add a site to this thing. Either right click or drag and drop...simple!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Now it is my main browser for news, getting new info from places like Autodesk Knowledge base, discussion groups, and blogs. I recommend this to anyone who has a set of websites that they search on a regular basis. Instead of clicking through your favorites and digging through all the muck to get new info, try the rss feed readers.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Cheers.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;PS - Next post will be ADT oriented, I promise.&lt;div class=&quot;blogger-post-footer&quot;&gt;&lt;div id=&quot;description&quot;&gt;
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  180. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;CADD Manager: &lt;/strong&gt;&quot;That&#39;s great! What&#39;s it called?&quot;
  181. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;User: &lt;/strong&gt;&quot;It is a lisp routine and all I have to do is type is &#39;IL&#39; in the command line. It allows me to select objects and it will isolate everything that is on the same layer as that object.&quot;
  182. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;CADD Manager:&lt;/strong&gt; &quot;hmm, did you know that we have commands in AutoCAD that do that already?&quot;
  183. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;User:&lt;/strong&gt; &quot;No, but I really like this one. Do you think that you could put this into our standard custom commands?&quot;
  184. &lt;br /&gt;
  185. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Multiple Choice Question&lt;/strong&gt; - As a CADD Manager how would you deal with this situation?
  186. &lt;br /&gt;
  187. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li&gt;Allow the user to use this lisp routine even though there is already a command in AutoCAD that does this function.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Tell him to stay off the internet, that he is such an idiot for not know that this already existed in AutoCAD, and leave the smart stuff to you. Then create a reactor that closes AutoCAD every time he uses that lisp routine he found.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Remove AutoCAD from his computer and tell him to use MS Paint.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Encourage him to use the AutoCAD command.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Scream really load until he leaves your area, then get back looking at the odds for this week’s badminton championship.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;
  188. &lt;br /&gt;Implementing Custom Commands is no easy task no matter how large your user group is. There are many factors to deal with - e.g. the command input methodology, training, maintenance, so and so forth.
  189. &lt;br /&gt;
  190. &lt;br /&gt;The most important aspect of determining the implementation of a custom command is whether or not the custom command is necessary. AutoCAD already has 388 documented commands, 6 command modifiers, and 427 system variables to work with. That doesn&#39;t include the 110 express tool commands. That is a ton of stuff for anyone to remember. That is also a ton of stuff to have under your tool belt before any custom commands enter the picture. So, make sure that this statement is clear to anyone in your user group - &quot;The CADD department will not create any custom command that duplicates an already existing AutoCAD command.&quot;
  191. &lt;br /&gt;
  192. &lt;br /&gt;Now, lets face it, even with all of those commands, there is always a need for customization. Any user of AutoCAD knows that the program is trying to reach a ton of different markets and so they really leave most of thier commands vague enough for any market to use. Enter the custom command. Custom Commands come in all different forms. You have menu macros, diesel commands, visual LISP, VBA macros, ARX commands, just to name a few. This post is not a teaching guide on how to write in these different languages. This post describes the best way I have found to implement a custom command once it has been created in these different languages.
  193. &lt;br /&gt;
  194. &lt;br /&gt;Once you have determined that a custom command is better suited than any of the standard AutoCAD commands, you need to determine the best way to present it to the user. I am talking about the 4 different ways of using any command - command line, toolbar button, menu pull-down, or tool palette. If you have a group of 2 which includes yourself, you may not need to present the command in more than one of these ways. But if your user group is expansive, you may save yourself and others a ton of a time by making a command available in atleast 3 of the 4 ways to present a command. Next section is how you present it in all of these forms.
  195. &lt;br /&gt;
  196. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Command Line
  197. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;
  198. &lt;br /&gt;I know that there is multiple ways to create a custom command to use in the command line, but I am just going to cover how to do it using lisp. I use this to implement existing Lisp routines, VBA macros, and ARX commands.
  199. &lt;br /&gt;
  200. &lt;br /&gt;Here is an example of how to create a custom command for use in the command line.
  201. &lt;br /&gt;
  202. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Lisp&lt;/strong&gt; – yourcommand.lsp &lt;span style=&quot;color:#666666;&quot;&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color:#666666;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color:#000000;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:courier new;font-size:85%;&quot;&gt;(defun C:yourcomm1 ()
  203. &lt;br /&gt;(setvar &quot;cmdecho&quot; 0)
  204. &lt;br /&gt;(cond
  205. &lt;br /&gt;((null yourcommand)
  206. &lt;br /&gt;(load &quot;yourcommand&quot;)))
  207. &lt;br /&gt;(yourcommand)
  208. &lt;br /&gt;(princ)
  209. &lt;br /&gt;)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color:#666666;&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;VBA&lt;/strong&gt; – dvbfile.dvb!yourcommand&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color:#666666;&quot;&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:courier new;font-size:85%;color:#000000;&quot;&gt;(defun C:yourcomm2 ()
  210. &lt;br /&gt;(setvar &quot;cmdecho&quot; 0)
  211. &lt;br /&gt;(vl-vbarun &quot;dvbfile.dvb!yourcommand&quot;)
  212. &lt;br /&gt;(princ)
  213. &lt;br /&gt;)&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color:#666666;&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;ARX&lt;/strong&gt; – yourcommand.arx
  214. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color:#666666;&quot;&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:courier new;font-size:85%;color:#000000;&quot;&gt;(defun C:yourcomm3 ()
  215. &lt;br /&gt;(setvar &quot;cmdecho&quot; 0)
  216. &lt;br /&gt;(arxload &quot;yourcommand.arx&quot;)
  217. &lt;br /&gt;(princ)
  218. &lt;br /&gt;)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  219. &lt;br /&gt;There is two items worth noting above. First is a really big pet-peeve of mine that I see all of the time. Name your lisp routines more with a name more than 4 characters in length. Don&#39;t try to bypass the pgp file and name your routine with one or two letters. Just don&#39;t do it. The other is that all custom files are soft-coded. This means that all .lsp, .dvb, and .arx files that you call like this must be located in AutoCAD’s file support search path. You can alternatively add the exact file location to the file name in any of these commands. Once you do that it is just a matter of creating a menu file and a tool palette file using those commands.
  220. &lt;br /&gt;
  221. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Menu file&lt;/strong&gt;
  222. &lt;br /&gt;
  223. &lt;br /&gt;Here are a few examples of how to add your custom command to the menu file once it is created.
  224. &lt;br /&gt;
  225. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Menu-&lt;/strong&gt;
  226. &lt;br /&gt;
  227. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:courier new;font-size:85%;color:#666666;&quot;&gt;ID_yourcomm1 [yourcomm1]^C^Cyourcomm1;
  228. &lt;br /&gt;ID_yourcomm2 [yourcomm2]^C^Cyourcomm2;
  229. &lt;br /&gt;ID_yourcomm3 [yourcomm3]^C^Cyourcomm3;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Toolbar Items - &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family:courier new;font-size:85%;color:#666666;&quot;&gt;ID_yourcomm1 [_Button(&quot;Yourcomm1&quot;, &quot;yourcomm1.bmp&quot;, &quot;ICON_16_BLANK&quot;)]^C^Cyourcomm1;
  230. &lt;br /&gt;ID_yourcomm2 [_Button(&quot;Yourcomm2&quot;, &quot;yourcomm2.bmp&quot;, &quot;ICON_16_BLANK&quot;)]^C^Cyourcomm2;
  231. &lt;br /&gt;ID_yourcomm3 [_Button(&quot;Yourcomm3&quot;, &quot;yourcomm3.bmp&quot;, &quot;ICON_16_BLANK&quot;)]^C^Cyourcomm3;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;And as of the 2004 (with the tool palette extension) you can also put custom commands into the tool palette.
  232. &lt;br /&gt;
  233. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Tool Palettes (in 2005)&lt;/strong&gt;
  234. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li&gt;Copy an existing Tool like Chamfer, or Fillet.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Right click on the tool and click on properties.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Change all the necessary information as indicated below.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;
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  236. &lt;br /&gt;
  237. &lt;br /&gt;So that is how you create the custom command using lisp. I would love to talk about training and maintenance, but this is already getting long so you will just have to wait until I got more time.
  238. &lt;br /&gt;
  239. &lt;br /&gt;Until next time, cheers.
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  257. &lt;br /&gt;
  258. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size:130%;&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Saving Settings - Why we spend the time to do this.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/span&gt;
  259. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size:130%;&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;
  260. &lt;br /&gt;Ever created a program or a macro and heard someone say something along the lines of &quot;I am having to change this every time I open the program&quot;,&quot;can you change to program to have this setting the default?&quot;, or my favorite, &quot;can you make it a little bit more intuitive?&quot;
  261. &lt;br /&gt;
  262. &lt;br /&gt;The reality is that when someone uses the word &#39;intuitive&#39; they mean they way they like it. This is just fine, except for ever two people, there is two ways to do one thing in AutoCAD. That is where you run into the problems. Who&#39;s intuition should you go with? The person who is paying you or the person using it? Do you take the opinions of everyone and try to make everyone happy? You may not be able to please everyone all the time, but you may be able to get close by allowing the user to set up a set of options to their liking.
  263. &lt;br /&gt;
  264. &lt;br /&gt;Enter Saving Settings. But how do we do this? There are a ton of different ways to save setting in programs. Anything from editing the registry to saving a txt file. If you don&#39;t know how to do this, there are a few links on &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.cadvault.com/&quot;&gt;Cadvault.com&lt;/a&gt; that will really help you.
  265. &lt;br /&gt;
  266. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.cadvault.com/forums/article.php?a=9&quot;&gt;Making Users Feel At Home - Saving Settings&lt;/a&gt; is an article that explains how visual basic modifies the registry to save settings and also how to use an ini file. There is also a &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.cadvault.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9730&quot;&gt;discussion &lt;/a&gt;in this community that has a zip file that discusses how to use XML to save a layer state and how to reload it back into AutoCAD. The discussion starts to go a little adrift in the beginning, but after page four, there are some pretty interesting things that people have done with this XML.
  267. &lt;br /&gt;
  268. &lt;br /&gt;So take a look at these ways and find your own favorite way to save settings. I have decided to go with xml as my preference. I did because is very easy to edit, share, transfer, or backup. Plus, most of the time, I want my users to be able to create their own defaults. That is what the next part will mainly go over - how I have used XML to save settings in AutoCAD.
  269. &lt;br /&gt;
  270. &lt;br /&gt;Until next time, Cheers.
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