After yesterday post you are probably wondering how to add a new pattern to AutoCAD.
You need to copy pattern files to your AutoCAD support directory. Usually it is e.g.: C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 2010\Support
or C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2013\Support
New patterns will appear on the bottom of your pattern list in AutoCAD 2013
or in older AutoCADs choose Custom from Type and pattern list.
I have a present for all of you – two patterns (hatches):
– SiteworkEarth 45 – rotated by 45 deg.
I created them by myself to use them in Revit. Earth 45 – because there is no way to rotate a pattern in a section. Rhombus – to use as a hatch representing insulation.
Later I change the scale by 100 to use them in AutoCAD.
You can use them free of charge even for commercial use.
Today a problem arose. I like to have a menu under a right-click of my mouse (with other useful commands) but my colleague get use to use Enter on that button. How then to open a block in the Block Editor she asked?
There is a command BEDIT ( BE or what ever is specified in the acad.pgp file) or a toolbar to open blocks in-place (or you can double click the block). But there is no toolbar icon to open a block in the Block Editor accept a right-click menu.
However there is a command which is not even listed in the acad.pgp file.
“-BEDIT” opens selected block in the Block Editor. You can add that command to a acad.pgp command list with a shortcut e.g. “-BE“. It will work. Somehow AutoCAD 2013 is smarter and activates that command with a shortcut not even listed in the acad.pgp file.
Also in AutoCAD 2013 there is a predefined command with an icon in User Interface which can be easily added to any toolbar or tab.
I have stick in the office, technical problems with Overground again, and that’s why I can post another small tip. Something that annoyed me in PS – the Pixel Grid when you zoom in over 600%. It is turned on by default probably since CS5.
How to turn it off:
1. Permanently: select View > Show > Pixel Grid. To turn it off make sure Pixel Grid is unchecked. Photoshop will remember that setting.
2.Temporarily: select View >Extras or press Ctrl+h (Command + h on Mac)
This will also turn off Grids, Guides, Layer Edges… everything under the Show menu. Next time when you open PS they will be turned on.
If you don’t see the pixel grid menu option, then you most likely haven’t got OpenGL enabled in your Photoshop preferences. To fix this, select the Edit > Preferences > Performance… menu option. Make sure that Enable OpenGL Drawing is checked.
This issue was brought up during a project I was working on buck in Poland. Very simple little tip that I think will help many people using lots of other crazy workarounds.
1.Go to Properties/Underlay and choose the level (above) on which is the object you want to show as overhead.
2.From Modify tab choose “Linework” tool (LW).
3.Select desired line style.
4.Amend desired overhead (hidden) lines with that tool.
5 No you can switch off Underlay by choosing “None” and overhead (or hidden) lines will stay on your plan even if you amend the object they are showing.