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Archive for October, 2007

I added a short entry on coloring entities Bylayer to the Best Practices guide.

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Filtering in AutoCAD

Lynn Allen has a great post on filtering objects with the FILTER command.

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I just added a short guide to using Layer 0 to the Best Practices manual.

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I’ve started up my Best Practices online manual.  The first two entries are about Blocks and using Keyboard Commands.

Enjoy!

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I was getting the “cannot find resource string number” xxxx “in resource AEccLand50” error in AutoCAD 2008. The dialog box popped up when I opened a drawing, and going through about 15 of these errors (the escape key helps), the drawing opened just fine. If I closed the drawing and re-opened it, the errors didn’t seem to appear – only when I closed AutoCAD and re-opened the drawing did the errors appear again.Resource String error dialog

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A blast from the past

I was getting frustrated with the way Layer Freeze in AutoCAD 2008 (and maybe 2007?) handles blocks nested within xrefs. If you have a block which contains entities on layer 0, which is itself on a different layer, and the whole thing is in an xref, and you use 2008 layfrz, you get this message:

Cannot freeze layer “0”. It is the CURRENT layer.

You get that no matter what setting you use (Block, Entity, No nesting).

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Howdy, welcome to my new AutoCAD blog. To start things off, here’s a little hack for you. The Civil 3D 2008 splash screen reminded me of something else, so I decided to change it. Here’s the procedure:

First, download ResHack: http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/

Then modify C:\Program Files\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008\acadres.dll with ResHack:
1) remove RCData:414
2) Add new Bitmap resource : 414 : new splash image BMP (link below)
3) replace Bitmap resource 144 with new splash image BMP
4) save

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