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I didn’t realize until recently that Google/Appspot’s depreciation of the Master/Slave datastore would effect the coordinizer. After I realized that it was disabled by the transition, it took me some time to get around to migrating it, but I finally did. Thanks, Sam, for letting me know that you still use it. 🙂

I’m uploading the python source code here in case anybody ever wants to use or modify this program. GPL, etc. etc.. Do you what you will with it. If it ever turns into a major motion picture, please consider sending some royalties my way. Can I say that?

Also, I added a permalink to the sidebar to coordinizer.appspot.com —–>


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AutoDesk labs plugins

AutoDesk Labs has a bunch of cool plugins for AutoCAD. The one that that looks especially useful to me is RefUcsSpy. From the site:

Many AutoCAD users have reference files set up in World coordinates. Attaching such files when in a different User Coordinate System (UCS) can result in the contents appearing at incorrect locations. This plugin can be used within AutoCAD to detect when reference files are being attached when the UCS is not “World.” If it is not, the user will be prompted whether they would like to temporarily set the UCS to World for the duration of the attach command.


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From CAD notes, here’s a handy list of AutoCAD Tips:


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Matching Names in Purge

I discovered recently that it is possible to use regular expressions in the purge command. If that doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will.

A regular expression is a way to define a pattern. The pattern can be used to include or exclude the name(s) of a layer, linetype, registered application, or anything that can be purged. (more…)

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Publish troubles?

Is the output of your Publishing endeavors not what you expected? Are multiple sheets being printed to a single PDF file, when you really want multiple files? Try setting PUBLISHCOLLATE to 0. If it is set to 1, AutoCAD will process the entire set of drawings being published as a single job.

I actually had a lot of problems when PUBLISHCOLLATE was set to 1 when I was using AutoCAD 2009, where the last sheet output would overwrite each previous sheet. This behavior seems to have been fixed in 2010, though.

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Editing Hatches in 2010

do blind people use autocad?I’ve been using AutoCAD 2010 for a few months now, and I’ve found some value in a few of the new features.  One that a colleague pointed out to me is the new grip editing features for hatches.  You may have noticed that when you click on a non-associative hatch, you’ll see grips appear.

It’s a handy way to quickly change those hatches without having to redraw the boundaries.


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Layout Selector

QVLAYOUT is a handy command,for sure.  It lets us hide our layout and model space tabs, recovering valuable screen real estate, and it provides a nice thumbnail view of each layout.  But it takes a few extra milliseconds to generate the thumbnails, and if you know you want to go to the first layout (which is often the case) and you are a keyboard commando, you might find this LISP routine useful.  It’s called LayoutNav.  Props to Lee Ambrosius for writing this back in 2003.

Load it up with APPLOAD, then you can use the command “FirstLayout” to jump right to the first layout tab.  I used ALIASEDIT to alias “L1” to “FirstLayout”, so it’s EVEN QUICKER.  I’m into efficiency, if you haven’t noticed.

Next week: How to convince your clone to write your blog for you.

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