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PDFCreator

PDFCreator is a free, open source printer driver that allows you create PDF files without the need for any Adobe software.  I use it all the time, using Acrobat only to crop and rotate my PDFs.  It features auto-naming and auto-saving, so it is great for batch plotting.  Check it out.

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OS Tools – FolderView

To wrap up my series about open source/freeware utilities for Windows, I’d like to present Folder View.  This simple but useful application gives you a quick way to access shortcuts to your most commonly-used folders.

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OS Tools – VirtuaWin

To continue the theme from last week’s post about handy-dandy OS Tools, I’d like to talk about VirtuaWin.  This wonderful and simple open source (and free) application will put the power of virtual desktops at your fingertips.  There are other virtual desktop options out there, but this one is my favorite.

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OS Tools – Launchy

This post isn’t specifically about AutoCAD, but about some of the freeware/open source tools I use to make working in Windows faster and more efficient.  My top three favorite open source apps are Launchy, Folder View and VirtuaWin.  These tools are great for speedy application or folder launching, and for managing your desktop space.  Best of all, all three are free.  This week I want to talk about Launchy.

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WblockAll

Here’s a handy utility:

WblockAll

It’s a free compiled LISP script. Use APPLOAD to load it into AutoCAD.

What it does is export all blocks in a drawing into separate drawing files in a folder of your choice. I find this to be useful when looking for poorly-defined blocks. I stumbled across WblockAll the other day when I had a drawing with a file size that seemed like it was about twice as big as it should be. I WblockAll’d the drawing, and immediately found a block that was half the size of the original file. That was my culprit. I replaced it with a smaller block in the drawing and my problem was solved. Thanks, Xanadu!

I’m sure you can find your own uses for it.

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