Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Autocad Macro Commands affecting Pickfirst Properties

I had an issue a little while ago my object selection was being canceled by autocad when I initiated a command.  I thought maybe my pickfirst had been reset to 0 (causes autocad to ask you to select your objects after your command when 0) because of a crash.  I discovered it was set to 1 so that was not the problem.


Then after a little sleuthing, I discovered that the command lines for some of the macro command lines in the Customizable User Interface were prefaced by ^C^C_.  This is done in order to cancel out any previously initiated commands that might interfere.  However, this also clears your current object selection as well. 


To stop this, you need to go into your CUI (type:CUI) and scroll down to the command causing you issues.  See the attached image for an example of said prefix in the macro for the properties command.  All you need to do is delete it, apply the CUI settings, and hit OK.


You are now good to go.



Monday, September 22, 2008

Dealing with Multiple Surface Boundaries

I’m currently working on a site that has wetlands and numerous boundaries across the surface.  I do not want the surface to triangulate between each of these surfaces, so I’m isolating them with boundaries.  This has proved tricky in how to define things.


I define an outer boundary with no breakline first.  Subqequent boundaries are defined as show with no breaklines either.



Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Add labels to linework


Use the command in the menu pull down as shown.


Adjust styles accordingly.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Show plan view location in relation to profile

 Use command showdrawingtips to see your plan view location depicted as you scroll through profile view.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Create polyline from spline

Set Splinetype to 5 instead of 6.


Use PE command, then S command to fit spline to polyline.


Explode newly created spline.


Use polyline edit  PE” command again before anything else, select M for multiple, then P for previous (will select objects from previous command), then do the Join subcommand within PEdit.


You now have a polyline created from a spline.

Reconciled Layers

To turn off, set LAYERNOTIFY to 0



Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Multi-Leader Styles

Alter using mleaderstyle command

Monday, September 8, 2008

Convert Extracted Surface Points to Civil 3D COGO Points

Use the surface extraction command to bring up the autocad formatted points.


Use the convert autocad points command at the bottom of the points menu to bring up the points to convert.


Change the create points command under the points menu as shown above to avoid having to enter descriptions for each point manually.