Friday at last...it's been a very busy week at work after a month out of the office. I leave for Europe on Monday (didn't I just get used to this time zone?) so I can't promise a new Hip Tip every day but I'll do my best!
Friday's AutoCAD Hip Tip:
If you've ever needed to open a very large drawing to make a quick edit you know the pain of waiting endlessly for your drawing file to open (even 15 seconds can seem like forever when you're waiting). So here's a tip - if you don't need to see all of the geometry in your drawing - you can perform a Partial Open. By selecting only those layers you need for your quick edit you can be in and out in no time!
Most of us blast right through the Open dialog - so we wouldn't even notice the drop-down list to the right of the Open button as seen below.
If you select Partial Open, you can quickly choose just the needed layers to load, or even a saved view as seen in the dialog box below:
If you select a previously saved view to load (rather than selecting by layers) AutoCAD will load only the geometry and layers that are relevant to the selected view. Any previously saved views will display in the upper left corner under "View Geometry to load". (this particular drawing has one saved view called "Dining Room")
Note: All named objects such as inserted blocks and dimension styles will be loaded regardless.
If you have multiple Xrefs in the drawing slowing you down you can very quickly select "Load All" to select all the layers and then select "Unload all Xrefs on open"...this will only load the base geometry. This can be a tremendous time saver!
If you find that you missed some crucial geometry - you can always add as you go with the PARTIALOAD command. This gives you a second chance to grab any additional geometry you might need.
Give Partial Load a try for super speedy file editing in large drawings! Enjoy your Hip Tip and your weekend!