Bon Jour! I am in Paris for a meeting and thought I'd take a few minutes for a quick posting for you! I'd like to say that while I'm here I'll have time to see some of the sights - but it doesn't look like that's going to happen...another time...
With all the talk about 3D going on in the world I thought I'd mention one of my favorite Express Tools - RTUCS for Real Time UCS. For those of you who are managing to survive 3D AutoCAD (which is currently quite painful) I'm hoping you've tried this robust tool.
AutoCAD Hip Tip on Dynamically moving the UCS in 3D:
We rely on the UCS to get our 3D work done - but moving from one UCS to another is such a tedious process. How often I've wished I could just manually grab it and move it around on the screen...enter the awesome Express Tool RTUCS!
RTUCS let's you grab the highlighted axis and rotate it around to your liking. You can easily move from one axis to another by using the Tab key. And of course you can move the origin easily as well - all done dynamically on your screen (so it's really clear where your UCS is).
Press TAB key to change axis or
[Save/Restore/Delete/Cycle/Angle/Origin/View/World/Undo] <Drag to rotate>
Save: you can save the current UCS with a name
Restore: reset to a saved UCS
Delete: deletes a saved UCS
Cycle: cycles through the six standard orthographic UCS orientations (Top, Front, Right, Back, Legt and Bottom)
Angle: sets the minimum rotation increment for the current axis.
Origin: used ot move the UCS Origin
View: rotates the UCS parallel to your current view.
World sets the current UCS back to the WCS
Note: Unlike regular AutoCAD commands, RTUCS doesn't require an enter after you input an option...this will drive you crazy - but it does save you from extra steps!