Well I think I've earned my keep at the UK AUGI Design Academy! They kept me busy with 7 different presentations throughout the 2 day conference - I am exhausted! It was study, study, study followed up by speak, speak, speak! The attendees were fabulous though, worth every minute of it. All I know is that I'll sleep well on the plane today!
I have to give the all out Dedication award to Marc Goldman though...he flew from Southern California to Birmingham on Wednesday afternoon to do a presentation on Interoperability! The poor guy [whom I refer to as the Interoperability King] arrived about 2 hours before he had to present - and he's turning around and flying home today! What a champ! Those in attendance definitely appreciated his presence and the opportunity to talk to someone who genuinely cares about the issues surrounding a slightly touchy subject. Below is a picture of Marc during his presentation [he doesn't look too tired] and I unfortunately didn't get a very good shot [sorry Marc]. He put about 15 different interoperability issues on pieces of paper around the room and let the attendees mark the ones that were of the most importance to them with red dots - it was a great way to find out what the key issues really are.
For those of you who attended the AUGI Design Academy - you might be chuckling at the fact that I still can't use my right paren [and have resorted to using brackets]. Stupid me somehow managed to change the setting for Shift+0 to the degree symbol and I can no longer get my right parenthesis. I can't remember how I got there to begin with to fix it! If there is anyone out there who thinks they can help me out I would be very grateful...this isn't an AutoCAD issue - it affects everything I do - sometimes I am such a dork.
An AutoCAD Hip Tip on Creating Extra Smart Double-Clicks:
One of the courses I taught this week was on the CUI. One of the cool things you can do in the CUI is customize the double-clicks. As you know - when you double click on an object, AutoCAD executes a command depending on the object selected. For example - if you double click on a circle, AutoCAD executes the Properties command. If you double click on an MTEXT object it executes MTEDIT. Well you can modify this to suit your needs and this really cool student from Scotland, Paul Kellett, had some very clever ideas on how to really maximize this.
Paul set up his CUI so that double-clicking on a line turns it into a polyline (very cool] and double-clicking on a pline jumps into the Join option in the PEDIT command...also very cool! Let's take a look at how that can be done.
First off - you'll enter the CUI Command and go to the section called Double Click Actions:
Here you'll find all the commands and their associated Double Click command. Below you can see that the double click action for Hatch is HATCHEDIT and for Line is Properties (most of them are actually set to Properties].
We want to change the Double Click for Line to a PEDIT Macro that will look like this:
this cancels out of the existing command, executes the PEDIT command using the selected line. PEDIT asks me whether or not I want to turn it into a PLINE so I have a "Y" to answer that question and an extra enter to get out. In the macro world - ^C is equal to an Escape or Cancel and a semicolon, ; is equal to an enter.
So you'll need to hit the New Command button to create a new command for your macro as seen below:
I named my new command Pedit Line and filled in my macro. Then it's simply a matter of dragging my new command up underneath the Line command in the Double click Actions section.
And now whenever you double click on a line it will magically convert it into a PLINE - hoorah!!!
Well I'm about ready to hop on my plane home (can hardly wait]...please - somebody out there help me find out how to get my right paren back! :° - that's the best smiley face I can do under the circumstances...