I had the good fortune to spend a week working with the Large Format Printer division of HPlast week and it was just such a great pleasure! I really appreciated their hospitality and a glimpse into the great HP things to come. I must admit I was very, very impressed with their team, the office, everything! HP and Autodesk work very closely together to ensure our products work well with their workstations and printers. I am sure I sound like a commercial - but I was seriously impressed!
This particular HP office was in Barcelona - one of the most beautiful cities in Europe - which made the trip even that much more enjoyable! The flight home was a nightmare though...we were on the tarmac for four hours trying to fix a mechanical issue - everyone missed their connections in Chicago and I ended spending the night in a local airport hotel. The next day my flight to San Francisco was also delayed due to mechanical issues - am I a jinx or what? All in all - it took me 36 hours to get home - unbelievable!
My latest Cadalyst Tip was released while I was gone (I'm a bit behind) but if you missed it below is another link to a video tip on the QVLAYOUTS command.
An AutoCAD Hip Tip on Viewing Many Layouts
I have run into many AutoCAD users who, for whatever reason, have dozens of layouts in their drawings (don't send me nasty grams telling me why you have so many layouts please). If you fall under this category - then you should check out the QVLAYOUT (for Quick View Layout) command as it might make your life a little easier.
Here you can view a thumbprint of all your layouts for speedy access (this especially comes in handy when working with someone else's drawing where you might not know how they named their layouts).
Tip: use the Control key combined with the wheel on your mouse to make layout images larger or smaller (so more can fit on the screen).
QVLAYOUT is pretty self explanatory and easy to work with. I have to chuckle that you might want to pin it on your display - I'm thinking it is definitely going to get in your way!
There's a similar command called QVDRAWING for viewing all of your open drawings at once - you might want to give that one a try as well! Both are located on the status bar at the bottom of the AutoCAD window.
Check them out!