May 9, 2007

Automate annotation in AutoCAD 2008

A new feature of AutoCAD 2008 is the ability to automate the sizing of annotation, such as text and dimensions, in viewports with varying scales.

The following objects can be annotative, meaning that they can size automatically:

  • Text (single-line text)
  • Mtext (multi-line text)
  • Dimensions
  • Multileaders (which are new for AutoCAD 2008)
  • Tolerances (in frames)
  • Hatches
  • Blocks
  • Block attributes

Note that objects that use styles -- text, dimensions, and multileaders -- require an annotative style.

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Apr 2, 2007

Add MS Excel functionality to AutoCAD table

Please download this plugin here
Enjoy it.

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AutoCAD 2008 new features and benefits

Annotation Overview
AutoCAD® software provides powerful tools for the creation, management, and sharing of design documentation. Companies around the world use these documents and drawings to create buildings, landscapes, sheet metal parts, and much more. When we typically think of a set of drawings, the focus is usually on the actual lines, arcs, and circles that define the geometry of the design. There is another key component to any drawing, and that is what is referred to as the annotation. Annotation consists of the dimensions, text, tables, hatch patterns, and so forth that annotate or describe the information shown in the drawing itself. Annotation is crucial to the clear and accurate definition of a design. Customer-requested enhancements to annotation have driven the creation of AutoCAD 2008. AutoCAD 2008 makes the creation, editing, and management of annotation scale, tables, text, and leaders simple and intuitive. This means that drawings are easier to create and maintain to the standards required in your business. These new and enhanced tools avoid duplication of information so that errors caused by design revisions are kept to a minimum and time spent on workarounds is significantly reduced.

Annotation Scaling
The scale at which a drawing is plotted has a direct correlation to the size and placement of annotation within that drawing. For example, a note with a leader may need to be repositioned and nearby text moved to plot at a scale that is different from that of the base drawing. Currently, designers must handle this change in scale by placing multiple notes on multiple layers that are then turned on or off depending on what scale the drawing is plotted at. This requires work to set up and maintain as the drawing is created and represents a potiential source of error as the geometry is revised over time.
AutoCAD 2008 introduces the concept of annotation scale as an object property. A new control on the status bar enables designers to set the current scale of a viewport or model space view. Designers can then apply that scale to each object and specify its size, placement, and appearance based on the scale set for the viewport. In other words, annotation is now automated.
The addition of annotation scale in AutoCAD helps users avoid the creation and management of multiple text, leaders, hatch patterns, blocks, linetypes and multi-line leaders across multiple layers. It avoids
Layer Properties per Viewport
Viewports are frequently used to illustrate a particular portion of a design, for example, the the heating and ventilation system in a building. To highlight that aspect of the design, designers can choose to use a different line thickness or color for the walls in that viewport. Currently, that requires a duplicate version of the floorplan geometry in the viewport, because a change to line thickness or color is reflected in the entire drawing, not just in the specifc viewport used to highlight that aspect of the design.
In AutoCAD 2008 the layer manager has been enhanced to allow users to specify color, line weight, linetype, or plot style as an override for an individual viewport. These overrides can be easily turned on or off as viewports are added or removed.
Setting layer properties in a viewport enables users to present a design anyway you choose. Avoiding geometry duplication minimizes not only the work of creating and editing the duplicate geometry, but also a potential source of error as the geometry is modified.
Enhanced Tables
Much of the tabular information in AutoCAD software (parts lists, schedules, bills of materials, and so forth) is created from information that comes from information in the drawing as well as from external files. For instance, a window schedule could contain window quantity, size, and manufacturer information extracted from blocks in the drawing and the cost information contained in an external Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet. Currently, it is difficult to combine this information into a single table and then to update the information as information in either the drawing or Excel spreadsheet changes.
Enhanced tables now give users the option to combine AutoCAD and Excel tabular information into a single AutoCAD table. This table can be dynamically linked so that notifications appear in both AutoCAD and Excel as data is updated. Users can then select these notifications, allowing instant updating of information in either source document.
Lack of data synchronization is a key source of error in AutoCAD tables. By making it a more automated process, users can help to decrease costs caused by errors and omissions in the final set of drawings.
Text Formatting
Many of the standard notes in AutoCAD software are created and stored in external word processing formats, and then cut and pasted into AutoCAD on an as-needed basis. This process allows reuse of standard content. Currently, pasting large blocks of text into AutoCAD can cause formatting problems. The text can flow off the bottom of the drawing in one large block, requiring users to break it manually into chunks that fit in that particular drawing. These “chunks” are difficult to edit and maintain as the notes change over time.
The enhanced Mtext editor now provides the ability to specify the number of columns users require and flows new text between those columns as users edit the text. Specify the space set between each column of text and the edge of the paper. All of these variables can be adjusted to specific values in the dialog box, or adjusted interactively using the new multicolumn text grips.
The new text editing tools enhance the use of standardized notes, making both their creation and editing faster and easier.
Multiple Leader Creation
To create multiple leaders from a single note requires that the leaders be added as individual lines with arrowheads. Frequently, a single note can point at two or three design elements, with the angles and locations of the leaders changing depending on where the elements are in relationship to the original note. Creating, editing, or adding notes requires large amounts of hand editing to ensure that the position of notes and leaders is clear and unambiguous.
The new multiple leader panel on the dashboard has enhanced tools that automate the creation of multiple leaders and the orientation of the leaders (tail or content first) with the notes.
By having more flexibility in the creation of multiple leaders, users can avoid the use of hand-drawn leaders. Using a standard dashboard tool makes the creation and editing of multiline leaders much easier and more efficient.
Multiple Leader Alignment
Creating and editing multiple notes in AutoCAD had to be done on an individual basis. Once the notes had been added to the drawing, users had to align them manually. If notes were added at a later design revision, the entire note had to be realigned.
AutoCAD 2008 introduces the new Multiple Leader Align tool. This tool enables users to work with a set of notes and their leaders as a group, setting their type of alignment and spacing quickly and easily.
Alignment of existing or new notes is dramatically faster. The new Mleader command provides a new level of aesthetic accuracy and ultimately gives users the tools to make notes with leaders look the way they want them to look.

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Feb 20, 2007

Using Photoshop to create scanline effect

Here is the final result of scanline effect created by photoshop.
It's a amazing effect which is used everywhere on internet nowadays. It's cool to apply this to your website or your signature. The coolest thing is that it's very easy to create by photoshop
So let's start.
1. create a transparent file 1x3 and putt a black dot in the middle.

2. Click Edit>Define Pattern and save your pattern.
3. Open the image you want to apply the effect.

4. Click Edit>Fill and choose "pattern" which you just created.
5. Not good? ok, adjust the opacity to 70%, 50%, and 30%.... Which one you like? The following is 30%
So simple? Yes. Photoshop always makes thing simple.

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Feb 17, 2007

active the claim for technorati

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Feb 12, 2007

AutoCAD Tips - updating

1. Using keyboard as much as you can.
If you only use mouse, you just use one hand, if you use keyboard, you can use two hands. So check the ACAD.PGP and get familiar to those alias of command. Also you can edit it to your favorite letters. A simple way to find the file "acad.pgp" is to search in windows explore.

2. Using up-arrow and down-arrow
In addition to being able to repeat a command by simply pressing return or the space bar, you can scroll through your previous commands by using the up-arrow and down-arrow keys, thus eliminating the need to re-type long commands and system variables.

3. Using Fillet to join lines to polyline
When you fillet a polyline to a line, the result is a polyline.

4. Align hatch patterns
With AutoCAD 2006, it's easier than ever before to align the hatch pattern of multiple hatches to use one common hatch origin:
- When creating the first hatch entity, choose "Specify origin" in the BHATCH dialog, and click to select the new origin. Activate the "Store as default origin" checkbox before committing the BHATCH command with OK.
- When creating succeeding hatch entities, specify "use current origin". This way, the succeeding hatch entities will share the same hatch origin with the first hatch entity.

5. using mouse to zoom in and zoom out.
If you have a wheel mouse, you can use the mid wheel to zoom in and zoom out. The location of your cursor determines what part of your drawing remains stationary.

6. Using Find and replace to change text.
If you want to change lots of same text. Try find and replace.

7. Using filter to select quickly.
Try using filter when you need to select objects with same character such as dimension, arc, red line, etc. Type filter and to see what you will get. You will love it.

8. Finding the area of hatch entities
AutoCAD 2006 helps you to calculate the area of hatch entities; the Property Palette has a new field "Area". You can even select multiple hatch entities and see their cumulative area
displayed in the Property Palette. Of course, hatch islands and overlapping and intersecting areas are considered when calculating the area. This especially holds true for the cumulative area of multiple selected hatch entities; for example, a hatch entity that's fully contained within another hatch entity will not increase the "cumulative area" property when adding it to a selection that already contains the "outer" hatch.

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Feb 11, 2007

make a logo

1. Create Text

2. layer style

3. create a gradient

4. soft layer blend

5. copy amd flip vertically

6. mask, delete

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