Even though we are in the era of the Ribbon, you may still want to use certain toolbars. Here are 3 ways to access toolbars
If you have ANY docked toolbar visible, right click in an empty toolbar area (but not on a visible toolbar), and from there you can choose a toolbar from the menu that appears. Each loaded menugroup will be listed
If you do not have any docked toolbars but your Ribbon is enabled, go to the View tab on the Ribbon and find the User Interface panel, then the Toolbars dropdown. Choose the toolbar you want here.
Lastly, you can use the command line method, using the -TOOLBAR command (note the leading hyphen). When you use -TOOLBAR, you must know the exact toolbar name you want to make visible, but this command has many options. You can dock the toolbar or make it floating. If you make it floating, you can specify the exact location using screen coordinates. If you accept the defaults location (0,0) the toolbar will appear in the upper left corner of your primary monitor. If you want to specify a different location, be aware that the values increase as you move left and down. So if you specify a location of 300,500, the toolbar will be placed 300 pixels to the left and 500 pixels below the upper left corner of your primary monitor.
Of course the power of the -TOOLBAR command is that you can script this using a menu macro or lisp routine to place multiple toolbars exactly where you want to. If you watch the prompts on the -TOOLBAR command, you'll see that you can hide toolbars also, so it's possible to setup some shortcuts to show and hide various toolbars - which should be quicker than switching workspaces.
UPDATED 05 OCT 2012: This was one of the more popular polls from a few months ago. A recent blog post by Shaan Hurley made me revisit this poll. If you have not voted - please add your opinion!
I'm fairly receptive of new things in AutoCAD. Even if I do not adopt something new, I can generally find a reason for why things change. This one though, I still don't get. I can read the words much faster than I can figure out what the little icons mean. I've tried and tried, but this is still one of the first things I change on a new install. What do you think, ICONS or TEXT?
Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013, was pulled from distribution quickly after its release. It it now available for download again, rebranded as Service Pack 1.1. As always, be sure to download the correct version for your system (32-bit or 64-bit) and read the readme file
Although Autodesk Revit is not a tool I use, I did want to pass on some news that hit the Revit world recently. Autodesk Revit LT was announced this week. This is a simplified application designed to help small AEC firms transition to a BIM workflow with a cost-effective tool built on the Revit platform.
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Service Pack 1 (yeah, it looks like "updates" are back to being named "service packs" again) for AutoCAD 2013 is available for download. Pay particularly close attention to the readme file because this SP introduces some new system variables and a new startup switch for disabling lisp and other startup functions.
Be sure to download the correct 32-bit or 64-bit version.