This is Part 2: (Part 1 is here)

Now you have a drawing containing layouts with the proper plot settings. Let's do some more things.

Create and scale additional viewports.

Read more about Layout (paper space) tutorial: Part 2

How do you "bind" a raster image in AutoCAD?

Generally speaking, raster images can only be referenced into AutoCAD drawings. If you send the drawing to someone else, you must send the image file also. Use eTransmit to make this task easier.

Short of using eTransmit, there are four (4) ways to more-or-less embed an image into an AutoCAD drawing. Read more about Bind a raster image

Here is a quick guide on setting up a layout (or paper space) for plotting in AutoCAD 2000 and later. I used AutoCAD 2008 for these steps, and most of these steps should apply (except for the viewport locking) in all versions, 2000 and later. I know this looks like a lot of steps, but it's really easy. The best part is once you set up a layout, you never have to do it again. You can import this layout (or any other) into any other drawing. Read more about Layout (paper space) tutorial: Part 1

If you have a CUI file that you would like to convert back to an MNU file, download cuitomnu.vlx.
( alternative download URL ) Read more about Convert CUI to MNU

This bit of lisp code will toggle the background color from white to black to white in whatever space you are in. (no effect on the block editor though...) Read more about Toggle AutoCAD Background

This is one of the new commands in AutoCAD 2008 that is sort of overlooked, but can save you a lot of time. If you use xrefs, then how many times have you had a problem with the parent drawing crashing? You might try running AUDIT or RECOVER on the parent drawing and find there are no errors, but you continue to have problems with this drawing. Read more about RecoverAll

Starting in AutoCAD 2008, you can now control more layer properties on a per viewport basis. You could always freeze layers per viewport, but now you can change color, linetype, lineweight, and plot style. Now the same line can be red with the hidden linetype in one viewport and green with a continuous linetype in another viewport.

screenshot Read more about Per viewport layer control

Firefox includes a search bar that allows you to search frequently accessed sites such as Google, Amazon, Wikipedia, etc.

screen shot Read more about Adding Autodesk KB Search to FireFox

Here is an example of creating a TABLE entity using lisp. This example also creates some FIELDS using lisp.

This routine allows the user to select closed polylines, and it will create a TABLE with two columns. One containing the area, and the other containing the ObjectID. The last row totals up the area. You could easily adapt this to show the layer, color or any other property. Read more about Create a TABLE using lisp

If you use Firefox and you save bookmarks, then you have probably noticed that some bookmarks display an icon next to them. These are known as a favicons. Read more about Firefox bookmark icons




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