Finding inspiration in even the most mundane of tasks


In AutoCAD Architecture, User Interface on March 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Two AutoCAD tips for today:

First, the easy one.  Ever find yourself wanting to explore a design option, yet make it easy to get back to the original if you change your mind?  The UNDO command is your friend, but it can be tedious to backpedal through the undo history one step at a time.  Before you begin your design change, run the command line version (_undo – mind the underscore).  Use the ‘Mark’ option to set the current status of the drawing.  You can use multiple marks in a sequence so you can increment portions of work.  The marks will persist through saves, but they will be discarded if the drawing is closed.  To get back to a mark, type _undo, then use ‘Back’ to return to the marked versions.  (P.S.  If there is an equivalent to this in Revit, drop a comment and let me know.)

The second tip involves the User Interface.  Sometimes when AutoCAD is opened, UI elements can go haywire.  In my experience this is usually due to a mapped network drive failing to reconnect, and elements (especially Tool Palettes) can lose their reference.  If you close AutoCAD normally, these changes are saved to your profile and the quickest way to restore your profile is to re-import it from your saved .aws file (you *do* have your profile backed up, right?).  However, if you use CtrlAltDel to end AutoCAD, no changes are saved to the profile.  This means you can resolve whatever issue caused the problem, then restart AutoCAD without needing to spend the extra time fixing the profile.

  1. In ACA Projects you can also use elements as a design option tool. Move the existing content to an element. Copy the element and increment as options need.

    | Element 01
    | Element 02
    |—-Element 03

    Attach the current 03 option to the construct. If they/you change their mind back to an older option 02 just re-attach the older one

    | Element 01
    |—-Element 02
    | Element 03

    • Robin,
      Thanks for sharing. That’s a great way to handle multiple design options, especially when preparing to present to a client. My tip was for more of a short term, “I wonder what this would look like?” scenario.

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