Friday, April 15, 2011

Getting Rid of Those Pesky Project Associations

Not sure how, but I ended up with a bunch of drawings that reference a project they have nothing to do with. This was mildly annoying because the project name was displayed next to the drawing name at the top of the screen. Then, when I deleted the project it became just too much to bear. Each time I opened one of these orphaned drawings, the command line would report that it could not find the project - oh the horror.

The solution?
  1. Right-click Data Shortcuts and select Associate Project to Multiple Drawings
  2. Select <None> as the project
  3. Point to the folder containing the drawings
Intuitive?  I'll let you decide.

WARNING - This procedure will open and save your drawings in the background.  I thought that was interesting.  I expected the project association to be managed in an XML file somewhere but its apparently stored in the drawing file itself.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lot Labeling Tips

I was working on the Chapter 13 of the book, doing a ton of lot labeling and I started thinking of a few very simple techniques that I use that make things a little easier.  When it comes to working with CAD, laziness is a virtue.  But actually its not laziness, it's efficiency...right? (wink wink).  But seriously, whatever you call it....doing as much as possible in the least amount of time/fewest number of keystrokes is something we're all after. goes:
TIP 1: Use Match Properties - Maybe you're not aware of this but good ol' AutoCAD Match Properties works on Civil 3D labels too!  Among other things, it will transfer the style so you can change one "Bearing over Distance" label to "Distance Only", and then use MP to do the other 47.
TIP2: Grip-slide and Copy - Try this one just for fun:  Click a label to show its diamond-shaped grip.  Then click the grip and enter C for Copy.  Slide the label to the next lot and Civil 3D will copy the label.  Strangely, this craps out if you have to pan out of your current view so zoom out as far as you can.
TIP 3: Use the Properties Window - This might seem obvious but you'd be surprised how many times I've seen someone launching the Label Properties command over and over again....It's the same Properties window, people!  So..if you're doing a lot of label editing, you might find it quite handy to just keep the Properties window open for all your style-changing, flipping, and reversing.  Not recommended for a crappy system because you'll find that the Properties window slows everything down a bit.
TIP 4: Where's That Darn Tag Number Setting?: On the Settings tab, right-click the drawing name and then click Table Tag Numbering.

TIP 5: Where's the Renumber Tags command?:  Modify > Parcels > Labels & Tables panel.  After about 10 times of clicking a tag, then clicking Renumber Tag on the contextual ribbon, I thought...there must be a better way.  There must be a way to launch the command, then click a bunch of labels in the order I want.  You can also type EDITTAGNUMBERS.

Hope these tips help you get your labeling done a bit quicker so you can have more time to play golf (ahem...) I mean get more work done.