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AUTOCAD AND RELATED PRODUCTS
Edit Polylines & Splines easier (2011/LT2011)
To add or remove a vertex point within Polylines or Splines
required a separate edit command to be used. A mid-point grip was not
New secondary grips on Polyline midpoints are available. All
grips on Polylines and Splines are multi-functional, try pausing on a grip
and view the add and remove vertex options .
Scaling geometry in one axis only
The Scale command is only for uniform scales in the x, y and z
Make a temporary block of the geometry required and on block
insertion you can scale in any one axis only to suit. Explode the block and
purge if necessary.
Eliminate bugs and update your software.
No ones perfect, and the first release of software can contain
Always download the latest service packs as available. Copy and
paste the link shown below into your search engine and then choose the
product to update.
Easy transfer of Viewport Layer States.
Transferring Viewport Layer States to another Layout or drawing can
be tedious using the Layer States Manager.
Use the Wblock command to create a block out of
the viewport and insert as required. Explode the block and the layers states
Zoom Extents more
The Zoom Extents command is frequently used
but not easily accessible.
Using a Microsoft compatible mouse with a scroll wheel, try
double-clicking the wheel.
Certain objects need to be copied but not
required until later on, and at different times. Using the normal Copy or
Insert command can be tedious.
Select the object(s) you require for copying later and use the
Windows shortcut Ctrl+C (you can use Ctrl+Shift+C to also choose an unique
base point). Then when ready, use Ctrl+V and repeat as needed.
Attibute text change only.
the newer Eattedit command may over-complicate the changes required.
If you only need
to change the text values, use the older Attedit command instead.