… I stole from Lynn Allen’s presentation at the Possibilities Tour
Today I went to Washington D.C. to check out the Possibilities Tour.Â I’ll fill you in on the “Dirt” later… For now I wanted to show you one of the things I picked up during Lynn Allen’s AutoCAD Tips and Tricks session.Â (I was so excited when I saw her standing at the front of the room to teach this class that I almost kissed the CAD GeeksÂ I was sitting with.)
When you are locked in Civil World, you tend to get a few releases behind in what is new with AutoCAD.Â So I am going to spend a few posts showing some of the things I think are especially great about AutoCAD 2008 (and some things we might have missed in 2004-2007, too).Â I have a few goals: to get myself up to speed, to get you up to speed and to come up with some nifty ideas about how we can exploit these AutoCAD tools for our Civil 3D related tasks.
Thing I liked #1: Smarter Mtext
You have a big long word doc.Â You paste it into MTEXT.Â It looks like this:
Select the MTEXT and go into PROPERTIES.Â Change the “Columns” options
Use your grips to resize your MTEXT box and get excited…. because it makes auto-columns!Â This is very nice.Â If you have ever wrestled with a whole sheet of notes and tried to guess where to make an mtext box cut-off you know why this caught my eye.
Next post in this series: Dynamically Linked AutoCAD Tables <-> Excel Spreadsheet (with ideas about how to tie this in with our TR-55 and Rational Calcs… hmmm)