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More AutoCAD Setvar Tips to Increase your Productivity!

August 4th, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’m on my way to Chicago for a couple days of meetings where I’ll get to talk briefly about User Groups (one of my favorite topics!).  Just watched "Monster-In-Law" on the plane which was good enough to pass the time and thought I’d finish off the flight by sharing some more AutoCAD system variables with you.  Thanks so much for all the positive feedback on my movie reviews – I’m sure the San Francisco Chronicle will be calling me soon to add me to their entertainment staff!  LOL!

Fine tuning the system variables in AutoCAD can make a world of difference to your productivity.  You’ll want to make sure you set them up precisely to your liking.  And after you’ve set your system variables up just right – be sure to save them out to a file in case you need to reinstall AutoCAD, or you accidentally do something that resets them (or perhaps someone else does that for you!).

You can save your system variables out to a file by using the Express Tool: SYSVDLG.  This can be found in the Express Menu under Tools=>System Variable Editor


So here are a few more to add to my many days of system variable offerings (are you keeping track?):

UCSFOLLOW:  You 3D users may have discovered that your view automatically updated to reflect the new plan view whenever you change your UCS in AutoCAD 2005 and AutoCAD 2006. Surprise!  If this new setting is not to your liking simply turn UCSFOLLOW to off.

TBCUSTOMIZE:  Turns off the ability to customize toolbars and tool palettes should you not want your users to have access (not exactly rocket science to see that you can simply turn it back on so I wouldn’t count on this as your main deterrent)

SIGWARN:  If you use digital signatures on your drawings and are tired of seeing the warning appear letting you know there is a digital signature attached to the drawing you can disable it with SIGWARN

SNAPBASE:  The best use for SNAPBASE is controlling the origin point for your cross-hatching in releases prior to AutoCAD 2006.  Simply set the SNAPBASE to the location where you’d like your hatching to begin.  AutoCAD 2006 added in a option to the BHATCH command that let’s you easily control the origin for hatch patterns so you AutoCAD 2006 users can ignore this one!

Well that’s just a few – will add more later!  Try to stay out of the heat…

Originally posted by Lynn Allen from Lynn Allen’s Blog

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