Anybody running 2 monitors on AutoCAD?
Was just thumbing through the current Cyberguys ( www.cyberguys.com they
have lots of cool stuff) catalog and saw a plug that would enable you to
connect a 2nd monitor to your machine through a USB port. Sounds cool, eh?
It was like $89.95. Anyway I was wondering if you could then have 2 autocad
drawings open, with 1 on each of the 2 screens, and drag and drop stuff from
one drawing to the next without having to do that annoying cascading of
screens. Waddya think?
I ran AutoCad on two monitors for a while, at my last job.
I don't remember being able to drag and drop things from one drawing to
another. But the thing that was really nice was that I could have one
monitor that was just my workspace, and all of my menus, toolbars, text
window, etc. on the other. This was especially nice in 3D Viz, where
there are more menus and toolbars.
When I was using R12 I learned how to make my own toolbar with just the
buttons I wanted to use.
Then when I jumped to 2004 last year I did the same thing.
When I fired 2004 up the first time there were about 8 floating menus
hanging around, I couldn't have that.
So I drew up the bitmaps and created my own toolbar and keep it docked
across the top, it takes up minimal space.
A question for you guys, if you're not *dragging and dropping* stuff from
one drawing to the next, how do you put a standard item like a toilet in the
drawing, with wblock or xref?
My Template drawing is setup with 500'x500' limits, though I only use
144'x96' for plotting.
Outside the drawing border I have all of the standard items that I will use
on a typical drawing set, plumbing fixtures, doors and windows, room
identifiers, hatches, electrical symbols, everything. All of these things
are arranged in a tight pattern and are on their respective layers. There
are actually 4 sets of these symbols, one for each of the 4 floors of a
So if I am doing the 3rd floor electrical plan I just pan up to that area
and copy the whole series of electrical symbols down to a blank space within
the drawing envelope, and from there I copy or move them to their proper
place(s) on the drawing. This method is far easier than searching vast block
libraries and going through all of that.
When the drawings are completed and ready to be plotted, I wblock each of
the sheets (1-20) and label them accordingly and set the limits to 144'x96'
(24"x36" paper). It makes bulk plotting so much easier.
The boss, she pretty much uses four buttons. She learned ACAD on r1. Beta.
She types everything.
The other boss still uses a tablet with all those commands in little
"buttons" on the surface.
Toilet would be a block.
Even if it were being dragged and dropped around it would be a block. Though
I don't think I could make an argument that group wouldn't work just fine
for a toilet.
alt-i b \xlib\gen\plum\wc-2 enter
I've watched people for whom, no matter how much typing it looks like to you
and I, that isn't even a speed bump to work flow. Also it could be put to
menu or buttons. The main point is that when you set up your library and you
use your library there isn't really all that much "searching" involved.
Now, ask the kid at the front desk how much searching around he does in the
incomprehensible library setup you've created with the tiny indecipherable
names left over from the 8.3 days and you may well get a different answer.
I don't understand what you are doing here.
Each job is done in 1 dwg file, but it has over 100 layers.
(not all layers are used on every job.)
Thus, if all layers are turned on at the same time, it looks like a jumbled
So, when it comes time to plot I turn on the appropriate layers for a
particular sheet, say, Sheet 3, 1st Floor Plan. Then I wblock that into a
file called (for example) [0512-03 1st Floor Plan.dwg]. I do that with each
of the sheets. That way when I do the actual plotting I don't have to full
around with turning layers on and off. This is especially helpful if a
client calls and needs an additional floorplan or whatever.
Prolly *regular* folks don't use as many layers as I do and none of what I
explained makes sense to them.
Don I would rather (maybe) update layer settings in a viewport after a
change than re block and reset up a sheet !
That said even inspite the fact my 2000i likes to crash after viewport
layers are changed !!
Maybe as you see a job won't need certain layers you could purge them
My layer setup is an evolution, as it has changed over the years to support
the complexities of the homes I am designing.
Back in the early 90's I was mainly doing smaller single story tract type
homes. Now I'm doing mainly 4 story custom homes.
Wblocking my sheets only takes a minute or 2 per sheet, and then that sheet
only shows the layers that are used on that sheet, not the 100+ on the
original drawing file.
I can't purge unused layers out of the original drawing file because as soon
as I do that some client will come back for revisions on the very layers I
Thats the way my luck runs.
One of these days when work slows up I may delve into some of the other
aspect acad has to offer such as viewports, xrefs, etc.
Or, maybe I'll go buy a bandsaw and become a carpenter........ heh-heh
Basement (no, Gruhn, not in Floridia), two and attic?
I think the XREFs might be of good use to you with the way you currently
work. I'm trying to remember what stumbling blocks they offer to piss you
off for slowing you down... I'm failing.
Doesn't mean they don't exist ;-)
I dabbled with xref way back when and it seemed like it messed me up
something fierce, put a whole buncha layers with wierd names in my lineup.
Terrified me and I haven't ventured there since. I really don't see how they
would help me now as everything I use is already in my main template file,
just D n D. I'm a small operation and control the whole thing, ya know. ;-)
Actually we use xrefs almost exactly the way you use your drawings
(except there is that wierd layer naming, but you get used to it).
Basically you take all that jumbled mess and make it an xref drawing
(leave out the stuff specific to a certain sheet). Then you make a new
sheet that just has your border, and anything specific to that drawing,
insert the xref, and just turn off the layers in the xref you don't
need. It helps to name the layers so you know what to keep on and turn
off. You can make a seperate drawing for each sheet, or you could make
each sheet its own tab in one drawing. Once you change the xref, it
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