Design Review Tips is a compilation of useful workflow tips. This post also includes explanations of how things work as well as problems to avoid. See the previous post titled Design Review for NON-CAD Users to get an introduction to the Design Review workflow.
Graphic Scale block is linked to a viewport. Change the viewport scale and the graphic scale numbers will update automatically. (Link to custom block included.)
How AutoCAD is introduced to new users using a video segment from a training class.
Add this macro to your tool palette to automate Building Offset Labels. Name: Building Offset DimensionCommand string: ^C^C_dimaligned;end;\perp;\end;Dimension Style: Building (turns off ext lines and has precision set to 1)
I assume you are familiar with the technique of creating a table in AutoCAD using an Excel spreadsheet to copy the range in Excel then PASTESPEC in AutoCAD. What may be frustrating is getting AutoCAD to match the font of what you have chosen to use in Excel. I want to use the Simplex font in AutoCAD but Excel always sends Calibri font to the clipboard no matter how the cell appears to be formatted […]
CAD Standards change when a more efficient workflow is developed. NCS adopted the practice of applying color, lineweight, and linetype to the layer instead of using the plot style table to make those effects when plotting. The primary benefit is to reduce the need for plot style tables down to simply changing color to black and white. Now users need to adapt to those practices. Assigning color 253 was once a practice for fading objects. […]
Markups on a drawing tell the CAD Tech what changes are needed. Use Design Review to markup drawings and simultaneously create a digital checklist for the CAD Tech. Plotting drawings then scribbling notes on a hardcopy is still a common practice but expensive. Problems and expenses as a result of this manual process can be avoided using Design Review.
An empty field in a Sheet Set will display dashes (—-). You want to display nothing, just a blank field. To avoid displaying —- enter a character from the font Character Map that represents a space.
Beginning with Civil 3D 2016 with service packs installed you have 2 new commands available on the command line only. Linetype3dPlineOn and Linetype3dPlineOff Thanks for the post in the Civil 3D forum by Peter Funk Sr Product Manager
Sometimes the in-place text editor in AutoCAD is not the best choice for editing text. Case in point, a customer uses AutoCAD on a job site and the glare makes it harder to read the text when it is inside the in-place text editor. To enable text editing on the command line change the system variable TEXTED from 2 to 1.