Lots of times when we update our software, we miss the new features because they are just minor tweaks that most users don’t pay attention too, or have learned to live with, rather than major disruptions. But those small changes can still make a big difference in AutoCAD, and AutoCAD 2018 is full of them.
In some instances, during the Qselect command, AutoCAD will NOT display the Pattern Name of a hatch pattern if there is a gradient pattern in the drawing as well, (Only the Gradient Name.) or sometimes vice versa.
When only the Pattern style hatch is in a drawing, you can select the hatch with the Qselect command using the Properties of Pattern name and Value to select the pattern you want throughout the entire drawing. You can do the opposite if only a Gradient style hatch is in the drawing.
See Qselect options before Gradient Hatch is applied to the drawing.
But once a Gradient Hatch pattern is put in the drawing file, sometimes it will only read the Gradient name and NOT the pattern name.
See the Qselect options after the Gradient Hatch is added.
If it still displays the Pattern name (depending on how the hatch was created) after you add the gradient hatch, however, you may be able to select the gradient hatch by selecting the Pattern name = “Solid._O” name. (But it does NOT distinguish between different Gradient styles, as shown in the image below.)
The only way I could get this to show the Pattern name and not the Gradient name was by copying the ANSI31 pattern to a new location and then changing the pattern to a Gradient style in the hatch edit.
It will pick all the Gradient styles. But if the Gradient name displays in the Qselect dialog list, you will not be able to select any of the Pattern names, as shown below:
This obviously makes it very difficult to select one style or the other by name.
So, until Autodesk makes it so both Pattern name and Gradient name show at the same time when we have both styles of hatch in our AutoCAD drawings, you may have to do some fancy manipulation with your files.
Some tricks that have worked for me in the past are:
- Erase all gradient hatch patterns, or change them to a Pattern style. Now the Pattern Name will display in the Quick Select dialog. It sounds drastic, but it works.
- Select all objects in the entire drawing (Ctrl+A) and start the Qselect command. As long as it stays on Current Selection mode (not Entire Drawing and do not use the Append option.), it should display the Hatch Pattern name and let you choose the pattern name to filter out the selection.
Unfortunately, this does not allow you to add to the selection, so an additional pattern name would have to be modified separately by repeating the same steps for that pattern name.
- Try recreating the Hatch in several different ways:
- Try picking the hatch and changing the style from one to another, or make a copy and change that style.
- Creating the hatch with the different Ribbon options to force that style to display. Then, if you need to, change it to a different style during the Hatch command or edit it afterward.
- Try creating the different Hatch styles in a different order.
Truth be told, I have not yet seen the fail-proof way of doing this. But don’t give up! Eventually, you find the magic combination that display the content you are trying to find using the Quick Select command to fine the Hatch you want.
For those of you that have already installed your AutoCAD 2018 software, there are some important updates you should know about and get used to. Let’s dive into them.
A common goal for every AutoCAD user is to get the best performance out of your AutoCAD software. And some of the old tricks still hold true today–they are just done a little bit differently in the newer versions.
So, I thought I would take some time and show everyone how some of some old tricks that help AutoCAD run faster.
It’s a new year, and it’s time to explore using AutoCAD in new ways and help automate some of the procedures you’re used to doing and save lots of time. We’re going over how the Property Line Helper can make AutoCAD assist in the process of automatically updating your text for the Length and Angle (in Surveyors Units) of the property line.
The text is also parametrically constrained. As you rotate the angle of the text and stretch the endpoints to the proper locations, it will center itself on the line. It can also controlled for its text height by the annotation scale feature on the status bar.
Lags and delays can break down even the most resilient among us, and 30-second delays in AutoCAD are a big storm to endure in the face of tight deadlines and project workflow. These responsiveness isssues are often a result of pressing the F8 (Ortho) function key, as we’ve observed in recent cases.
The most effective fix across the board for most users was TEMPOVERRIDES, a system variable that turns the temporary override keys for the drawing ads on and off–such as Ortho mode, object snaps, or Polar mode. If you wanted to use Ortho in the middle of the Polar mode, for instance, holding down the shift key would temporally activate Ortho mode. Once the shift key is released, the Ortho mode will be turn off and it will return back to Polar functionality.
If you wanted to temporarily turn off all of the running osnaps, you could hold down the F3 key until you wanted all running object snaps to be resorted. There are also several temporary override keys that are available for specific running object snaps. The keys in the following illustration are the default keys, but you can change key assignments and add your own as needed.
While temporary overrides are very useful in everyday workflows, most people don’t use them or are even aware of them. Most users experiencing the delays when using this built-in functionality were able to fix the problem by deactivating this function by turning the OFF (0) the TEMPOVERRIDES system variable in AutoCAD.
It is always a good idea to make sure that you are running “way above” the minimum system requirements according to the Autodesk website. And always make sure to have all of your service pacts and updates installed for your software, as well as your operating system (OS).
Evolution always comes with a few hiccups, and AutoCAD 2017 is just as guilty as anything else. Have you encountered problems with your LISP routines in AutoCAD? If you have, you’re not alone. A lot of CADsoft customers have come across them recently as well. The good news is, to avoid them in the future, you just need to make sure you just need to make sure that you are setting them up properly.
3D printing is becoming a big deal, and it’s upending the entire business. AutoCAD jumped on it right away, giving designers the chance to show off their models in beautiful physical displays, just as they appear on monitors. AutoCAD 2017 ups the ante by taking things further with new ways of customizing models and readying them for print so that you’re not wasting materials during the printing process with frustrating trial and error.
AutoCAD users like us use PDF files in our day-to-day workflows, exporting them to share design content for review and importing them into our AutoCAD files as underlays to add valuable existing content to our designs without having to recreate the content. These out-of-the-box capabilities, however, have always come with some limitations.
The AutoCAD release last year included enhancements to its dimensioning capabilities, allowing users to create multiple types of associative dimensions within the same command and then place them all on a specific layer. AutoCAD 2017 takes dimensioning a step further with its tools for creating and editing centerlines and center marks, associative objects that refer to centers of holes and axes of symmetry.