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SoftSpace for AutoCAD - Tips & Tricks

Last updated: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:04:19 GMT
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SoftSpace for AutoCAD - Tips & Tricks

The following section contains a wide variety of helpful tips and tricks that are designed to help you make the most out of your AutoCAD experience.

 

Layout Issues

  • Check the drawing using Zoom - Extents (Z [Enter], E [Enter] on the AutoCAD console.

    • If the extents leaves whitespace you can either attempt to clean it up or create a boundary layer and specify it on the Settings.

  • If Zoom - Extents looks correct you may have invalid room information on the room list. Either correct the room errors or delete the rooms from the room list.

DWG TrueView

This is a free program for Windows-based operating systems that allows you to view and convert AutoCAD drawings. It allows you to receive .dwg files in one version (e.g. licensed version of 2014 AutoCAD) to another version (e.g. 2015 AutoCAD) to make sure users maximize potential compatibility. 

 

Note: This is not an iOffice product. This is simply a helpful suggestion for a free viewing application, if needed.

 

In order to maximize your viewing experience for a drawing, turn all layers the color black. This helps your drawing to not be overwhelming by all of the myriad colors of layers it might contain. 

iOffice Recommended Layers

In order to save you some time, iOffice has developed a file that contains all of the initial recommended layer types. For your convenience, it is available to download in the link below. 

 

iOffice Layers File

Line Weight

The Line Weight needs to be set to Default.

 

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Figure: Line Weight Screen

 

Note: If is the Line Weight is not set to default, it will cause a drawing to error out and a big red X. 

Line Type

The Line Type needs to be set to Continuous.

 

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Figure: Line Type Settings Screen

Quick Select 

In-depth view into your drawing and reduce the file size. Right-click and click on Quick Select.

 

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Figure: Quick Select Window - AutoCAD

 

  • Flatten all 3-D poly lines. This changes to create a standard poly line.

  • Delete hatches.

  • Flatten 2-D poly lines.

  • Delete solids.

  • Explode reference blocks.

  • Delete points.

  • Delete panel attributes.

Helpful Commands

The following table contains helpful commands that will improve your AutoCAD experience. The key commands are listed in parentheses next to the actual command (e.g. U + Enter = press the U button and then press Enter). If it is a single word, then you will simply enter that word (e.g. overkill). This is not case sensitive.

 

Command Description

Overkill (Overkill)

Allows you to remove duplicate lines on top of one another.

Undo (U + Enter)

Allows you to undo the previous command.

Purge (P + U + Enter)

Allows you to remove all unused layers.

Audit (Audit)

Audits all of your layers for potential problems.

Quick P-Line

Allows you to create a P-Line.

Explode Blocks (Click the block + X)

Allows you to verify that all of your reference points are included correctly.

Burst (Burst) B+U

Allows you to break a room number and a room type that are connected as a single entity into two separate items. 

Zoom Extents (Z+E)

Allows you to see if any items are outside of your boundary layer. 

 

 

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