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AutoCAD 2010 – Putting things back to “normal”

Darin, I have to challenge your theory, type in wblock in that command name search box and see where it takes you. Command line may be ancient, but I guarantee you, it is a whole lot faster than the ribbon. I dont have a problem with the ribbon, I keep it tucked away auto hidden, anchored to the left side of my workspace. I use it for custom commands that I use infrequently and havent taken the time to memorize their command line input. Other than that, it just sits there.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 24 April 2010 @ 4:08 am

I have to admit, I have never used Alt+W to switch between drawings, I’ve always used dwgmanager by caelink, and since going to 09 and 10, I’m using dwgmanager in combination with the quickview drawings.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 23 March 2010 @ 7:55 pm

Why AutoCAD for Mac is a bad idea

AutoCAD on Linux is the only thing holding me back from switching. But I would rather be stuck with Windows and its poor handling of system resources, than to have AutoCAD suffer because resources are being used to port it to other systems.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 29 May 2009 @ 11:15 pm

My first computer

My first computer was an Atari 800XL I think, followed up later with a Commodore 64.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 18 May 2009 @ 8:54 pm

A gaggle of geeks

Sorry to disappoint you Brian, but Kirk was from Iowa (Star Trek IV is one of the references to that.)

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 28 February 2009 @ 2:23 am

Autodesk answers – 4 of 4

Detroit is in the crapper

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 28 February 2009 @ 3:37 am

I disagree, in my opinion in 2010, the CUI seems to be faster
09 – 5.7 sec initial 3.5 sec subsequent
10 – 2.5 sec initial 1 sec subsequent

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 26 February 2009 @ 9:29 pm

Autodesk answers – 1 of 4

thanks Steve for submitting these questions and getting a response. It still leaves you to wonder why it takes so long to fix very obvious bugs that should have been fixed releases ago, but keep popping up.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 24 February 2009 @ 2:30 am

AutoCAD 2010 – Will you miss the Menu Browser?

The only reason I have used the menu browser is for my company custom routines and for the express tools. As AutoCAD 2010 is shipping with an express ribbon tab, and I have created a ribbon for our custom office tools, I no longer require the functionality of the menu browser. When the ribbon is anchored to the left, it does not take up any more screen space than the palettes I already have anchored to the left, and therefore is a compromise that I am satisfied with. Besides, when the ribbon is anchored, the big A becomes a small A: more screen space all around.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 20 February 2009 @ 10:09 pm

Gravatars – how to get a picture next to your comment

Mine seemed to take effect soon after I set it up

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 19 February 2009 @ 2:27 am

Why do you think Autodesk isn’t listening?

I think the number one thing I feel they dont listen about is bug fixes/design flaws. In my own little world, I dont understand how we can have a bug/design flaw reported that keeps showing up unfixed release after release. It all goes back to the release cycle, if they had more time, they probably wouldnt have such issues with bugs and design flaws.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 3 February 2009 @ 10:13 pm

(Don’t) Ask Autodesk a question

if you are in AutoCAD 2008 and above, have you looked into annotative scaling?

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 8 April 2010 @ 12:28 am

This is a tough one Steve, its difficult to come up with one good question.

With the current release cycle being so short, has anyone considered suspending a new release for a time, to spend an entire release cycle working on improving/restoring functionality of existing features and fixing bugs, why, or why not?

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 30 January 2009 @ 9:41 pm

AutoCAD 2009 – Do you use the menu bar?

Paul, you’re welcome.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 5 December 2008 @ 10:13 pm

In answer to your question Paul: By encouragement, I mean that I setup the default profile in AutoCAD for our office to have it shut off (which is AutoCAD’s default anyway). They asked where the menus were and I pointed them to the menu browser, not one user asked how to get it back to the old way. I encourage everyone in my office to use the new features, Autodesk put them in for one reason or another. I also encourage users to set mbuttonpan to 1 so they can pan with their scroll wheel, why use the scroll wheel for osnaps when shift-right-click can do the same thing.

There are several ways to do things, I dont dictate that they have to do it, and I’ve always been open to new and better ways. Why waste the screen space when you can hide the pull downs and access them in another way. If you need to see what I use for my screen check out this link:

I dont encourage or even discuss with any users in my office to even think about switching to this format, I use the keyboard, I dont need a fancy user interface to work, the less on the screen the better, and I understand that not everyone is willing/capable to do things the same way.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 4 December 2008 @ 9:49 pm

I have menubar=0 on my machine, and I try to encourage all the users in my office to do the same. To me, the extra screen space is invaluable. I have created a ribbon tab that contains all of my custom pull down menu functions, and have it set to be anchored to the left just below the small A (if you undock the ribbon, or shut it off, the big A becomes smaller). I use the menu browser most of the time for those obscure commands I dont remember from my custom arsenal. I remember the key-in for most of the AutoCAD commands I use.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 4 December 2008 @ 2:49 am

How well cooked is the average major new AutoCAD feature these days?

I think it is a bad thing. More often than not, if a feature is introduced half-baked, Autodesk never fixes it. Spell check was working perfectly fine, you could access it via lisp, and it would recognized punctuation as part of the correct spelling of the word, what happened? Autodesk modified the spell check to this new fancy dialog, that no longer allows LISP support, or the recognition of punctuation as part of the correct spelling of a word. Mleaders are another feature that leaves much to be desired in regards to the functionality of the qleader. Mleaders added some long awaited functionality, but then it took away a lot as well.

What is one reason for pushing them out before they are done? Testing. Beta testing is nice, but it doesnt necessarily give a complete picture of a command’s use. In my office when we introduce a new function for users, it has been tested, but I cant think of scenario during testing, so the first few weeks, there are sometimes a lot of bug fixes.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 1 December 2008 @ 10:10 pm

I haven’t seen AutoCAD 2010…

I would like to see some additional functionality added to visual lisp, or to lisp that allows some of the newer features to be easily modified, specifically mleaders. I also would like to be able to run spell check programmatically again and for spell check to recognize punctuation as part of a word like back in 05. In our office (TYP.) is correct TYP. is not. Fixing alot of the broken features would be very nice.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 20 November 2008 @ 4:55 am

What is loaded at AutoCAD startup, and when?

Steve, do you know if there is any documentation that tells how to get any acaddoc.lsp file to load from a specific location. I just realized today, that if you open a drawing that has an acaddoc.lsp file in the same folder, AutoCAD will automatically load and run that version. That could create an issue if you open a drawing and am unaware that the file is located in the same directory. plus it also has a potential to create a headache when you have office wide customizations.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 19 January 2010 @ 12:54 am

What’s the best thing about AutoCAD 2009?

I like the ability to have extra screen real estate. the menu browser allows me to hide the menus that I rarely use, and the smaller undocked toolbars allow me to place my control pulldowns in locations I couldnt in previous releases.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 9 July 2008 @ 8:40 pm

Autodesk’s 12-month release cycle – Is it harmful?

64 bit probably doest exist because of the issue with databases and the lack of a Jet driver from Microsoft for 64 bit to access those data bases. 32bit still will install on 64bit windows, and can take advantage of larger amounts of ram.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 20 February 2009 @ 10:12 pm

AutoCAD 2009 – Top reasons to be Ribbonless

when you put it like that, it makes it a whole lot easier to make my pick.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 2 July 2008 @ 12:01 am

There isnt an option on the poll for, Don’t Care, don’t use them, but then again, that answer doenst really apply to 5, if I dont use them, they can’t be too hard to find.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 1 July 2008 @ 7:48 pm

AutoCAD 2009 – Why aren’t you using the Ribbon?

my vote for no advantage over exsting refers to (atleast in my opinion) keyboarding is much faster than finding buttons on toolbars or ribbons for that matter

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 20 June 2008 @ 9:11 pm

Firefox 3.0 Download Day

any idea where I can find firefox 2 to redownload, 3 screwed up my system and now I have to use IE7 to browse the internet. Everytime I tried to start firefox, and crash message appeared immediately and I was unable to use it. I have to reprogram all my favorites and all my autosaved fields now need to be reset.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 20 June 2008 @ 7:57 pm

AutoCAD 2009 – Why do you hate the Ribbon?

David, If you are still using 08, I recommend skipping 09 and going to 10, you can import your old dashboard to the ribbon. I currently use no toolbars, and only the ribbon and other palettes, anchored to the left, auto hidden, and vertical. I dont have any wasted space.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 1 July 2009 @ 2:20 am

Steve is more into the performance checking side of things, but from my personal experience, AutoCAD 2010 seems significantly faster in startup, cui command initialization, and overall, less stickiness than 09. But I’m sure that Steve has some numbers to back that up.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 20 February 2009 @ 10:14 pm

It’s not that I dislike it, I dont use the ribbon because I keyboard everything, I have no use for tool bars, and therefor see no need to waste the screen space of even a reduced ribbon. My favorite feature of 09, the menu browser, now I can hide the menus and get that extra space at the top of my screen.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 16 June 2008 @ 10:35 pm

AutoCAD 2009 – How do you use the Ribbon?

The thing with the ribbon is, I find no use for it, I dont use tool bars, so what is the point of having a ribbon, it is just a bunch of tool bars rolled into one thing that can hide to provide temporary screen space.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 30 May 2008 @ 9:14 pm

AutoCAD Migration – what do you think?

yes but you have all winter long to play around with the actual shipped version before sp1 comes out, it the summer, it is hard to stay inside and mess with things.

» Posted By Chris Cowgill On 23 April 2008 @ 9:13 pm

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