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Friday, December 22, 2006

AutoCAD Cleanup Tip

I have been doing some consulting for a company that has mixed AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT releases. They also employ temporary help and outside services. Needless to say their drawings are comprised of (being kind here) less than desirable objects and created with less than desirable techniques... and while talking them in to upgrading all of their licenses to AutoCAD 2007 (as well as taking upgrade training)... one thing I noticed was a very common problem. EXPLODE !!!

Since they have older releases of AutoCAD being used inside & out, they were saving back to an older release DWG format... and also to deal with new (or newer, > AutoCAD 2005 objects) such as TABLES, many of the tables were not tables, they were once tables and were exploded in place and edited.

If for whatever reason someone explodes a TABLE... (and after you hunt them down and kill them) running the Express Tool OVERKILL helps to clean up all the individual lines... but this only helps to clean up the lines.

If you need to get the information back into a TABLE, then try using another Express Tool TXT2MTEXT. Make sure to change the settings for the TXT2MTEXT command (TXT2MTEXT or T2M is my command alias, and then hitting an extra ENTER will bring up the settings dialog box... you want to enable the Sort top-down option and disabling the Create word-wrap MText option.

Now use TXT2MTEXT on each column of information... and then you can edit that newly created MTEXT, select all the text (CTRL+A) and copy/paste into Excel. (repeat for each column) When finished it's easy to paste that back into AutoCAD from Excel as a TABLE.

This final process has been covered, and done so at:

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

BLOG ALERT! CADDManager dot com blog

I do not know how I missed this Blog... I have been reading it for months! Blog

A CAD Manager's blog. A little less formal than Mark Kikker's web site. Sharing thoughts, ideas, ponderings, and other items of note. But always with the focus on getting the job done better, spending less time and less money.

Editor: Mark W. Kiker
Contributors: John Shulters, Ernie Bustamante, Jesse Wheat, Sylvie Kivrizis and Duke Ames

Also see the CADD Manager dot com's Web Site:

And their monthly CADD Manager Journal:

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Friday, December 08, 2006


OUTSIDE THE BOX is Owen Wengerd's Blog. Owen has helped a multitude of people on many levels and planes. He claims that his blog will be posted with "Random thoughts about AutoCAD, ObjectARX, and the meaning of life... " and I am sure it will. Please help me welcome Owen to the world of blogging and visit his site often.

Other related links to Owen's Websites:
ManuSoft Website
CADLock Website

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Michael Beall's - Michael's Corner on CADTutor

Michael Beall has a monthly AutoCAD related post (which is always most excellent) on called Michael's Corner. The area has gotten a new look and offers a free subscription to get a monthly update

He also offers AutoCAD training services and other good information on his web site

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Monday, December 04, 2006


Daily AutoCAD has daily news, articles, and lessons about AutoCAD... Much more than a blog.

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