Today I thought of sharing two tips and one tool that would help us communicate better. By now, you know that we at Civil Support are big fans of Jing (Screencast) video capturing software. As a matter of fact we loved it so much that our own Justin Ziemba blogged about it once before. I personally had some problems recently during uploading my videos to their server. It would occasionally stop uploading, uploading it painfully slowly and the file sizes were pretty big considering what I had before. Being unaware of the possible (unwanted) changes in my settings and being under deadlines I turned to alternative. It is called Pixetell. Both Pixetell and Jing share pretty similar workflow so it does not matter which one you use; you should not be having any trouble learning how to use it. If you would like to give it a test drive of free program called Pixetell you can get it from here: http://www.pixetell.com/. Remember the goal is to get us be on the same page when communicating regardless of your screen capturing preference. You know how they say that picture is worth thousand words. Then think of how many words would video be worth?
Now… going to tell you what I intended to share at the first place. Sometimes you receive the error message referencing one or more specific files. It is very common to look for LIN (linetypes) file, CUIX (customization files), or some other installation files or files from your user directory. Other times you are looking for a file which you know it exists but not sure how to get to it. Easy thing to do is to use AutoCAD to get you your file. Let’s say you wanted to check your acad2011doc.lsp file. By now you realized that Windows Search does not always give you correct results if searching your entire C: drive. Instead of manually checking Program Files, User subdirectories or ProgramData folder all you need to do it to type following and program will present you the path. (findfile “acad2011doc.lsp)
Other tip I wanted to share is another AutoCAD command useful if you would like to check the system variable settings and your list of all System variables and paths used on your machine. When is this useful? In case you have one drawing object shows different behavior then other. If your machine is not showing the same as others. Notorious for that are variables such as PSLTSCALE and MSLTSCALE, Linetype Generation, etc. In that case you may consider comparing system variable settings.
- Type SETVAR in command line and then type ?, followed by *
- On the next prompt And then *. Will show all variables and its settings.
- This should open AutoCAD Text Window with all System variables and settings
Another way is to ACADINFO command which will save all settings into TXT file for your review.
I hope you would find these tools and tips helpful.