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# Thread: A few personal favourite commands

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## A few personal favourite commands

Tools-Quick Select... lets you pinpoint exactly what you want to select in the drawing (i.e. all of the text, all of one layer, etc.)

Modify-3D Operation-Align... I use it more in 2D... and it is AWSOME for making one object the same angle as another...

Edit-Copy with Base Point... was mentioned in other threads, but I thought I'd emphasize how great this is... lets you copy something with a point of reference (as the name states!)

Also... I have several buttons created for these, as well as REGEN, UCS Icon On/Off, and my own custom Close button.... I'm a little faster at clicking than typing..

See Attached.... and Enjoy!

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## Re: A few personal favourite commands

In addition to Edit/Copy with basepoint, I'd add Edit/Copy, then Paste to Original Coordinates for copying objects (borders, viewports, and well, pretty much everything) from one drawing or layout to another.

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## Re: A few personal favourite commands

I never quite figured out the align command.
Can you explain it a little?

I am mostly 2D.

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## Re: A few personal favourite commands

Originally Posted by Robert.Hall
I never quite figured out the align command.
Can you explain it a little?

I am mostly 2D.
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"The Align command is a little more clever. It allows you to define one, two or three starting locations followed by a matching number of destinations. Defining one pair of locations, gives, in effect, a Move operation. Defining two pairs gives us a Move and Rotate_in_one_plane operation whilst three pairs gives us a Move and Rotate_in_two_planes operation. Clever, eh?"

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## Re: A few personal favourite commands

I see how that works, now I just have to figure out
when the align command would be useful....thanks
for the explanation.

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## Re: A few personal favourite commands

Originally Posted by Robert.Hall
I see how that works, now I just have to figure out
when the align command would be useful....thanks
for the explanation.

I actually have used that tons this past week... we are making flow racks, and they are at a certain angle... for the effect, i draw my bins in there, and just use the align to get them at the same angle (time saver if you don't recall what the angle is)

just one of many examples!

Enjoy!

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## Re: A few personal favourite commands

Originally Posted by Robert.Hall
I never quite figured out the align command.
Can you explain it a little?

I am mostly 2D.
Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but for example: when i bring an object into my dwg. or even just create it in the same file, the scale will be off and i want to bring it to the size it should be. Or if I'm using a raster image and maybe trying to get it close to the scale it should be at-I would then use the align command. I have mostly used it with raster images for maps or details. I like to think of it as an easier way to scale. But more convenient-

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## Re: A few personal favourite commands

Originally Posted by jennifer_jes
...the scale will be off and i want to bring it to the size it should be...-
Thats right!!! i almost forgot about that... Usually when im using the command i keep the scale the same, but it has been very nice to use that to scale as well!!!

Thanks for the reminder!

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## Re: A few personal favourite commands

Originally Posted by nickeshaffer
Thats right!!! i almost forgot about that... Usually when im using the command i keep the scale the same, but it has been very nice to use that to scale as well!!!

Thanks for the reminder!
I actually used that one today, Had to compare a TIF of a blueprint to a cad file, managed to get it aligned, & scaled close enough to catch some probs with the dwg (missing data) good stuff.

one of my favorite 3d comands is revolve. no reason in particular other than its fun to use...

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## Re: A few personal favourite commands

We tend to do hand drawn site layouts for the initial sketch designs, these later get scanned in and traced over in cad. Using the align command is the only easiest way rotate and scale the raster to fit over a survey etc.

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