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Let’s Go Surfing with AutoCAD Electrical

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This is one of the top 5 tools in all of my AutoCAD Electrical presentations. I can’t tell whether it has been voted so high because of the commands ability to save time or its pure coolness.

What does this command let us do? Well the simple description is this. It allows us to move from reference to reference across the project drawing set. Sounds simple right, this saves a ton of time when working on a big project. It also lets us move from the reports we can run inside of AutoCAD Electrical back out into our project. A great example when using the missing bill of material report, we now can find those missing items in seconds within our project.

Surfer Special Codes in the List Box
Notice the arrow pointing to the Type Column. This column informs the user of what type of item is being displayed on each line of the surfer list dialog box.

C – Component Symbol
P – Parent or Standalone Schematic Symbol
T – Terminal
W – Wire Number
# – Panel Layout Symbol
# np – Panel Layout nameplate reference

By understanding these codes you will be able to easily “surf” to the correct item you are looking for, saving time and effort.

Let’s take a look
Created by Dave one of the Cad Geeks

Autodesk IT Toolbox website

Many of us here at INCAT work with IT Managers frequently when discussing Autodesk products. So recently we did some surveys and phone interviews to discuss the needs around CAD IT related topics. Based on this feedback we have launched a new website “Autodesk IT Manager Toolbox”

Be sure to check it out, and give us your feedback.

Kevin with the INCAT CAD Geeks

Getting the Details Right

One of the great tools inside of AutoCAD Mechanical is the ability to create “Detail Views” that are intelligent.

When I had to add one of these in the old days of AutoCAD, I always worried. Did I get the dimensions the right scale, did anything change in the parent view.

When I made the change to AutoCAD Mechanical I found the tool I wanted for so many years.

Check out my video that shows both ways of making a view below.

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Enjoy the tip,
Jim ……..Another INCAT CAD Geek!

Delete Permissions in Vault or ProductStream

Every company is concerned about safeguarding their engineering data, and both Vault and Productstream allow control over exactly who has the ability to delete files and folders. You may have Power Users in charge of cleaning up unnecessary Vault data, and will therefore need Delete permissions. Other daily CAD users may be a little too quick with the delete function, and this is something that might need to be precisely controlled. Take a look at this short video for a look at the different Vault roles that determine who can delete.

Contributed by Ben of the INCAT CAD Geeks

Creating Drawing List Reports

Today I will talk quickly about Drawing Index pages using AutoCAD Electrical.

This can be an easily overlooked topic in AutoCAD Electrical considering most people would think it would be a report that they would run, and they don’t find it there. Don’t worry, it can be done. Have the project you would like to run it on active and the drawing opened that you would like the index placed on. You will then right click on the project file and click on “Drawing List Report”. Follow the steps below and adjust where needed to fit your specific needs.

  • Click on New Report
  • Select the drawings to process, then click OK
  • Modify the report format as needed.
  • Place on the drawing.

A whole lot easier than creating the list manually

Let’s take a look

Created by Dave one of the Cad Geeks
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