A Hidden Gem!


Top Ten Reasons Hurricane Season is Like Christmas

10. Decorating the house (boarding up windows).
9. Dragging out boxes that haven’t been used since last season (camping gear, flashlights).
8. Last minute shopping in crowded stores.
7. Regular TV shows pre-empted for “specials”.
6. Going to stay with family.
5. Family and friends from out-of-state calling.
4. Buying food you don’t normally buy … and in large quantities.
3. Days off from work.
2. Candles.

1 And the number one reason Hurricane Season is like Christmas…At some point you’re likely to have a tree in your house! 

–Author unknown

With the onset of hurricane season, I wanted to share a humorous bit of information found on the web.  I could not locate who the original author was, so I take no credit for its clever content—and I hope you enjoy it! 

Meanwhile—I also ran across some  information that I think will be useful for those of you using Civil 3D 2011.  It seems that there are at least two undocumented commands that are worth sharing—AECCIMPORTSTYLES and AECCIMPORTSTYLESANDSETTINGS, I found this information here.  Now, undocumented means that:

1)  there is not a neat, tidy, dialog box or a wizard to prompt you through the commands

2)  these commands are not found on the ribbon, or the pulldown menus, they are strictly type-in commands

 3)  if you call in for help regarding these commands, you might have difficulty finding someone to help you since there is no documentation supporting them

 Since there is no dialog box for browsing to the correct file, you need to know the path of your source file, because when you type in either command, the prompt to type in the filename will appear only on your command line.  You can use a template or a dwg file, either one will work.  I am currently using Windows XP Pro 64, but I have seen reports that it will also work in Win 7.

Once you have entered the name of your file, be patient—and when the script has run, your settings tab will reveal all the styles and settings of the dwg or dwt source file you chose.  One thing to keep in mind is that these commands will overwrite any current settings in your destination drawing, so be super-careful before you execute them. 

It is a good idea to test these commands before using them on a valued project, just as a safety measure. 

Take care, and be sure to prepare for hurricane season—one storm already, and counting!

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