AVI and 3d CAD Animation

AVI (Audio Visual Interleave) is a Microsoft Windows file type for Audio/Visual data. AVI files can be played in Windows Media Player which comes with the Windows Operating System.

The AVI format allows people to easily view 3d CAD animations even if they do not have the CAD software installed on their computer. It is a great way to share work with clients. AVI’s can be created by many different CAD applications including AutoCAD, Architectural Desktop, 3D Studio, ArchiCAD and Solidworks.


AutoCAD Layouts - How to List Layouts in a Drawing - Part I

If you have to work with a drawing which has many layouts and need to quickly verify all of them use LAYOUTLIST.

This LISP function will list the names of all the layouts in your drawing. Type it at the command line inside parenthesis or include it in a LISP routine.

("Layout1" "Layout2" "Layout3" ...etc)

Command For Users not Lispers - Addendum - added July 4, 2007:

"...go into the LAYOUT command and key in a "?". That lists out the layouts - but doesn't give you a final total (you'd have to count them yourself)."

Lynn Allen
Autodesk Technical Evangelist

Useful Macro for Lispers - Addendum - added August 3, 2007:



The Virtual Office by Larry Mortimer AIA

Larry Mortimer wrote this helpful article regarding his experiences with a Virtual Office setup for the AIAEB. He has given us permission to publish it here.

The Virtual Office
by Larry Mortimer AIA


Microsoft® Windows® Malicious Software Removal Tool

For Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 we recommend:

Back check your Virus Protection with:

Microsoft® Windows® Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830)

We recommend a full scan.

Scan during your lunch break or at the end of the day. The application does not allow you to minimize it. The dialog box will stay on top of all other applications. The full scan can take at least an hour. Be sure to check the report afterwards to find out if any files are infected.


AutoCAD 2006 Service Pack 1 and _vernum - Part I

We are running AutoCAD 2006. How do we know if AutoCAD Service Pack 1 has been installed?

Open AutoCAD. At the command line type: _vernum

If the response is: Z.54.1 - You are running AutoCAD 2006 with no Service Pack.

If the response is: Z.77.0 - You are running AutoCAD 2006 with Service Pack 1.

AutoCAD 2006 Service Pack 1 is highly recommended.


Google AdSense Tips - Part I

Adding Google AdSense to your web site is a great way to find out how Google views your web pages.

If you are not familiar with Adsense. Find out more at: www.google.com/adsense.

Adsense reads text on your web page, it does not pick up on images. A web page which contains only pictures will not attract Adsense advertising content.

Adjust your web page text content to control Adsense advertisements. Emphasize the topics that you would like to see picked up by AdSense. For example if you don't want competitors posted in your AdSense, adjust written content to reflect services that are slightly peripheral to yours.

It takes Adsense several days to acclimate to your page. If you want Adsense content to change, modify your page content and meta tags. AdSense will eventually start picking up on the new information.