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AutoCAD / AutoCad LT 2011 freezes when I try to open or save as
« Last post by claire clark on August 22, 2016, 12:22:01 AM »
I am unable to save as or open files from AutoCAD LT 2011.  I tried setting filedia and cmddia to 1 but they were already set to 1. I reinstalled AutoCAD LT and it did not help.  Can anyone help me?  I am able to save.
AutoCAD / Re: can't edit blocks/text or import blocks properly
« Last post by ALLAN on August 18, 2016, 06:57:09 AM »
Try some of these good old system variables:

DBLCLKEDIT variable is set to 1.
PICKFIRST variable is set to 1. (You may need to re-enable Noun/Verb selection)

Note:  AutoCAD 2016 introduced the SYSVARMONITOR command. This command opens the System Variable Monitor dialog box, where you can quickly view and change program settings and track when they are changed from their preferred values.

Also make sure the blocks have proper names. No funny characters in them. And the block is of uniform scale. Re-intalling probably will not fix it, but you could try switching between menu profiles.
AutoCAD / can't edit blocks/text or import blocks properly
« Last post by masterfal on August 15, 2016, 06:15:55 AM »
Hi All,

I have this really strange issue where I am unable to edit blocks properly. Usually when I double click a block it shows the edit block definition dialog along with the name of the block i'm attempting to edit. At the moment when i try to do that, it shows the edit block definition dialog box but does not show the name of the block. To edit I need to scroll to the block i want to edit and choose it that way. Also, all the lisp commands I have set up for importing blocks don't work anymore. When I try to use them all it does is show the insert dialog box.
when i try to edit text by double clicking it doesn't go straight into the text editing thing like it use to. it asks me to choose what text i want to edit (even though obviously i want to edit the text i just double clicked!!)

I don't know how / why this happened or how I can resolve it. Want to avoid re-installing if possible..

Any help would be verrrrry much appreciated!

ps - nothing to do with dblclkedit or pickfirst system variables..
StruCAD / Please come back StruCAD friends.
« Last post by ALLAN on August 10, 2016, 10:12:32 PM »
Please come back StruCAD friends there is many places left for user support.
General Discussion / Re: Welcome to new forums
« Last post by ALLAN on August 10, 2016, 04:50:11 AM »
We got databased wiped out and had to start with a new forum. Well it's drafters that run this forum not programmers, so this sort of things happens! arrr...
General Discussion / Re: Welcome to new forums
« Last post by essandell on August 09, 2016, 01:01:10 PM »
Welcome to the new forums. I encourage you to re-sign up and continue to enjoy our elite club.

Can someone explain if it is possible to access historical threads, particularly Strucad, as everything appears to have vanished?
General Discussion / Re: Recognizing parts in a manual drafting set.
« Last post by Pappa Piccolino on August 04, 2016, 12:20:41 PM »
You might want to contact the manufacturer. The web site is:


Thanks for that. I will contact them asap.

Thank you.
Steel Detailing / Re: AISC Standardised Structural Connections Manual
« Last post by wai on July 24, 2016, 07:51:43 AM »
The reason to use Australian standardised connections is because fabricators will have jigs, punches, drills, etc. for these connections. If you call up something different, fabricators will either further refine them or charge you extra for custom connections.
Architectural Drafting / Re: 3D Printing - A Game changer
« Last post by wai on July 24, 2016, 07:48:22 AM »
It is the future, only many businesses do not realise it.

The key is preparing accurate models. Anyone interested should try and get to 3D Printing Workshops.

I organised a one day workshop for Engineers Australia members, however non-members were welcome for an additional fee. The cost for the day was $50 for members and $80 for non-members, and included morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. This was run in conjunction with Western Sydney University in their Makerspace facility. Everyone got good information and the chance to create a 3D model and print it out. We had one member fly in from Melbourne just to attend the workshop because nothing similar was being run in Melbourne.

Those attending were engineers, however it covers all disciplines and uses.

Depending on where you are, your local university will usually be the place to call. In the main, the equipment and laboratories will be in the engineering schools, so that is where you will have to go.
General Discussion / Re: Recognizing parts in a manual drafting set.
« Last post by wai on July 24, 2016, 07:34:37 AM »
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