posted on March 24, 2008 18:24
The first step in making osnap selection easier is to have the Osnap toolbar on your screen. I use this for osnaps that I use the least.
I like to keep my Osnap Settings set to snap to Endpoint, Midpoint, Center, Intersection, and Perpendicular. The CAM software that I use runs within AutoCAD, which is nice, but the software resets the Osnap Settings. To get them back quickly, I use a custom toolbar button. Here is how to set one up:
- Go to View->Toolbars.
- Click on the Commands tab.
- Click on User Defined under Categories.
- Under Commands, click and drag User Defined Button to a toolbar of your choice that you have open. You can also create a new toolbar if you'd like.
- Click on the Properties tab.
- Click on the new button that you just placed on a toolbar.
- Enter ^C^Cosnap end,mid,int,cen,per under Macro associated with this button:. Add other selections if you'd like. Just enter in the first three letters of the setting.
- You can edit the button image with the Button Editor in AutoCAD, create your own in another program, or use the one below that I created in Microsoft Paint.
- If you have multiple settings that you use for different applications, just create a new button. Below is another button image that I created to signify all of the above osnaps that I use plus the node osnap.
Did you ever want to pick an endpoint, but your osnaps kept going to perpendicular? Here's how I've got around that:
- Open notepad.
- Go to File->Open
- Select to view All Files
- Browse to HardDriveLetter:\Program Files\AutoCAD Version #\Support
- If there is a file called acad.mns, open it.
- If there is not a file called acad.mns, open the acad.mnu file. This is a menu template file. Save the file as acad.mns.
- Go to Edit->Find and type in Accelerators. You should see something like this:
- Enter [CONTROL+"Q"]_endp after the last line in the Accelerators section.
- Go to File->Save.
- Close AutoCAD and open it back up. This will load your acad.mns file.
Now you'll be able to press Ctrl+Q to only select the endpoint osnaps while in a command. I also use Ctrl+W for snapping to the apparent intersection. I use that a lot for dimensioning, but don't like to have it on at all times.
About the Author: Seth Emery is a CAD Drafter/CNC Programmer for Henry H. Ross & Son, Inc. in Lititz, Pennsylvania. H.H. Ross specializes in the fabrication and installation of solid surface, granite, and engineered stone countertops in residential and commercial applications. Seth can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the H.H. Ross website at http://www.hhross.com/.