I was hoping someone could help me with this situation. I am new to
AutoCad and am using AutoCad 14. I like to design folding knives. I
use a layer for each part, the blade, liners, locking bar, etc,.and
use a different color for each. I like to use the rotate function, at
the blade pivot point, to rotate the blade to make sure it closes into
the handle and not interfere with the other parts. The problem is that
it is difficult to select all of the blade lines, with all the other
layers involved, because they overlap. The only way I know of is to
turn off the layers, except the blade layer, to easily select all of
the blade, but with the rotate function still on, I can not get into
the layers function to turn the layers back on and view them to judge
the movement of the blade. Am I doing something wrong? Is there a way
to view all the parts at the same time, but be able to select only the
blade layer? Perhaps just an individual color? I hope I've explained
it clearly. I've been looking for a solution, but to no avail. A
response will be greatly appreciated.
Your main problem is the number of lines for each blade.
Convert each blade into a 'block' (include the pivot point, maybe), i.e.
all the lines for one blade become one entity. you can then select the
block and rotate it around the pivot point.
The command is Block on the command line. you will be asked for a name, so
it could be 'Blade-1', etc. Follow the requests as they arise.
When you have finished, the original blade will disappear. The command
Insert will allow you the insert the block into its original position.
If you make a mistake in the selection of the lines for a blade and you
have made the block, using the command Oops will restore the original, but
use it immediately, not after you have done something else.
Any block, after insertion, can be converted to lines using the Explode
You will need to try it; play with the commands; use the Help system where
you will find almost all you need.
The simplest thing I can come up with is to "lock" all of the layers
except the blade. Then when you select all of the objects to rotate them
it will only allow the unlocked items (the blade) to be manipulated.
By default all layers are "unlocked"
You and "lock" or "unlock" a layer by using the layer dialog box just
just as you do to select the layer color or the visibility state. Just
select this option for each layer (except for the blade). In release 14
I think the column header actually says "lock" or it may just be a
picture of a padlock.
On Tue, 07 Dec 2010 15:09:15 -0600,
firstname.lastname@example.org>I remember. Where they have gone I know not, but I suspect to some
Probably, forums have taken over completely, looks like usenet is
dying. Everyone wants bells and whistles, ooo shiny!!
Thanks guys. I tried the locking layers suggestion and found it the
easiest, so far. The block suggestion, I will explore next.
BTW...This was the first time here that the newsgroup was not
inundated with crap postings.
On Tue, 07 Dec 2010 15:09:15 -0600,
I doubt, for Bulatovich, McSwain, Tanzillo, Turvill et al., that "shiny"
has anything to do with it. I suspect that the "old hands" -- being old
-- simply moved on, having given and given and given for years; or decided
that it's no longer the most efficient channel for sharing.
Every generally-useful question has been asked and answered, many times.
Search Google Groups, for a start.
It seems Usenet is so dead that even spammers have mostly lost interest.
Many ISPs don't carry it any more. Autodesk no longer supports it, ...