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Month: April 2011

Quick Tip: Images into AutoCAD LT (2006)

Quick Tip: Images into AutoCAD LT (2006)

Word+AutoCAD = productivity?

Do you have a copy of AutoCAD LT (2006 or other) and  need to insert an image/photo into your layout or data view?  Do you not want to purchase a full version of AutoCAD?  Well you’re in luck as there is an easy way to do it!.

First you need the following :
  • AutoCAD LT (I have 2006 but this may work with other versions)
  • Microsoft Word (I have version 2007 but other versions or alternative office programs may well work)
  • A photo or image (jpg or otherwise) that you want to insert.
  • Some knowledge of Microsoft Windows…
Follow these steps to get images in your AutoCAD drawing:
  1. Open Word and preferably create a new blank document. 
  2. Insert or copy+paste (crtl+c then crtl+v) an image into the Word document.
  3. Select the newly pasted image in word and …
  4. Either 
    • right click –> Copy or 
    • Ctrl+C or 
    • Home Tab Click ‘Copy’
  5. Open or switch to AutoCAD LT and the data/layout view you want the image in and….
  6. Either
    • right-click –> Paste or
    • Crtl+V or
    • Edit Menu –> Paste
Simple, yes?   
As usual if this doesn’t work for you or there is a better work flow just add a comment to the bottom of this post!
New ways to view GeoPlanIt

New ways to view GeoPlanIt

Courtesy of blogger comes several new ways to view GeoPlanIT….. (all blogger blogs are enabled I think as long as the site feeds are enabled fully)

They look quite good I think but will they make it easier to read the site?   I’m not sure what do you think?

Nice to know this blog is of some use…

Nice to know this blog is of some use…

Well that was interesting!   Today I was contacted via email by someone working in the UK in a similar related industry who had an HP DeskJet 500 printer at their office and had just solved the problem of getting it to work with Windows 7 (64bit).

They ‘googled’ the solution to see if others had done the same and this post came up on my site:
“HP DesignJet 500 and Windows 7: Yes it does work even without the HPGL2 card!”

Trouble was GeoPlanIT seemed to get his browser (Firefox 3.6) in a refresh loop and didn’t display the post correctly!  It seems it was at this point he did some detective work  (not that difficult to find me) and emailed me at work and let me know.   It turns out that a module on my blog to do with Amazon Associates was causing the problem.  So I have disabled this module (don’t worry you aren’t missing anything!). Please accept my apologies to all those who might have experienced this outage (drop me a line if it happens again).

Anyway upon receiving the email I saw that he was in the UK (very important to have an email signature), and since it was Friday (and therefore a bit quiet) I decided to give him a call.   We then had a very nice brief chat and not just about printers and blogs….

I’m sure he wasn’t expecting a call or then for me to write this blog post, but hey life is full of surprises!  Anyway you know who you are so thank you for telling me about my blog issues, and I hope some of my other posts prove useful to you.

I guess the serious point of this post is to highlight the fact that sharing your experiences via a blog (or via any media) can help others and hopefully save us all from ‘reinventing the wheel’.   Most of my walkthroughs and blog posts stem from researching the internet and piecing together useful information.   I always try to acknowledge where I got it from and hopefully add to it.

If when reading one of my posts you have ideas or further suggestions please post a comment, and I will include the new information within my post (plus acknowledgement of course!).

That is all, now have a good weekend…..