Thursday, 9 December 2010

Learn Acronyms and become a keyboard Wizard

There is nothing I hate more than the time wasted moving the mouse to click a button. So I am a great believe in the power of the keyboard. To harness this power I use a lot of 1 to 3 letter acronym’s to trigger commands. I remember these by quoting the command to myself each time trigger it and having the acronym made up of the first letter in each word that makes up the command name so for example the command QuickEditFeatureElevs would be QFE. There are a number
of possible combinations using the 26 letters in the alphabet there are in fact:-
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k =length of the acronym
Number 1 Letter combinations
Number 2 Letter combinations
Number 3 Letter combinations
Therefore there’s 2951 lets say 3000 between friends 1 to 3 letter acronym’s that’s quite a few commands you can trigger from the keyboard. To add acronym’s commands you need to create a list of alias commands for the longer commands to do this :-
Open the acad.pgp file by selecting the following from the menus Tools->Customize->Edit Program Parameters(acad.pgp) or typing (startapp "notepad" (findfile "acad.pgp")) at the command line.
Scroll to the end of the file and add the user defined commands alias you want here is an example of the what is in my pgp file
Save and close the acad.pgp file and type reinit at the commandline and reload the .pgp file. Your alias acronym’s will be available.

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