One of my colleagues was asking how do I rotate a view in a specific viewport. I was all over this, and was like there are several ways, however the way I use is to use UCSFOLLOW, then rotate the UCS, turn off UCSFOLLOW and voila view rotated in viewport that is different to that of the model space.
Another colleague was like why don’t you rotate the viewport itself, that would be easier?
I was like, viewports don’t rotate? He rotated the viewport and wow! The view inside followed. This works for any angle!
The system variable that controls this is VPROTATEASSOC which has been in AutoCAD since 2010!
One of my colleagues asked this morning how to easily rotate the view (and UCS) to help with drawing, now in full version of AutoCAD this is simplicity itself.
Just click on the arrows above the Viewcube to rotate the view and UCS simultaneously.
In AutoCAD LT this is more difficult, you can either use one of several command line methods, either using PLAN or UCS by object etc.
OR, this method seems to be easier (though it needs a little setting up). And here is how to do this.
Firstly, AutoCAD (LT) 2013 seems to come “out-of-the-box” with certain Panels turned off in the Ribbon. One of which is the UCS coordinate panel (why would they do this?) on View Tab.
Click on the View Tab and then right click anywhere on the panels below, then go to Show Panels, Coordinates. Now you have the coordinates panel which should have been there in the first place.
Secondly you need to make sure the view rotates with the UCS when you change the UCS. To do this click on the little arrow to bottom right of the Coordinates Panel, this brings up the UCS options box, Click “Update view to Plan when UCS is changed.” Click OK!
Now we are ready to go! (Phew!)
Click on the drop down menu which has Axes and a rotate arrow. Click on the Z icon and voila you can now rotate around the Z axis and the drawing will follow. The default selection is 90 degrees so hitting enter after clicking will rotate by 90 degrees.
So now its “one click and enter” to rotate the view and UCS in AutoCAD LT versus the “one click” in full version, hopefully a simpler method than all the command line options!
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