September 30, 2014
Blocking out time in my day or days in the week to focus deliberately doing something I identified as something I wanted to do helps me keep from filling my day with what comes up that day.
I find it works best If I at least attempt to apply alliteration and I don't know why that is important, but it is. Taco Tuesday, Movie Monday, Fun Friday, Thankful Thursday… and at work too; Testing Tuesday, Workflow Wednesday, Multimedia Monday, Finish it Friday… These blocks help me organize.
Historically one of the popular way to organize attribute information in a plain AutoCAD drawings has been to use block insert entities with attributes. Using the free ArcGIS for AutoCAD bonus tools available here on ArcGIS Online I can automatically turn blocks from legacy drawings into ArcGIS feature classes and use their attributes to populate the attribute tables of these ArcGIS data sets in my drawings. The newest set of bonus tools also allow me to push block attributes to and from the ArcGIS attribute table for these feature classes. Although not linked dynamically I can push a button and sync them at any time. I can now easily use AutoCAD blocks as a source of my ArcGIS feature classes in ArcGIS for AutoCAD, or use blocks with attributes as another form of ArcGIS for AutoCAD annotation. Here is a video I created that highlights some of these new bonus tools that work with AutoCAD blocks.