We’re Still Here!

12 October 2011

Although the blog hasn’t been updated for a while, the group is still going strong. Contact details are as per the info under “Contact details for Committee members” at the right. Our next meeting is on 5th December 2011 at RMIT. Details soon.

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Notice of AGM Monday 3rd August 2009

2 August 2009

Here’s the text of an email sent to the membership last week:

VICTORIAN AUTOCAD USERS GROUP INCORPORATED (VICAUG INC.)
(C&BAV Incorporation Registration Number: A 13467S)
ABN: 65 553 575 021
Greetings friends
*** Next Vicaug Meeting ***
A quick reminder: Only a few sleeps to go to the next Victorian AutoCAD Users Group meeting is on
6:30pm Monday
3rd August 2009
At RMIT
5th Floor, RMIT Building 94, 23-27 Cardigan St Carlton
Yes folks, that’s this coming Monday!
This is on the west side of Cardigan St, just north of Victoria St. Car parking is available at the kerbside or in the centre of the road. There is also a multi-storey Wilson car park right next door, which is open until 10pm (fee payable). Alternatively, the area is well served by public transport: trains to Melbourne Central station and / or trams along Swanston Street.
We are back to our usual venue.
Our meeting room is called a Studio, room number 9405032. Take the lifts up to the fifth floor, follow the corridor around to the right and the Studio is on the left side, towards the end of the corridor. Follow the pizza gas if you get lost!
FEATURED THIS MONTH
This month we’ll be going right back to basics and discussing how to use blocks and xrefs in your Acad works. This is one of the core features of AutoCAD: it’s been around forever yet it’s surprising how many of us are not using them to best advantage. Even though you might (like me) have been using AutoCAD for the last ninety years I can pretty much guarantee you’ll find out something you didn’t know about using blocks. The format will be pretty informal: we’ll we guided by some instructional material but we hope that everyone will join in and share their tips, trials, tribulations and tricks with us all.
This month’s meeting will contain the AGM and the requisite elections and reports. Do not fear; this usually takes about thirty seconds. On a more serious note, though, if you (or anyone you know) feel you want to take on a committee role, please let us know, either on the night or, if you can’t make it, send us an email. It’s not at all onerous and a great way to while away a pleasant Wednesday evening chin-wagging at the home of one of the committee members.
Please check the Vicaug blog at https://vicaug.wordpress.com/ for the minutes of the last (2008) AGM.
Also, Mark will be taking us through some tips and tricks, “round table” discussions of your AutoCAD problems (and hopefully the solutions!) plus the usual News, Your AutoCAD Questions Answered and friendly chat. Not only that, but if we have time, we might go a little further with developing the little lisp program we worked on last month.
And, of course, our usual TV program so no need to stay at home worrying about missing it! We’ll try to dig up the episode scheduled for Monday so you don’t have to fuss with the VCR, DVD recorder etc.
Due to popular request, we will be starting the meeting a little later (at 6:30pm) than in previous years. This is due to the fact that parking in the vicinity is free after 6:30pm. We will try to start the presentations at 7:00 pm sharp, so the meeting should finish at a reasonable hour. (Although I have to admit that a few of us have been known to congregate on the footpath outside after the meeting and chew the fat until a somewhat less reasonable hour!)
Bring along your USB memory keys etc. and you can get a copy of some of the items demonstrated.
All Welcome!
As usual, food and drinks will be provided, along with the opportunity to meet up with fellow AutoCAD users.
Meetings for the Rest of 2009
Are scheduled for Monday 5th October and Monday 7th December. Usual time and venue, unless otherwise advised.

Please note:
The order of business may be amended at the discretion of the President.
Check the Vicaug web page at http://www.dbm.com.au/vicaug <http://www.dbm.com.au/vicaug&gt; and the blog at http://www.vicaug.wordpress.com <http://www.vicaug.wordpress.com/&gt; for any late breaking news of this and other upcoming meetings.
A summary of the official agenda for the meeting is as follows:
6:30 Meeting room opened for social chat, food and refreshments
6.45 pm: Open General Meeting
• All in attendance to sign Attendance Book
• Apologies
• President’s Opening address and discussion – as permitted by the President
• Minutes of Previous General Meeting – as circulated in the Blog – to be received and adopted
• Presentations
• General Business and any such other matters that the President, at his discretion, may allow.

9.00 pm: Closure
Note: order of business may be amended at the discretion of the President.
Make the most of your Vicaug membership by coming along and learning, socializing and discussing any topics at all, even CAD-related ones! If you haven’t been to a Vicaug meeting before, don’t be shy – we’re a very friendly bunch!
If you’re not yet a member or need to renew your membership, please consider joining by printing out and completing the form below and posting it, together with your cheque to Vicaug Inc., P.O. Box 466 Elsternwick Vic. 3185. This will ensure that you continue to receive notifications of events, are entitled to vote at Vicaug elections and attend all Vicaug meetings. If you received this reminder, but not other benefits, it most likely means that you are not financial and that your “complimentary” subscription has expired. If you have received this in error, or do not wish to have these reminders sent to you this way, please accept our apologies and advise Peter Godfrey by email at pgodfrey@netspace.net.au and your name will be removed from the mailing list.
Regards
Peter Godfrey
Vicaug Vice President and Newsletter/Blog Editor
Note New RMIT Venue!

Lost your Block Authoring Palettes?

8 July 2009

Yesterday one of our more advanced AutoCAD users had a peculiar problem. When using the Block Editor to edit dynamic blocks, he was not seeing the usual block authoring palettes (these are the tool palettes containing actions, parameters etc.) Instead he was seeing only the regular office tool palettes. So he was unable to create dynamic blocks.

Well, after a bit of messing around, I found that the path in Options/Files/Authoring Palette File Locations had been fiddled with to include one of the office palettes. I’m not sure how this happened, but I know that one of our CAD “gurus” has been playing with tool palettes. Anyhow, removing this stray entry fixed the problem.

Minutes of the 2008 Annual General Meeting

8 July 2009

VICTORIAN AUTOCAD USERS GROUP INCORPORATED
(VICAUG INC.)
(Victoria Associations Incorporation Act 1981(as at 01 July 1998) Registered No. A 0013467S)
http://www.dbm.com.au/vicaug
Postal Address: PO Box 466, ELSTERNWICK VIC 3185
MINUTES OF 2008 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
HELD AT:
RMIT BUILDING 94, 5TH. FLOOR
23-27 CARDIGAN STREET, CARLTON
ON:
MONDAY, 4TH. AUGUST 2008
GENERAL MEETING:
Attendance: as recorded on the Attendance sheet.
Apologies: Nil.
Opening:
The President, Mark Miller, welcomed everyone attending, requested them to ensure that they had registered on the Attendance sheet, and opened the August 2008 General Meeting at 6.30 pm.
Minutes of Previous Meeting (2nd. June 2008):
It was Moved by Gordon Adams and seconded by Peter Godfrey that the Minutes of the previous General Meeting held on the 2nd. June 2008 as circulated with the Notice in the “Newsletter” were received, adopted and approved. There was no business from the Minutes of the previous Meeting.
The President’s Opening Address (the Prez Sez):
The President advised that this is the meeting at which the 2008 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be conducted – as per the Notice on the August 2008 “Notice of August 2008 General Meeting and the 2008 Annual General Meeting”. The General Meeting this evening will be suspended while the AGM is conducted and then the General Meeting will be resumed to proceed to Closure as normal.
He advised that our presentations this evening will be of a “Discussion” and “Tips and Tricks” format/nature with no formal presentations as such.
Suspension of August 2008 General Meeting:
The President formally suspended the August 2008 General meeting at 6.59 pm to enable the 2008 Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be conducted.
AUGUST 2008 GENERAL MEETING SUSPENDED
2008 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OPENED
MINUTES OF 2008 VICAUG Inc. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Opening:
The President formally declared the 2008 VICAUG Inc. (A0013467S) Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be Opened at 7.00 pm.
Apologies:
No apologies were received.
Minutes of Previous (since 2007 AGM) General meetings:
It was moved by Gordon Adams and seconded by Peter Godfrey that the Minutes of all of the General Meetings, held since the previous AGM as circulated in the “Newsletters” and approved at General Meetings since the previous (2007) AGM be approved. This was carried.
Minutes of Previous (2007) AGM:
It was moved by ..Gordon Adams and seconded by Peter Godfrey that the Minutes of the 2007 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in August 2007 as presented be received and adopted. This was carried.
Business out of the Minutes of the Previous AGM (2007):
There was no business arising from the minutes of the 2007 Annual General Meeting (AGM).
2007/2008 Financial Statement of Balance Reconciliation:
Copies of the 2007/2008 Financial Statement of Reconciliation were given to members in attendance.
The Financial Statement of Balance Reconciliation (the “Report”) was duly delivered by the Treasurer, Gordon Adams.
The Treasurer, addressing the Report, advised that:
Membership is eleven which is just below average for the last several years – needs to be further increased to ensure the viability of the Group, to keep annual fees down and to attract quality presentations from/by developers and distributors etc;
Opening balance as at 01 July 2007, was $7,419.64;
Closing balance as at 30 June 2008 was $8,467.80
We had a net operating surplus of income over expenditure (a profit) of $238.86
Costs had been considerably reduced without adversely affecting meetings and service/s to members;
The Committee could see no need to change fees/subscriptions for 2008/09 and recommended that the fees for 2008/09 remain and be set at $50.00 – GST has been cancelled by the Australian Tax Office and so is not included.
The Report was discussed and agreed.
It was moved by Gordon Adams, Treasurer, and seconded by Zoltan Toth, that the 2007/2008 Financial Statement of Reconciliation (Income and Expenses) – “the Report” – as distributed to members in attendance and as addressed by the Treasurer this evening, be received and adopted. This was carried unanimously.
President’s Report (for 2007/2008):
The President thanked the Committee and membership for the privilege of being President for the 2007/08 year.
He reported that:
– – we had a very good year;
– – membership is slowly increasing;
– – feedback from members is satisfactory;
– – VICAUG’s future seems assured, although nothing is certain;
– – costs continue to be reviewed;
– – the bank balance is effectively a “sinking fund” which has no other encumbrances and to be used to absorb any unexpected or excess expenditure over income; and
– these costs will continue to be reviewed and a membership drive to increase membership will be continued throughout the coming year.
The President thanked the members for their confidence and support. He also thanked the Committee for its diligence, performance and support.
The President’s report for 2007/2008 as presented was duly received and discussed.
It was moved by Peter Godfrey and seconded by Zoltan Toth that the President’s report for 2007/08 as presented, be accepted and adopted. This was carried unanimously.
Membership subscriptions for 2008/09:
The President advised that the 2007/08 Committee has recommended that the membership fees/subscriptions remain at $50.00 for 2008/09. There is no GST as the Committee has cancelled the GST registration with the Australian Tax Office which has agreed and cancelled registration and requirement fro periodic reporting (BAS Statements).
This was discussed and agreed.
It was moved by Gordon Adams, Treasurer, and seconded by Peter Godfrey that the fees/subscriptions for 2008/09 be $50.00 per member due and payable within one month (ie, by 04 September 2008).
This was carried unanimously.
Elections of Committee for 2008/09:
The President advised that all offices for the Committee, consisting of: President; Vice President; Treasurer; Secretary & Public Officer; as well as (at least) 2 Ordinary Committee Members would be declared vacant and elections for all of these offices for 2008/09 are to be held.
He advised that all present (2007/08) officers and members of the Committee had duly been proposed and seconded and had accepted nomination for election and/or appointment to their current offices on the Committee for 2008/09.
The proposed, seconded and acceptant proposed members of the Vicaug Inc. Committee for 2008/09 are:
President: Mark Miller;
Vice President and “Newsletter” editor: Peter Godfrey;
Treasurer: Gordon Adams;
Secretary & Public Officer: Branko Gligorov;
Ordinary members: Zoltan Toth and Andrew Johnson.
The President advised that as there were no nominations for the Committee other than those as proposed and that there were no more nominations this evening prior to the election of the 2008/09 Committee, he would accept a single proposer and single seconder that all of the proposed Committee be appointed/elected for the 2008/09 year.
He called for and encouraged any further nominations for any position or positions on the Committee but there were none.
It was moved by Peter Godfrey and seconded by Gordon Adams and approved by a unanimous show of hands that the following members be elected/appointed to the 2008/09 VICAUG Inc. Committee:
President: Mark Miller;
Vice President and “Newsletter” editor: Peter Godfrey;
Treasurer: Gordon Adams;
Secretary & Public Officer: Branko Gligorov;
Ordinary members: Zoltan Toth and Andrew Johnson.
The President declared the above-named members as to be duly elected and appointed as the VICAUG Inc. 2008/09 Committee and congratulated them on their appointment to their various offices.
Next (2009) Annual General Meeting (AGM):
The President advised that the next (ie. 2009) Annual General Meeting (AGM) of VICAUG Inc. would be held on Monday 03 August 2009 of which due notice will be given by the Secretary and in the August 2009 “Newsletter” and by email.
Closure of 2008 AGM and Resumption of August 2008 General Meeting:
The President formally Closed the 2008 AGM and resumed the August 2008 General Meeting at 7.30 pm.
Resumption of August 2008 General Meeting:
The President declared that the 2008 AGM being Closed, that the August 2008 General Meeting was resumed and opened at 7.31 pm.
Presentations:
There were two presentations as per the report in the separate Minutes of the August 2008 General Meeting.
“Thank You’s”:
The President thanked the members who had attended and participated in the presentations.
Next Meeting:
The next General Meeting will be on Monday 6th. October 2008 at RMIT Building 94, 5th. Floor, 23-27 Cardigan Street, CARLTON.
Notice will be given in the October 2008 “Newsletter” and email/s.
Closure:
There being no further business, the President thanked all for attending, and closed the meeting at 10.30 pm.
(B.Gligorov)
Secretary and Public Officer.

Notice of the December 2008 General Meeting

30 November 2008

Here’s the text of an email recently sent out to the membership (if you’d like more timely notice of forthcoming meetings etc., please consider joining!):

VICTORIAN AUTOCAD USERS GROUP INCORPORATED (VICAUG INC.)
(C&BAV Incorporation Registration Number: A 13467S)
ABN: 65 553 575 021

Greetings friends
*** Next Vicaug Meeting ***
A quick reminder: Only a few sleeps to go to the next Victorian AutoCAD Users Group meeting is on
6:30pm Monday 1st December 2008
At RMIT
4th Floor, RMIT Building 94, 23-27 Cardigan St Carlton

Yes folks, that’s this coming Monday!

This is on the west side of Cardigan St, just north of Victoria St. Car parking is available at the kerbside or in the centre of the road. There is also a multi-storey Wilson car park right next door, which is open until 10pm (fee payable). Alternatively, the area is well served by public transport: trains to Melbourne Central station and / or trams along Swanston Street.

FEATURED THIS MONTH
Manoj Pandit of Autodesk Australia will be in a remote conference presenting the latest developments in Autodesk Productstream and Vault, as well as fielding questions on any other Autodesk topics you want to throw at him.
Not only that, but Mark Miller will be exploring the use of WIPEOUTS in your drawing work and Peter Godfrey will be showing us a little freeware product which cleans your registry and other parts of your system. It’s known to work well with Autodesk products.
And, of course, our usual TV program so no need to stay at home worrying about missing it!

NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE!
For this meeting only, we are in a new room. It’s the Executive Meeting Room, on the 4th floor. (This is one level below the usual room.) Room number is 94.4.47.
We are in this room in order to be able to use the internet connection for Manoj’s presentation. Follow the pizza gas if you get lost! Next meeting should be back to the usual room.
Due to popular request, we will be starting the meeting a little later (at 6:30pm) than in previous years. This is due to the fact that parking in the vicinity is free after 6:30pm. We will try to start the presentations at 7:00 pm sharp, so the meeting should finish at a reasonable hour. (Although I have to admit that a few of us have been known to congregate on the footpath outside after the meeting and chew the fat until a somewhat less reasonable hour!)

All Welcome!
As usual, food and drinks will be provided, along with the opportunity to meet up with fellow AutoCAD users.
Also, we’ll be showing all sorts of goodies, so bring along your USB memory keys etc. and you can get a copy of some of the items demonstrated.
As well as discussions on AutoCAD Techniques (both good and bad,) the December meeting also features a “round table” discussion of your AutoCAD problems (and hopefully the solutions!)
plus the usual News, Your AutoCAD Questions Answered and friendly chat.

Please note:
The order of business may be amended at the discretion of the President.
Check the Vicaug web page at http://www.dbm.com.au/vicaug <http://www.dbm.com.au/vicaug&gt; and the blog at http://www.vicaug.wordpress.com <http://www.vicaug.wordpress.com/&gt; for any late breaking news of this and other upcoming meetings.
A summary of the official agenda for the meeting is as follows:
6:30 Meeting room opened for social chat, food and refreshments
6.45 pm: Open General Meeting
• All in attendance to sign Attendance Book
• Apologies
• President’s Opening address and discussion – as permitted by the President
• Minutes of Previous General Meeting (December 2007) – as circulated in the 2007 “Blog” – to be received and adopted
• Presentations
• General Business and any such other matters that the President, at his discretion, may allow.
9.00 pm: Closure
Note: order of business may be amended at the discretion of the President.
Make the most of your Vicaug membership by coming along and learning, socializing and discussing any topics at all, even CAD-related ones! If you haven’t been to a Vicaug meeting before, don’t be shy – we’re a very friendly bunch!
If you’re not yet a member or need to renew your membership, please consider joining by printing out and completing the form below and posting it, together with your cheque to Vicaug Inc., P.O. Box 466 Elsternwick Vic. 3185. This will ensure that you continue to receive notifications of events, are entitled to vote at Vicaug elections and attend all Vicaug meetings. If you received this reminder, but not other benefits, it most likely means that you are not financial and that your “complimentary” subscription has expired. If you have received this in error, or do not wish to have these reminders sent to you this way, please accept our apologies and advise Peter Godfrey by email at pgodfrey@netspace.net.au and your name will be removed from the mailing list.
Regards
Peter Godfrey
Vicaug Vice President and Newsletter/Blog Editor

Notice of the 2008 AGM and General Meeting

30 July 2008

Here’s the text of an email sent to members and friends:

VICTORIAN AUTOCAD USERS GROUP INCORPORATED (VICAUG INC.)
(C&BAV Incorporation Registration Number: A 13467S)
ABN: 65 553 575 021
Greetings friends
*** Next Vicaug Meeting ***
and Annual General Meeting
A quick reminder: Only a few sleeps to go to the next Victorian AutoCAD Users Group meeting is on
6:30pm Monday
4th August 2008
At RMIT
5th Floor, RMIT Building 94, 23-27 Cardigan St Carlton
Yes folks, that’s this coming Monday!
This is on the west side of Cardigan St, just north of Victoria St. Car parking is available at the kerbside or in the centre of the road. There is also a multi-storey Wilson car park right next door, which is open until 10pm (fee payable). Alternatively, the area is well served by public transport: trains to Melbourne Central station and / or trams along Swanston Street.
Our meeting room is called a Studio, room number 9405032. Take the lifts up to the fifth floor, follow the corridor around to the right and the Studio is on the left side, towards the end of the corridor. Follow the pizza gas if you get lost!
Due to popular request, we will be starting the meeting a little later (at 6:30pm) than in previous years. This is due to the fact that parking in the vicinity is free after 6:30pm. We will try to start the presentations at 7:00 pm sharp, so the meeting should finish at a reasonable hour. (Although I have to admit that a few of us have been known to congregate on the footpath outside after the meeting and chew the fat until a somewhat less reasonable hour!)
All Welcome!
As usual, food and drinks will be provided, along with the opportunity to meet up with fellow AutoCAD users.
As well as the AGM (Annual General Meeting), Monday’s meeting will feature a presentation on Blade Workstations by John Belsham from Oasys IT. Not only that, but Zoltan Toth will be showing us a neat way to handle superscript in AutoCAD Text and Mark Miller will be showing us a bunch of AutoCAD Tips and Tricks.
Also, we’ll be showing all sorts of goodies, so bring along your USB memory keys etc. and you can get a copy of some of the items demonstrated.
As well as discussions on AutoCAD Techniques (both good and bad,) the August meeting also features a “round table” discussion of your AutoCAD problems (and hopefully the solutions!)
plus the usual News, Your AutoCAD Questions Answered and friendly chat.
Please note:
The order of business may be amended at the discretion of the President.
Check the Vicaug web page at http://www.dbm.com.au/vicaug <http://www.dbm.com.au/vicaug&gt; and the blog at http://www.vicaug.wordpress.com <http://www.vicaug.wordpress.com/&gt; for any late breaking news of this and other upcoming meetings.
A summary of the official agenda for the meeting is as follows:
6:30 Meeting room opened for social chat, food and refreshments
6.45 pm: Open General Meeting
All in attendance to sign Attendance Book
Apologies
President’s Opening address and discussion – as permitted by the President
Minutes of Previous General Meeting (December 2007) – as circulated in the 2007 “Blog” – to be received and adopted
Presentations
General Business and any such other matters that the President, at his discretion, may allow.
Closure
Note: order of business may be amended at the discretion of the President.
Make the most of your Vicaug membership by coming along and learning, socializing and discussing any topics at all, even CAD-related ones! If you haven’t been to a Vicaug meeting before, don’t be shy – we’re a very friendly bunch!
If you’re not yet a member or need to renew your membership, please consider joining by printing out and completing the form below and posting it, together with your cheque to Vicaug Inc., P.O. Box 466 Elsternwick Vic. 3185. This will ensure that you continue to receive notifications of events, are entitled to vote at Vicaug elections and attend all Vicaug meetings. If you received this reminder, but not other benefits, it most likely means that you are not financial and that your “complimentary” subscription has expired. If you have received this in error, or do not wish to have these reminders sent to you this way, please accept our apologies and advise Peter Godfrey by email at pgodfrey@netspace.net.au and your name will be removed from the mailing list.
Regards
Peter Godfrey
Vicaug Vice President and Newsletter/Blog Editor
Note New RMIT Venue!