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Hot keys in Inventor

Hot keys in Inventor

Hot keys in Inventor

(OP)
I would love nothing more than to have keyboard shortcuts in Inventor.  I despise the fact that Inventor forces the user to access virtually all commands via mouse clicks.  Sure i can use 'D' for dimension, 'L' for line, etc., but only a few commands are accessible in this way.  Having started on AutoCAD, I grew accustomed to having one hand on the keyboard, one on the mouse.  With Inventor, I literally have to sit on one hand.  After using Inventor for almost a year now, I draw fairly quickly, but I feel extremely slow and cumbersome having to navigate entirely with the mouse.  Am I the only one who feels this way?  Anyone have any info about the possibility of this being included in Inventor 8?

RE: Hot keys in Inventor

You do know about the F keys right?

f2=pan
f3=zoom
f3=orbit
f5=last view

Also look into getting a spaceball http://www.3dconnexion.com/

You can find a used one on ebay for about $100.  Once you use one you'll never go back.

Sean Dotson, PE
Inventor Tutorials & More
www.sdotson.com

RE: Hot keys in Inventor

Oops forget to mention you can assign commands to the buttons also.

Sean Dotson, PE
Inventor Tutorials & More
www.sdotson.com

RE: Hot keys in Inventor

Wait for inventor 8, custom keyboardshortcuts will be in it

RE: Hot keys in Inventor

Not sure Autodesk would apprecite you breaking your NDA.. (if you have one that is)

Sean Dotson, PE
Inventor Tutorials & More
www.sdotson.com

RE: Hot keys in Inventor

(OP)
Thanks for the replies guys.  If what you say about inventor 8 is true, I will be extremely happy.  Any info on a release date?

RE: Hot keys in Inventor

I believe 8 is being either discussed or previewed at seminars (as of this week), so might want to have whoever you bought from give you a heads-up when available...

If in the NorthEast, you might try www.datamat.com

-e

RE: Hot keys in Inventor

Oops, forgot to mention you can simply type "e" to finish your sketch command and do an extrude, "r" for revolve, and us the 'roller' button to zoom in/out and pan (hold down).

Those should help a bit

RE: Hot keys in Inventor

     FYI, the Adesk guys did show some functionality from a 'future version of Inventor' at the end of last week (which might perhaps be referred to as 8 assuming it doesn't become Inventor 2004 or some such when it officially releases... :).

     Focus there was primarily on showing the new Cable/Harness functionality (which is slated to be part of Inventor Professional in the next release), and looked interesting.  This basically builds on the Piping/tubing functionality already in AIP7 (Autodesk Inventor Professional 7) and, from what was said in the (public) seminar, plans are to expand this 'Professional' functionality over time to also include things like some Analysis, etc... just not many specifics on how much time ;^).

     Didn't hear much discussed on shortcuts though...in the meantime, you might also want to pull the 'Contraint panel' (View/ Toolbar/ 2DConstrain Panel) out and dock it so that it's always easily accessible, as tends to be used quite a bit, as well!

Best Regards,
Ed

RE: Hot keys in Inventor

Hello!

Is there not a way to do this by righting a macro and then firing it of when a key is pressed?
Not that I know how to do this, but it is an idea.

/ David

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