Learn some new Autodesk product skills for free in this new year from some of the very best speakers and class content anywhere. If you attended Autodesk University 2013 but were unable to attend all the classes you wanted to or were unable to attend AU at all, this is your opportunity to enjoy the classes. There is also other great content like Innovation Forums and the keynotes available to watch on demand. The AU2013 classes are now available online:...
It has always been a pleasure to publish a guest post from someone in the Autodesk community. It helps the guest author get more visibility among peers as well as shares some valuable knowledge with the readers of this Between the Lines blog, a win – win for everyone. This guest post is by Jim LaPier - blog www.macncad.com. Jim has been an AutoCAD and AutoCAD for Mac expert with his job using AutoCAD and supporting it. In AutoCAD 2014, a new tab bar was added to the drawing interface. This tab system allows for simple and quick drawing switching and also added the convenience of opening the parent folder of the current AutoCAD for Mac 2014 - Open File Locationdrawing. This may seam like a simple addition but it is one I’ve welcomed with open arms. At one point I even added a lisp routine to my AutoCAD setup that allowed me to accomplish this, so I was quite happy that by simply right-clicking on the tab, you can choose “Open File Location” and an explorer window will open at the files location. Why so happy you might ask? Most firms I’ve worked for use a fairly expansive series of folders to manage their projects. When I’m working in a drawing I often need to look at other files pertaining to the dwg file. pdf’s, images of the site, Excel bill of materials, etc. An option like this makes it so much easier than opening Explorer and navigating from
I received both Tricks and Treats for AutoCAD and Civil 3D after posting for readers to send Autodesk product tips and tricks as Tricks and Treats. There are 8 tricks for AutoCAD based products and 3 treats for Civil 3D for you to try. For the 6 people submitting these tricks and treats I will send them something fun. If they are attending Autodesk University 2013, I will give it to them there and of course buy them a beverage of their choice as a small token of thanks for participating and sharing in the fun. Enjoy the Tricks and Treats!
So you mostly work in mostly 2D in AutoCAD, and you are asking "How can I set AutoCAD so that the 3D ViewCube is off when I start a new drawing"? Even in 2D drawing the ViewCube can be helpful in orienting the drawing, but if you really want to disable the ViewCube when you start a new drawing, read further for the solution. When you start a new drawing, AutoCAD uses a template (DWT). To change the ViewCube setting for new drawings, you only need to edit your template(s). Word of warning it is always a good thing to make a backup of existing files before overwriting them, just in case.
IN AUTOCAD WE USE MOSTLY ALL CAPS (UPPERCASE) FOR TEXT FOR READABILITY AND NOT THAT WE ARE YELLING OR SHOUTING IN TEXT. WE SIMPLY FORGET TO CHANGE OUR KEYBOARD CAPLOCK. "Shaan, please stop yelling in uppercase text in email..." Oh sorry about that. See that is the problem that I will show you how to prevent. Sometimes when you exit AutoCAD you still have the CAPS lock on and then go to your email or instant messaging and appear to be shouting, when you are not. Uppercase text typically in email is considered the equivalent of shouting or yelling. You might think that people would notice their uppercase still on, but after hours of working in AutoCAD I think you are honestly text case blind or in a trance. So, how do I turn on Uppercase text in AutoCAD? I want to type in all caps in AutoCAD only. There is an "AutoCAPS" option in the Ribbon Text Editor, in the Tools panel. Start the text command or double click some text to edit, and expand the Tools panel to expose the AutoCAPS option. adskbhsverall
If you use an AutoCAD based product for 3D work you will have to consider using the UCS to change views to work on the model. A common question from AutoCAD users when using the UCS is: ”Is there a method to have the UCS command always default to either TOP or WORLD regardless of what view is selected from VIEW TAB?”
I type too fast and the AutoCAD AutoComplete gets messed up. AutoCAD’s AutoComplete feature controls whether and how the program fills in the rest of the command or system variable name at the Command prompt. The solution is not to slow down your typing or drink less green tea or coffee, but this tip on disabling the AutoComplete or setting the delay time below should help.
I get asked this frequently and was just asked again which caused me to think, “hey I should blog this.” I received a set of DWG files from a client and want to clean up the layers to my CAD standards, how do I do it and not take days or having to write code? The solution is actually quite simple, and powerful.
If you have used AutoCAD you have most likely accidently done something like this since AutoCAD enabled the ability to turn off the Command Line aka Command Window. The Autodesk product teams receive several emails from the Autodesk Product Feedback Form. Your feedback goes to the products teams and they read them. In many cases team members respond if there is enough detail and time permitting but they can’t respond to every feedback submission, but do try to help when they can. This solution was by AutoCAD Test Development’s Cliff Young.
SUPERHATCH is a former AutoCAD Express Tool that is now included in the core AutoCAD product. You can create a hatch pattern from most anything without having to learn how to write a hatch pattern definition file. This AutoCAD tutorial is by Autodesk’s own Cliff Young of the AutoCAD Test Development Team. If any readers have a tutorial on an Autodesk product they want to be posted to this blog and read by thousands of readers please email me.
Longtime AutoCAD, Revit and Architecture veteran, writer, trainer, consultant, photographer,and friend David Cohn sent me a note that he has released some iBooks on AutoCAD 2014 for those of you with Apple devices. These iBooks are multimedia rich with text, images, and video. There are also Point Cloud and Revit Architecture 2014 titles available free in the iBook store by CADLearning™ by 4D Technologies.
So you like the way the old pre AutoCAD 2012 Array command worked with the dialog. Even though there is more functionality in the new ARRAY version you don’t want to deal with the learning curve or change your ways. I understand as I still type DDARRAY as old habits are hard to break. No problem here is the solution to get the Classic ARRAY back.
This has to be one of the most common of all AutoCAD questions and issues encountered by AutoCAD users. They become puzzled when this system variable is set to 0 by accident, errant Lisp or script or perhaps evil coworkers messing with them. The most common clue is their Delete key and double click and Layer control are not working.
The Autodesk product teams receive several emails from the Autodesk Product Feedback Form. The Product Feedback form is the one that I had mentioned in the a recent post: Send Your Feedback or BBQ Recipe to an Autodesk Product Team. Your feedback goes to the products teams and they read them. In many cases team members respond if there is enough detail and time permitting as they can’t respond to every feedback submission and are not product support but do try to help. The AutoCAD QA Team wanted to address a couple of the common feedback form reported issues they have received in a few blog posts. This post on Stacked and Baseline Dimensions is by AutoCAD Test Development extraordinaire Chris Miller. How do I create Stacked Dimensions?
In this example I am using AutoCAD for Mac 2013 but it is also applicable to AutoCAD for Windows. AutoCAD Drawing with Hatched Area So you have an area of a drawing in AutoCAD that is closed and has a Hatch pattern applied. What you want is an easy updated way to show the area in text even when the area hatched is changed. No problem use an AutoCAD Field.
Have you ever ended up with two drawings of the same name, just different time stamps on the file or an added suffix on the file name? Perhaps another team member was trying to be helpful (or not) and edited the file and you need to know what changed? Lucky for you there is an Autodesk App for that, and FREE.
Are you a visual or semantic person, pictures or text? You do have the choice to select your preference. Back a few AutoCAD releases ago, we made the default for the Drawing Tools buttons in the status bar display as graphical icons instead of the text. I am going to show you how to change these to what you prefer.
A commenter on this blog asked how they could change several objects without having to select one by one and modify them. I did not ask if they were paid hourly wages as that might make the long method beneficial on the paycheck, but for this tip we will show how to save time and get out of the office faster and make the boss happy.
Back in 2009 I wrote a blog post showing one method to get the X and Y coordinates from AutoCAD into Excel using a script. Import X,Y Coordinates from Excel into AutoCAD While this was a workable method, AutoCAD is well known to have several ways to accomplish anything. Between the Lines reader Brian Glackin PE provided a much easier method this week in an email to me.