Over the years of running HowToAutoCAD.com I have found that hundreds, if not thousands of you are very keen to get into writing your own tools for AutoCAD. However, you can create tools for AutoCAD using VB.NET in many ..read more
In the interest of trying to get as many top tips on HowToAutoCAD.com as possible, I’ve decided to hold a competition, and there will be a cash prize for the winner in the amount of £25.
All you have to do ..read more
BCOUNT is a very simple and quick command for extracting information from your drawing, namely, a count of the number of blocks in your drawing, categorised by their type.
It’s really simple to use – just enter BCOUNT in the command ..read more
I’ve often been in a situation where a certain command or entity seems to behave differently in one drawing compared to another. Things such as how drawing units are handled are controlled on a drawing by drawing basis, by saving ..read more
Very quick tip to supplement the last post I wrote on Groups, which comes to us thanks to one of my subscribers named Santiago.
I mentioned that the behaviour when selecting a group is controllable using the groups dialog box by ..read more
Blocks are very useful, and you might be tempted to ignore the existence of groups and just always use blocks instead. However, groups actually work differently to blocks, and in many cases it is actually more useful to use a ..read more
As of AutoCAD 2008, we have a new command for dealing with the layering properties of objects en-masse. The SETBYLAYER Command.
As you’d expect, this is used for setting properties to ByLayer (as they mostly should be). You might say that ..read more
Quick tip for all of you using AutoCAD verticals such as Civil 3D. You’ll no doubt have noticed that if you open drawings created in an AutoCAD vertical will have it’s native objects displayed as OLE objects in vanilla ..read more
Recently someone showed me a really simple, and rather obscure tip that I thought was pretty neat. I must admit, I’m yet to find a practical use for it, but I’m sure as with many other obscure commands it’ll ..read more
Hatching is one of the easiest, least irritating, and straightforward commands in AutoCAD.
But there are quite a few other commands that can help with the little things – for example, it can be quite frustrating when all you want to ..read more