AutoCAD® Best Practice

Using XREFs and XREF Best Practice

by Will on October 25, 2011

XREFs can be an extremely helpful tool at your disposal when used well. However when used badly they can be a nightmare. In this article I am going to go through how to use XREFs and talk about some best ..read more

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With the Ortho Mode and Polar Tracking at your disposal, you may be tempted to completely ignore the concept of construction lines. But I certainly still use them, as they are actually really useful for specifying a logical concept in ..read more

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Trimming a Segment of a Polyline

by Will on October 14, 2011

Here’s a little tip that might be obvious to some, if not most of you. But for anyone that doesn’t know this, it can be useful to know.

When using the trim command, you tend to specify geometry to trim lines ..read more

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Shaped Viewports

by Will on September 28, 2011

Here’s a quick tip for today.

No doubt you’re aware that you can have custom shaped viewports – select a viewport, right click, and choose the option to clip the viewport based on a bounding object such as a polyline.

While this ..read more

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Layer Freeze/Thaw vs On/Off

by Will on July 6, 2011

There are two ways to change the visibility of layers – turning it off using the little light-bulb, and freezing it using the little snowflake. Many times I’ve been asked, “What’s the difference between freezing a layer and turning it ..read more

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Funny Text

by Will on January 24, 2011

This probably sounds like I’m going to start talking about the latest joke book, but that’s not what I mean by Funny Text…… I’m talking about subscript, superscript and special characters.

The two ways I usually use are – Alt Codes ..read more

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Ortho Mode vs. Polar Tracking

by Will on January 18, 2011

Ortho mode and polar tracking are two methods of constraining user input to an axis. You’ve probably become accustomed to using one of them, but if you think they are the same, you may want to look again. Of course, ..read more

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The Modelspace or Paperspace Argument

by Will on January 7, 2011

I’ve been looking forward to this post, as this argument has raged for over 10 years between the many other CAD professionals I know. Ironically, the conclusion I have come to doesn’t have much to do with which way is ..read more

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CAD Document Management

by Will on January 4, 2011

After a lovely break over Xmas, I thought I’d get back into the swing of things on here.. and I’m starting off the year with CAD document management – a crucial yet sometimes overlooked aspect of computer aided design.

I’ve seen ..read more

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Common causes for AutoCAD® freezing

by Will on December 16, 2010

How many times have you been working in AutoCAD®, and then suddenly it freezes on you? Panic sets in, as you try to remember the last time you saved… You wait… and wait… and… thankfully AutoCAD® un-freezes, this time…

But what ..read more

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