The PICKSTYLE System Variable

by Will on February 20, 2013

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

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AutoCAD® Groups

by Will on February 18, 2013

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

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The SETBYLAYER Command

by Will on February 13, 2013

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

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Export To AutoCAD

by Will on February 11, 2013

Hi everyone,

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

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Copy Layers to Excel

by Will on February 6, 2013

Hi everyone,

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

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The SOLID Command

by Will on February 4, 2013

Hatching is one of the easiest, least irritating, and straightforward commands in AutoCAD.

Not.

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

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The SAVEIMG Command

by Will on January 30, 2013

Taking a screenshot of your work is sometimes required, and while it’s not particularly difficult to just press the PrntScr (print screen) key and save it using whatever picture editor you use, there is another way. The SAVEIMG command essentially ..read more

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The DBLIST Command

by Will on January 28, 2013

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Hi Everyone,

I have been meaning to do a post on the DBLIST command for a while now, and I just happened to find the perfect post on Ellen Finkelstein’s blog. Therefore this is a guest post from her:

Have you ever ..read more

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The XOPEN Command

by Will on January 24, 2013

A quick tip for today – the XOPEN command.

This command simply allows you to open an XREF, without needing to open the XREF menu, and without even needing to know the name of the reference you wish to open. Type ..read more

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The UNDEFINE Command

by Will on January 20, 2013

There are many commands in AutoCAD®, and it is possible to create your own custom command shortcuts through either LISP or using acad.pgp (see my article on how to use acad.pgp).

But what if you wanted to remap an existing built ..read more

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