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Learning habits, information resources, skills measurement

Creating a Symbols Legend in AutoCAD

I assume you are familiar with the technique of creating a table in AutoCAD using an Excel spreadsheet to copy the range in Excel then PASTESPEC in AutoCAD. What may be frustrating is getting AutoCAD to match the font of what you have chosen to use in Excel. I want to use the Simplex font in AutoCAD but Excel always sends Calibri font to the clipboard no matter how the cell appears to be formatted […]

Design Review for NON-CAD Users

How do you break away from the inefficient workflow of printing hardcopies of a drawing and using a highlighter to markup revisions? You want to take this process into the digital age but how? You have engineers and surveyors who have years of experience but not much experience with AutoCAD. Using Autodesk Design Review® and Autodesk DWG TruView®, both are free programs from Autodesk, you can markup drawings and create digital checklists. The design review […]

Editing DTEXT on the Command Line

Sometimes the in-place text editor in AutoCAD is not the best choice for editing text.  Case in point, a customer uses AutoCAD on a job site and the glare makes it harder to read the text when it is inside the in-place text editor.  To enable text editing on the command line change the system variable TEXTED from 2 to 1.

Setting Default Text Size in AutoCAD

Seems like this is the one thing I overlook time and again when working in a new drawing. When I create MTEXT in a blank drawing it never comes out with the right settings on my first attempt. To solve this issue I typed TEXTSIZE on the command line to set the default text height to 0.1.  Note: This setting is stored in the drawing so it would be wise to configure your drawing template […]

Learn about the AutoCAD® User Interface Quickly.

Here are a few tips to make the AutoCAD User Interface more “discoverable”. You may be just starting to learn AutoCAD, or you want to introduce a newby to AutoCAD or you have been recently stumped on AutoCAD® trivia questions at the office. You are coming from a point of reference where the terminology is unfamiliar.  Read further and get a very quick, very convenient overview of the parts of the AutoCAD User Interface (UI).

Elevation Views Using the Camera and Clip Front and Back

Lets say you have created a model in AutoCAD. You may even have a point cloud in your drawing. Now you want to display a thin slice through the model. Use the Camera command in AutoCAD and apply clipping planes front and back.  In this example I overlaid 2 viewports.  One viewport contains the tank and grid lines.  The other viewport contains just the point cloud with a named view created using a camera object and […]

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