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You may have seen some of the coverage surrounding the 25th anniversary of the Web this week. On 6th August 1991 Tim Berners-Lee opened a Web server to the world and started a revolution in the way information is communicated. I'm really proud that for 20 of those 25 years, CADTutor has been providing free content to anyone with an internet connection and I'm humbled that for the last 14 years, Michael Beall has graciously provided regular content in the form of Michael's Corner. Well, this is Michael's penultimate Corner at CADTutor but he's not retiring just yet. As Michael explains in this month's column, he's having way too much fun training.

In this Corner, Michael revisits and updates some old favourites, including; visual styles, named views, a macro for flipping back to model space, layer colour override in viewports and dual display of dimension units. All tips which many of you will find useful in your everyday use of AutoCAD.

We'll be back in October for Michael's final Corner but until then, enjoy watching the Rio Olympics and if you miss that gold medal performance you were waiting to see, don't forget, you can now see it on the World Wide Web. Who'd have thought 25 years ago that we'd be watching telly on the Web!

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Modifying Objects | 3ds MaxModification of objects is at the heart of 3D modelling. Once geometry has been created using the most appropriate method then the modeller will start the modification process. This comprehensive tutorial shows you how.

 

Creating a Walkthrough

Creating a Walkthrough | 3ds MaxThis tutorial shows how to create an animated walkthrough of your AutoCAD 3D model using 3DS MAX 5. All you need to start is an AutoCAD drawing with some 3D content. The end result will be a .AVI file which can be viewed on any Windows PC.

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ISO Paper Sizes

ISO Paper Sizes | AutoCADThere has alwas been some confusion over the size of standard ISO drawing sheets with AutoCAD.The stated sizes in the plot dialogue box are not the true ISO sizes. This tutorial explains why and how to plot to scale from Model Space.

 

Entering Survey Data using AutoCAD

Entering Survey Data using AutoCAD | AutoCADThese techniques apply to basic CAD programs such as AutoCAD, IntelliCAD, etc. If you have a civil/survey program or add-on, such as Land Desktop, SurvCADD, Eagle Point, etc., then there are built-in tools for entering lines and curves.

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Moving vertically in 3D

Moving vertically

Moving objects vertically always used to be a bit of a chore with AutoCAD, usually involving some relative coordinate entry for the Z direction or maybe the .XY filter. Fortunately, AutoCAD 2007 introduced a new command that makes moving objects vertically a snap.

3D Move ButtonYou'll find the 3D Move button on the Dashboard or Modify3D Operations3D Move from the pull-down menu.

As with the normal Move command, you're first prompted to select objects. Once a selection is made, the cursor changes to the move grip tool. Now, pick any point on the base plane to fix the move grip tool at that elevation. Next, hover your cursor over the blue axis handle (Z axis) until it changes to a gold colour and left-click. This has the effect of constraining movement in the z direction. All you need do now is enter the distance you want the object to be moved or use the mouse to pick a distance.

Today's tip is by David Watson

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