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Michael’s Corner - June/July 2014

Summer Simplicity

So, how are you getting on with AutoCAD 2015? Found the Layout tab on the Ribbon yet? Autodesk thought it would be fun to make it context sensitive so it doesn't show up most of the time—oh how we laughed when we eventually found it! See this month's bonus feature "Lost & Found" for full details.

Elsewhere in this month's Corner, Michael covers the new Lasso selection feature in AutoCAD 2015 and it's another of those that you might not find if you didn't know about it.

The main feature this month covers the Sweep command and demonstrates how to use a polyline as a path. In other articles, Michael introduces the concept of "Buriables"—check it out to see what he's on about and there's further insight into the Insert object snap.

We hope you're having fun with AutoCAD 2015 and are liking the new Dark theme. Hands up who switched straight back to the Light theme? Oh, you don't know how—Options and then the Display tab. Happy CADing!

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Creating Custom Bitmap Materials | AutoCADThis tutorial demonstartes how to create your own bitmap based materials using Photoshop and AutoCAD.

 

Basic 3D and Surface Modelling

Basic 3D and Surface Modelling | AutoCADAlthough AutoCAD has a number of commands for creating special 3D objects, a lot can be achieved by changing the properties of basic 2D objects like polylines. This tutorial provides a basic introduction to creating and viewing 3D objects.

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Learning Autodesk AutoCAD 2014

Learning Autodesk AutoCAD 2014 | AutoCADIn this AutoCAD 2014 training course from expert author Brian Benton, you will learn the basics of using the tools and techniques available to you in this CAD software program.

 

Stage 1: AutoCAD Drawing

Stage 1: AutoCAD Drawing | QuickscapeIn stage 1 on this project, surfaces are created from an accurate landform mesh made from 2D and 3D polylines using Quickscape surfacing routines.

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Who is using that file?

If you are unable to open a drawing for editing (read-only) because it is in use, and want to find out who has it open, start a new drawing, or go to a drawing you have open and type WHOHAS at the command line. Browse to the drawing file using the file dialog box and double-click the filename (or select the file and click the Open button). A small message box will appear, showing who is using the file, the name of their PC and when it was opened.

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