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Michael’s Corner - April/May 2015

Ch-ch-ch-Changes

AutoCAD 2016 is now a fact and although the headline new features don't reach the exciting heights of some previous releases, they are no less significant. I can't tell you the number of times a student has complained to me that they thought they'd drawn a circle but somehow, after a number of zooms it had transformed itself into an octagon; "I swear I didn't do anything!" As a tutor I resorted to mumbling about graphics and memory… In truth though, it just wasn't good and while other applications proudly displayed their circles, AutoCAD showed us only "octagons". But no more. At long last we can now see our drawings as they are supposed to be seen, in all their curvy glory. With luck, I'll never have to make excuses for AutoCAD ever again (maybe).

Now I've never had to make excuses for Michael Beall, come rain or shine, he's always here with some excellent advice on how to get the best out of AutoCAD. This month's Corner anticipates the need to transfer your Quick Access Toolbar to AutoCAD 2016 and there's an article to cover that. There are also articles on grip options, dividing split viewports in Model Space (apparently, some people need to do that!) and how to deal with blocks when they change in source drawings. Never let it be said that Michael steers clear of the tricky stuff.

Hopefully you'll learn some great new stuff from this month's Corner. Enjoy the warming weather and playing about with the new dimensioning features in AutoCAD 2016; I'm sure that's going to be a great time-saver for many of you. See you for the next instalment in June.

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Animating Materials: Water | BryceJust about everything in the Brycean world can be animated, including materials. This tutorial shows you how to simulate ripples on the surface of a standard Bryce water material by modifying the offset and rotation of the texture component of the material.

 

Units and Scales

Units and Scales | AutoCADIf you're asking yourself "what scale do I draw in?" or "what units should I use?", you need this tutorial.

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AutoCAD 2010: 3D Move & 3D Rotate

AutoCAD 2010: 3D Move & 3D Rotate | AutoCADThis tutorial introduces two of the most useful Modify tools for 3D, 3D Move and 3D Rotate and demonstrates how powerful 3D Rotate can be when combined with Polar Tracking. Running time: 6min 35sec

 

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Site Layout Exercise 1 | AutoCADThis exercise is designed to help you test out your basic AutoCAD skills. You'll need an understanding of the Draw and Modify tools and how to use co-ordinates.

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Object Snap Cycling

Object Snap CyclingWhen drawings get crowded with lots of detail, it can be difficult to select the required snap point with running object snaps. Invariably, the snap point AutoCAD finds is not the one you want. This is where object snap cycling comes to the rescue. With running object snap turned on, hover the cursor close to the snap point you want and hit the Tab key on the keyboard to move between the various possible snap points near the cursor. Keep hitting the Tab key until you find the snap point you want. When you've got it, left-click to select the point.

Today's tip is by David Watson

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