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Michael’s Corner - February/March 2015

Second Fiddles

As promised, Michael's Corner is back for it's first outing of 2015. We know you probably began the year with some worthy resolutions, and maybe improving your efficiency at work was one of them. By February many of us have either forgotten we made resolutions or have given up on them, so here's some really useful (and timely) stuff to get you back on track if working smarter, not harder was one of the resolutions on your list.

This month, Michael takes a look at a very useful technique when working with overlapping viewports, demonstrates how to mask areas behind dimension text (one of our top 10 FAQs), how to use the Shift key to good effect when working with Ortho and a new feature in AutoCAD 2015 that helps to streamline your interactions with Polar Tracking. All in all it's another great Corner, with something for everyone.

Watch out for the next instalment at the beginning of April when, no doubt, the Web will be buzzing with rumours of fabulous new features in AutoCAD 2016—we can't wait.

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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.

 

Transforming Objects

Transforming Objects | 3ds MaxTransforming objects means changing the position, size or number of an object without altering the integrity of the geometry itself. MAX offers a host of transformation tools to do these tasks. This tutorial gets you started.

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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.

 

The Interface

The Interface | 3ds MaxThis tutorial gives a brief explanation of the MAX interface items commonly used and introduces you to the important areas of the interface.

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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.

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