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Michael’s Corner - October/November 2014

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October is here and with it comes the one hundred and thirty sixth Michael's Corner. Who'd have thought that eleven years after I first got in touch with Michael, we'd still be going strong. To put that into some kind of context, Michael's Corner has been going longer than Facebook and Twitter! That's pretty amazing but our heritage here at CADTutor runs even further back than that. The origins of the CADTutor website can be traced back to 1996 and that must make us one of the longest running sites on the Web. But enough of nostalgia!

In this month's Corner, Michael takes a close look at AutoCAD 2015 and covers some of the interesting new functionality that may have passed under your radar. Have you tried the new Text Aligh command? If not, give it a go and try out one of Michael's great productivity tools into the bargain. In other articles, Michael takes a look at the new Block Ribbon Gallery and the Quick View Layout feature on drawing tabs; and if you'd like your Quick View Drawing feature back, Michael can help there too.

This month's Beginners' section is actually for everyone using AutoCAD 2015 and describes the ever-expanding family of Cursor Badges. If you don't know what they are or if you do know what they are and you'd like to get rid of them, Michael has the answer.

Have a great Fall/Autumn, make the most of this seasons festivals, and we'll be back again in December with the next dose of tips, tricks and insights.

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User Co-ordinate Systems | AutoCADThis tutorial describes what UCSs are, why we need them and how to use them. The correct use of UCSs with AutoCAD is the key to producing good 3D models and they can also help with 2D work.

 

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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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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Using Co-ordinates | AutoCADAll about the use of co-ordinates in AutoCAD.

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Oops is your friend

Most AutoCAD users know about the undo command, which allows you to step back through the command sequence. This is useful if you make a mistake and need to retrace your steps. But what if you deleted something a while back and in the meantime you did some useful stuff that you don't want to lose in order to recover your deleted stuff. Oops to the rescue!

The oops command recovers the last deleted selection set, without undoing everything in-between. It can also be used to recover objects removed after using block or wblock.

Today's tip is by fahim108

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