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Michael’s Corner - August/September 2016

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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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Learning AutoCAD 2012

Learning AutoCAD 2012 | AutoCADIn this training video, Brian Benton introduces you to AutoCAD 2012 and takes you through this industry standard CAD program, and teaches you to use it effectively, whether you are a beginner, or long-time user of AutoCAD.

 

Paper Space Exercise

Paper Space Exercise | AutoCADAutoCAD's paper space mode is a bit like having a page in a scrapbook onto which you can paste different views of your AutoCAD drawing. This whole page can then be plotted. This exercise demonstrates how.

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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.

 

Creating Seamless Tiles

Creating Seamless Tiles | PhotoshopThis tutorial shows you how to create perfectly seamless image tiles in Photoshop. The image tiles are perfect for creating image based materials in AutoCAD, MAX or Bryce.

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Tip of the Day

Selection Preview Cycling

Selection Preview CyclingMaking positive selections is much easier now that AutoCAD highlights (previews) objects as you mouse over them. However, it can still be difficult to select the right object when drawings become complicated with lots of overlapping objects. Fortunately, AutoCAD allows you to cycle through all the overlapping objects under the cursor.

All you need to do is hold down the Shift key and then repeatedly hit the Spacebar (Shift + Space). Each object under the cursor will be highlighted in turn and you can easily pick the one you want.

You can use a similar technique to cycle through sub-objects such as faces and edges on 3D Solids. To cycle through sub-objects, hold down the Control key and hit the Spacebar repeatedly (Ctrl + Space).

Today's tip is by David Watson

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