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Michael’s Corner - April/May 2016


Another Spring, another AutoCAD. Yep, AutoCAD 2017 is with us and I'm guessing many of you will have downloaded and installed it by now. The big surprise for me is that the DWG file format has remained unchanged and that might be an indication that this is really a “point” release with most of the changes being incremental improvements on what is already in AutoCAD. Of course, it's great that our 2D and 3D geometry looks better and that graphics performance is improved but there aren't that many headline-grabbing features this time round.

However, there is one key new feature and that's the ability to import PDF files. Don't confuse this with PDF overlays, AutoCAD can now create drawing objects (lines etc.) from PDF files. Naturally, Michael's main article this month covers this great new feature and demonstrates some of the options included.

In other articles, Michael takes a look at the often overlooked Copy Nested command from Express Tools, gives some sound advice on the use of Wipeouts and reminds us how easy it is to create irregularly shaped viewports.

We'll be back in June with more help and advice. Oh, and just as a matter of interest, do you prefer the Dark color scheme or the Light color scheme? Just askin'.

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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.


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.

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User Co-ordinate Systems

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.


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Drawing Objects | AutoCADGetting to grips with AutoCAD's basic drawing tools. This is an ideal start for the AutoCAD beginner.

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Cycling through grip modes

Grip Mode CyclingWhen you have a grip selected, the normal mode is to stretch the selected object and AutoCAD displays ** STRETCH ** on the command line to let you know. But did you know that by hitting <Enter> you can cycle through the other grip modes - move, rotate, scale and mirror?

This is a really efficient way of working and means you can spend less time clicking the buttons on the Modify toolbar and more time editing.

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