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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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AutoCAD Expert

Are you an expert in AutoCAD? Well according to Autodesk you aren't, well not unless you tell the program otherwise. The EXPERT system variable (default 0) can be changed so that annoying "Are you sure?" commands will go away. Here is the list and what they do:

EXPERT = 0
Issues all prompts normally.
EXPERT = 1
Suppresses "About to regen, proceed?" and "Really want to turn the current layer off?"
EXPERT = 2
Suppresses the preceding prompts and "Block already defined. Redefine it?" (BLOCK) and "A drawing with this name already exists. Overwrite it?" (SAVE or WBLOCK).
EXPERT = 3
Suppresses the preceding prompts and those issued by the LINETYPE command if you try to load a linetype that's already loaded or create a new linetype in a file that already defines that linetype.
EXPERT = 4
Suppresses the preceding prompts and those issued by UCS Save and VPORTS Save if the name you supply already exists.
EXPERT = 5
Suppresses the prompt, "That name is already in Use, redefine it?" issued by the -DIMSTYLE Save option when you supply the name of an existing dimension style.

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