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Michael’s Corner - June/July 2014

Summer Simplicity

So, how are you getting on with AutoCAD 2015? Found the Layout tab on the Ribbon yet? Autodesk thought it would be fun to make it context sensitive so it doesn't show up most of the time—oh how we laughed when we eventually found it! See this month's bonus feature "Lost & Found" for full details.

Elsewhere in this month's Corner, Michael covers the new Lasso selection feature in AutoCAD 2015 and it's another of those that you might not find if you didn't know about it.

The main feature this month covers the Sweep command and demonstrates how to use a polyline as a path. In other articles, Michael introduces the concept of "Buriables"—check it out to see what he's on about and there's further insight into the Insert object snap.

We hope you're having fun with AutoCAD 2015 and are liking the new Dark theme. Hands up who switched straight back to the Light theme? Oh, you don't know how—Options and then the Display tab. Happy CADing!

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Stage 1: AutoCAD Drawing | QuickscapeIn stage 1 on this project, surfaces are created from an accurate landform mesh made from 2D and 3D polylines using Quickscape surfacing routines.

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Sky Backgrounds | 3ds MaxPutting a scene into an "environment" is important, not least to generate a feeling of "outdoors", a "sense of place" or mood. This tutorial takes you through the process of applying a sky background.

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Add additional "standard scales"

Edit Scale List

To create additional "standard scales" in AutoCAD, type SCALELISTEDIT. You will then see the Edit Scale List dialog, shown on the right.

Click on the Add… button. In the Add scale dialog, enter the name of the scale, for example "1:1250", this is the name that will appear in the list. Then enter the Paper units and Drawing units as desired.

Note: "Drawing units" refers to the modelspace units.

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