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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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Site Layout Exercise 1 | AutoCADThis exercise is designed to help you test out your basic AutoCAD skills. You'll need an understanding of the Draw and Modify tools and how to use co-ordinates.

 

Object Snap

Object Snap | AutoCADA tutorial giving an overview of all the AutoCAD object snaps (osnaps) with some worked examples. The tutorial also covers the use of temporary tracking points and object snap tracking.

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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.

 

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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Maximize your work area

Clean ScreenYou can use Ctrl+0, or go to ToolsClean Screen, or click the faint blue square icon at the very bottom right of the AutoCAD program window to maximize your entire work area. The only thing that will show is your top Pull-down Menu, your Command Line, and/or your Layout Tabs, maximizing the drawing area as much as possible. Of course, you could also turn off the command line and just work with Dynamic Input if you wanted to be even more minimal. These command options work as a toggle, so simply repeat the action to restore the full interface.

If you are a customized keyboard command type of person, the command is CLEANSCREENON and CLEANSCREENOFF so you can easily add it into your ACAD.PGP file complete with your personal Command Alias.

Today's tip is by StykFacE

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