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Well, I guess you've now been using AutoCAD 2017 long enough to get used to the new application icon. It's a move away from the origami-style of recent iterations and back towards the more traditional “A” of the past. I have to say, I prefer it but if you look closely, you'll notice that it doesn't make any sense as a 3D object. What's happening with the bar of the “A”? There's an Escher-esque ambiguity about it. Obviously, Autodesk feel the icon is an important aspect of the AutoCAD product identity because, since way back, it has changed with each version; ah, so that's what the annual subscription is for!

So, the Michael's Corner countdown has now reached three and there are just two more to go after this one before Michael takes his leave after 14 years of sterling service. This month's Corner uses the tried and trusted format of four articles covering a range of topics to suit a range of needs. Topics include hyperlinking an audio file to an object, controlling the previews on layout tabs, toggling Dynamic Input and an overview of the UCS icon. It goes without saying that there are plenty of tips and tricks here that most of you will find really useful.

Michael will be back in August with his penultimate Corner but until then, enjoy the summer (or winter for those south of the equator) and don't forget the sun screen when you do eventually leave the office for that well-earned break.

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Object snap tracking

object snap trackingFinding the centre (centroid) of a square or rectangle used to require the use of at least one construction line but with object snap tracking, the same point can be found without having to draw any other objects.

This technique relies on the fact that "Midpoint" is set as one of your running object snaps and that polar tracking (POLAR) and object snap tracking (OTRACK) are on. Say you have a square and you want to draw an inscribed circle. Start the circle command and then hover the cursor over one of the vertical sides of the square until the midpoint snap icon appears. Move towards the centre and a dotted tracking like will appear. Next, hover the cursor over one of the horizontal sides of the square until the midpoint icon appears, again, move towards the centre of the square. This time, when you get close to the centre, both horizontal and vertical tracking lines appear and you can snap to the intersection simply by left-clicking. Finish the circle by snapping to any midpoint.

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