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Michael’s Corner - June/July 2016

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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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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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Clear that 3D clutter with Orbit

When 3D drawings get complicated, it may become difficult to view a particular object in your drawing because it's being crowded by other objects. Here's a neat trick that will help you solve this problem.

Select the object or objects you're interested in before starting the Orbit (3DORBIT) command. When you start the Orbit command, all the other objects in the drawing will become invisible and your selected object can be seen alone. The other objects become visible again as soon as you exit from Orbit.

Hide with Orbit

This technique can also be used to ensure that the selected object always appears in the center of the scene when orbiting. It is also possible to select the center point of rotation without having the other objects disappear - use the 3DORBITCTR command.

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