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Michael’s Corner - February/March 2016

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Wow, how time flies! Would you believe it, CADTutor is 20 years old this year. I'd like to tell you that I planned the whole thing but, of course, I didn't. It began with me transforming some paper handouts I'd made for my students into this new-fangled HTML thing so they could be viewed on the Web. Fortunately, lots of other people seemed to like what I'd written and these days, CADTutor gets around a quarter million visitors every month (slightly more than the size of my class!).

One of the really nice things that happened was that lots of very friendly people got in touch and offered help. As a result, we developed a thriving community forum on the site and a certain Michael Beall offered to write a monthly article. That was over 13 years ago and the first Michael's Corner appeared at CADTutor at the beginning of January 2003. It's still here, go take a look. Ever since then, Michael has contributed some brilliant content to this site with the aim of making you “quicker, better, smarter, faster”. I hope you'll join me in thanking him for this marvellous effort.

This month, Michael takes a look at the new DIM command in AutoCAD 2016, demonstrates how to create a simple LISP routine, shows you how to remove the Start tab (should you want to) and reveals a real time-saver when working with tool palettes. All-in-all another bumper Corner.

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Paper Space Exercise | AutoCADAutoCAD's paper space mode is a bit like having a page in a scrapbook onto which you can paste different views of your AutoCAD drawing. This whole page can then be plotted. This exercise demonstrates how.


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Drawing Objects | AutoCADGetting to grips with AutoCAD's basic drawing tools. This is an ideal start for the AutoCAD beginner.

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Modifying Objects | AutoCADThis tutorial runs through all of the modify tools, demonstrating practical examples in each case.


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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.

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Tip of the Day

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.

Today's tip is by LElkins

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