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Michael’s Corner - August/September 2014

Quick and Easy Customizing

Well it's the holiday (vacation) season and many of you will be taking your annual break. I hope you're having a great time doing whatever floats your boat. We don't expect post cards from all our readers but it's always nice to get a few. For those of you who have already taken your break or have yet to leave, this time of year is always a good opportunity to brush up on your digital skills while things are relatively quiet around the office and this month's Corner provides some great tips.

Michael has been exploring AutoCAD 2015 and explains how you can still use toolbars with this latest version despite the removal of the Toolbars option from the View tab on the Ribbon. In other articles, Michael shows us how to create a Field that displays the value of a system variable (more useful than you might imagine!) and how to assign object snap settings to a keyboard function key. For beginners, there's a useful technique for copying and rotating at the same time.

All-in-all a very useful bunch of tips and tricks to add to your armoury. We'll be back again in October with more helpful insights but in the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer.

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The Material Editor | 3ds MaxThe Material Editor provides functions to create and edit materials and maps. This tutorial is a basic introduction to the options available.

 

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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Learning Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2014

Learning Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2014 | AutoCADIn this AutoCAD LT 2014 training course from Brian Benton, you will learn how to create 2D drawings using this lighter version of AutoCAD developed by Autodesk.

 

AutoCAD 2010: Joining Lines, Polylines and Arcs

AutoCAD 2010: Joining Lines, Polylines and Arcs | AutoCADThis video tutorial demonstrates how to join lines, polylines and arcs using the Join command and the Edit Polyline command. Running time: 6min 49sec

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Cycling through grip modes

Grip Mode CyclingWhen you have a grip selected, the normal mode is to stretch the selected object and AutoCAD displays ** STRETCH ** on the command line to let you know. But did you know that by hitting <Enter> you can cycle through the other grip modes - move, rotate, scale and mirror?

This is a really efficient way of working and means you can spend less time clicking the buttons on the Modify toolbar and more time editing.

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