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Michael’s Corner - August/September 2015

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Welcome to a rather later than expected August/September edition of Michael's Corner. As is usual this time of year holidays and vacations tend to disrupt the usual flow of events. I hope you had a great break or are looking forward to the same. All I have to do now is sort through the hundreds of photos… or maybe I should just buy a new SD card.

Anyway, back to work, and this month's Corner includes the usual rich mix of smart tricks and efficiency savings. Want to speed up AutoCAD startup? We've got that covered. Want to learn all about AutoCAD 2016's new system variable monitor? We've got that covered too. In fact, if you look back through the archives at Michael's Corner, there's very little that hasn't been covered over the years. So if you do have an idle moment (I know!), do yourself a favour and browse through the last 12 years of this fantastic resource.

We'll be back with another Corner at the beginning of October. Until then, have a super-productive time at work and make sure you take that break you deserve (if you haven't already had one). Oh, and if you're a college or university student, listen carefully to your tutors and work hard, it pays off in the end!

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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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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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Dimensioning | AutoCADThis tutorial describes the options and commands available for dimensioning drawings and how to use them. The correct use of AutoCADs dimension tools is the key to producing clear and concise measured drawings.

 

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Using Images | AutoCADA simple exercise to help you understand how images work in AutoCAD.

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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.

Today's tip is by David Watson

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