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Michael’s Corner - June/July 2015

Once Upon a Time

Hello friends and welcome to the June/July edition of Michael's Corner. "Everything changes and nothing stands still", to quote Heraclitus of Ephesus. And that is as true of the software we use as it is of everything else, although I suspect the speed of change may have increased since Heraclitus' day (he was born in 535 BC). Many of the changes to our software over the past few years have been for the better but there are one or two things that I just don't like.

25 years ago, my world was turned upside down by the renaming of a chocolate bar (yes, of course I'm exaggerating). Those of you of a certain age in the UK will know what I'm referring to. My childhood "Marathon" bar became "Snickers" and I've never seen it the same way since.

More recently a smaller but no less important (to me) change happened when Autodesk decided to replace the quirky dynamite image on the Explode button in AutoCAD with the rather more anodyne (read boring) image that we know today. Now I don't mind change but what we lost in that transaction is the quirkiness and personality that our software tools should have in order to brighten our day. Why use an icon that makes it look like we want our blocks to fall apart when we could be exploding them?

If you feel the same way as I do, Michael has a great article this month that shows you how to get your dynamite back. Of course, there are some really useful articles on other stuff too but this is the really important one, right? I'm not alone in thinking this am I?

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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.

Today's tip is by dbroada

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