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Michael’s Corner - April/May 2015

Ch-ch-ch-Changes

AutoCAD 2016 is now a fact and although the headline new features don't reach the exciting heights of some previous releases, they are no less significant. I can't tell you the number of times a student has complained to me that they thought they'd drawn a circle but somehow, after a number of zooms it had transformed itself into an octagon; "I swear I didn't do anything!" As a tutor I resorted to mumbling about graphics and memory… In truth though, it just wasn't good and while other applications proudly displayed their circles, AutoCAD showed us only "octagons". But no more. At long last we can now see our drawings as they are supposed to be seen, in all their curvy glory. With luck, I'll never have to make excuses for AutoCAD ever again (maybe).

Now I've never had to make excuses for Michael Beall, come rain or shine, he's always here with some excellent advice on how to get the best out of AutoCAD. This month's Corner anticipates the need to transfer your Quick Access Toolbar to AutoCAD 2016 and there's an article to cover that. There are also articles on grip options, dividing split viewports in Model Space (apparently, some people need to do that!) and how to deal with blocks when they change in source drawings. Never let it be said that Michael steers clear of the tricky stuff.

Hopefully you'll learn some great new stuff from this month's Corner. Enjoy the warming weather and playing about with the new dimensioning features in AutoCAD 2016; I'm sure that's going to be a great time-saver for many of you. See you for the next instalment in June.

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Who is using that file?

If you are unable to open a drawing for editing (read-only) because it is in use, and want to find out who has it open, start a new drawing, or go to a drawing you have open and type WHOHAS at the command line. Browse to the drawing file using the file dialog box and double-click the filename (or select the file and click the Open button). A small message box will appear, showing who is using the file, the name of their PC and when it was opened.

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