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Michael’s Corner - December/January 2015

Making it Happen at Autodesk University 2014!

Yet another year has flown by at CADTutor and I'd like to thank Michael for another excellent year of tips, tricks and general AutoCAD wisdom—if you've managed to get tickets for one of Michael's sessions at Autodesk University, you're in for a treat. I'd also like to thank you, our loyal readers and supporters. CADTutor only exists because you keep coming back to the site, and as long as that continues, so will the site.

This month's Corner is a Christmas variety box (whatever happened to them?) of treats. The main article provides a technique for the automation of viewport scales, something which many of you will find genuinely useful. Other articles cover pan and zoom tricks, how to make life easier when your drawing ‘disappears’ after Zoom Extents and a reminder about drawing time and drawing properties—an often forgotten resource.

Have a great festive holiday and New Year celebrations and here's looking forward to an even better year in 2015. We'll be back early in February with more AutoCAD tips and tricks.

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Importing AutoCAD Meshes to Bryce

Importing AutoCAD Meshes to Bryce | BryceThis tutorial describes how to create a triangular ground model using Key Terra-Firma and AutoCAD and how to import this ground model into Bryce.

 

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Layer States and Viewports

Did you know that Layer States can be saved and used to control visibility of layers per viewport? If you create and save a couple of layer states within an active viewport, you can then toggle them back and forth without affecting any other viewports, or model space. The changes only occur within the active viewport.

Try this:

Create a bunch of random objects in model space on different layers. Now switch to paper space and create two viewports so that you can see all the model space objects in both viewports. Now activate one of the viewports and open the Express Tools LMAN layer states manager. Create and save a new layer state. Now close LMAN and freeze some of the objects within the viewport. Open LMAN back up and create another new layer state. All of this must be done within the active viewport. You can now toggle back and forth between the two layer states within the active viewport without affecting model space or any other viewports. You can also switch to another viewport and use the same layer states on it, or create new ones.

Today's tip is by Cad64

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