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Michael’s Corner - April/May 2016


Another Spring, another AutoCAD. Yep, AutoCAD 2017 is with us and I'm guessing many of you will have downloaded and installed it by now. The big surprise for me is that the DWG file format has remained unchanged and that might be an indication that this is really a “point” release with most of the changes being incremental improvements on what is already in AutoCAD. Of course, it's great that our 2D and 3D geometry looks better and that graphics performance is improved but there aren't that many headline-grabbing features this time round.

However, there is one key new feature and that's the ability to import PDF files. Don't confuse this with PDF overlays, AutoCAD can now create drawing objects (lines etc.) from PDF files. Naturally, Michael's main article this month covers this great new feature and demonstrates some of the options included.

In other articles, Michael takes a look at the often overlooked Copy Nested command from Express Tools, gives some sound advice on the use of Wipeouts and reminds us how easy it is to create irregularly shaped viewports.

We'll be back in June with more help and advice. Oh, and just as a matter of interest, do you prefer the Dark color scheme or the Light color scheme? Just askin'.

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Bring recent commands to the command line with the "Up" cursor key

Use the "Up" cursor (arrow) key on the keyboard to scroll through recently used commands on the command line. When you find the one you want, hit the Enter key to start that command.

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You can also use the "Down" cursor key to scroll in the oposite direction.

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