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October is here and with it comes the one hundred and thirty sixth Michael's Corner. Who'd have thought that eleven years after I first got in touch with Michael, we'd still be going strong. To put that into some kind of context, Michael's Corner has been going longer than Facebook and Twitter! That's pretty amazing but our heritage here at CADTutor runs even further back than that. The origins of the CADTutor website can be traced back to 1996 and that must make us one of the longest running sites on the Web. But enough of nostalgia!

In this month's Corner, Michael takes a close look at AutoCAD 2015 and covers some of the interesting new functionality that may have passed under your radar. Have you tried the new Text Aligh command? If not, give it a go and try out one of Michael's great productivity tools into the bargain. In other articles, Michael takes a look at the new Block Ribbon Gallery and the Quick View Layout feature on drawing tabs; and if you'd like your Quick View Drawing feature back, Michael can help there too.

This month's Beginners' section is actually for everyone using AutoCAD 2015 and describes the ever-expanding family of Cursor Badges. If you don't know what they are or if you do know what they are and you'd like to get rid of them, Michael has the answer.

Have a great Fall/Autumn, make the most of this seasons festivals, and we'll be back again in December with the next dose of tips, tricks and insights.

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Multi/Sub-Object materials | 3ds MaxA Multi/Sub-Object material is a container for a number of sub-materials. This type of material is used when you need to assign different materials to different parts of an object and is used in infrastructure and environment projects mainly for objects such as benches, tables, lamposts, buildings etc. This tutorial works through a number of examples.

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AutoCAD 2010: Getting Ready for 3D | AutoCADThis video tutorial describes how to prepare the AutoCAD 2010 user interface (UI) ready for a 3D drawing project. Running time: 2min 23sec

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Moving vertically in 3D

Moving vertically

Moving objects vertically always used to be a bit of a chore with AutoCAD, usually involving some relative coordinate entry for the Z direction or maybe the .XY filter. Fortunately, AutoCAD 2007 introduced a new command that makes moving objects vertically a snap.

3D Move ButtonYou'll find the 3D Move button on the Dashboard or Modify3D Operations3D Move from the pull-down menu.

As with the normal Move command, you're first prompted to select objects. Once a selection is made, the cursor changes to the move grip tool. Now, pick any point on the base plane to fix the move grip tool at that elevation. Next, hover your cursor over the blue axis handle (Z axis) until it changes to a gold colour and left-click. This has the effect of constraining movement in the z direction. All you need do now is enter the distance you want the object to be moved or use the mouse to pick a distance.

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