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Michael’s Corner - October/November 2015

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Autumn/Fall is well and truly here for those of us in the northern hemisphere. Summer vacations just a distant memory and we're all looking forward to those Autumn and Winter celebrations that lighten the darker months. Here at CADTutor towers the season has kicked off with a bumper harvest of apples and we've been busy trying to juice them. That's not an excuse for a later than expected Corner but it is a contributory factor. By the way, if you're passing by, you're welcome to as many Bramleys as you can carry!

OK, so what have we got for you this month? Well, we have an overview of the new editing feature for revision clouds in AutoCAD 2016 and 3 other gems, including an excellent tip for changing the location of your layout tabs so they appear above the status bar (as they always did back in the old days). This will be great news for those of you who work with lots of layouts and find that there isn't enough space for all of the tabs in the default workspace.

We'll be back again in December with some Winter gems. In the meantime, enjoy Halloween, Thanksgiving, Harvest Festival and all the other wonderful celebrations taking place this time of year.

Did I mention, free apples?

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User Co-ordinate Systems | AutoCADThis tutorial describes what UCSs are, why we need them and how to use them. The correct use of UCSs with AutoCAD is the key to producing good 3D models and they can also help with 2D work.


Basic 3D and Surface Modelling

Basic 3D and Surface Modelling | AutoCADAlthough AutoCAD has a number of commands for creating special 3D objects, a lot can be achieved by changing the properties of basic 2D objects like polylines. This tutorial provides a basic introduction to creating and viewing 3D objects.

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Learning Autodesk AutoCAD 2013

Learning Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 | AutoCADIn these 18 videos, Brian Benton introduces you to Autodesk AutoCAD 2013. Beginners will learn from scratch and experienced users will learn all the new features.



Dimensioning | AutoCADThis tutorial describes the options and commands available for dimensioning drawings and how to use them. The correct use of AutoCADs dimension tools is the key to producing clear and concise measured drawings.

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AutoCAD 2007 - Where's my old XREF Manager?

A lot of people using AutoCAD 2007 and above don't like the new XREF Manager, so here's a simple way to get the old one back.

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AutoCAD 2007 introduced a new way to manage XREFs and to bring up the "old" XREF Manager, you have to type CLASSICXREF at the command line. Well, if you want things back the way they were and use the classic XREF Manager as the default from the keyboard and from the menu, a few adjustments will get you there…

First, go to ToolsCustomizeEdit Program Parameters (acad.pgp). This command opens the ACAD.PGP file in Notepad. This is where all the keyboard shortcuts are defined.

Next, scroll down until you see XR (or use EditFind…), change the value from *XREF to *CLASSICXREF and save (FileSave). Close Notepad and return to AutoCAD. Enter the command REINIT, check the "PGP File" checkbox and click "OK". That fixes the keyboard so that next time you type XR, you'll see the old manager and not the new one.

To change your Menu, type CUI at the command line. In the "Customizations in All CUI Files" pane of the "Custom User Interface" dialogue, go to MenusInsertExternal References… and click on it once to highlight it.

Now, in the "Properties" pane, change the "Macro" setting from ^C^C_externalreferences to ^C^C_classicxref, click "OK" to save the changes and you're done.

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