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Michael BeallMichael's Corner is a monthly publication written by Michael E. Beall, Autodesk Authorized Author and peripatetic AutoCAD trainer. Michael travels all over the USA, bringing his fantastic experience and great understanding of AutoCAD to his clients. Michael's Corner brings together many of the tips, tricks and methods developed during these training sessions for the benefit of all users.

Michael's Corner provides something for every AutoCAD user. Every month, a number of articles cover a wide range of topics, suitable for users at all levels, including "The Basics" for those just starting out. Essentially, the aim of Michael's Corner is to help all AutoCAD users work smarter and faster.


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This month…

October - Inside Some A2015 Updates

Michael with students in Manila

At this writing, I have just returned from training this amazing group of AutoCAD users in Manila! They were very receptive and gracious to all I had to share with them, and I loved every minute! Through the efforts of my longtime customer, One Workplace, I thoroughly enjoyed an unforgettable training session with ProView Studio. You guys rock!! WootWoot!

If you are a current user of AutoCAD 2015, you have probably encountered at least a couple of the topics I have here. If you're not there yet, there may be something in here that will get you excited about upgrading. As I have been training this version over the last couple months, here are a few things I kept track of that I wanted to pass along…

…The new Text Align command—very nice.
…Insights into the new Block ‘Ribbon Gallery’—expanding upon an existing theme
…Quick View Layouts on the File tabs—and where you can find Quick View Drawings
…The new Cursor Badges—Yes or No

Also, if you haven't gotten it yet, Service Pack 2 is available and was released in mid-September. The best part of this update is we, once again, have the ability to copy a layout tab, by clicking and dragging and holding down the Ctrl key to make a copy!!

Autodesk University SpeakerMy Autodesk University Hands-on Lab, Click My Ride: Customizing AutoCAD for How You Work is being repeated!! I know there are many who were hoping this would happen (including ME!), so check the AU website——where you can sign up for class (AC8277-L) which is the repeat date of Wednesday, Dec 3rd at 2:45pm (it's a 75 minute lab). Please come up and say ‘Hello’… and sit on the front row! (I like to have my friends close when I do these big events).

Keep up the good work!

This month's articles

The A2015 Text Align Command
The Block ‘Ribbon Gallery’
Drawing Tabs = Quick View Layout
‘Sign Language’

From the Vault

Originally published October 2011

Follow-Up to Dynamic Block that Stretches (August 2011)

If you tried to make the Dynamic Block that was presented as the lead article in the August 2011 Michael's Corner you were probably successful in making it stretch, but if you used Text or Mtext, you were not prompted to edit the text string, but to open the Block Editor.

Attribute Definition dialog boxPlease forgive my oversight. The very first step in that exercise should have stated that you should create an Attribute Definition as your text, then create the block. Although that was one of the suggested text objects, it should have been the only one.

For those of you unfamiliar with creating an Attribute Definition, here are the steps I used to create the attribute I used for that Dynamic Block.

How to Create an Attribute Definition

  1. Set the desired layer and text style to be current.

  2. On the Insert tabBlock Definition panel, click Define Attributes to open the Attribute Definition dialog box.

  3. Fill in the Tag, Prompt, and Default fields similar to that shown in this illustration, and set the Justification to Middle Center.

    I would recommend you check the box to Specify On-Screen, and the text height should be appropriate for the application.

  4. Click OK after configuring your attribute definition, then place the resulting definition in the drawing.

Enhanced Attribute EditorAt this point, you can continue on with the steps to create the Dynamic Block that stretches found in August 2011.

Once you place that block, you can single-click on it to adjust the width and/or double-click it to open the Enhanced Attribute Editor where you can change the text!

Text edit

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