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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—http://au.autodesk.com/—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 July 2011

Multifunction Grip and Contextual Tab for Arrays

In addition to the associativity features of the A2012 Array command, the multifunction grips and a contextual tab also contribute to its effectiveness.

Continuing from the above exercises, this sequence steps you through increasing the Row count using the multifunction grip and specifying the distance on the contextual tab.

How to Adjust the Row Count and Spacing of an Associative Array

  1. Multi-function gripContinuing from the above exercises, click on any object of the array to display the grips and the contextual tab.

  2. Hover in the box grip (don't click, just hover in it) to display the shortcut menu, hence the term "multifunction grip".

  3. Number of rowsClick Row Count, then move your cursor to see the dynamic display of the rows (or enter 3 in the dynamic edit box). Click to anchor the position of the 3 rows of rectangles.

  4. Row spacingOn the contextual Array tab, Rows panel, enter 8 for the Row Spacing value and you will see the distance between rows — the distance between similar points on each rectangle — shift to 8 units.

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