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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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April - Four…

There are three more postings of Michael's Corner to come after this one, and I hope each one will kick your productivity a notch. I'll also be including some “Best of” in case you're just now joining us… or forgot all about it.

And now that Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2017 is now out on the streets, you're going to want to run down to your local reseller and get your own personal copy! Oh, if it were only that simple. (Ch-ching!)

So, as you scroll through this post, you will find insights on…

…The AutoCAD 2017 PDF Import command
…Copying nested objects within a block
…“Best of”: The Wipeout object and Irregular Viewport Frames

And for those of you who would like the last 14 years in book form (or PDF), YES, I am currently updating The AutoCAD® Workbench to include 'em all. The AutoCAD Workbench, Final Edition will be updated to A2017 and will, “Lord-willing and the creek don't rise”, be out by early Fall as the last Michael's Corner is posted.

[Ah, and even though my contribution of Michael's Corner is coming to an elegant end, I'll not be retiring anytime soon. My training around the planet will continue. I'm having waaaaay too much fun seeing my friends and customers and meeting new ones.]

Happy Spring!

This month's articles

The Big Dog in A2017
Copy Nested [Express Tools]
“Best of” Odd Spot: Wipeout
“Best of” Basics: Irregular Viewport

From the Vault

Originally published May 2013

Repeat a Command in a Macro

Many of you have been quite prolific in creating buttons for the tool palette and other customizable areas, so you may find this insight rather useful: To repeat a macro, put an asterisk in front of the ^C^C. Specifically, *^C^C

Just to get the hang of it, put the following in the Command String field of a blank button on the tool palette.

As has been mentioned in previous articles, the semi-colon presses [Enter], the backslash pauses for user input.

*^C^CROTATE;\\;\\MOVE;P;;\\

Breakdown

ROTATE; Types Rotate, then presses Enter
\\; Allows for 2 corners to be specified—Crossing or otherwise—to select the objects, then presses Enter
\\ Allows for the 2 points for the rotation process—base point, then pick a rotation angle
MOVE; Types Move, then presses Enter
P;; Runs the ‘Previous’ object selection method, then presses Enter
\\ Allows for the 2 points for the move process—from where, to where
  Automatically repeats because of the asterisk preceding the routine

If nothing else, it's kind of fun to see how it works!

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