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One of my new-to-AutoCAD students nailed it this week, "I now realize just how much you can do with AutoCAD!" What's even more exciting is the relatively easy customization you can do if you know where to look… so here are a few places to turn your attention!
…Add a System variable to a Field on your Layout tab
…Assign an object snap to a Function key
…Display a toolbar in the Ribbon workspace of AutoCAD 2015
…Use the Copy option when you Rotate objects
I hope you have all had a grand summer. The highlight of ours was our son Joshua's graduation [BFA, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from the Art Institute in Cincinnati], so if anyone works where you could use a Production Assistant, please let me/him know!
Keep up the good work!
My coverage of edit commands has been, admittedly, sparse, but this new feature in AutoCAD 2012 caught my attention, and my suspicion is it will catch yours as well. Very simple, but very helpful.
I think the most useful circumstance would be in the application of unequal distances when using the Chamfer command.
In the following exercise, you will set unique values for Distance 1 and Distance 2, so consider the drawing size when doing so.
Draw any rectangle, then launch the Chamfer command  and you get the following prompt; enter D for the Distance option…
Select first line or [Undo/Polyline/Distance/Angle/Trim/mEthod/Multiple]: D
Enter a reasonable value (based on your rectangle size) for the first chamfer distance, then enter half that value for the second chamfer distance, similar to that shown here…
Specify first chamfer distance <12.0000>: 10
Specify second chamfer distance <10.0000>: 5
After specifying the distances, select one line of the rectangle, then hover over the adjacent leg of the rectangle to see the preview of the chamfer!
As you see in this example, the preview is very useful in alerting you to a possible reversal in the selection sequence in this circumstance.