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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…

June - Summer Simplicity

It seems like summer just kind of crept up on us and I can't believe we're nearly halfway through the year already! I'm still investigating AutoCAD 2015 and will present additional content in the months ahead, but this month I simply wanted to show you a few things I encountered in my training sessions recently.

…A very simple but effective method of creating a Solid with the Sweep command
…The new feature in A2015 that conforms to the simple motion of dragging to select objects
…Variables that will make life much simpler if you are aware of what they can do
…An object snap that makes snapping to the insertion point of a block quite simple

Needless to say, the point of summer is to hopefully find time to enjoy the simple things… in AutoCAD.

Safe travels!

This month's articles

Sweeping a 3D Shape around a Pline
AutoCAD 2015 ‘Lasso’
“Buriables” (Buried Variables)
Use the INSERT Osnap on Blocks

From the Vault

Originally published March 2006

AutoCAD and the Windows Metafile format

DWG to PDFWhat do you do when you need to get a drawing to someone electronically who doesn't have AutoCAD? There are numerous solutions, including the creation of a DWF (Design Web Format) as well as the new AutoCAD 2007 DWG To PDF feature that lets you create a PDF from a DWG
you heard it here first!

But I digress…

There's a routine called WMFOUT that creates a WMF file that is extremely clear and creates a very small file; much smaller than the other available raster image formats generated using JPGOUT, TIFOUT, and BMPOUT.  The downside is that you need to select objects and that tosses out the ability to use it in a layout. Nonetheless, it's a great alternative when you want to simply capture objects in a drawing and paste them into Word.

Here's an example WMF for you to try: stair.wmf - right-click and select "Save Target As…" to download ("Save Link As…" if you're using Firefox).

Instructions to Create the WMF and Insert it into Word
  1. In Model Space, zoom up to the objects you want to select for the WMF.
  2. At the command line, enter WMFOUT, then select the objects and press [Enter].
  3. Navigate to the desired folder and name the file, then select the objects.
  4. Open Microsoft Word® and use InsertPictureFrom File to insert the WMF file.
  5. Open the Picture toolbar in Word and use the Crop and Text Wrapping tools as necessary.

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