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Maybe it's because I'm just older (old!?), but I sure do miss the dynamite on the Explode button. Oh, wait here it is now! Really?
While Autodesk keeps putting new stuff in, I just want to make sure you know how to use the old stuff as efficiently as possible before moving on. To that end, I have a rather eclectic collection of customization bits that can be applied to all currently supported versions of AutoCAD. (How was that for being vaguely specific on where this tricks will work!?)
…Tweaking the Double Click Action to launch the earlier Edit Attributes dialog box.
…Putting the dynamite .BMP back on the Explode button.
…Viewing the Properties of the current Workspace.
…Modifying the plot scale list displayed when choosing a plot scale for a viewport.
When it's all said & done, however, it's all about economy of movement, productivity… and going home a wee bit sooner.
Hope you enjoy these!
The Geometry Calculator has been around since R13 and has the automated feature, MEE, which enables you to find the midpoint between the two endpoints that you specify (see my web site for more on that). But what if you want to find the midpoint between two quadrants or between a quadrant and an endpoint? Then you'll have to write your own routine. Thankfully, it's not that hard.
Premise: You need to begin a new line midway between the midpoint of a line and the quadrant of a circle.
>>Select entity for MID snap
>>Select entity for QUA snap