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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 March 2006

Elevations Using 3D Orbit

3D OrbitLast month I showed you a bit about the fundamentals of 3D Orbit. Let's go one more step and see how you can get an interior elevation of a 3D space. Since I work quite a bit with the contract furniture industry, I'm going to use an 8' x 8' workstation as an example.

If you would like me to send you the 3D drawing I am using in this exercise, email me and ask for the "3D Workstation".

Let's say you want to want to walk into the workstation and turn to your right such that you're looking from the left toward the right. Here's how to make it happen:

Instructions to Get an Interior Elevation with 3D Orbit

First… Open your 3D drawing and launch the 3D Orbit command.

Next… Right-click for the shortcut menu, then click Preset ViewsLeft. You're on the outside on the left, but at least you're looking the proper direction.

Then… Right-click for the shortcut menu and click MoreAdjust Clipping Planes to open the Adjust Clipping Planes dialog box. Your 3D drawing will appear in plan view with a horizontal line above and below the plan. The one below is the Front Clipping Plane; the one above is the Back Clipping Plane.

Now… Click the button for Front Clipping On/Off to turn on the clipping plane (the one at the bottom).

And… Put that funny looking cursor on the horizontal line of the Front Clipping Plane and drag it north … slowly. In the drawing you will see the 3D objects being clipped as you drag that line into the workstation.

Clipping Plane

After you close the Adjust Clipping Planes window and Exit 3D Orbit, smart money says you will save the view by name. Take a look at the Basics section from June 2003 if you're unfamiliar with that procedure.

Is that fabulous or what!!

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