Michael'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.
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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.
One of the first things to remember is that the only setting for the UCS icon that is constant across all drawings are those that are set in the UCS Icon dialog box which is accessed via the Properties option. All other options are per drawing. In the UCS Icon dialog box you can specify the icon graphic, its width size and color. You also have an option for the color in Model and Paper space.
Other things to consider with the UCS icon:
Note: If the UCS icon does not anchor to the UCS origin, it is probably because the graphic of the icon itself cannot be completely displayed based upon the position of the UCS origin within the display. Pan your drawing and the icon will probably re-appear on the Origin.