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  1. If you're a student learning AutoCAD and are following a course of study such as those at Penn Foster, you can get help with your project work by posting here.

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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Using Associative Dimensions

    There are various reasons for using associative dimensions. Previously the DimAssoc setting only had a 0 or 1 value. This meant all dims were either created as "exploded" or as one unit. Very few...

    Started by irneb‎, 22nd Jul 2011 04:07 pm
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Beginner FAQ

    Before Posting Browse the help file, hit F1 while in Autocad. Run through the 'Learning Assistance' CD tutorials. 1) I can't draw accurately ? Use OSNAPS, found in the TOOLS>Drafting...

    Started by Mr T‎, 6th Apr 2004 09:53 am
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  3. FAQ Article Sticky Thread Sticky: Autodesk Student Software

    Student Software Q: I'm a student, can I get AutoCAD and other Autodesk software for free? A: Yes, you can. You can download free full-working versions of Autodesk software from the...

    Started by CADTutor‎, 7th May 2008 07:41 pm
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  1. How is LISP pronounce?

    How is LISP pronounce? 1) lips? 2) L.I.S.P. 3) Lids?

    Started by vernonlee‎, 20th Mar 2015 11:25 pm
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  2. Uniting pieces of a polyline

    Dear all, I'm a newcomer I already read the forums a few times and found answers all the time, but sadly its not that time. My problem is te following: I got a 61MB big drawing which i...

    Started by Amanovik‎, 12th May 2015 02:52 pm
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  3. Tangent to Spline - Specified Slope

    Hello All, I am looking for a method to draw a tangent to a spline that is parallel to another line. In other words I would like to find the point on the spline that has a tangent with the same...

    Started by tdfsks‎, 19th May 2015 12:01 pm
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    22nd May 2015 02:26 am Go to last post
  4. Location / Block Plan UK

    Hi guys, I'm a first year studying architecture and have been asked to produce a Sit Location Plan at 1:1250 with red line demise, scale bar, north Point & street names. Also, I've been asked...

    Started by Ollyharper‎, 21st May 2015 05:55 pm
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  5. convert cal

    How do you convert a cal file to a pdf, jpg, etc?

    Started by MinhL7‎, 20th May 2015 01:12 pm
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  6. Tracing PDF image

    Hello, Which is the best method of tracing around a PDF image in Autocad????

    Started by Ubrigens‎, 16th May 2015 05:51 pm
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  7. Can you Flatshot an Xclip of a Xref

    Hi, Is it possible to 'Flatshot' an Xclipped Xref? I have an Xref of a 3d model and I need several elevation shots. I get what I want to see using Xclip but instead of having the Xref still in...

    Started by shamrocks‎, 20th May 2015 10:53 am
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  8. Merging DWG drawing into one

    Good day gentlemen,I'll like to know how I could merge these two drawings into one

    Started by Enigmacy‎, 18th May 2015 09:58 pm
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  9. Saving a drawing template

    Hi I am trying to save a drawing file as a template or .dwt file but when i hit save it get an error message saying invalid file name. I have definitely saved dwt files before but i have no idea...

    Started by kbgooner‎, 18th May 2015 01:59 pm
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  10. Expand Polyline Non-Proportionally

    Hi All, I have a non-square polyline and I would like to either shrink or expand it by, for example, 1 mm in all directions. The scale command doesn't work because that keeps all of the ratios the...

    Started by Micro‎, 18th May 2015 01:25 pm
    expand, polyline, shrink
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  11. Fit custom pattern into a area? Stretch / Squeeze into area or How to Align 4 points

    Hey guys I'm looking for help trying to "Squeeze" or "Stretch" a pattern into a area. Or in other terms how can I align 4 points and scale? If I use align and I take 2 points of a selection and...

    Started by jg97692‎, 17th May 2015 09:59 pm
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  12. Hatching and blank areas around text

    When creating a hatched area, the rectangular areas around all the pre-existing text annotations are ignored and left blank, rather than being hatched. I've looked into text background masks and...

    Started by acjam‎, 15th May 2015 05:50 pm
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  13. Dimensioning AFF Block

    Hi all, I am trying to get the dimension of the AFF tag to automatically populate with the movement of the dynamic block. As it stands, I cannot get the "AFF" dynamic dimension through an...

    Started by KimDemarestDDA‎, 12th May 2015 10:23 pm
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  14. Exporting to PDF for beginner?!

    I've looked through the last few pages of posts and not seeing anything that addresses my problem. If there has been and I've overlooked it, please feel free to direct me to the thread :) I'm...

    Started by madmoojuice‎, 13th May 2015 04:35 pm
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  15. Multileader plot issues

    I am using Autocad LT 15. I have annotation on a layer in an xref using a multileader. when I go to my plot file with xref attached, I turn that annotation layer off in the plot file if need be...

    Started by CassieG‎, 13th May 2015 02:42 pm
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  16. Plot in negative?

    Is it possible to plot an image in negative? I use Autocad 2009 tk'

    Started by Kurylenko‎, 8th May 2015 06:08 pm
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  17. Question Zoom | Extents Gives me Microdots

    Hi guys, I'm currently marking up some electrical items on a building plan. At present, when I enter the zoom | extents command, the entire drawing is represented as a microdot in the bottom...

    Started by bergermeister‎, 26th Aug 2010 09:20 pm
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  18. Help setting up a drawing showing micro dimmension changes in 2000 LT

    The object I wish to draw is 17" long & 3" diameter. I would like to show variations in the diameter at specific points of as little as 0.00001" at a scale or ratio that would be visible without...

    Started by berol‎, 3rd May 2015 07:33 pm
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  19. Viewport issue-Nothing shows up in it

    I am currently using Autocad Mep 2012 with Quickpen Pipedesigner add-on. Normally the Quickpen add-on automatically creates a viewport in paperspace, then I make a new viewport to show a diffent view...

    Started by farfalu‎, 11th Jan 2012 09:01 pm
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  20. Setting BASE ANGLE to North - Does not appear to work?

    I've done a search of the forums, and from the little I could find, I'm sure I'm doing the right thing. If I want North (top) to be my Zero Degrees point (rather than east - to the right) then I...

    Started by Tempest‎, 4th Nov 2007 02:24 am
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  21. inserting point elevation text

    Please help someone ... I've been trawling for days trying to figure this out.... here goes... I have a CAD map that I have been working on (AutoCAD 07) of which I have changed all the z values...

    Started by surfinglaverty‎, 17th Feb 2010 08:40 pm
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  22. By putting underscore "_", or dash "-" before the name of the command?

    When we select from a Ribbon using mouse the underscore comes before command in command-line but when we type, we just write its name with out underscore. Also what is the meaning of dash "-" before...

    Started by tipu_sultane‎, 27th Apr 2014 08:19 am
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  23. AutoCAD for ChromeOS

    Hello forum! Long time lurker, first time poster. I am a math teacher at the high school level and would like to add AutoCAD as either an extension to a geometry class, or on its own....

    Started by smkeddy‎, 21st Apr 2015 02:52 pm
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  24. Polar Tracking...

    I have a new computer with a troublesome copy of AutoCAD 2015 Mech on it. I've had to cold boot this system twice this morning because AutoCAD keeps locking up. In the process of all these restarts I...

    Started by Bill Tillman‎, 21st Apr 2015 02:31 pm
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  25. DXF files for beginners

    Hello, I am currently working on a Uni design project which has six individual floors and need to calculate a heating design using Hevacomp Netsys. In order to do this I need to change a .dwg file...

    Started by markr1969‎, 15th Apr 2015 07:52 pm
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    16th Apr 2015 03:40 am Go to last post

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