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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. 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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  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. 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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  1. coordinate display

    When large numbered coordinates are involved in a drawing how do you change the coordinate display in the lower left corner of the screen from the "xE+0n" format to show the full coordinate in digits?

    Started by jehue‎, 8th Aug 2008 08:10 pm
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  2. changing xref "path type"

    I have an existing drawing with muliple external references. Once I save the drawing to a different directory, the xrefs need to be repathed to their original directory. Is it possible for AutoCAD...

    Started by johnengineer‎, 8th Aug 2008 07:24 pm
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    8th Aug 2008 11:28 pm Go to last post
  3. view line type

    This is probably an easy question, but I wasn't able to find the answer on the existing forums. If the line type is .. lets say center... but the view shows as continuous, and when I offset ......

    Started by CADamateur‎, 8th Aug 2008 12:22 am
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    9th Aug 2008 07:02 am Go to last post
  4. viewing raster images

    Hi all, When I insert my raster image in a drawing I just have an empty box. I can't see the image. Does anyone know why? Thanks

    Started by pauledward‎, 4th Aug 2008 09:07 pm
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  5. Exercise

    I am using autocad 2008 and i want to learn how to work with it :) Could you suggest me some more exercise?

    Started by welnias‎, 10th Aug 2008 11:03 am
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  6. Big Black Box; not lineweight?

    howdy. i'm trying to draw solar panel arrays-- 1st in 2D, then DDCHPROP & DDMODIFY like the Basic 3D tutorial shows. I have my old rectangular array (1" between panels) from another dwg. when i...

    Started by CadBrat‎, 10th Aug 2008 07:59 pm
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  7. Xref Issue

    I am trying to create a new drawing that references one drawing with GeoTifs and another drawing of a contour line made of points. Both reference drawings and the new drawing are using the same...

    Started by BenE‎, 11th Aug 2008 05:21 pm
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    11th Aug 2008 05:36 pm Go to last post
  8. Question AutoCAD 2000

    In AutoCAD 2000 I can't remember if you can double-click on text, blocks, etc and be able to edit the object. From what I can see both of my computers do not allow it to be done, do I have something...

    Started by happyjack87‎, 11th Aug 2008 05:56 am
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  9. Text Edit won't work??

    For some reason I cant edit text by double clicking. I have gone into options> user preferences> and checked double click editing. It still wont work. Any ideas? I am using a version of ACAD 07...

    Started by muddbutter‎, 11th Aug 2008 10:30 pm
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    11th Aug 2008 10:49 pm Go to last post
  10. Line/block Fading

    How would I go about fading an object/line. Is there any way to actually make the object less prominent other than reducing the line width?

    Started by NiceGuy8618‎, 11th Aug 2008 06:10 pm
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    12th Aug 2008 02:16 pm Go to last post
  11. Architectual Symbols

    I have just began a career doing shop drawings in the glazing industry, does anyone know where i can find the basic architectural symbols.

    Started by glazier‎, 8th Jan 2006 03:55 am
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  12. set up paperspace, layers, dims, text

    This is a bit of a late post. Basically i only made one dwt template. Now it is time to set up right. I do mostly 3d work, with the occasional 2d(hvac piping) I want to make a template and...

    Started by b.muqlueen‎, 11th Aug 2008 02:52 pm
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  13. How to extract values from autocad drawing?

    Hi all, i am new to this field.How to extract values form autocad drawing one by one.I want to take all the objects individualy(line,circle,arc) and store it in one text file.Can any one know...

    Started by aravinthaan@yahoo.co.in‎, 11th Aug 2008 12:09 pm
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    12th Aug 2008 11:54 pm Go to last post
  14. Confused - layer off settings

    Hi guys, When i use the layoff button on the toolbar (Light bulb off) i receive the message "Current settings: Viewports=Vpfreeze, Block nesting level=Block" i have only notice this today and so...

    Started by LukeCAD‎, 13th Aug 2008 10:13 am
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  15. Greetings from Scotland (an Electrical question)

    Hi all, Brand new to Autocad so expect some silly questions :geek:. My employer just put me on a 2 day beginners course for Autocad LT 2009. Really enjoyed it and would like to further my...

    Started by Foamfollower‎, 12th Aug 2008 08:45 pm
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  16. Arc between circles

    its been 3 years since i did my btech national on CAD then then moved onto the shop floor, so obviously am very resty at this i have to circles not exactly opposite each other but about 120mm...

    Started by andazw‎, 12th Aug 2008 12:26 pm
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  17. Copy paste grips?

    Hi! When I copy paste something in AutoCAD with OSNAP on, I can snap the pasted object to whatever location I choose... But how do I choose the point on the pasted object that is snapping? For...

    Started by Valce‎, 7th Aug 2008 03:50 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    13th Aug 2008 08:31 pm Go to last post
  18. sorry me again_cad & illus

    hi guys ive just recently imported a drawing from autoCAD into adobe illustrator, all the lines in autoCAD are poly lines (which means the shapes are one continues line), now usually this means there...

    Started by nmx009‎, 13th Aug 2008 12:29 am
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    13th Aug 2008 09:22 pm Go to last post
  19. pdf objects/layer

    hi I have 2 pdf images where 1 is overlapping the other, how do i change this so its the other way round? im sure its very simple but iv'e experimented and cant find an answer! if only autocad...

    Started by Ritch7‎, 14th Aug 2008 09:23 am
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  20. 'c' disappears when i hit 'enter'

    Hy! I am a beginner in Autocad, so i am following the steps as the tutorials say, but still i couldn't manage to draw a rectangle: i used the polyline and the 'c' disappeared when i pressed 'enter'...

    Started by criscris27‎, 13th Aug 2008 12:18 pm
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    14th Aug 2008 11:12 am Go to last post
  21. Mrsid photos plotting on top of my polylines

    Hello, I'm new to the forums and have found a great deal of helpful information already. I have a plotting issue I can't get resolved. I've inserted mrsids into Map (to use as a background under...

    Started by crossroads‎, 14th Aug 2008 03:10 pm
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  22. Jumpy cursor and distance measuring

    Hi! When I zoom in a lot on my AutoCAD drawing, the cursor gets really jumpy. It feels like there isn't enough resolution or something... But it doesn't happen on all my AutoCAD files. Is there a...

    Started by Valce‎, 13th Aug 2008 08:28 pm
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  23. Smile Free AutoCAD? Can someone help me?

    hi i'm alfie, i would like to ask where can i download free autocad software to work with?:D thank you

    Started by alfie_pendre‎, 13th Aug 2008 08:55 am
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  24. Saving a 2006 .dwg back to R12

    I am working on a drawing in Acad 2006, and have been asked to save it in R12 format for a city water department. I'm using DWGgateway to make the conversion but have found out that when I save it as...

    Started by JasonB‎, 14th Aug 2008 06:05 pm
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  25. moving a tif XREF

    Hello, Using Cad 2007. I have a TIF file that was inserted as an XREF by someone else. When I move the cad file to another directory, the TIF image is gone. All I see is the last part of an...

    Started by kenny‎, 14th Aug 2008 03:57 pm
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