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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: 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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  3. 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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  1. ogee curve

    hi could you please explain how you create ogee curve on a single line between two points

    Started by David Wilsher‎, 21st Oct 2004 11:27 pm
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    25th Oct 2004 06:31 pm Go to last post
  2. Unloading Tiff files on 2009

    Hi. I'm working with AutoCAD 2009 LT. Previously I was using 2005. I'm sure(ish) that I used to unload tiff files using xref edit. But 2009 doesn't seem to have that (unless I'm missing it). So how...

    Started by David Wilson777‎, 6th Nov 2008 01:45 pm
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    7th Nov 2008 11:44 am Go to last post
  3. Line being "eated" autocad /3ds max

    hello all, im new to autocad, i made the transition from 3ds max. Currently most of my work is made in 3DS then transfert as a DXF to autocad. But the major problem is is i export something...

    Started by DavidB‎, 19th Sep 2007 03:35 pm
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    21st Sep 2007 04:28 pm Go to last post
  4. Pstyle problem

    i have a small problem when im plotting a drawing. i want to set different lintype and linewidth for my layer. nothing difficult here. All my line need to be black. So i try to set these property...

    Started by DavidB‎, 26th Sep 2007 03:53 pm
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  5. osnap problem

    hello, i have a strange problem with my osnap. if i use it in a 3d view (iso or not) it snap ok but when i wha to use it in a 2d view. (top,left ect. ) it goes snap at 0,0 coordinate. ie. i have a...

    Started by DavidB‎, 3rd Jan 2008 05:06 pm
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    3rd Jan 2008 07:46 pm Go to last post
  6. Tool Catalog Not loading

    hello all i recently got a strange problem when i load autocad 2008. when i want to open the tool palette acad gave me an error message. "Unable to load tool catalogs. A required Module is not...

    Started by DavidB‎, 7th Jan 2008 04:58 am
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    7th Jan 2008 12:49 pm Go to last post
  7. object opacity in plot

    quick question. i made a small search wich wasnt succesful so ask is it possible to set an opacity when plotting? currently i plot my drawing with HiddenLine Mode. Some object are transparent...

    Started by DavidB‎, 28th Jan 2008 06:06 pm
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  8. Which Autodesk

    hi, Im new to this forum. I got recently interested in Autodesk programs and was recently browsing official site. I noticed there are multitude of Autodesk software all seem to do similar things...

    Started by DavidBosch‎, 22nd Jul 2011 06:52 am
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    22nd Jul 2011 04:40 pm Go to last post
  9. Best Textbooks for 2016/2017

    I'm looking for the best textbook (preferably a series) that will eventually move me into rendering in AutoCAD, Revit, and PhotoShop. I am an engineering student, and I'm surprised at how little...

    Started by DavidBrown1212‎, 10th Jan 2017 04:04 pm
    • Replies: 1
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  10. help - Im not sure what comes next

    Hello I am hoping someone can assist me with what is probably a very basic question. I have a simple image that i would like laser cut into plastic (the image is a leaf with rounded edges but one...

    Started by Davidd‎, 4th Sep 2010 04:30 am
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  11. Exclamation Zoom Factor

    Does anybody know how to convert the zoom factor back to the drawing scale? If I create a drawing in say 1:200 once it is saved and I re-open it the scale has disapeared, only the zoom factor is...

    Started by daviddd24‎, 30th Oct 2006 03:39 pm
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  12. Trying to install Autocad on my new computer

    Hi, I have autocad 2008 and it is a 32 bit program. I am trying to install it on my new computer which has windows 7 and it is a 64 bit system. I read that I can convert the program using Long Bow...

    Started by davidgeorge212‎, 10th Sep 2012 02:54 am
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    14th Sep 2012 05:22 pm Go to last post
  13. Driver for HP 450C for Vista? 2008LT

    Does anyone have an idea of how to get a driver for this old plotter that works with new Vista Business? HP says they no longer support this plotter, and will not be making a driver for it for...

    Started by DavidH‎, 12th Jun 2007 06:03 pm
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    19th Oct 2007 03:56 am Go to last post
  14. how to view door swing

    Hi, I am just getting used to using the blocks that come with the design tool catalog. I have a standard single door that I am inserting into a wall. I cannot figure out how to show the swing of...

    Started by davidmehan‎, 30th Oct 2010 01:08 am
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  15. Looking for a toggle switch

    Can someone here tell me where to find the toggle switch to turn off the feature that adds a shaded rectangle and windows holding dimensions in Autocad version 2007? I enclose an image of what I am...

    Started by davidoff‎, 10th Sep 2014 06:36 pm
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    10th Sep 2014 09:43 pm Go to last post
  16. Unhappy Dimension text is mirrored autocad 2009

    When I add any kind of dimention to my 2d drawing The text value of the dimention is not displayed correctly. It displays mirrored even though I have not mirrored anything. I have just started using...

    Started by davidthomson123‎, 18th Jun 2008 08:14 pm
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  17. Plotting Text

    Hi guys... Using AutoCAD 2006, and hit a problem recently... Whenever I plot a drawing, my dimensions and text come out hollow. It's like a bold text but not filled in... If I send the dwg to...

    Started by DavidVTR‎, 29th Jul 2008 02:46 pm
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    29th Jul 2008 02:50 pm Go to last post
  18. Marine Details

    I am looking for a location to get details for ships and container cranes. Anybody?

    Started by davidworkman‎, 14th Oct 2009 03:58 pm
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  19. Convert Drawing to Monochrome Image

    Hello, I am just starting to work with AutoCAD. What is the method for taking an architectural drawing (done by someone else) that is multi-colored, including with colors such as yellow that do...

    Started by David_Feynman‎, 16th Feb 2010 01:06 am
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    17th Feb 2010 02:58 am Go to last post
  20. Equivalent of Selection Tool?

    Very basic question :-). Is there the equivalent of what I would refer to as a selection tool in Autocad? To be more specific, here is what I want to do. When I click on the drawing the command...

    Started by David_Feynman‎, 17th Feb 2010 01:15 am
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    17th Feb 2010 04:35 am Go to last post
  21. Cannot Change Layer Color for One Object

    I have a drawing that I did not create that I am going through and making changes to some of the layers. So far this has proven easy, I hover over the object whose color I want to change, the layer...

    Started by David_Feynman‎, 18th Feb 2010 02:12 am
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  22. Drawings with Multiple Floors on Model Space

    Total beginner here. Usually I receive a file from an arhcitect that has a separate file for each floor. However this file is different, every floor and even elevations are shown in the model...

    Started by David_Feynman‎, 6th Sep 2010 03:31 am
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    6th Sep 2010 06:18 am Go to last post
  23. Can't Change Drawing Ciolors Using Layers or Properties - Help :-)!

    I would like to take a drawing and change all the layers (all aspects of the drawing) to one color. If I change all layers to one color only some elements on the screen change colors. Likewise even...

    Started by David_Feynman‎, 15th Dec 2010 03:36 am
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    15th Dec 2010 11:30 am Go to last post
  24. Determining Sheet Size for a Layout?

    How do I determine the size of the paper for a drawing. In other words someone gives me a drawing. How can I determine if layout space gets printed at 36x24 or 42x30? Thanks

    Started by David_Feynman‎, 11th Dec 2010 04:06 am
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  25. Best Way to Save and/or Configure Drawings for Collaboration

    This is a very important question for me :-). I am being given drawings by an architect. I will them be performing substantial modifications to his lighting plans, which is the one and only part of...

    Started by David_Feynman‎, 22nd Dec 2010 07:15 am
    • Replies: 5
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    23rd Dec 2010 06:59 pm Go to last post

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