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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. Basics Questions

    Hi everyone, I was a graphic artist for a few years so I'm familiar with design programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. I'm trying to get some metal pieces cut out with a waterjet and they need...

    Started by Jamie Moore‎, 27th Nov 2011 10:55 pm
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  2. Sign Graphics

    Hi All, I'm new to AutoCad LT. I am a environmental graphic designer and drew layouts of signs as "STOP", "Pedestrian Crossing" in Illustrator. When I converted the drawings into AutoCAD, the image...

    Started by nager‎, 5th Dec 2011 09:56 pm
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  3. transferring settings from autocad 2005 xp to autocad 2005 windows 7

    I just built a new computer with windows 7 and installed autocad 2005. I'm trying to transfer all the settings over. I already exported the profile from the windows xp computer and changed the...

    Started by jd254‎, 23rd Nov 2011 07:08 pm
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  4. Question Elements in drawing displayed partially - have dots in corners

    I have ACAD 2004 drawing. Drawing is 2D. Exported from ArchiCAD. Having problem with displaying all elements in drawing. Actually, some elements are not displayed (or just partially displayed) and...

    Started by acos‎, 6th Dec 2011 10:44 am
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  5. what is the meaning of word "vanilla" used in threads

    I can't figure out the meaning of "vanilla" used in some threads in this forum. Does it mean my most favorable software?

    Started by khoshravan‎, 5th Dec 2011 04:28 pm
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  6. Changing/scaling just the y-dimension

    Hello Forum. I have been working on a project and ran into some complications. I have an object that I would like to scale the length down, but leave the height and width as they are. I read around...

    Started by Shanrunt‎, 5th Dec 2011 07:04 pm
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  7. dimensioning your drawings

    When I quick dimension my objects it is shown in inches, I want it shown in feet according to scale, 1/8"=1',1/4"=1' etc.

    Started by 4dmp8‎, 2nd Dec 2011 09:11 pm
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  8. Isometric View

    Im sorry if this problem is already solved in another thread but....i cant find any so.....my question is. Im drawing in isometric view and want to change the default drawing angle from 30 degrees...

    Started by Kycannz‎, 15th Oct 2008 07:31 pm
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  9. Dimensions on 3d objects

    Thanks for your previous help guys. I have made a few cabinets (in 3d) on Autocad, but I was just wondering if there is a function that can tell you how large each of the pieces are in each...

    Started by t-time‎, 5th Dec 2011 02:43 am
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  10. Changing UCS back to normal (I think)

    Hello everyone. I am working with a drawing done by an architect. It is a map tile with a site layout drawn on. The way it is rotated, north is actually pointing somewhere east. I reckon they have...

    Started by MrTapir‎, 1st Dec 2011 11:10 am
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  11. Marco layers and shortcut menus oh my

    What I am trying to do: I found out you can add your own "commands" to the right click menues. So on the default menu I have added a block that we use a lot, that way I don't have to go to the tool...

    Started by S-8-N‎, 1st Dec 2011 11:21 pm
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  12. Text appears different on different computers.

    Please Help! I am a student, when at school my drawing looks perfect. When I get home my text looks like it has been enlarged. I have checked all the sizes and have annotative turned off. Any ideas?...

    Started by saratian‎, 2nd Dec 2011 03:39 am
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  13. Seemingly basic drafting question

    Hey, all, this may be stupid-simple but I cannot figure it out (I'm a builder, not a draftsman...so far). If I need to post this somewhere else, please let me know. Attached is a file. I'm...

    Started by HCb‎, 28th Nov 2011 05:18 am
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  14. Redefining Block Within Drawing

    I wonder if someone may be able to help with the following query. I'm using blocks inserted into drawings to provide the background for the drawing which I'm working on. e.g an architects...

    Started by JRP1987‎, 30th Nov 2011 09:26 pm
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  15. calculate 3D polyline area

    Hi all, I'm new here. Is there a way to calculate a (closed) 3D polyline area ? Thanx in advance. Ciao. Beppe

    Started by bepcec‎, 1st Apr 2005 11:04 am
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  16. Question Importing PDF's into AC08

    I am wanting to import pdf's of drawings into my AC08. I just want them in there for reference purposes, i draw submittals and have them in pdf format and on paper, just on big jobs nice to be able...

    Started by Hogfan‎, 9th Sep 2010 08:11 pm
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  17. architectural figures downloads

    Does anyone have a website for a free library of architectural figures - I do a lot of commercial building space planning, looking for a good library of furniture, appliances, etc

    Started by bighorn‎, 29th Nov 2011 09:02 pm
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  18. I have to shift-select to select multiple objects

    Hi, well, the topic title says it all. Right now, when i click one object and then another, the first object becomes deselected. Holding shift is the only way for me to select multiple lines...

    Started by PDS‎, 15th May 2008 11:12 am
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  19. Basic 3d object resizing question

    Have been self teaching myself Autocad the past few days. I was wondering how you can resize 3d objects, eg) there is a wall 5 feet long and a hole for a window 1ft from the left. How can I resize...

    Started by t-time‎, 29th Nov 2011 02:26 am
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  20. Question Need Help With Drawings

    Hi guys, I'm new to the forums and new to autocad, only ever used pro desktop so this is very new to me, I don't understand how I am meant to draw these drawings for my assignment due in, I don't...

    Started by Bluey‎, 24th Nov 2011 01:13 pm
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  21. Cool Help, drawing joined external and internal machine screw threads

    Using Autocad 2000 LT. Need to create a 2D basic drawing showing 14 TPI external and internal threads with a certain class of fit joined togeather. The basic drawing needs to be drawn in such a way...

    Started by berol‎, 25th Nov 2011 11:13 am
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  22. manageing layers

    I opened a large block from Design Center to see what it was. Since I didn't need it, I deleted it. It apparently left behind about 50 layers totally unrelated to my open drawing. How do I delete...

    Started by anstedsf‎, 27th Nov 2011 03:59 am
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  23. Determining the angle between two lines

    I wish to determine the angle between two lines (that meet). I know how to do this manually, although does AutoCAD have a buitl in command similar the DI command maybe, or can someone recommend a...

    Started by Organic‎, 24th Mar 2009 03:36 pm
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  24. How can I always ensure my linetypes show the same in model and paperspace?

    Hi there, I've been using AutoCAD for a while now, started with 2011 and now I'm using 2012. However, the one issue I've never been able to resolve is how to get my linetypes to show in model...

    Started by Vidur‎, 27th Nov 2011 01:18 am
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    27th Nov 2011 08:49 am Go to last post
  25. problem inserting attatched file

    Hi. Thank you for reading this message, I would be grateful if someone could assist me with advising me why cannot open the attached file in Autocad. Its a location map I downloaded from a...

    Started by anthonyC‎, 25th Nov 2011 01:50 pm
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