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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. Exclamation Measure Functionality

    Hello everyone, First things first, must tell my autocad is in french so sorry if some vocabulary does not match the english translation in the software ;) My measure function doesn't displays...

    Started by deluxe‎, 11th Dec 2011 03:55 pm
    display, measure
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    11th Dec 2011 05:44 pm Go to last post
  2. Saving files - AutoCAD 2011

    I'm using AutoCAD 2011. When I click on 'File' and then 'Save As', instead of a dialogue box on screen, I get, on the command line, the following: 'Enter File Format R14 (LT98 &...

    Started by mr cadman guiff‎, 19th Nov 2011 05:09 pm
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    command, dialogue box, file, save as
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    11th Dec 2011 10:06 am Go to last post
  3. Rotate comand in Autocad

    I've a question concerning the 'rotate' comand. If you want to help me, please open the .dwg file. Thanks!

    Started by whiteangel10‎, 7th Dec 2011 12:10 am
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    10th Dec 2011 11:13 pm Go to last post
  4. What does "XID" mean?

    I can't imagine what that stands for. I downloaded a titleblock to look at and one of his layers for the lines that made up the bounderies of the titleblock, was placed on the "XID" layer. It...

    Started by The Mad Cadder‎, 8th Dec 2011 09:05 pm
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    9th Dec 2011 05:51 pm Go to last post
  5. Mixed version of AEC question

    Hello All, once again I have received a drawing from a consultant that has not been drawn using Autocad i guess, once loaded if I try and copy and paste anything into the drawing autocad comes up...

    Started by sparkyuk‎, 8th Dec 2011 03:44 pm
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  6. Can AutoCAD automatically create orthogaphic projections?

    the first 12 seconds, where he took a 3D model and created 3 other views with just a click. I know it's a plugin but is there a way for AutoCAD to do this as well? It would make life so much...

    Started by neuri‎, 7th Dec 2011 07:14 am
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    9th Dec 2011 02:41 am Go to last post
  7. ID to Points to Match Drawing

    I need to extract points from an Autocad Drawing and give them the same point numbers as shown on the drawing. Can anyone help? The drawing is a foundation plan showing pile foundations each with its...

    Started by donaldo‎, 7th Dec 2011 03:38 pm
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    9th Dec 2011 02:37 am Go to last post
  8. Auto CAD 2011 LT

    I coworker has upgradded from 2000 to 2011 LT and the pan/zoom feature with the scrole wheel is not working. How do I reconfigure his settings so this works. Thanks Matt

    Started by Honda Matt‎, 8th Dec 2011 03:25 pm
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    9th Dec 2011 02:31 am Go to last post
  9. Grouping

    Hope someone can be so kind as to help me. I am trying to get back familiar with AutoCAD, I haven't used AutoCAD in like 7 years. The version I am trying to use is AutoCAD 2005. I am trying to...

    Started by TolaSkamp‎, 8th Dec 2011 10:59 pm
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    9th Dec 2011 01:31 am Go to last post
  10. Global attrubute edit in 2012 (former GATTE)

    Hi all, I am jumping 8 versions to 2012 and have found many great changes and some surprises. I've located this command but it changes the all text strings that match? I tried naming the...

    Started by BILU‎, 1st Dec 2011 10:48 pm
    attribute, edit, gatte, global
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    8th Dec 2011 05:44 pm Go to last post
  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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    7th Dec 2011 06:29 pm Go to last post
  14. 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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  15. 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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    6th Dec 2011 09:06 am Go to last post
  16. 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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    5th Dec 2011 08:55 pm Go to last post
  17. 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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    5th Dec 2011 05:10 pm Go to last post
  18. 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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    5th Dec 2011 02:42 pm Go to last post
  19. 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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    5th Dec 2011 12:45 pm Go to last post
  20. 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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    5th Dec 2011 02:58 am Go to last post
  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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    30th Nov 2011 11:17 pm Go to last post
  25. 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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    30th Nov 2011 04:45 pm Go to last post

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