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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 to make the drawing area smaller

    Hello everyone, I'm coming from corel draw to autocad. I'll be making 2D templates for consturction. I make the molds so they're inside out. anyways... I'm a full newbie in acad so I had some...

    Started by Z06Seal‎, 25th Apr 2012 03:00 am
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  2. Viewport Problems...Again

    I have a drawing that has the title block drawn in Model Space. I erased the title block and copied everything else. I then open up a new drawing and choose Use A Template to select my title block...

    Started by ziemerd‎, 8th Dec 2004 08:55 pm
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  3. need these done by monday at 7:30 A.M.

    I need help with these drawings. I need them done by 7:30 A.M. and saved in the DWG format (.dwg). There are two pictures there. the front side one has the directions if you can't see them. I think a...

    Started by lamentofking‎, 21st Apr 2007 10:17 pm
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  4. Scale & Viewports

    Hi I am an experienced CAD user having used FastCAD for many years. I have recently decided to tackle AutoCAD and I have found the transition fairly painless as many of the controls are the same,...

    Started by nialb‎, 7th Jun 2007 07:44 pm
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  5. Elevation rendering

    I am still a CAD student. I am using version 2008. I am currently working on a basic house elevation. When I look up examples of elevations on the internet, they are all very detailed. I am having...

    Started by shellb‎, 24th Sep 2007 11:11 pm
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  6. Vector Logo in title block

    I already have it in there but I couldn't get it to fill with black. Every time I tried to hatch it with black my computer froze something fierce. Is this my computer's problem or is the shape of...

    Started by bbankston‎, 2nd Apr 2008 07:29 pm
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  7. plotting scale

    Hi I'm new here. I've been struggling with trying to plot some CAD drawings (drawn by someone else) to scale with no luck. I have AutoCAD 2000. When I go to plot this file to 1:50 (selected from...

    Started by BCK‎, 13th Nov 2008 03:35 pm
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  8. Viewport Scale Says 1:1 But Isn't

    Ok...I feel silly because there has to be something right in front of my nose that I'm not seeing. I have a drawing that was drawn 1:1 in model space. I go to paper space and get a viewport. I...

    Started by ziemerd‎, 7th May 2009 04:33 pm
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  9. Center Mark for Several Circles at Once

    Is it possible to put a center mark on multiple circles instead of one at a time? Thanks. Dawn

    Started by ziemerd‎, 1st Jun 2009 01:54 pm
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  10. My dynamic block palettes won't work!

    I had to reinstall everything on my computer after I got a nasty virus on my computer. I went to edit a dynamic block I made and now I can't get my palettes to work. What happened and how do I fix...

    Started by bbankston‎, 28th Jul 2009 05:31 pm
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  11. how to scale a drawing?

    I am using the dinosaur version of autocad 14. I know it is old but is working great for what I want to do. I learned on 12 and was using 14 when I stopped working 10 years ago. I am having...

    Started by Jillymaxo‎, 22nd Sep 2009 09:22 pm
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  12. Drawing Help me plz with my homework

    plllllllllz help me to solve this homework (I should give it to the teacher Tomorrow so help me plz :cry:) Using AutoCAD software,Draw the necessary views(front,right-side and top) for the given...

    Started by Zero Cold‎, 9th Nov 2009 10:52 pm
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  13. layer order??

    hi all, its me again, absolute newbie:) question for today : Can i change layer order? Like in photoshop for example, sent it backward or forward? thanks so much

    Started by demeon‎, 30th Dec 2009 06:00 pm
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  14. More Homework Help

    hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii i have a problem i really cant draw this one this is what i reached

    Started by kuwait‎, 7th Apr 2010 07:31 pm
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  15. things i should keep in mind before starting / layout trouble

    Hi! I'm using Autocad for the first time. I want to do some working drawings. I want to draw in 1:50 scale, in milimeters. I want to print to A2 paper when all is said and done. one link...

    Started by davesec‎, 11th Jun 2010 12:43 pm
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  16. Printing in monochrome

    I'm using Autocad Architecture 2010 and I've created a drawing with layers (each in a different colour) and now I want to print it with black lines displaying the line weights. I've been...

    Started by 85fudge‎, 29th Jul 2010 11:23 am
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  17. In need of a experienced Drafter to look over my house

    I'm taking Architectural drafting in High School and our State completion is in couple weeks. I was hoping someone can critique my plans and elevations by giving me some pointers and tips. Let...

    Started by dlggnation‎, 3rd Mar 2011 02:23 am
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  18. Analyse chain

    Hello is possible to analyse the chain to see if is overlapping ?

    Started by sirsebast‎, 4th Mar 2011 07:55 pm
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  19. Changing dimension of a line

    Hi all, So the fun begins! I have a dimension line that says 5' and I want to change only the number to 8'. Thankx in advance.

    Started by ra5451‎, 23rd Sep 2011 12:06 pm
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  20. Plotting Problem (borders shown, texts incomplete)

    I have a problem in plotting. In layout, the whole drawing and text were shown, but in my output (printed drawing) the texts are incomplete. Please help, Im newbie.

    Started by nonahvy‎, 28th Sep 2011 07:20 am
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  21. best method for creating a 2D p/line for NC routing from 3D solid?

    Well this is driving me bonkers.. :twisted: yes ,i have discovered a 3D polyline cant be joined to a 2D polyline and when i exploded 3Dpline then flattened it ,as recommended elsewhere on this...

    Started by ZedEverett‎, 2nd May 2012 06:50 am
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  22. Adding objects to layers - FNG here

    I am just learning AC and have the tutorial video by Brian Benton for 2012. He does a great job of explaining what layers are and how to manage them once they have been created but he does not touch...

    Started by bgood2go‎, 24th Jul 2012 07:19 pm
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  23. Is is possible to scale a photograph and rely on dimensions?

    Hi - I have a photograph of a house and measurements of the porch columns, windows, etc. When I scale it some of the measurements are correct while others are way off. The photo is angled a bit but...

    Started by kenny‎, 28th May 2013 09:16 pm
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  24. Scaling a floor plan in AutoCAD 2014

    I'm new to AutoCAD and I'm trying to scale a floor plan (the outer edge is the land perimeter). I have tried just about everything I could find on the Internet but can't seem to get it to work:cry:....

    Started by DonL‎, 2nd Sep 2013 01:11 pm
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  25. How to set default folder for Bak file (AutoCad 2010)?

    Anyone knows how to set default folder for Bak files for better organization? I was not able to figure it out yet, sometime i got many Bak files in folder and it would be nice if it is defaulted...

    Started by Sengna‎, 29th Mar 2014 05:48 pm
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