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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. Unable to select item when zooming all the way in

    Why when I'm zooming on a model all the way in and its has dense area of item i cant select the ones i want the cursor is jumping around it:oops:

    Started by Californo‎, 14th Nov 2010 01:36 pm
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    14th Nov 2010 06:05 pm Go to last post
  2. Doors and Windows Programs

    Hi, I am looking for free Doors/Windows CAD programs that can make use of user-custom alum. sections. Regards, Nicolas.

    Started by nicolas‎, 7th Nov 2010 05:59 pm
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    14th Nov 2010 10:18 am Go to last post
  3. Default Scale List 2011

    USER PREFERENCES > DEFAULT SCALE LIST > ADD > 1"=20' > paper units 1 > drawing units > 120 > APPLY> OK ... I can't find what I just created in the drop down list. Why is this happening and how can I...

    Started by richie_008‎, 13th Nov 2010 10:33 pm
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  4. tools "not found"

    for example when i click on "Door - Imperial" i get the message "Source drawing "C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 2010\Sample\Dynamic Blocks\Architectural - Imperial.dwg" for block "Door - Imperial"...

    Started by jbrm‎, 13th Nov 2010 05:25 pm
    blocks wont insert, tools
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    13th Nov 2010 06:02 pm Go to last post
  5. to make a map by taking image from google earth

    i want to make a map on autocad 2009 from image taken by google earth how should draw a map from that image?

    Started by amy14desai‎, 12th Nov 2010 10:40 am
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    12th Nov 2010 08:34 pm Go to last post
  6. Can someone please help me to find the upper menus in autocad 2011

    I lost the upper commands in AutoCad 2011 and need help to bring them back thanks:cry:

    Started by Californo‎, 12th Nov 2010 01:52 pm
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  7. Problem with scaling

    Hi every one, I use autocad 2011, i tended to have scale 1:1 from beginning and did all my drawings. When i print my layout, it shows a line of 8000 mm in the actual drawing as 6.5 cm measured by...

    Started by alan_mardan‎, 1st Nov 2010 11:14 pm
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  8. wipeout in the PDF

    Hi all When I convert the DWG to PDF and I used the wipeout in the drawing it this area is converts as black and dark (not clear) I used AutoCAD 2010 and adobe acrobat 8 Anyone have any idea...

    Started by e.mounir‎, 8th Nov 2010 11:38 am
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  9. Embarrassed Units and scale problems

    Dear Cad users. I received a cad drawing that is reading dimensions in the wrong units. I know it should read 3800mm or 3.8m. Instead its reading 19. I know that 19 *2 =38. I also know that the...

    Started by balousti‎, 12th Nov 2010 07:58 am
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    12th Nov 2010 11:44 am Go to last post
  10. dwt saves as dxf file

    I am new using Auto CAD 2011. I try to save my template as a dwt file, but when I am done saving it it shows as dxf file. What is a dxf file and is there a way around this by only saving as a dwt?

    Started by richie_008‎, 12th Nov 2010 12:56 am
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  11. how to install hatch pattern in cad 2009

    how should i install the hatch pattern in autocad 2009? n i tried before by replacing acad.slb but it not works........so anybody can u help me?

    Started by amy14desai‎, 10th Nov 2010 12:40 pm
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  12. FIND command rotating entire dwg

    Hello, I have a dwg that I use to find roads on in our jurisdiction area when ever people in the field need to find a road, and cant read a map. I use find to find the road text on the dwg. ...

    Started by TheZman‎, 11th Nov 2010 06:34 pm
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  13. Question Drawing utilities???

    Where are all my drawing utilities?? Just got a new log in and had to reinstall. How do i get my utilities to be visible?

    Started by kasper_4000‎, 11th Nov 2010 09:47 am
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  14. Title Block problem with pline

    Hello, I seem to have a problem with a pline (title block outline). I have it set to a certain thickness and when I bring it in from another drawing it only draws the outline of the line. The...

    Started by ziofel‎, 10th Nov 2010 07:30 pm
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    10th Nov 2010 08:52 pm Go to last post
  15. Trimming a block

    Is it possible to trim a block without exploding it? Also is it possible to explode a block and have it maintain its properties? Thanks

    Started by ziofel‎, 4th Nov 2010 08:25 pm
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  16. How to Create a Decent Title Block/Template

    I have been learning AutoCAD on the fly at work over the past 6 months and have actually become quite proficient just by looking up online tutorials and forums. The one thing I cannot seem to...

    Started by FieldGuyonCAD‎, 8th Nov 2010 10:00 pm
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    10th Nov 2010 07:53 pm Go to last post
  17. Assignment

    Hi, I have just started at evening classes and our first assignement is to write a report on how a CAD system can be justified in a manufacturing company giving factors on disadvantages, costs...

    Started by RichardCole‎, 9th Nov 2010 12:11 pm
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  18. Trouble with the tool palette

    I was attempting to pick and place the imperial door from the tool palette and was unsucessful. I could pick and place other tools on the same palette without a problem. I am totally confused why...

    Started by Jpier‎, 8th Nov 2010 06:15 pm
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    10th Nov 2010 07:29 pm Go to last post
  19. Seting up different scale dimensions

    I am using Auto CAD 2009 At my previous employer they had differnet scale dims setup. 1/8" Scale, 1/4" scale, 1/2" Scale etc. You would draw in model space and dim according to the scale it would...

    Started by Honda Matt‎, 10th Nov 2010 02:15 pm
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  20. Angry XREF's along a polyline?

    Hi. I understand the MEASURE and DIVIDE command for stringing blocks along a polyline, but is there a way to do the same with XREF's? I wish to array rivets and other fasteners around the hull of...

    Started by kerrychivers‎, 10th Nov 2010 08:57 am
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  21. AutoCAD 2007 unable to save DWG and create Sav*.tem file on Drawing location

    Hello Everyone Last 3 days ago I received ACAD.FAS virus. But my anti virus is working fine. Anti virus detects this virus and cleans it. Now I am facing WRITING/CLOSING error when I open...

    Started by bercha85‎, 10th Nov 2010 06:23 am
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  22. from AutoCad3d 2011 map to Autodesk 3d 2010

    Thank you for this site..it's the very first time im here. Im working on a road project, whereby the road is estimated to be 15km long through a very mountanious terrain. There are going to be 2...

    Started by bigbebi‎, 10th Nov 2010 11:30 am
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  23. Cannot change isocircles in DraftSight?

    In AutoCAD, there is the 'Drawing Aids' option from the menu bar (under format, I believe), that lets you toggle between the top, right, and left angled cursors for isometrics. I cannot find this in...

    Started by Shiro‎, 3rd Nov 2010 04:41 pm
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  24. Mep vs autocad vanilla

    Have been using LT for 15 years. I am going towards 3d for that is the way construction is going. I mostly do just pipe work(fire sprinklers). I want to know, if I go with MEP which is more specific...

    Started by RKINGFP‎, 5th Nov 2010 03:04 am
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  25. Angular dimension edit issue , ACAD 2010

    This is angular dimension of the arc, in my drawing ( picture 1) I need for my, angular dimension to be identical as here (2) : I have menaged to reposition right arrow and extension...

    Started by djole_ri‎, 4th Nov 2010 08:53 pm
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