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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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    7th Jan 2016 06:11 am Go to last post
  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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    11th Feb 2009 10:20 pm Go to last post
  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. Advice / help to find suitable software to create basic 3d illustrations for clients

    Hi all. My first post, so bare with me if I'm asking the wrong forum. I run my own 'one man band' business designing and installing ropes courses and climbing towers using wood and steel. I'm not a...

    Started by Matthew Ralphs‎, 27th Jan 2017 03:21 pm
    advice, basic, illustrations
    • Replies: 5
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    27th Jan 2017 06:11 pm Go to last post
  2. 40' high cube shipping container component

    Anybody come across one of these? I'm interested in shipping container architecture and would like to use a decent container component to start out. Thanks.

    Started by mrippard‎, 5th May 2009 04:41 am
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    25th Jan 2017 03:09 am Go to last post
  3. AutoCAD 2017 status bar icons

    I have been lead to believe that the status bar icons cannot be displayed as text, is this true? I might add that if the can, I haven't been able to find out how.

    Started by Blurto‎, 24th Jan 2017 03:17 am
    2017, bar, icons, status
    • Replies: 4
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    24th Jan 2017 04:15 pm Go to last post
  4. Unhappy drawing recovery manager

    I accidentally removed drawings from drawing recovery manager thinking that I was just removing it from the list and not from my computer. Is there a way to get it back?

    Started by edsweld‎, 20th Jan 2017 01:31 pm
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    20th Jan 2017 04:02 pm Go to last post
  5. movies working files location??

    hello Every one, while i am watching learning videos; the presenter says at the beginning of the video "Working files for this movie can be found in the working files folder". i was unable to find...

    Started by shamsalddin‎, 11th Jan 2017 06:04 pm
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    12th Jan 2017 01:57 pm Go to last post
  6. FLATSHOT inserted block lineweights default to 0.00 mm, why?

    Say I build some geometry and run the FLATSHOT command. I tell the linetypes and colors to be "by layer," and insert the block into layer 0 which has a lineweight of "default" (0.25 mm, LWDEFAULT...

    Started by oftenly‎, 19th Dec 2016 07:01 pm
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    11th Jan 2017 06:08 pm Go to last post
  7. 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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    11th Jan 2017 02:50 am Go to last post
  8. So many lines appear on the AUTOCAD when it open and it disturbs drawing activit

    So many lines appear on the AUTOCAD when it open and it disturbs drawing activity .I am currently using AUTOCAD 2014:(.Plz tell me how to solve the problem. the screenshot is attached here

    Started by CHINCHU S NAIR‎, 7th Jan 2017 04:13 am
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    8th Jan 2017 01:26 am Go to last post
  9. Autocad LT 2009 Issues

    Hi, I have been using Autocad LT 09 but only now and then so i'm no expert, we have switched over computers at work and since the software was reinstalled i have been having an issue with drawing...

    Started by marc226‎, 6th Jan 2017 05:06 pm
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  10. Angry missing status bar

    I'm missing the status bar at the bottom of my drawing, my friend was trying to find the gour command and has messed up my settings. I can't see ortho or snap and right clicking on the bar doesn't...

    Started by mercmattman‎, 25th Nov 2016 01:03 pm
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    28th Dec 2016 10:19 pm Go to last post
  11. Convert spline to polyline?

    Hi, i was wondering if its is possible to convert a spline into a polyline because obviously you can't pedit i don't want to draw over it as it doesn't create a true solid but mainly because it...

    Started by Interior‎, 17th Apr 2009 07:35 pm
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    23rd Dec 2016 08:39 am Go to last post
  12. basic help

    I have some basic questions. Send me a message if you're interested in helping an old dad out. lol

    Started by Dad‎, 14th Dec 2016 10:07 pm
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  13. leader graphic error

    I was given a drawing with older leaders and found some kind of error. the dot at the end of the leader wont move with the line (in model space). If I look at them from layout space they work as...

    Started by zaphod‎, 2nd Dec 2016 08:29 pm
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    5th Dec 2016 05:06 pm Go to last post
  14. Finally upgraded

    We finally upgraded to 2017. before that, I had 2012 on my main box, with 2014 available at another work station. Still trying get some of the bells and whistles the way I like them. I...

    Started by Chilidawg‎, 1st Dec 2016 09:38 pm
    • Replies: 3
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    2nd Dec 2016 12:33 am Go to last post
  15. Using the command erase

    Hello Why is it that when I use the command in (command "erase" (entlast)) it selects the entity but does not erase it (is still in mode select) and if I use (command "erase" (entlast) "") the...

    Started by symysgames‎, 25th Nov 2016 09:34 am
    command erase
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    30th Nov 2016 03:22 am Go to last post
  16. empty selection sets

    I often use selection sets in my programming but always encounter difficulties when they are empty. why is it so problematic? is it because of the nature of nil who is a atom and a list at the same...

    Started by symysgames‎, 29th Nov 2016 09:19 am
    selection set
    • Replies: 1
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    29th Nov 2016 09:22 pm Go to last post
  17. Software recommendations needed

    Hi, I'm in need of recommendations of software to purchase to create plans/drawings for railroad crossings. Any help or suggestions to point me in the right direction would be much appreciated....

    Started by cc1‎, 27th Nov 2016 05:14 pm
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    29th Nov 2016 02:29 am Go to last post
  18. 2D solid surfaces in autocad 2000

    Hello I am trying to understand the logic behind the display of 2D solid surfaces in autocad 2000. if you have a same area covered by different 2d surfaces in different layers with different colour...

    Started by symysgames‎, 3rd Nov 2016 12:58 pm
    2d surfaces, layers, surfaces
    • Replies: 4
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    25th Nov 2016 09:08 am Go to last post
  19. New User

    Hi I'm new to CAD, my only use is to create zone plans for fire alarms and maybe add device numbers next to the smoke detectors etc, I have no intention to create a drawing from scratch at this...

    Started by fattony‎, 8th Nov 2016 11:51 pm
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  20. how calculate a precetage of are?

    my GF gives me very complex shape plan and she needs 25 % of area to be filled and seperated. i know the area command but how about tell to the autocad to distinguish 25% off total area???

    Started by omid_221‎, 14th Nov 2016 02:12 pm
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    15th Nov 2016 03:35 am Go to last post
  21. Moved: Setting Vport scale for drawings in meter

    Started by helpme‎, 8th Nov 2016 10:18 am
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  22. Unhappy Understanding Scaling

    Dear Forum, I'm new to using ACAD so please excuse me if my question seems to be simple. I would appreciate if someone can explain to me the following excerpt that I got from one of the ebook...

    Started by zoundwave07‎, 27th Oct 2016 11:03 am
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  23. Useful and Favorite Keyboard / CMD Line Short Cuts

    I'm no pro (not yet) but I have started to keep a running list of keyboard shortcuts that make some things really easy. I'll start. I look forward to seeing what cool steps the actual pro's use. ...

    Started by wallmaxx‎, 3rd Nov 2016 06:19 pm
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    3rd Nov 2016 08:43 pm Go to last post
  24. Changing the direction of an arc

    Hi - When drawing an arc using the 3 point Start,Centre & End option can you please tell me how you control the angle in which hthe arc is drawn i.e. whether it is to be concave or convex. Kind...

    Started by Stanier‎, 31st Oct 2016 10:48 am
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  25. Drawing United States Map DWG File

    Is anyone aware of a safe and trusted location where I can download a block or drawings of the US (with state borders)? It can be in either DWG or DXF format. I need one for a 4th of July...

    Started by Burner‎, 4th Jun 2010 02:29 pm
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    28th Oct 2016 09:51 pm Go to last post

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