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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  1. AutoCAD menu utilities loaded.; error: Automation Error. File system error

    I have a bunch of lisp in a folder on a network with an edited acaddoc.lsp in the> Support file search path Trusted Location in the files ACADs option. I've recently upgraded to 2015 and it...

    Started by 3dwannab‎, 4th Jun 2014 02:43 pm
    acaddoc.lsp, lisps, search path, system error
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  2. Question Assigning BLOCKS to a different Layer ...

    How do I assign the blocks coming in from Architect's drawing (Partition Panels - about 50+ styles and each style is a different block) to a different layer along with those layer properties without...

    Started by 3rdElle‎, 22nd Jun 2011 04:52 pm
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  3. Question Node Size Adjustment

    Where do I go to adjust the size of my nodes? My dots are displaying as very large circles aith a line through the center.

    Started by 3rdElle‎, 24th Aug 2011 02:58 pm
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  4. Enormous NODE ...

    My node for a particular drawing is appearing extremely large. I recall there being a set variable to adjust this, but I cant seem to find it. Please advise. Thank you, Lisette

    Started by 3rdElle‎, 17th Dec 2012 04:37 pm
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    18th Dec 2012 02:12 pm Go to last post
  5. Polyline thickness problem once PDF'd

    - It was moved from the general forum, but I don't know where to. Hi, I have a drawing with polylines filled with hatching. When I pdf it the lineweight of the poly line is different to that...

    Started by 3smees23‎, 2nd Aug 2012 09:10 am
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    2nd Aug 2012 12:33 pm Go to last post
  6. AutoCad or Not

    I already have AutoCAD 2007. I have been given the opportunity to buy any design program I desire. Money is no object (your tax dollars at work). I know NOTHING about drafting, drawing,...

    Started by 40 Acre Mule‎, 31st Oct 2007 08:42 pm
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    1st Nov 2007 04:23 pm Go to last post
  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. non-linear tolerance

    Please help me to calculate the nominal of 100 +25/-50. Thank You so much.

    Started by 4ever‎, 14th Aug 2013 04:58 am
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  9. How to add 100 new materials

    I have over 100 materials and the problem is that they are difficult to add, is there a chance to add them all at once with the same name as they are on the disc ... help.... :cry:

    Started by 4slavek‎, 9th Jul 2010 11:43 am
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  10. Smile maintain orientation of object when extruded along helix

    Hi all. New here, just learning a bit about AutoCad and have a question which I hope has a relatively simple answer. I found a LISP routine to draw a helix possibly from around 2002, named and...

    Started by 60ftjunkie‎, 19th Jan 2011 04:17 am
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  11. Wink Help With Most Inexpensive AutoCad Version To Purchase

    Hello, I want to get started learning AutoCad for my woodworking business. Which version would be suitable for a beginner and where can I purchase at a fair price. Please help:? Thank you

    Started by 62sg‎, 20th Nov 2010 08:52 pm
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  12. Xref problem

    Please excuse me if I am in the wrong section, but I am a newbie. I am having trouble with a locked xref. I would like to unlock it so that I can modify for my mechanical drawing. The...

    Started by 6tee7‎, 27th Oct 2013 06:26 am
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  13. xref alteration

    Newbie here,forgive me if this has been answered elsewhere, however, I am trying to alter, unsuccessfully, an xref which has been sent to me. When I double click on an item I just get that this is a...

    Started by 6tee7‎, 1st Nov 2014 08:23 pm
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  14. Laser Cutting

    Autcad 2011 set up with classic toolbars. I am self taught in Autocad. When I send a DWG to a subcontractor for laser cutting they have to do a lot of work tidying up my drawings.Duplicate Lines...

    Started by 70patrick-smyth70‎, 18th Jan 2013 10:22 am
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    19th Jan 2013 03:36 am Go to last post
  15. Linetypes not changing with layers

    Hi, this is my first post on this site. I've been teaching myself Autocad the past few days and I'm trying to make a few 2D drawings. I've been playing around with layers and linetypes. But I ran...

    Started by 79vwrabbit‎, 22nd Jan 2008 11:09 pm
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  16. my 2D Drafting&Annotation workspace is strange?

    My 2D Drafting&Annotation workspace is entirely black. But in an autocad2008 tutorial which I downloaded from the web, this workspace is white. how can i change my autocad2008 workspace to the...

    Started by 7nannan7‎, 14th Feb 2010 06:19 am
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    14th Feb 2010 05:16 pm Go to last post
  17. 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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  18. How do I draw steps in 2d?

    I'm using autoCad lt 98. I have my 2d drawing of my porch drawn. Now, I want to draw the steps coming down off to the left. Is there an easy way to do this, or do you have to use the line and...

    Started by 97catintenn‎, 22nd Oct 2007 12:47 am
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  19. basic diminsions needed for house plans

    Hey everyone. I have some basic questions that I need answered, attached is my house plan. I need to know what size to make the closet that will contain the washer and dryer, is 6'X3' a standard...

    Started by 97catintenn‎, 25th Jan 2008 12:17 am
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  20. arch vs regular autocad

    I'm in construction and am enjoying autocad 2008, but I am wondering what is going to be the advantage to using architectural cad. Let's start with a 2d floor plan, birds eye view. Is there an...

    Started by 97catintenn‎, 11th Mar 2008 11:45 pm
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    12th Mar 2008 03:54 am Go to last post
  21. .jpeg of lines, how do I scale them out?

    I want to be able to insert a .jpeg of a plat or survey, and then scale it out accurately to autocad. Like, if I have picture of several lines and I know that one is 100ft long, how do I tell...

    Started by 97catintenn‎, 19th May 2008 01:36 am
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  22. Moved: Autocad Arch...What's wrong with my doors and windows?

    Started by 97catintenn‎, 7th Oct 2013 12:15 am
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  23. Question how to synchronize dwt file with drwings that i use that template for them?

    hi. i am begeener on autocad i have created a template for my drawings and now i have 40 drawings now,that created by this template. but i want to change my template now.how to i can synchronize...

    Started by a.toraby‎, 10th Mar 2007 03:16 pm
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    10th Mar 2007 05:22 pm Go to last post
  24. Sharing

    Hi All, just joined today, so my first post... Anyway just looking around and reading some posts, anyone able to help with this? I want to use a formula in the dim command to divide the length...

    Started by A1DWG‎, 20th Nov 2008 12:48 pm
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  25. When To Use Paperspace?

    I have read a lot of posts recently about paperspace. Since I learned to draw with Autocad by takeing one beginners class and the rest just by doing it , I apparently missed out on the importance...

    Started by a1harps‎, 17th Dec 2004 07:23 pm
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    19th Dec 2004 12:22 pm Go to last post

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