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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. Startup Mystery in AutoCAD 2009

    I am using AutoCAD 2009. I have saved a workspace, which appears in the customisation window, but every time I start up AutoCAD, no workspaces appear in the 'Gear' menu, and I have no ribbon tabs or...

    Started by scorpio66‎, 20th Jan 2010 11:42 am
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  2. Question simple question about CAD 2010

    I was wondering how i can set up and and save a personal profile in autocad 2010. What i mean is: is it possible to save my workspace as a layout wichih includes the positioning og the sidebars,...

    Started by sfondry‎, 20th Jan 2010 07:16 pm
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    21st Jan 2010 12:12 am Go to last post
  3. Confused on making a simple circle

    Hi, I'm a beginner and having trouble making a simple circle drawing. I dragged the cursor down the bottom right to make one and at the bottom it says to "Specify radius of circle or <3.9122>."...

    Started by SFG13‎, 19th Jan 2010 10:48 pm
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    21st Jan 2010 12:02 am Go to last post
  4. Compressing

    Can you compress an Autocad 2007 drawing to bring down the file size?

    Started by mattd@acdsecurity.com‎, 20th Jan 2010 10:03 pm
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    20th Jan 2010 11:54 pm Go to last post
  5. Autocad 2006 on Vista

    Hi guys. Sorry if this was asked somewhere else. 1. Is autocad 2006 compatible with Vista? Tried to install it the other day for my friend. The installation went alright but we can't run it. I'm...

    Started by wesleysw‎, 20th Jan 2010 06:17 pm
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    20th Jan 2010 06:37 pm Go to last post
  6. Select All ... 2 were not in current space?

    I started a new drawing. Then copy a text (not mtext) from an existing drawing using Ctrl+C and paste the text to my new drawing with Ctrl+P. Nothing shows up and I've checked that all my layers are...

    Started by salmonrose‎, 20th Jan 2010 04:29 pm
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  7. Landscape and Garden Design software?

    Hi all, Because all the information i found on the net are confusing, i would like to know if there is a specific program for designing gardens and landscapes! What is the most common software that...

    Started by MarvinX‎, 11th Jan 2010 12:27 pm
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  8. Help with cad2000

    I have not used this in some 10 years and have problems remember how to set my limits. I am trying to draw a bathroom roughly 12'x25' when I use the setup wizard I set my limits larger than my...

    Started by tapkawiman‎, 20th Jan 2010 12:13 am
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    20th Jan 2010 02:16 am Go to last post
  9. Circle help

    How do I divide the inner ring into roughly 3 foot segments with 3/8" spacing in between for joints? The outer ring needs a 40' segment left in place and the rest of it deleted, how can I do that?

    Started by Mason Dixon‎, 19th Jan 2010 12:14 am
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  10. xref another drawing

    I am creating some new dwgs from an existing set. In the existing set I have 1. a base file named 7308-09_Base000.dwg 2. 3 profile dwgs named 7308-09_Profile001, 002 & 003 Now, I need to...

    Started by salmonrose‎, 19th Jan 2010 05:57 pm
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    19th Jan 2010 06:39 pm Go to last post
  11. Dimensions, drawing units, layout? n00b help

    hi. i feel stupid but i just dont understand how to set this up. everyone suggests drawing in true size. I'm down, but HOW?? basically im drawing a disk with a diameter of .5 inches ( don't ask me...

    Started by Vinnygunn‎, 19th Jan 2010 12:07 am
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  12. how to draw this.. pls help me..

    i have 2 questions in autocad. once the drawing is done, is there a way to tell which units were used to draw that drawing? how to find the units of autocad drawing.(format->units.. tells only...

    Started by chaarr‎, 18th Jan 2010 10:27 am
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  13. Assign new directory to old drawings

    I run Acad2008. I recently moved all of my files to an external hard drive - to include all of my raster image aerials. How do I re-assign the new drive path so that my old files will know where to...

    Started by Mikey‎, 18th Jan 2010 02:59 pm
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  14. hatch with polygons

    Hi i got the hatchmaker to work. However, i have come upon a problem which involves creating a 5 sided polygon, then exploding it to convert to lines. When i try to select the lines, i get the...

    Started by jalba‎, 13th Jan 2010 01:54 am
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  15. How do I put surfaces on a wireframe model?

    Hi all, I'm very new to AutoCAD (3 days) and I'm struggling to understand how to put surfaces onto a wireframe model to turn it into a 3D object. I've drawn a wireframe of my object (a...

    Started by cuica‎, 15th Jan 2010 09:09 am
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    18th Jan 2010 08:59 am Go to last post
  16. Problem with connect 2 circles

    I have the attached image to do in autocad: but i can't figure a way how to connect the circles in order to make the out line. When i use fillet, the line goes from the wrong side. Note that the...

    Started by nikitas350‎, 15th Jan 2010 10:15 pm
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  17. Piping ISO

    I'm drawing a piping iso. I've completed the drawing but now my dimensions extensions are not lining up in relation to my 30 degree iso lines. Any suggestions to try?

    Started by RAI32‎, 16th Jan 2010 03:49 pm
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  18. Question Dimensions gets distorted when exploding

    When I explod drawings that I get from a sub-contractor something happens to the dimensions, they are moved slightly in every direction making it look all wierd. Is this normal when exploding...

    Started by Qumad‎, 14th Jan 2010 10:19 pm
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    16th Jan 2010 09:00 pm Go to last post
  19. Dimensions and layers

    AutoCAD places dimensions on the current layer but what if you want all dimensions to be on the same layer. Is there a way to force a layer to dimension style. Every time I dimension my drawing I...

    Started by timhall‎, 16th Jan 2010 02:04 am
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    16th Jan 2010 12:31 pm Go to last post
  20. How do I draw this?


    Started by Mason Dixon‎, 15th Jan 2010 09:44 pm
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  21. Define variable length

    Hi! I´m pretty new to AutoCAD 2007 but have some experience from other CAD programs and I simply cannot figure out how to perform the following simple task: I want to define the length in my...

    Started by julaftonsful‎, 15th Jan 2010 03:23 pm
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    16th Jan 2010 12:11 am Go to last post
  22. extract point from excel files

    I need to draw point from an excel files with X,Y coordinates & numerical data about the point. How can I do it automatically for every point in the file ( every point is on a line with X,Y,data...

    Started by janka83‎, 15th Jan 2010 03:31 pm
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  23. AutoCAD Timesavers - what does it do?

    AutoCAD Timesavers 1. In OptionsOpen and Save tab, set the "Incremental Save Percentage" to 100. This is the variable ISAVEPERCENT. 2. In OptionsOpen and Save tab, when saving down...

    Started by Kobbe‎, 15th Jan 2010 04:09 pm
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  24. Not Valid-Not version related

    Hello all, Got the error message "Drawing File is not Valid" Read some forums about this topic and found alot of these are related to someone sending a drawing from a different version....

    Started by RAI32‎, 14th Jan 2010 11:11 pm
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  25. What Will Open A DWF File

    A project manager in another state sent me a DWF file to open and save to another format or lower version and have me send it back to him so he can view it. Presently he can't open the file. I can...

    Started by gsksun4‎, 15th Jan 2010 02:11 pm
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    15th Jan 2010 02:32 pm Go to last post

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