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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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    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. Why cannot I offset this shape 1.0 mm towards outside?

    Why cannot I offset this shape 1.0 mm towards outside? I have attached the original dwg file here. Thank you very much!

    Started by junehe‎, 16th Feb 2015 06:41 am
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  2. Question How do I draw a circle tangent to 3 points on a shape?

    Hey, can anyone help me with this project? I need to draw a circle tangent to 3 points on the red shape in the image I attached. The circle's diameter needs to represent the longest distance between...

    Started by junehe‎, 15th Feb 2015 11:34 pm
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    16th Feb 2015 05:46 pm Go to last post
  3. Question How can i convert a big file (7mb+) of open polylines to joined/closed polylines?

    hi everyone, i have a quite big file with many open polylines (i attached an extract to show an example) and i'd like to join the polylines whenever is possible and close all of them. Is there an...

    Started by Gotrekk‎, 13th Feb 2015 05:41 pm
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    16th Feb 2015 02:54 pm Go to last post
  4. How can i convert a big file (40mb+) of anon blocks and parallel lines to hatches?

    Hi again, slightly different problem this time... i have this huge old file made of anonymous blocks and parallels instead of hatches... is there an easy way to convert all of them to separate...

    Started by Gotrekk‎, 13th Feb 2015 06:04 pm
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    16th Feb 2015 12:00 pm Go to last post
  5. Can someone plz do this autocad concrete drawing for me plzzzz

    CAN SOMEONE PLZZ HELP ME WITH THIS AUTOCAD PLZZZ PLZZZ :cry:THANK YOU SO MUCHH!

    Started by pisces27‎, 12th Feb 2015 07:34 pm
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  6. how to create half - arc

    I have question, I want to create this, but any advice how to build that? and need what command to handle. any advice please!

    Started by yaim229‎, 9th Feb 2015 05:51 pm
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  7. How to add attribute text an existing block

    Hi everybody, I hope, all are doing well, In my dwg I want to add one more attribute text an existing used block, In that block itself has already 5 attribute text. The attribute value (text)...

    Started by RRS1987‎, 14th Feb 2015 03:39 pm
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  8. How to upload drawing to facebook

    Hello, I want to know what is the best way to upload an Autocad drawing Version 2002 to Facebook. Thank you!

    Started by SRSawmills‎, 13th Feb 2015 06:01 pm
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    14th Feb 2015 12:52 am Go to last post
  9. Convert OLE to Autocad object or Excel to edit

    Dear All, Wish you all very happy new year.... I have load schedule drawing with OLE object (as excel image with out any link) . I want to make some changes in this load schedules. so what...

    Started by RRS1987‎, 31st Dec 2013 07:36 am
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    13th Feb 2015 04:54 pm Go to last post
  10. Question AutoCAD vs AutoCAD LT

    Hi there I have just moved to a very small company (I'm their 9th employee), having previously worked for a 600+ strong consultancy. The company I have moved to currently does not have any...

    Started by Tom133‎, 10th Feb 2015 12:40 pm
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  11. Simple Drawing

    Hello everyone. I'm new to Cad drawing, but I've been in the Graphic Design industry since the early 90's. I have a client that has asked me to do some simple CAD work for them. They routinely get...

    Started by Bytore‎, 12th Feb 2015 03:27 pm
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    12th Feb 2015 07:23 pm Go to last post
  12. CAD 3D used for windos xp

    computer used windows xp, 32bit, 4GB RAM. I want to used 3D function, which version is it still support that. found autocad 2014 only. but 2015 release... maybe need draw that cup, spoon, that...

    Started by yaim229‎, 11th Feb 2015 05:04 pm
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  13. Question Generating Cross Sections from a Topographic Survey

    Hi there As I mentioned in my other thread, I have just moved from a large consultancy to a very small one. One thing I never had to do at my previous company was generate sections based on...

    Started by Tom133‎, 10th Feb 2015 12:45 pm
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  14. How to show the top view for this?

    What is the correct way to show the top view for this 24 inch steel sweep at 45 degree turn? I tried to project line from the front view but wonder if this is the correct way to do it. it doesn't...

    Started by Sengna‎, 5th Feb 2015 06:35 am
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    10th Feb 2015 06:57 pm Go to last post
  15. Design Center

    I have AutoCad 2015 for Mac, and I can't find the Design Center that I used when I was using AutoCad 2012 for Windows in high school. I have blocks, but only like 7 different ones and none of them...

    Started by jbflores95‎, 10th Feb 2015 07:11 am
    2015, mac
    • Replies: 2
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    10th Feb 2015 01:41 pm Go to last post
  16. Divide Function: How to draw lines from them

    Hello guys, I'm new to autoCAD. I Know I look stupid asking this but anyways.. I used the divide function to divide two lines into 11 point each. I now need to draw lines from each of these point...

    Started by Enigmacy‎, 6th Feb 2015 04:29 pm
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    6th Feb 2015 09:55 pm Go to last post
  17. Is there a way to attach PDFs permanently?

    I'm using AutoCad 2015 to convert PDF files into drawings, but every time I access the files on a different computer the PDF is gone. In its place is a message saying "missing or invalid reference",...

    Started by samerickson89‎, 31st Dec 2014 11:14 am
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    attach, pdf, permanent, reference, underlay
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    6th Feb 2015 05:40 am Go to last post
  18. Interpretation of 7/8 metal tubbing

    Hi everyone I'm new to all of this, but I needed some help interpreting a old drawing to dimension it on CAD. The drawing is to a metal tubing and not sure if I'm reading it right; needed the...

    Started by many‎, 29th Jan 2015 08:25 pm
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    30th Jan 2015 07:08 pm Go to last post
  19. FAQ Article jpeg disappears when its goes to next computer

    i want to ask one question. but i dont know where i post my question. Help me regarding this information. i attach jpeg but its disappers when its goes to next computer. i want to know how i put...

    Started by ARSLANBUTT‎, 15th Jan 2015 12:07 pm
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    30th Jan 2015 04:42 pm Go to last post
  20. How to add a centerline?

    Hi, I tried to add a centerline to the center of a drawing I created but got lost when the help menu said for "step 4. In the Size box, enter the length of the centerline overshoot. Click OK."...

    Started by SFG13‎, 10th Mar 2010 05:39 am
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    27th Jan 2015 11:58 am Go to last post
  21. Career Change

    I am 46 year old thinking about changing careers. Working with CAD seems be the most interesting option seen that I have an very esthetic and technical kind of intelligence. However, my knowledge...

    Started by APL4444‎, 17th Jan 2015 09:59 pm
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    begginer, training, work market
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  22. Properties

    I'm just starting to use AutoCad 2011 and have a question. A screenshot is attached showing a highlighted rectangle and the properties box. It doesn't show the length and width of the rectangle, am I...

    Started by doncwe‎, 25th Jan 2015 07:28 pm
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    26th Jan 2015 08:52 am Go to last post
  23. Open file tabs

    Seems I somehow turned of the display for tabs when multiple files are opened :unsure: I need them back fast Help guys :)

    Started by byk3bep‎, 24th Jan 2015 08:04 pm
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    24th Jan 2015 10:17 pm Go to last post
  24. What's the differences between drawing in "Model" view and drawing in "Layout" view?

    What's the differences between drawing in "Model" view and drawing in "Layout" view in AutoCAD? I have been drawing in Layout view but I see there is a black background "Model" view too for each...

    Started by junehe‎, 22nd Jan 2015 07:41 pm
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    23rd Jan 2015 05:26 pm Go to last post
  25. Question How to change tangency of vertex in AutoCAD

    Hey, I have one vertex not smooth on my drawing. How can I change its tangency? It also shows a "+" sign near it, which I don't know what it means. I attached the drawing here for your reference....

    Started by junehe‎, 22nd Jan 2015 12:26 am
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    22nd Jan 2015 05:09 pm Go to last post

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