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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. Scaling when plotting to pdf

    Hi - couldn't see anything on this on another thread so here goes: I want to print to pdf and make sure that when I open the pdf with Photoshop it is scaled correctly. I assume I just set the...

    Started by popjazz‎, 3rd Dec 2007 01:35 pm
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  2. block references itself

    :oops: When you try to insert a new block and you get the error: " block references itself" Is there a way to rename the block that is ebedded in a drawing. That "block" is the only entity in the...

    Started by cadmench‎, 3rd Dec 2007 05:41 pm
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  3. Snap a tangent line to two circles?

    Hi, I'm trying to draw a line that is tangent to two different-sized circles. I was able to snap one end of the line to the tangent on one of the circles, but was stumped on the second one because...

    Started by John F.‎, 29th Nov 2007 09:28 pm
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  4. Missing the "Open File" dialog box

    OK I don't know how this happened but I am quite annoyed at this. Anyway, normally when I would go under the file menu and click open to open a file you get this fancy little window that would allow...

    Started by siderus‎, 3rd Dec 2007 02:37 pm
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  5. Layout - turn off some parts (layers)

    How do i turn off selected parts in layout not to affect the model space. If i turn off layers in layout then in model space they are turn off too. So if i would like only a few parts of...

    Started by sloman‎, 2nd Dec 2007 11:31 pm
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  6. Zoom extents - for only one part

    Is it possible in Autocad 2008 to use zoom extents command for only one part in assembely of parts? (with all layers on or yust the working layer with the part on). Same question for view...

    Started by sloman‎, 2nd Dec 2007 11:25 pm
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  7. using auto cad 2002 drwng in autocad 2002 lt

    i have been e-mailed an autocad 2002 drawing and i need to use it in autocad 2002 lt. i tried to save it to a dxf file (not sure what the benefits are?) parts of the drawing are staying grouped and...

    Started by legend‎, 30th Nov 2007 09:56 pm
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  8. coordinate system keeps shifting

    In AutoCAD 2008, something weird happens to the coordinate system (the red, blue and green arrows marking the origin). Sometimes, but not all the time, when I want to draw a line or square or other...

    Started by gib65‎, 27th Nov 2007 09:54 pm
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  9. nest visibility parameters inside visibility parameters ??

    Is there a way to nest visibility parameters inside of visibility parameters? What I mean is that I want to create a weld symbol that has 3 different displayed forms, but each of these also have...

    Started by cadmench‎, 29th Nov 2007 09:46 pm
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  10. Problem with modeling (circular ramp)

    Hi! I'm working on an assignment from designing and i have a problem with modeling circular ramp. We were only thought to work in skechup but as the program treats circles of greater...

    Started by Dich‎, 29th Nov 2007 12:58 am
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  11. Transferring my "Hot Keys" / Lisps

    Gang, I am currently using autoCAD 2006 and am loaded with "Hot Keys" and Lisps that a buddy of mine installed into my computer. I now have 2008 installed into my computer, I know it's...

    Started by grasshopper‎, 29th Nov 2007 08:02 pm
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  12. Linetype ending wrong

    I am using the linetype DASHDOT2. When an arc is drawn in model space it appears correct, with the linetype ending in a dashed line. (_._._) When this line is viewed in model space, the line ends in...

    Started by sarat‎, 27th Nov 2007 06:28 pm
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  13. deleting layers-xref

    hi, wanting to delete some layers from my plan-plan was exrefed in and these layers are from orginal; when I go to layer manager to delete I get a message saying : The deleted layer was not...

    Started by ellainwonderland‎, 29th Nov 2007 01:11 am
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    does anyone know how to either clip a viewport with another one so that it blocks out the background. I have a small viewport inside a larger one but want to white out the background in the small...

    Started by nelsonrocha47‎, 29th Jun 2006 06:53 pm
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  15. Projection on the XY plan

    Hello everybody, i have a little question for you... sorry!!! i have a file were all the objects have 3 coordinates. Do you know an easy way for projecting all of them on the XY plan......

    Started by ramis‎, 29th Nov 2007 10:31 am
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  16. Smile 2D drawing of a plate

    Hello, Im a bit stuck, I have the basic outline of the plate. This is for a car park style bollard, its a mounting plate that the bollard sits onto. How do I draw the 3 pattern shapes next to...

    Started by Oly 85‎, 28th Nov 2007 05:24 pm
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  17. Question Command similar to Wipeout!

    Hi I have used the wipeout command to erase items/objects within a given area such as a polygon. Does anyone know of a command to erase all the items/objects outside of a given area. Also...

    Started by GIB39‎, 28th Nov 2007 05:20 pm
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  18. convert to metric

    really new to Autocad and have learned alot just reading here in the background.my question is how do i convert the standard measurements to where the show as metric measurements?

    Started by mattman3969‎, 28th Nov 2007 01:17 am
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  19. Toolbar icon size (change)

    Hi. Is there a system variable to change Autocad 2008 icon size in pixels? Defolt is 16x16 and we can enable large icons (32x32). But is there a way to change icons to for example (10x10) and...

    Started by sloman‎, 28th Nov 2007 03:37 pm
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  20. AutoCad 2007 Plotting

    This is a follow up from yesterday's question. I appreciate the response given to me by Ghost Rider but I failed to phrase my question correctly so I will try again. Ghost rider suggested that I...

    Started by flg157‎, 28th Nov 2007 03:31 pm
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  21. AutoCad 2007

    Can someone please instruct me on how I can plot dark lines in AutoCad 2007? Anything I print comes out in grayscale. I was using AutoCad 2002 and we were plotting "bylayer". AutoCad 2007 seems to...

    Started by flg157‎, 27th Nov 2007 07:20 pm
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  22. fuzz comand

    i saw a drawing on here where they could not pedit because the lines were not meeting someone replied saying try the "fuzz" command i opened the drawing that was on this site to look at it and used...

    Started by sceejays‎, 27th Nov 2007 03:38 pm
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  23. Importing .pdf and scale woes

    Hey there folks, I used AutoCAD a bit in 1st year university but haven't touched it since. 2 years later I'm forced to use it again and it is proving quite daunting. My task is to import a .pdf map...

    Started by sanjuan‎, 24th Nov 2007 05:00 am
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  24. not using cad to full potential

    i'll just explain my situation, i produce drawings which are submitted to the local authority therefore for each project there is various A1 sheets: existing, proposed, specification(written) etc i...

    Started by legend‎, 25th Nov 2007 11:31 am
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  25. Cool linetypes not showing up in viewport, HELP!!!

    Hey all I have been away from autocad for a while I got dumped into microstation, upon migrating back I have been stumped by simple things heres another simple one I can use a hand figuring out!! if...

    Started by studiorat‎, 19th Nov 2007 02:00 pm
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