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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. AutoCAD for Mac 2011 crash - anybody able to analyse crash report?

    Hello, I have this drawing causing CAD to crash over and over again (doesn´t crash with other drawings!) Unfortunatly I am not able to understand what the crash report is telling me, or whether...

    Started by Lentezza‎, 21st Aug 2013 01:15 pm
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  2. Mac and pc versions

    I am currently using mep 2011 for Mac at home but at school they use it on pc can I transfer projects from one to the other

    Started by Ninsinla‎, 21st Aug 2013 01:36 am
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    21st Aug 2013 11:16 am Go to last post
  3. Object takes the entire screen space

    I am trying to draw the part as shown in attachment. I started off with the base rectangle whose dimensions are 120 * 42. After zooming out completely, it's still too big and takes the entire screen...

    Started by vasiqshair‎, 21st Aug 2013 01:43 am
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    21st Aug 2013 11:14 am Go to last post
  4. properties menu

    How do you lock your properties menu to the left or right side of your drawing. And have it minimize when you scroll on and off it. thank you -jason

    Started by JasonS1500‎, 20th Aug 2013 08:44 pm
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    20th Aug 2013 08:56 pm Go to last post
  5. Page Setup Clarification

    Hi, I'm currently using Autocad 2011. I have a drawing with a single layout that was given to me from another group. If I'm in Model Space, I go to 'Page Setup' and I get the 'Page Setup...

    Started by davesec‎, 20th Aug 2013 01:56 pm
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    20th Aug 2013 03:12 pm Go to last post
  6. simple tricks and tips for beginners

    Im looking for some useful tricks to help me start out with autocad. If you know of any helpful links for commands that would be great.

    Started by cabiles1‎, 9th Aug 2013 01:26 am
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    20th Aug 2013 12:58 pm Go to last post
  7. Using AutoCAD for Island Mapping

    I am looking to draw a large lake that I live on that has 14,000+ islands. I have started drawing small sections by bringing in high quality maps and tracing them using the spline command. Is there a...

    Started by crazyjoedevola423‎, 16th Aug 2013 04:10 pm
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    19th Aug 2013 09:52 pm Go to last post
  8. Question Problem with annotative and viewport scales

    Hello, I am using AutoCad LT 2010 and I want to change the scales from ratios (shown like - 1:10,1:20 etc.) to actual measurements (1/4"=1'). Also while using these ratios when scaling my...

    Started by bpdennah‎, 14th Aug 2013 03:48 pm
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    19th Aug 2013 03:17 pm Go to last post
  9. Create sample dwg

    Hi all I am quite new to cad and need to create a sample dwg from my master drawing to send off. Can someone please advise me on how to do this? Thank you in advance for any help!!

    Started by _banjo‎, 16th Aug 2013 06:25 pm
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    19th Aug 2013 11:11 am Go to last post
  10. how to unable tags that is shown next to every drawn object.

    Hello, I'm using AutoCAD 2013 for Mac, and it works perfectly fine and normal. However, everything I draw, weather its a line, a shape or different objects crossing each other, will have some kind of...

    Started by beha‎, 19th Aug 2013 09:44 am
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    19th Aug 2013 11:10 am Go to last post
  11. Drawing Sample Building Plans - autocad exercises

    hi everyone, im new here and i was recently enrolled to an autocad training for application to working drawings. i am hoping to find here building plans that i can work on with to practice what i...

    Started by caddnewbie‎, 18th Aug 2013 06:51 am
    exercise, plans, practice, project, sample
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    18th Aug 2013 09:59 pm Go to last post
  12. Draw Toolbar Missing

    I only turned my back on my daughter for a moment; but before I knew it she had rearranged everything on my computer. I don't know how she managed it; now I don't have a "Draw" toolbar on the screen...

    Started by Duncan_Disorderly‎, 27th Jun 2007 10:12 pm
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    17th Aug 2013 08:13 pm Go to last post
  13. How to increase the size of the center mark

    Be there a way to increase the length of the lines in the center mark so that they do go out to at least the diameter of the circle, so that these lines can be used to trim parts of the circle?...

    Started by gotchy‎, 15th Aug 2013 09:52 pm
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    16th Aug 2013 01:35 pm Go to last post
  14. Moved: Creating An Arc To Connect To Two Other Arcs Tangentially

    Hi all I am using Autocad Civils 3D. I have a series of points that represents an existing alignment. I have created (via arc of best fit) two arcs (shown in pink & green) that go through...

    Started by tomtomtom‎, 16th Aug 2013 01:13 pm
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    16th Aug 2013 10:40 am Go to last post
  15. 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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    15th Aug 2013 08:10 pm Go to last post
  16. Need some serious help with Autocad Functions

    Ok guys, I am less than 24 hours new to Autocad, so all the technical or menu items, etc I will probably have no idea where they are or what you are talking about. So I will need detailed baby steps...

    Started by jnorwood32‎, 14th Aug 2013 04:22 am
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    14th Aug 2013 06:58 am Go to last post
  17. Unhappy Working with bit maps...

    Still having difficulty utilizing bit maps in my drawing templates. I've attached the current file I'm working on, almost done but for page 10 (profile dwg). I had some success with the cover sheet...

    Started by slugula‎, 7th Aug 2013 03:39 pm
    • Replies: 7
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    12th Aug 2013 01:28 pm Go to last post
  18. Question Miss my old layout

    AutoCAD LT 2009 I don't know why this happened but when I load AutoCAD now it is different than it used to be. Before, the Home ribbon stretched across the full width of the screen, now it only...

    Started by Lithium‎, 9th Aug 2013 11:52 pm
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    10th Aug 2013 05:16 pm Go to last post
  19. Is there any way to list the intra-distance between several points?

    Let me make my question clearer by considering an example as follows, Assume I have points A, B, C and D in a map. Is there any command that can list the distance between any two points out of all...

    Started by ck00‎, 10th Aug 2013 09:49 am
    • Replies: 1
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    10th Aug 2013 11:41 am Go to last post
  20. Question Send a drawing via email

    Is it possible to send a drawing to someone who does not have AutoCAD, so that he can view it as a picture in an email? If so, how?

    Started by Lithium‎, 9th Aug 2013 11:57 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    10th Aug 2013 08:30 am Go to last post
  21. Autocad 2012 inserting blocks with attributes enquiry

    Hi I believe in our previous AutoCAD 2009 software we could create a block with attributes and save the drawing as a block, either wblock or create block. When inserting this block into another...

    Started by spur‎, 7th Aug 2013 01:45 pm
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    7th Aug 2013 11:14 pm Go to last post
  22. Copy/paste objects from one layer in first file to a different layer in second file

    Hi, I am using ACAD 2005 and am trying to copy&paste several objects from a layer I created in one .dxf file to one of the 2 standard layers (0 or Defpoints) in a new blank .dxf file. My...

    Started by greasywheats‎, 7th Aug 2013 03:37 pm
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  23. Why can't I trim a hatch with a wide selection?

    I have a vertical stripe pattern and I have to put it on each glass drawing that I have (8 total). I've four countersunk holes on each unit so I need to trim the glass perimeter and larger hole from...

    Started by bbankston‎, 6th Aug 2013 09:58 pm
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  24. Drawing a PLINE with known lengths and angles

    Hi, As the thread title suggests, I want to create a segmented polyline with known angles / lengths, but I want to do this in 1 operation without having to copy/rotate/chamfer etc. I think...

    Started by SAFeSTeR‎, 7th Aug 2013 12:42 pm
    polyline, ucs
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    7th Aug 2013 06:49 pm Go to last post
  25. paper space and line-weight confusion

    Hello! I'm working on my first autocad drawing and am struggling to work out what it will actually look like when printed! when i go onto paper space the look of the drawing (a building plan)...

    Started by emera‎, 3rd Aug 2013 02:03 am
    • Replies: 8
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    7th Aug 2013 03:40 pm Go to last post

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