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  1. standard templates

    Looking for some annotative templates that i can review and see what is wrong with mine. Anyone knows where or has one that would be helpful. Typical drafting is arch/structural. Using autocad...

    Started by bjenk8100‎, 13th Oct 2017 08:46 pm
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    13th Oct 2017 11:29 pm Go to last post
  2. Drafting and Projects

    I am not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I am wondering if there are any self employed draftspeople or managers of drafting departments that frequent this forum? I am a self...

    Started by Mech Designer‎, 10th Oct 2017 01:33 pm
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    11th Oct 2017 03:17 am Go to last post
  3. underground Electrical and Telecom Utilities

    Hi I have some underground Electrical and Telecom Utilities and some structure above the surfaces when I will be working on with the Utility Design software. Could anyone advise me when software...

    Started by SUNNY60‎, 6th Oct 2017 11:01 am
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    9th Oct 2017 01:37 pm Go to last post
  4. Collaboration with Google File stream.

    Our head of IT has moved the company over to almost exclusive use of Google business apps because you know Microsoft are the evil corporation :twisted: Consequently we've lost excel which means I...

    Started by Glen1980‎, 9th Oct 2017 12:35 pm
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  5. Design Center - New Palette Tab

    Hello, I wanted to run this by someone before I go ahead and mess around in design ctr. I researched online about creating palettes and they told me to follow procedure I attached. I just opened...

    Started by bjenk8100‎, 15th Sep 2017 03:15 pm
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    21st Sep 2017 11:13 pm Go to last post
  6. AcadInstall.exe

    Hi all, There used to be a program called Acad Install that would automatically add Lisp / vlx file types and menu's into AutoCAD. As that software is no longer available I wondered if anyone...

    Started by Espie79‎, 18th Mar 2012 11:53 am
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    28th Aug 2017 05:18 am Go to last post
  7. Checking standards for layers

    I received a drawing and need to convert the layers to our standard layers. When I use the Check Standard button, only the Dimstyle come up. How do I change the layers?

    Started by Skelly1951‎, 22nd Aug 2017 07:13 pm
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    23rd Aug 2017 02:43 am Go to last post
  8. Adding Folders to Support File Search Path

    Hi all, I am looking at a way to automatically add folders to the support file search path. I used to use AcadInstall.exe but it is no longer supported for later versions of AutoCAD. Does anyone...

    Started by Espie79‎, 21st May 2012 12:15 pm
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    12th Aug 2017 12:40 am Go to last post
  9. Layer Colors For Piping Systems

    I'm setting up a standard for coloring mechanical/HVAC pipe systems in Revit but am not having any luck in finding any sort of guideline. Yeah sure, I can go ahead and pick a bunch of colors to...

    Started by RobDraw‎, 6th Jan 2017 02:44 pm
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    1st Aug 2017 03:36 am Go to last post
  10. Survey: One file vs multiple files (x-refs)

    Survey: One file vs multiple files (x-refs) I'm curious what others think and do. (Also posted on Autodesk forum in case you've seen it there.) Let's say you have a street project. ...

    Started by howitzer‎, 31st Jul 2017 03:03 am
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    31st Jul 2017 05:14 pm Go to last post
  11. Outsourcing CAD work to lower cost centres

    This might be a controversial topic on this forum perhaps although I would like to hear your thoughts and experiences on design companies outsourcing CAD work to lower cost centres such as India,...

    Started by Organic‎, 28th Jul 2017 09:57 am
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    30th Jul 2017 06:38 pm Go to last post
  12. LISP Command names and shortcuts

    I'm posting here because I think this is more of a management questions than a lisp question. My question is this; if you have a suite of lisps, do you give the command names "shortcut" names...

    Started by guitarguy1685‎, 8th Jun 2017 03:04 am
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    29th Jul 2017 01:00 am Go to last post
  13. System to upload and tag drawing

    i cant take it anymore :) this mess with files that needs to be remembered in my head in order to find. A360 is great, but cant understand why i cant tag a file so i can find it later in the...

    Started by samifox‎, 25th Jul 2017 07:27 am
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    25th Jul 2017 09:30 am Go to last post
  14. Viewbase Layer Names

    Hi All, Just wondering if there is a system variable that i am not aware of which would dictate the of the viewbase layer names. ie. MD_Visible...etc Ideally, I would like to change the layer...

    Started by JWhelp‎, 18th Jul 2017 04:57 pm
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    22nd Jul 2017 12:07 pm Go to last post
  15. So how are you guys coming along with BIM ?

    So I thought I'd do a small write up on how CAD is progressing in the UK. Over the past number of years (about 5 years), there has been a big drive to get UK CAD production on to an international...

    Started by aji2015‎, 22nd Feb 2017 03:40 pm
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  16. Database of Details

    Hello again. I was recently asked to look in to creating some sort of database for typically used details. Ideally these details would be able to be searched on some database by keywords and...

    Started by guitarguy1685‎, 1st Jun 2017 03:10 pm
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  17. How can I supprsess this message on new machines?

    I set ACADLISPASDOC to 0 in the initial startup. How do I suppress this message? or do I have to instruct on what to select?

    Started by guitarguy1685‎, 30th May 2017 11:00 pm
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    31st May 2017 02:57 pm Go to last post
  18. Depolying Company Standards

    I will be deploying company CAD standards soon. I think I have everything set and read to go. I would like to get some input if you think anything I am doing may be problematic. Also if you have...

    Started by guitarguy1685‎, 25th May 2017 02:28 pm
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    27th May 2017 07:04 am Go to last post
  19. Autosave

    I'm working in AutoCAD 2017 and inadvertently clicked the "no" to "save changes" rather than "yes". I lost a ton of work. In previous versions, to my recollection, it was a fairly simple procedure to...

    Started by herguth1‎, 15th Mar 2017 07:56 pm
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  20. Flatten a drawing

    hi using autocad 2017, having a drawing with unwanted Z axes. the drawing contains nearly all kinds of objects. tried using Flatten but without success (drawing attached) ay idea?

    Started by samifox‎, 13th Apr 2017 04:43 pm
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    21st Apr 2017 10:20 pm Go to last post
  21. Annotation/dims to print as black?

    Many of the 2D drawings we produce can become 'crowded' with information. This includes a lot of drawing detail lines, shapes etc. and also the required text, dims and leaders to annotate everything....

    Started by aji2015‎, 2nd Mar 2017 10:20 am
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  22. Recover fileformat in AutoCAD 2018

    Can someone conform that recovery of in AutoCAD release 2018 is new DWG 2018 fileformat (or not)? When i did some beta test i think i experienced it once but i'm not sure. Can fileformat of recover...

    Started by halam‎, 21st Mar 2017 09:49 pm
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  23. logical filename creation

    Hello Chaps, I have an engineering business and we do jobbing work. therfore I have to keep track of many drawings on completely unrelated items from a wide variety of customers. I often cant...

    Started by ntambomvu‎, 14th Mar 2017 07:52 am
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    15th Mar 2017 03:24 am Go to last post
  24. Autodesk maintenance plan going away - only subscription in the future

    Anyone else get the letter from Autodesk telling you the maintenance plan is being phased out with prices for the next 3 years going up through 2019? The implication is that in 2020 you won't be...

    Started by rkent‎, 3rd Mar 2017 11:47 pm
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  25. AutoCAD slow - could it be caused by network speed?

    Hi everyone I am having an issue with users reporting AutoCAD being slow in one office. Three other offices are fine. The setup is the same for all four offices. The support file search paths,...

    Started by pixel8er‎, 10th Mar 2017 02:02 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    13th Mar 2017 02:04 pm Go to last post

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