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  1. Autolisp code – what do you do with it?

    So you found some autolisp code online that you want to try out. what do you do with it? How do you get it into AutoCAD and make it do what it says it will do? Let’s use this sample...
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  2. Copy and paste autolisp code not working?

    If you are like a lot of AutoCAD users out there, you have probably downloaded lisp code from an Internet site. Many times you are downloading a file, but in some cases you have to copy and paste the...
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    Tool for converting PDF to DWG

    Over eight years ago, we published a table of tools that could be used to convert a PDF file to a DWG file. At the time, this list was composed of programs that you installed locally. Today, we want...
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    Purposeful Building Models

    I’ve been around the industry a long time. I remember the days of pen and Mylar, and often think back to the hours spent hovering over a drafting board putting details onto drawing sheets and hoping...
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    Cadalyst announces major changes

    Longitude Media, the publishers of Cadalyst Magazine have announced some major content changes starting in January of 2016. Publication of the printed Cadalyst magazine, as well as many of the online...
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    Autodesk Settles With ZWSoft

    Autodesk recently announced that they have reached a settlement with the various entities identified as ZWSoft, makers of ZWCAD+. Autodesk was accusing ZWSoft of improperly using intellectual...
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    Extract User Defined Contour Line(s)

    Problem: You have a Civil 3D surface, and you want to extract a particular contour line from this surface. Follow the procedure here. It works for any elevation. Starting with this surface shown...
  8. AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 Service Pack 2 is now available

    AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 Service Pack 2 is now available and you can find it on the Autodesk Knowledge Network*or via the Application Manager. Remember to read the readme file for a list of what’s been...
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    Looking Forward: RTCNA 2016

    Now that I have had a week to decompress from Autodesk University (and readjust to the time zone difference), it’s time for proposals for the Revit Technology Conference to be held in Scottsdale, AZ...
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    AU2015 – Opening Session

    At the Opening Session yesterday, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass spoke about Conxtech, a company who started out because they wanted to reinvent the way steel framed buildings were designed and built. They...
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    AU2015 – Tuesday

    We are at AU2015 this week. If you can’t make it, be sure to check out one of the many live streaming events. If you are here, find me and say hello! Last night I attended the Expert Elite social......
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    Revit 2016 R2 Release

    As expected, Autodesk has released Revit 2016 R2 for subscription customers only. This is not a full build, but it is similar to service pack upgrades. It contains the usual stability updates as well...
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    Building up to AU2015

    The CAD Panacea authors have been so busy preparing for AU2015, that we have not had any time set aside for blog posts lately. Don’t worry, we are still here. In addition to preparing handouts and...
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    Ready…Set….STOP!

    It’s like watching a drag race. Two BIM techs at the start line, waiting to be let loose on the Revit track. The project is laid out before them and a strategy for the plans are given (yellow light)....
  15. AutoCAD 2016 Service Pack 1 is now available

    Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD*2016 and AutoCAD LT 2016 has been released. It should first become available via the Application Manager, and soon thereafter via the Knowledge Network Downloads page. The...
  16. Extract .MSP files from Autodesk Service Packs

    You may have noticed that when you download an Autodesk service pack, it comes in .EXE flavor only. But, when you are making a product deployment, and you want to add a service pack, it requires a...
  17. Autodesk University 2015 – come hear the CAD Panacea authors

    If you are planning on attending Autodesk University 2015, well….. you better get registered soon. The hotel fills up fast as do the AU classes. Our CAD Panacea authors are involved with at least 4...
  18. Revit Worksets – Use Them to Your Advantage

    Most everyone using Revit in a multi-user environment understands how Worksharing works…a Central File is created, users create their own Local Files, and everyone plays nicely together. Right?...
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    Editing images with Raster Design

    Raster Design is included with many of the Autodesk Suites, including Building Design Suite, Infrastructure Design Suite, and AutoCAD Design Suite, and it seems to be under utilized. The following is...
  20. Autodesk perpetual license sales to be cut off sooner than once announced

    The following is a quote from Robert Green as posted in the “CAD Managers Unite” facebook group. “Sale of new perpetual licenses for suite based products will now be terminated on July 31, 2016...
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