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    Sticky: AutoCAD Xrefs and Relative Paths

    C’mon AutoCAD…. why do you have so much trouble with relative xref paths? I add a DWG xref and you tell me…. So I choose Full Path and proceed to finish attaching the DWG. Then I right-click on the...
  2. Autodesk and Bentley licensing changes

    If you’ve been paying attention to the CAD world lately, you might know that Autodesk will stop selling perpetual licenses for many of its products on Jan 31, 2016. This has triggered a lot of...
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    Revit Parameters Demystified!

    We’ve all been there…we create a schedule in Revit, and the one parameter we need to show up…doesn’t. We frantically comb through the schedule fields, open the family and check the parameters…but...
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    Civil 3D 2015 Command Line Issues?

    There is an issue with Civil 3D 2015 that has cropped up for several users even those with the latest service pack. The issue occurs when you have multiple drawings open in Civil 3D. You may find...
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    Missing Fonts in AutoCAD

    So you open an AutoCAD .DWG file and you notice some of the text does not look like you expect. Maybe a paragraph that is supposed to show up with a script font like FreeStyle Script, is instead...
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    Upgrade Time! Should It Stay…Or Go?

    You can feel the excitement in the air…it’s Autodesk upgrade time!! IT and CAD managers are on caffeine overload, CAD techs are hesitant to turn on their machines for fear of what may have changed....
  7. Text hard to read in the Civil 3D text component editor?

    A common problem we see in Civil 3D*is hard to read text in the Text Component Editor, as shown here. This can be caused by a feature in Windows called ClearText. Here is how to change that setting...
  8. Validating Symbol Table Names in AutoCAD

    If you are writing a lisp routine and you have to ask the user for a new symbol table name, such as the name of a layer or dimstyle, how can you make sure the user gives you a valid...
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  9. AU2015 Class Submissions are due today!

    If you have not started working on yours, it’s probably too late now. But if you have been preparing class proposals for AU2015, today is the deadline for getting those submitted! Why speak at AU?...
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    Custom AutoCAD linetypes

    There is little sense in preparing a tutorial on creating custom AutoCAD linetypes, because there are dozens of those already available. One of those can be found here in part 1*and part 2. In the...
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    CAD to Revit and Back Again

    Recently we ran into an issue with our title blocks. We had a company logo that had originally been created as an AutoCAD block using hatch, plines and splines. The .DWG was linked into our Revit...
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    Exploding Text into lines

    In a previous post, we described how to “explode” complex linetypes into individual line segments. Many people have a need to explode Text or Mtext for various reasons, one of which might be to...
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    Disable Cursor Badges in AutoCAD

    Cursor badges are little icons that appear near the cursor to show you what command is active. They were introduced in AutoCAD 2015 and immediately started generating negative feedback, mainly...
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    You want me to do WHAT??

    Since the dawn of AutoCAD, the debate has raged on regarding drawing setup and project management. Model space versus paper space drafting. External references…yay or nay. Truth is…there really isn’t...
  15. AutoCAD 2016 – How to disable Ribbon Galleries

    AutoCAD 2015 actually introduced what they call Ribbon Galleries, which are graphical drop-downs showing previews for items such as blocks, dimstyles, mleaderstyles, tablestyles, etc. Although it...
  16. Printing from AutoCAD with a black printed background

    Have you ever wanted to print a portion of, or even an entire drawing with a black background? It’s not hard, just follow these steps. Working in model space, if your background color is black,...
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    AutoCAD Align Command

    Have you ever wanted to move and rotate objects in AutoCAD all in one command? That is exactly what the ALIGN command does, and it can optionally scale the objects too. Basically you specify a pair...
  18. CAD Career Observations and Sage Advice

    CAD Career Observations and Sage Advice —*(In other words…Been there, done that…and what not to do!) Looking back over my 22-year career, I realize that I have not ended up where I planned to go. I...
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    Top 10 new features in AutoCAD 2016

    When AutoCAD 2016 was announced this week, we bypassed our normal “What’s new” post and linked you to over a dozen other similar reviews. Now that the dust has somewhat settled, let’s review the top...
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    CAD Panacea is 10 years old

    We want to say THANK YOU to all the readers of CAD Panacea which turns 10 years old this week. *We’ve been through 2 hosting vendors and 3 blogging platforms and plan to keep writing for you for...
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