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    Who is Harry Field?

    Some of you may remember the recording of an Autodesk support call featuring New York resident Harry Field – if not, have a listen. (Note: Rated PG for Harry’s slightly colorful language)

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    Reflections from RTC 2015

    It’s the Monday morning after the Revit Technology Conference held last week in Washington, D.C., and I’m sitting with an extra dose of coffee, surrounded by conference “bling”, business cards and...
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    Solving 5 common AutoCAD problems

    Long time AutoCAD users will probably know about all of these, but let’s not forget, there are new AutoCAD users every day out there who probably run into issues such as these – all of which have an...
  4. Revit & Drafting – Yes, They Can Coexist

    The battle rages on…you know the one. The battle between “let’s embrace technology” and “but this is the way we’ve always done it!” Such is the discussion that seems to transpire when it comes to...
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    AutoCAD Blocks 101 – Part 1

    AutoCAD Blocks have been around as long as AutoCAD. What is a block? An AutoCAD block is a named collection of geometry, annotation, and essentially anything graphical you can create, including other...
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    AEC Blogger Council

    We are excited to have been invited to the brand new Autodesk AEC Blogger Council by organizer Angela Simoes. What does this mean? We, along with about 35 others worldwide will have access to up and...
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    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...
  8. 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....
  13. 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...
  14. 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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  15. 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...
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