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Michael’s Corner - June/July 2016

Three…

Well, I guess you've now been using AutoCAD 2017 long enough to get used to the new application icon. It's a move away from the origami-style of recent iterations and back towards the more traditional “A” of the past. I have to say, I prefer it but if you look closely, you'll notice that it doesn't make any sense as a 3D object. What's happening with the bar of the “A”? There's an Escher-esque ambiguity about it. Obviously, Autodesk feel the icon is an important aspect of the AutoCAD product identity because, since way back, it has changed with each version; ah, so that's what the annual subscription is for!

So, the Michael's Corner countdown has now reached three and there are just two more to go after this one before Michael takes his leave after 14 years of sterling service. This month's Corner uses the tried and trusted format of four articles covering a range of topics to suit a range of needs. Topics include hyperlinking an audio file to an object, controlling the previews on layout tabs, toggling Dynamic Input and an overview of the UCS icon. It goes without saying that there are plenty of tips and tricks here that most of you will find really useful.

Michael will be back in August with his penultimate Corner but until then, enjoy the summer (or winter for those south of the equator) and don't forget the sun screen when you do eventually leave the office for that well-earned break.

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Units and Scales | AutoCADIf you're asking yourself "what scale do I draw in?" or "what units should I use?", you need this tutorial.

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Object Selection | AutoCADThis tutorial shows you the many ways AutoCAD objects can be selected. Covers the building of selection sets with implied windowing, fences etc.

 

Editing and Saving Materials

Editing and Saving Materials | 3ds MaxOnce materials have been created and edited in the Material Editor to suit a particular scene they no longer need to be kept in the Materials Editor. Materials can be saved in material libraries and retreived for use in any other scene. This tutorial shows you how.

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Shift for fillet radius zero

Do you get fed up having to set your Fillet alternately to a radius value and then to 0 to get a right angle?

You don't have to! Just fillet your lines while holding down SHIFT and the current default fillet radius value will be ignored.

Today's tip is by dbroada

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