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Michael’s Corner - February/March 2015

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As promised, Michael's Corner is back for it's first outing of 2015. We know you probably began the year with some worthy resolutions, and maybe improving your efficiency at work was one of them. By February many of us have either forgotten we made resolutions or have given up on them, so here's some really useful (and timely) stuff to get you back on track if working smarter, not harder was one of the resolutions on your list.

This month, Michael takes a look at a very useful technique when working with overlapping viewports, demonstrates how to mask areas behind dimension text (one of our top 10 FAQs), how to use the Shift key to good effect when working with Ortho and a new feature in AutoCAD 2015 that helps to streamline your interactions with Polar Tracking. All in all it's another great Corner, with something for everyone.

Watch out for the next instalment at the beginning of April when, no doubt, the Web will be buzzing with rumours of fabulous new features in AutoCAD 2016—we can't wait.

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Entering Survey Data using AutoCAD | AutoCADThese techniques apply to basic CAD programs such as AutoCAD, IntelliCAD, etc. If you have a civil/survey program or add-on, such as Land Desktop, SurvCADD, Eagle Point, etc., then there are built-in tools for entering lines and curves.

 

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AutoCAD Expert

Are you an expert in AutoCAD? Well according to Autodesk you aren't, well not unless you tell the program otherwise. The EXPERT system variable (default 0) can be changed so that annoying "Are you sure?" commands will go away. Here is the list and what they do:

EXPERT = 0
Issues all prompts normally.
EXPERT = 1
Suppresses "About to regen, proceed?" and "Really want to turn the current layer off?"
EXPERT = 2
Suppresses the preceding prompts and "Block already defined. Redefine it?" (BLOCK) and "A drawing with this name already exists. Overwrite it?" (SAVE or WBLOCK).
EXPERT = 3
Suppresses the preceding prompts and those issued by the LINETYPE command if you try to load a linetype that's already loaded or create a new linetype in a file that already defines that linetype.
EXPERT = 4
Suppresses the preceding prompts and those issued by UCS Save and VPORTS Save if the name you supply already exists.
EXPERT = 5
Suppresses the prompt, "That name is already in Use, redefine it?" issued by the -DIMSTYLE Save option when you supply the name of an existing dimension style.

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