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Michael’s Corner - April/May 2016


Another Spring, another AutoCAD. Yep, AutoCAD 2017 is with us and I'm guessing many of you will have downloaded and installed it by now. The big surprise for me is that the DWG file format has remained unchanged and that might be an indication that this is really a “point” release with most of the changes being incremental improvements on what is already in AutoCAD. Of course, it's great that our 2D and 3D geometry looks better and that graphics performance is improved but there aren't that many headline-grabbing features this time round.

However, there is one key new feature and that's the ability to import PDF files. Don't confuse this with PDF overlays, AutoCAD can now create drawing objects (lines etc.) from PDF files. Naturally, Michael's main article this month covers this great new feature and demonstrates some of the options included.

In other articles, Michael takes a look at the often overlooked Copy Nested command from Express Tools, gives some sound advice on the use of Wipeouts and reminds us how easy it is to create irregularly shaped viewports.

We'll be back in June with more help and advice. Oh, and just as a matter of interest, do you prefer the Dark color scheme or the Light color scheme? Just askin'.

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ISO Paper Sizes | AutoCADThere has alwas been some confusion over the size of standard ISO drawing sheets with AutoCAD.The stated sizes in the plot dialogue box are not the true ISO sizes. This tutorial explains why and how to plot to scale from Model Space.


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Object Snap | AutoCADA tutorial giving an overview of all the AutoCAD object snaps (osnaps) with some worked examples. The tutorial also covers the use of temporary tracking points and object snap tracking.

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Repeat for Efficiency

Sometimes, you may find yourself having to use the same command repeatedly. This can be a pain, unless you are aware that the previous command can always be repeated by hitting the Enter key on the keyboard or by using the right-click mouse button and selecting the name of the command you just used. Both these methods are more efficient than repeatedly finding a command on a toolbar or from a pull-down menu.

Recent Input

What's more annoying than having to repeat a single command (and more common) is having to repeat a sequence of maybe two or three commands. Obviously, you can't use the "Enter to repeat" trick. However, the right-click menu has another option that can help in these situations. Below the name of the last command used, is a menu option that says Recent Input. If you select this option, you will see a list of all the commands used in the current drawing session, with the most recently used at the top.

Using this method, you can repeat any sequence of commands without having to return to a toolbar or pull-down menu.

Note: This function is controlled by the INPUTHISTORYMODE variable.

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