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Michael’s Corner - August/September 2015

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Welcome to a rather later than expected August/September edition of Michael's Corner. As is usual this time of year holidays and vacations tend to disrupt the usual flow of events. I hope you had a great break or are looking forward to the same. All I have to do now is sort through the hundreds of photos… or maybe I should just buy a new SD card.

Anyway, back to work, and this month's Corner includes the usual rich mix of smart tricks and efficiency savings. Want to speed up AutoCAD startup? We've got that covered. Want to learn all about AutoCAD 2016's new system variable monitor? We've got that covered too. In fact, if you look back through the archives at Michael's Corner, there's very little that hasn't been covered over the years. So if you do have an idle moment (I know!), do yourself a favour and browse through the last 12 years of this fantastic resource.

We'll be back with another Corner at the beginning of October. Until then, have a super-productive time at work and make sure you take that break you deserve (if you haven't already had one). Oh, and if you're a college or university student, listen carefully to your tutors and work hard, it pays off in the end!

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Paper Space Exercise | AutoCADAutoCAD's paper space mode is a bit like having a page in a scrapbook onto which you can paste different views of your AutoCAD drawing. This whole page can then be plotted. This exercise demonstrates how.


Basic 3D and Surface Modelling

Basic 3D and Surface Modelling | AutoCADAlthough AutoCAD has a number of commands for creating special 3D objects, a lot can be achieved by changing the properties of basic 2D objects like polylines. This tutorial provides a basic introduction to creating and viewing 3D objects.

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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.

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Tip of the Day

Add your name to the status bar

modemacroHave you ever wanted to see your name or your company's name displayed on the AutoCAD status bar? If so, you need to know about the modemacro variable. Whatever value you set this variable to will appear on the status bar, just to the left of the dynamic co-ordinate display. To do this, enter "modemacro" at the command prompt and then enter the text you'd like to display.

The assigned value of modemacro remains set only for the current drawing session. If you's like to see your text displayed every time you start AutoCAD, simply add the following line to acad.lsp:
(setvar "modemacro" "text to display")

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