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Michael’s Corner - August/September 2014

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Well it's the holiday (vacation) season and many of you will be taking your annual break. I hope you're having a great time doing whatever floats your boat. We don't expect post cards from all our readers but it's always nice to get a few. For those of you who have already taken your break or have yet to leave, this time of year is always a good opportunity to brush up on your digital skills while things are relatively quiet around the office and this month's Corner provides some great tips.

Michael has been exploring AutoCAD 2015 and explains how you can still use toolbars with this latest version despite the removal of the Toolbars option from the View tab on the Ribbon. In other articles, Michael shows us how to create a Field that displays the value of a system variable (more useful than you might imagine!) and how to assign object snap settings to a keyboard function key. For beginners, there's a useful technique for copying and rotating at the same time.

All-in-all a very useful bunch of tips and tricks to add to your armoury. We'll be back again in October with more helpful insights but in the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer.

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Moving vertically in 3D

Moving vertically

Moving objects vertically always used to be a bit of a chore with AutoCAD, usually involving some relative coordinate entry for the Z direction or maybe the .XY filter. Fortunately, AutoCAD 2007 introduced a new command that makes moving objects vertically a snap.

3D Move ButtonYou'll find the 3D Move button on the Dashboard or Modify3D Operations3D Move from the pull-down menu.

As with the normal Move command, you're first prompted to select objects. Once a selection is made, the cursor changes to the move grip tool. Now, pick any point on the base plane to fix the move grip tool at that elevation. Next, hover your cursor over the blue axis handle (Z axis) until it changes to a gold colour and left-click. This has the effect of constraining movement in the z direction. All you need do now is enter the distance you want the object to be moved or use the mouse to pick a distance.

Today's tip is by David Watson

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