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Michael’s Corner - June/July 2016

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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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Mid Between 2 Points (m2p)

m2pSometimes you might want to find a point midway between two other points. In the past, you might have drawn a line between these two points and then used "Snap to Midpoint" but this requires the drawing of a construction line and isn't very efficient.

Enter the m2p object snap. This will find the midpoint between any two picked points without the need for a construction line.

How it works: Say you want to draw a circle midway between two squares, start the circle command and then enter "m2p" when prompted to specify the center point. Now just follow the prompts.

Command: circle
Specify center point for circle or [3P/2P/Ttr (tan tan radius)]: m2p
First point of mid: (pick first point)
Second point of mid: (pick second point)
Specify radius of circle or [Diameter] <20.000>: (pick to complete circle)

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