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Michael’s Corner - June/July 2014

Summer Simplicity

So, how are you getting on with AutoCAD 2015? Found the Layout tab on the Ribbon yet? Autodesk thought it would be fun to make it context sensitive so it doesn't show up most of the time—oh how we laughed when we eventually found it! See this month's bonus feature "Lost & Found" for full details.

Elsewhere in this month's Corner, Michael covers the new Lasso selection feature in AutoCAD 2015 and it's another of those that you might not find if you didn't know about it.

The main feature this month covers the Sweep command and demonstrates how to use a polyline as a path. In other articles, Michael introduces the concept of "Buriables"—check it out to see what he's on about and there's further insight into the Insert object snap.

We hope you're having fun with AutoCAD 2015 and are liking the new Dark theme. Hands up who switched straight back to the Light theme? Oh, you don't know how—Options and then the Display tab. Happy CADing!

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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.

 

ISO Paper Sizes

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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Learning Autodesk AutoCAD 2013

Learning Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 | AutoCADIn these 18 videos, Brian Benton introduces you to Autodesk AutoCAD 2013. Beginners will learn from scratch and experienced users will learn all the new features.

 

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Using Co-ordinates | AutoCADAll about the use of co-ordinates in AutoCAD.

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Clear that 3D clutter with Orbit

When 3D drawings get complicated, it may become difficult to view a particular object in your drawing because it's being crowded by other objects. Here's a neat trick that will help you solve this problem.

Select the object or objects you're interested in before starting the Orbit (3DORBIT) command. When you start the Orbit command, all the other objects in the drawing will become invisible and your selected object can be seen alone. The other objects become visible again as soon as you exit from Orbit.

Hide with Orbit

This technique can also be used to ensure that the selected object always appears in the center of the scene when orbiting. It is also possible to select the center point of rotation without having the other objects disappear - use the 3DORBITCTR command.

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