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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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Learning AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014

Learning AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 | AutoCADIn this Civil 3D 2014 training course from expert trainer Seth Cohen, you will learn how to use the tools and techniques available to you in this civil engineering design and documentation solution software. This tutorial is designed for beginners, and no previous experience with Civil 3D software is required.

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Photoshop for Architects | PhotoshopThis video based training course will teach you techniques to enhance AutoCAD drawings using Photoshop so that your plans can convey color, texture, and shadow.

 

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Command line in a window (F2)

The command line can be very useful, especially for beginners because AutoCAD often gives useful prompts which helps when learning how to use some of the more complicated commands. The command line is also used by AutoCAD to report information back to the user, but sometimes that information may run to several lines of text, and disappear from view. A good example of this is the Distance command (you can run this from the keyboard by typing DIST). The problem is that by default, the command line is only two lines high and so if you use the Distance command, you don't even see the distance reported to the command line.

One way round this problem is to increase the depth of the command line to show more lines but this takes up valuable drawing area. A better solution is to display the command window using the F2 key on the keyboard.

Command Line

As you can see above, the command window also allows you to scroll back through the command line so that you can review your recent drawing history.

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