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Michael’s Corner - December/January 2015

Making it Happen at Autodesk University 2014!

Yet another year has flown by at CADTutor and I'd like to thank Michael for another excellent year of tips, tricks and general AutoCAD wisdom—if you've managed to get tickets for one of Michael's sessions at Autodesk University, you're in for a treat. I'd also like to thank you, our loyal readers and supporters. CADTutor only exists because you keep coming back to the site, and as long as that continues, so will the site.

This month's Corner is a Christmas variety box (whatever happened to them?) of treats. The main article provides a technique for the automation of viewport scales, something which many of you will find genuinely useful. Other articles cover pan and zoom tricks, how to make life easier when your drawing ‘disappears’ after Zoom Extents and a reminder about drawing time and drawing properties—an often forgotten resource.

Have a great festive holiday and New Year celebrations and here's looking forward to an even better year in 2015. We'll be back early in February with more AutoCAD tips and tricks.

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Object snap tracking

object snap trackingFinding the centre (centroid) of a square or rectangle used to require the use of at least one construction line but with object snap tracking, the same point can be found without having to draw any other objects.

This technique relies on the fact that "Midpoint" is set as one of your running object snaps and that polar tracking (POLAR) and object snap tracking (OTRACK) are on. Say you have a square and you want to draw an inscribed circle. Start the circle command and then hover the cursor over one of the vertical sides of the square until the midpoint snap icon appears. Move towards the centre and a dotted tracking like will appear. Next, hover the cursor over one of the horizontal sides of the square until the midpoint icon appears, again, move towards the centre of the square. This time, when you get close to the centre, both horizontal and vertical tracking lines appear and you can snap to the intersection simply by left-clicking. Finish the circle by snapping to any midpoint.

Today's tip is by David Watson

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