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Michael BeallMichael's Corner is a monthly publication written by Michael E. Beall, Autodesk Authorized Author and peripatetic AutoCAD trainer. Michael travels all over the USA, bringing his fantastic experience and great understanding of AutoCAD to his clients. Michael's Corner brings together many of the tips, tricks and methods developed during these training sessions for the benefit of all users.

Michael's Corner provides something for every AutoCAD user. Every month, a number of articles cover a wide range of topics, suitable for users at all levels, including "The Basics" for those just starting out. Essentially, the aim of Michael's Corner is to help all AutoCAD users work smarter and faster.

This month…

October - One-derful!!!

It's a God-thing.

I had no idea that 14 years ago I would be given the opportunity to make an impact on the professional lives of so many. Only God knew what was ahead, and hopefully, the contributions I have made through Michael's Corner have equipped many of you to be more productive and a bit more savvy using AutoCAD. And apart from all the AutoCAD bashing that is going on, I'm sure it has a long life ahead.

So, in an effort to keep the AutoCAD fires burning, here's what I have for my final installment…

…A reminder on how to customize your hot keys
…Three Power Tools — one for Zoom, one for editing, and one for Layers
…Two Odd Spots — one for Layers and one for Hatching
…Buried text treasure
…And how to Search 14 years of the Archives

As for what's ahead for me, I will continue to present a variety of AutoCAD sessions — Fundamentals, Intermediate, Customizing, Updates, and 2D & 3D. I will also keep training CAP Designer, 20-20 Worksheet, Visual Impression (those three from 20-20 Technologies, Inc.), and some Revit Fundamentals. Next year I'm looking forward to being very involved in training CET (from Configura, Inc.) when Herman Miller joins the growing number of manufacturers embracing this software that is being touted as the ‘Future of Space Planning’. Personally, I'm looking forward to spending a bit more time with Donna, my lovely bride of 30 years. When this posts, we'll probably be within days of going on our 30th Anniversary vacation to the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson; Ee-Hah! We had such a good time when we went for our 20th, we figured we'd do it again!

Ah, and I'm hoping to have The AutoCAD Workbench, Final Edition out before snow flies.

And with that, Mike drop! …so to speak.

The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

This month's articles

Change F1 to ESC
Smoother Zoom
Stretch with Extension
Lock Layers with a Crossing Window
Layer Columns & Hatch Background Color
Text Frame on Mtext

From the Vault

Originally published May 2012

Autodesk 360 in A2013

Sign InThe "cloud" is something I still can't get too excited about. I equate it to solar power and electric cars — wonderful in theory, but limited in practice by any number of variables on the part of the user.

Nonetheless, your AutoCAD 2013 comes with — among other features — 3Gb of free storage space in said "cloud" if you sign up for Autodesk 360. Here's the link to what it's all about.

I haven't gone through all of the Autodesk 360 features, but here are a few things you'll find.

Autodesk Account Sign In

By now, you all probably have an Autodesk Account that you use when you register your Autodesk software. So when you click Sign In on the right side of your AutoCAD 2013 title bar, that's the account that you will need to use when signing in.

Settings to Sync

Sync SettingsIn addition to the storage space, Autodesk 360 will store selected settings to your account. Now this is getting interesting. If for no other reason than to, essentially, back up the contents of your Options, this is really nice!

Unless you're creating custom Fonts, Shapes, or Linetypes, you'll probably want to clear the check box at the bottom.

Accessing Autodesk 360

Once you have signed up, you will have some options up on the title bar, including accessibility of Autodesk 360 site where you will find several videos on the available features.

Autodesk 360

Online in Options

And finally, if you ever want to edit your settings, you can do so from the Online Options feature from the shortcut menu shown above.

All in all, pretty exciting and worth a look!

Autodesk 360 Options

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