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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 July 2012

Presspull on an open Polyline

Presspull on the RibbonFound in the 3D Modeling workspace [Home tabModeling panel], the Presspull command — originally covered in Michael's Corner, December 2006 — has always been a favorite of mine. It had a bit of an overhaul in AutoCAD 2013, however. Many folks are aware of the Extrude command, but there are 2 reasons why I prefer to use Presspull instead:

  1. The Extrude command incorporates the original 2D primitive geometry into the resulting solid.

  2. The Extrude command requires a closed Polyline to extrude.

The Presspull command, on the other hand:

  1. Retains the integrity of the original, 2D geometry used to create the solid.

  2. Requires only that the area being ‘pressed’ or ‘pulled’ be closed.

If you have AutoCAD 2012, the list stops there. If, however, you have AutoCAD 2013…

  1. You can create an Extruded surface from an open Polyline!… and…

  2. You can select more than one object to be pressed or pulled!

Caveat in AutoCAD 2013: When selecting multiple objects for Presspull, the selections must be of the same condition, i.e., open polyline, closed polyline, or enclosed area created by multiple objects.

How to Use Presspull in AutoCAD 2013

  1. Create any enclosed area using any combination of lines, circles, and rectangles.

  2. Take a 3D view position, such as Southeast, then launch Presspull.

  3. Click inside an enclosed area, then enter M for the Multiple option.

  4. Click inside additional open areas, then press [Enter].

    Presspull in action
  5. Move to see the creation of the new solids, then specify the 2nd point or enter a distance.

  6. Create a couple of open polylines, then use Presspull with the Multiple option on those.

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