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  1. Try using the command NCOPY (NestedCopy), a great command.
  2. Glad I could help you. Another good way to learn a lot very quickly, is to enter SYSVDLG, which will take you to the inner sanctum of system variables, the definitive repository of System Variables, and their myriad options. Scroll down the list until you reach the prefix DIM, then you can use your cursor button to easily flip through and review the various variables which affect Dimensions, of which there are quite a few. It is a lot to take in, but very helpful in the long run. Make sure that your Tool Tips are turned on in OPTIONS, on the Display tab, then go through each tab in the Dim Style Manager, and if you just hover over each check box, a brief explanation of what it does will be displayed. Most of them also explain the name of the system variable which they control. Once you have identified a system variable which intrigues you, go to SYSVDLG to learn all of the different optional settings. Take the time to set them up how you want them, you'll be glad you did.
  3. If you have already modified the properties of a dimension, such that it suits you, select the dimension which you like, then in the right click menu select DIMENSION STYLE > SAVE AS NEW STYLE. Done deal. I have tweaked your dwg a bit. I hope that helps you. I have not watched the following link, but it is long enough, that I would expect it to help you come to grips with the numerous attributes of a dimension style. If that leaves any unanswered question, there are lots of others to watch. polygon.dwg
  4. Perhaps what you wish to do is to MODIFY your Dimstyle? If so, that would be done in your DIMSTYLE MANAGER, via the MODIFY icon. Wherein you can create a new style or modify an existing one, and customize about 100 differrent settings to suit your personal needs or preferences.
  5. There is an interesting distinction between these two approaches, as explained in these screenshots from the SYSVDLG dialog. EIther or both might be invoked, depending on your needs. This can also be accessed through the Dimension MODIFY dialog, as shown in the other screenshot. The variable adjusted in the Dimension Modification dialog, via the dropdown list, would be DIMADEC.
  6. +1 In a nut shell.
  7. Welcome to CADTutor sarah. It sounds like you may be extruding polylines or linework which is not CLOSED, resulting in surfaces, instead of 3D Solid objects. PRESSPULL is much more forgiving, and doesn't require CLOSED polylines, as it generates a REGION, which is then used in the command, and should CREATE a true 3D Solid, unless you start the command on a surface. You would do well to explore the POLYSOLID command, try it you'll like it. Good point ReMark PRESSPULL it is, I forget the name because I use ppp as my alias for it. It seemed odd to me that such a thing was happening when using it, whence my clarification of how it works, and the lack of CLOSED polyline requirement. Sarah, watch this link from the Tutorials page on CADTutor, it will probably help you come to grips with some modeling basics. http://www.cadtutor.net/tutorials/autocad/extrude-and-press-pull/ There are other good resources available there, as well.
  8. Dadgad

    Need better multiline

    Late to the party, and I don't do ducting, but Lee Mac has a great lisp, which might interest you. http://www.lee-mac.com/mpline.html Thanks Lee! When in doubt, check Lee Mac out.
  9. +1 That sounds like a good hypothesis rk.
  10. Dadgad

    Viewport is view-locked

    Select the viewport, then in PROPERTIES you can unlock it, if you are sure that is what you want to do. Then you can reset the view in your viewport, as well as the scale, visual style, etc. Once you have it set up how you want it, make sure you lock it again, if you want to maintain the view, scale and settings you have set.
  11. Dadgad

    Another graduation day for my podium design

    Oh good! I thought when revisiting this that the columns on the building were fluted, unlike those on the podium. I now realize that my eye was being mislead "down the garbage path" by the borderline optical illusion, of the vertical members in the railing, which is seen in front of the UNfluted columns. I used to be reasonably observant. :oops:
  12. Welcome to CADTutor Levco. Just a guess, I have never used Longbow, nor Windows 10, am still using 8.1, but Longbow does have a good track record for dealing with just these sorts of issues through the years. I think that having exhausted all of their non-pay suggestions (which is very nice of them:)), that it might be a good time to reach out to them through their contact link, and ask if they are aware of any paying users, for whom Longbow has solved a similar issue, specifically with Windows 10. Were you able to open OPTIONS, and look on the SYSTEM tab, for hardware acceleration? The Hardware Acceleration setting you should be looking for is within Autocad, as described on the SYSTEM tab. At least that is where it is nowadays. I am not sure about 2007, I started on 2009.
  13. Dadgad

    Another graduation day for my podium design

    As a woodworker of many years, and occasional designer of furniture, both custom, and for production, it looks real good to me f700es. It is nice to see it referenced against the building it emulates.
  14. A parameter can be just about anything you want it to be, you just need to define it, or them. Color, Height, Width, Weight & Handing (meaning Left or Right), are a few examples. In Parametric work, there are preconditions (Parameters) applied, wherever they might be helpful or needed, which constrain the relationships between different elements in the design. Perhaps Circles need to maintain Concentricity, or a given distance between centers, which might be triggered by the Radii of the Circles. It is very interesting, and a bit of a rabbit hole/slippery slope, as it is so powerful.
  15. Glad that helped you. When in doubt try looking through your SYSVDLG box, choose a name which likely puts you in the right zipcode, like FIELD, not FIEDL, then just scroll through the list with your keyboard cursor, and you will certainly learn a lot, and probably find what you are looking for.