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  • Have You Tried: Create a Stretchable Dynamic Block

    Have You Tried: Create a Stretchable Dynamic Block

    For this month’s Have You Tried, we’re going to take you step-by-step in order to create a stretchable dynamic block.  To start with, we’ll go over: Creating a block Making it stretchable by...

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  • Attend Autodesk University 2020 for Free – Registration Now Open

    Attend Autodesk University 2020 for Free – Registration Now Open

    Instead of traveling to Las Vegas for Autodesk University 2020, AU 2020 is coming directly to you as a global, digital conference. The best part? It’s completely free. (Hey, at least there is one...

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  • AutoLISP to Automate Your Tasks: Part 1 – Beginner

    AutoLISP to Automate Your Tasks: Part 1 – Beginner

    I’ll admit it. I just love AutoLISP, and I consider it my “home” language. But I also understand that my love of the language isn’t universal. You may not consider yourself a programmer, or it...

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  • AutoCAD Offset Options: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    AutoCAD Offset Options: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    The AutoCAD OFFSET command has been around for a long time. No doubt, you’re familiar with two tried-and-true methods of creating a new entity with Offset. You can select a through point or...

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  • How to Create a Dynamic Block and Save Time

    How to Create a Dynamic Block and Save Time

    Dynamic blocks provide capabilities beyond standard AutoCAD blocks. Here, we’ll take a look at how to create a dynamic block and save time, including a couple of basic examples and a real-world...

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  • Have You Tried: Selection Cycling in AutoCAD

    Have You Tried: Selection Cycling in AutoCAD

    For the new Have You Tried, we want to talk about a selection technique called selection cycling in AutoCAD. It’s used when drawing objects are stacked on top of each other or overlapping, making...

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  • Save Time With the AutoCAD MULTIPLE Command: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    Save Time With the AutoCAD MULTIPLE Command: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    If you’ve been following my tip articles lately both here on the AutoCAD blog and on the YouTube channel, it shouldn’t be a surprise that today’s tip covers another awesome and rather...

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  • Block Basics: How to Create a Block in AutoCAD and Other Block Tips

    Block Basics: How to Create a Block in AutoCAD and Other Block Tips

    A block is a combination of AutoCAD object types that make up a real-world object. For example, it could be a chair, manhole, door, utility pole, you name it. Looking to learn how to create a...

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  • AutoCAD 2021.1 and AutoCAD LT 2021.1 Update Now Available

    AutoCAD 2021.1 and AutoCAD LT 2021.1 Update Now Available

    The AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2021.1 update is now available, offering new enhancements and tools to simplify your workflows and improve productivity. Here’s what is now included in the newest update...

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  • Have You Tried: Import Styles

    Have You Tried: Import Styles

    Every month we receive great feedback and suggestions from our customers for future Have You Tried articles. This feedback is important and factors into discussions for future articles. Thank you,...

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  • How to Translate PDF SHX Into Mtext

    How to Translate PDF SHX Into Mtext

    In a recent article, I discussed the power of importing vector-based PDF files into AutoCAD. However, there can be one minor challenge. TrueType fonts import fine, but SHX fonts do not—they come...

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  • AutoCAD Viewport Overrides to Change Color, Thickness, and Linetype: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    AutoCAD Viewport Overrides to Change Color, Thickness, and Linetype: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    It has become a goal of mine lately to look for underused functionality in AutoCAD in order to share them with all of you. For today’s tip, I wanted to highlight some viewport specific property...

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  • 10 Things You Need to Know About the AutoCAD Web App

    10 Things You Need to Know About the AutoCAD Web App

    Wondering how to get the most out of the AutoCAD web app? We had Shaun Bryant, Autodesk Expert Elite, join a webinar to share the top 10 things you need to know about the AutoCAD web app. Watch...

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  • How to Import a PDF Into AutoCAD

    How to Import a PDF Into AutoCAD

    AutoCAD has a fantastic tool that allows you to import vector-based PDF geometry into an AutoCAD drawing file. Or, if you already have a PDF attached, you can convert its geometry. Want to learn...

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  • What’s New in AutoCAD 2021? Specialized Toolsets Updates

    What’s New in AutoCAD 2021? Specialized Toolsets Updates

    There’s even more to discover in the new AutoCAD 2021. For this latest installment of the series, we will take a look at the new specialized toolsets updates. Every subscription to AutoCAD 2021...

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  • Have You Tried: Manage and Customize AutoCAD Workspace

    Have You Tried: Manage and Customize AutoCAD Workspace

    This month’s installment of Have You Tried is all about customizing the AutoCAD user interface (UI) using workspaces. There are many ways to customize AutoCAD, some being more complicated than...

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  • Free Access to AutoCAD Web App

    Free Access to AutoCAD Web App

    In this challenging time, Autodesk is seeking to support you and your business through ongoing remote working conditions.

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  • Not-To-Miss AutoCAD Ribbon Tips

    Not-To-Miss AutoCAD Ribbon Tips

    The AutoCAD Ribbon interface has been with us for over a decade now, and it continues to evolve and get better with each release. There are a few tricks up its sleeve that I’d like to talk about...

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  • Explore BLOCKTOXREF Express Tool: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    Explore BLOCKTOXREF Express Tool: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    Previously, we looked at binding and inserting external references in an AutoCAD drawing. But what if you need to re-link the resulting block back to the original reference file? In today’s tip we...

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  • All About the AutoCAD Annotation Monitor

    All About the AutoCAD Annotation Monitor

    Have you ever had little, yellow badges show up next to your dimensions in AutoCAD? It’s a warning that something’s wrong. In fact, this is the visual cue that the dimension has lost its...

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