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  • Why You Should BURST Your EXPLODE Bubble: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    Why You Should BURST Your EXPLODE Bubble: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    For today’s tip, I want to talk about the BURST command (Express Tool) in AutoCAD and go over the advantages and use cases that I think many of you could benefit from. I feel like many AutoCAD...

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  • Best of AU Videos: Tips to Clean Up Drawings in AutoCAD

    Best of AU Videos: Tips to Clean Up Drawings in AutoCAD

    Many AutoCAD devotees excitedly anticipate KaDe King’s great sessions at Autodesk University. Luckily, you can tap into her knowledge and insights from the comfort of your own home, office, or...

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  • Have You Tried: Status Bar in AutoCAD

    Have You Tried: Status Bar in AutoCAD

    The status bar in AutoCAD is one of those areas in the application window that everyone uses, but might not fully understand or get the most out of it. For example, did you know it can be...

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  • Cool AutoCAD Grip Tips

    Cool AutoCAD Grip Tips

    Working throughout the day, I am constantly doing little things that save me lots of time. In this post, let’s look at a handful of grip tips that save me a lot of time and I use every day....

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  • Construction Line in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Construction Line in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    During a recent training session, I found myself explaining to a student that sometimes you might need to apply board drafting techniques during your work. Now don’t get me wrong, AutoCAD has so...

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  • Free Scatter App for AutoCAD

    Free Scatter App for AutoCAD

    The Autodesk App Store includes a variety of apps for AutoCAD that can make your life a little easier or even broaden your use of the software. The free Scatter app does both by using a random...

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  • Shortcuts to Bring Annotations to Front: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Shortcuts to Bring Annotations to Front: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    I love to find handy shortcuts in AutoCAD. Many can be found in the Express Tools, while others are a part of the core program, but find themselves hidden in the CUI. We’re going to find some of...

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  • One-Man Custom Cabinet and Furniture Shop Relies on AutoCAD LT for Mac

    One-Man Custom Cabinet and Furniture Shop Relies on AutoCAD LT for Mac

    Jason Parker of Oak & Ash Woodcraft doesn’t shy away from any project. Whether it’s finding creative solutions for shelving, dining tables, or kitchen installations, Parker is passionate about...

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  • Using Remote Text in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    Using Remote Text in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    In my tip today I wanted to highlight an older Express Tool that tends to get overlooked by many users: Remote Text (RTEXT command). It has been made less popular in some aspects by Fields (you...

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  • Real-World Example of Using 2D Constraints in AutoCAD

    Real-World Example of Using 2D Constraints in AutoCAD

    AutoCAD has had 2D geometric and dimensional constraints for a while, but most drafters don’t leverage their functionality in everyday use. I sometimes think it is because they can’t think of an...

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  • Have You Tried: Using the UCS for 2D Drafting

    Have You Tried: Using the UCS for 2D Drafting

    Have you ever wondered what that thing is in the lower-left corner of the drawing area? Or maybe you know it’s the UCS (User Coordinate System) icon but because you don’t create 3D models, then...

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  • Map 3D Toolset Tools for Regular AutoCAD Objects [Part Three]: Transform and Rubber Sheet

    Map 3D Toolset Tools for Regular AutoCAD Objects [Part Three]: Transform and Rubber Sheet

    In our last installment of the series on time-saving Map 3D toolset tools, we will explore Transform and Rubber Sheet. Transforming and Rubber Sheeting Both the Transform and the Rubber Sheet...

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  • Best of AU Videos: Learn How to Use Specialized Toolsets Included with AutoCAD

    Best of AU Videos: Learn How to Use Specialized Toolsets Included with AutoCAD

    No matter the project—whether it’s mechanical or electrical or for a plant or a new home—AutoCAD includes all of the functionality of specialized toolsets for you to get the job done. At Autodesk...

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  • Change Case and Express Tools: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Change Case and Express Tools: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    I won’t mention the actual year, but by the time I had gone through all my drafting and design classes in high school and college, I had all but forgotten how to print lowercase letters. It was...

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  • Map 3D Toolset Tools for Regular AutoCAD Objects [Part Two]: Boundary Trim

    Map 3D Toolset Tools for Regular AutoCAD Objects [Part Two]: Boundary Trim

    In the second installment of our series on time-saving tools in the Map 3D toolset, we’ll take a look at some additional cleaning up. Be sure to check out the first article that will set you up...

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  • Discover the Learn Page in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Discover the Learn Page in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Recently, I wrote about some spring cleaning tips, but spring had even more in store. The new version of AutoCAD 2020 was launched on March 27. Hopefully, you’ve installed it already, but if not,...

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  • Map 3D Toolset Tools for Regular AutoCAD Objects [Part One]: Clean a “Dirty” Drawing

    Map 3D Toolset Tools for Regular AutoCAD Objects [Part One]: Clean a “Dirty” Drawing

    The Map 3D toolset has some great tools that help you work with regular AutoCAD objects. Best of all, these tools save you tons of time. In this three-part series, we’ll explore how to remove...

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  • You’re in Control With Selection Cycling in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    You’re in Control With Selection Cycling in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Have you ever tried to select an object, but AutoCAD selects something else instead? When there is more than one thing within your pickbox, your selection becomes a box of chocolates (you never...

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  • How to Use AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT in a Virtual Environment

    How to Use AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT in a Virtual Environment

    In today’s fast-paced environment, it can be challenging to keep up with rapidly changing hardware and software requirements. Many Autodesk products, including AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, can be used...

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  • Staying Aligned – Using the ALIGN Command: Tuesday Tips with Brandon

    Staying Aligned – Using the ALIGN Command: Tuesday Tips with Brandon

    Every once in a while, I’ll be working with someone on a project or helping out a junior designer with a drawing, and I’ll mention trying a command that I think will be helpful in a particular...

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