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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 With New Web App Program

    Free Access to AutoCAD Web App With New Web App Program

    In this challenging time, Autodesk is seeking to support you and your business through ongoing remote working conditions. Beginning July 1, 2020, Autodesk is offering the new Web App Program so...

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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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  • 7 Tips for Working With DWG Reference Files

    7 Tips for Working With DWG Reference Files

    In almost every project, you will need to reference some sort of files. Of course, the files you reference will be AutoCAD files (.DWG), but sometimes these file types could be .PDF, .DGN, point...

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  • Time-Saving Tips for Centerlines and Center Marks in AutoCAD

    Time-Saving Tips for Centerlines and Center Marks in AutoCAD

    Perhaps you aren’t yet aware of a couple of easy-to-use, time-saving annotation features: Centerlines and Center Marks. Let’s take a look at how these can make a difference right away in your...

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  • Three Quick Ways to Clean Up an AutoCAD Drawing: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    Three Quick Ways to Clean Up an AutoCAD Drawing: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    Today, we’re going to take a look at one of the keys to being productive when working with AutoCAD in general—it’s a clean drawing. A clean drawing is smaller, easier to work with, and less likely...

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  • Have You Tried: Add Hyperlinks to DWG Files

    Have You Tried: Add Hyperlinks to DWG Files

    This month we delivered another Have You Tried that we think you’ll really like. Have you ever thought it would be great if you could create a link from a plumbing fixture in a floor plan or from...

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  • What’s New in AutoCAD 2021? Blocks Palette Enhancements

    What’s New in AutoCAD 2021? Blocks Palette Enhancements

    It’s time for another installment of our series on the key features and enhancements available in AutoCAD 2021 and AutoCAD LT 2021! Let’s take a look at what’s new with the Blocks palette. Blocks...

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  • How to Save Screen Space in AutoCAD

    How to Save Screen Space in AutoCAD

    With the coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting communities, families, and people around the world, this is a challenging time for all of us. Many people are adapting to a remote work environment that...

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  • What’s New in AutoCAD 2021? Xref Compare

    What’s New in AutoCAD 2021? Xref Compare

    We’re back with the next installment of our series about the new features and enhancements now available in AutoCAD 2021 and AutoCAD LT 2021! Let’s take a look at the new Xref Compare. Xref...

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  • Layout Tools in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Layout Tools in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll confirm I’m a big fan of AutoCAD’s Express Tools. Not only are they major time savers, but they also serve as inspiration for this AutoLISP coder. I’ve written...

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  • What’s New in AutoCAD 2021? Drawing History

    What’s New in AutoCAD 2021? Drawing History

    AutoCAD 2021 and AutoCAD LT 2021 are chock full of new features and improvements to make you more productive and efficient every day. In this series, we’ll take a look at a few of the exciting new...

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  • Free Extended Access for AutoCAD Web and Mobile

    Free Extended Access for AutoCAD Web and Mobile

    Autodesk is keeping a close eye on the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the global community. To better support customers facing the new reality of a remote work environment and an...

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  • AutoCAD 2021 Is Here: See What’s Inside

    AutoCAD 2021 Is Here: See What’s Inside

    AutoCAD 2021 is full of new features built for the way you work and automation to boost your productivity in the process. A subscription to AutoCAD including specialized toolsets gives you access...

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  • Have You Tried: eTransmit in AutoCAD

    Have You Tried: eTransmit in AutoCAD

    Have you ever sent what you thought was a complete set of drawing files to a client or subcontractor only to have them ask for missing information like plot styles, fonts, xrefs, or other drawing...

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  • Tips to Easily Create Overall Site Layout Sheets in AutoCAD

    Tips to Easily Create Overall Site Layout Sheets in AutoCAD

    I recently completed a water sewer project—and if you’ve never done a water sewer project, it’s a lot of sheets. Due to the long nature of this type of project and the design containing many bends...

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  • Bind Vs. Insert Xrefs in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips with Brandon

    Bind Vs. Insert Xrefs in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips with Brandon

    As I’ve shown in previous Tuesday Tips articles, I like to share tips that bring attention to lesser known commands as well as clarity or real-life examples to actions that can be a little...

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