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  • Plex.Earth Timeviews Provides New Access for Satellite Images in AutoCAD

    Plex.Earth Timeviews Provides New Access for Satellite Images in AutoCAD

    Plexscape’s Plex.Earth is a longtime, popular favorite for using AutoCAD with Google Earth, Google Maps, and more. Now, they have released Timeviews, an incredible new feature in Plex.Earth that...

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  • I’m BATTMAN: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    I’m BATTMAN: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Thank goodness the powers that be at Autodesk named the Block Attribute Manager as they did. BLAM, or BLATTMGR (Blat Merger?) just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Today’s tip must be spoken with...

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  • AutoCAD New Year’s Resolutions: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    AutoCAD New Year’s Resolutions: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Happy 2020 to all of you from the Tuesday Tips team at the AutoCAD blog! We’re about a week into the new year, which is usually just enough time for those pesky resolutions to be forgotten. You...

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  • App Makes AutoCAD Renaming Easier

    App Makes AutoCAD Renaming Easier

    According to one customer of BlackBox Right Click Rename, it makes “renaming blocks a piece of cake.” With its many raves, this app for AutoCAD renaming seems to be a true must-have. So what’s it...

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  • Latest News and New Features for the AutoCAD Map 3D Toolset

    Latest News and New Features for the AutoCAD Map 3D Toolset

    With the release of AutoCAD 2019, Autodesk brought together industry-specific features and capabilities for architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical design, and more into the AutoCAD...

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  • Have You Tried: Viewing 3D Models in AutoCAD

    Have You Tried: Viewing 3D Models in AutoCAD

    Have you ever received a 3D model for your review and struggled with trying to rotate it to the view you want? Maybe you only work on 2D drawings and are not familiar with the techniques used for...

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  • Grip Editing: The Alternative Modify Tool

    Grip Editing: The Alternative Modify Tool

    Most AutoCAD users are completely aware of the standard AutoCAD modify commands (e.g., Move, Copy, Rotate, Scale, etc.). But did you know there is another way to modify AutoCAD objects that is...

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  • Best of AutoCAD Tuesday Tips 2019

    Best of AutoCAD Tuesday Tips 2019

    For years, the AutoCAD blog’s Tuesday Tips has always been a fan favorite. 2019 was no exception to that fact. With a slew of new tips, advice, and options, we’re always looking to uncover those...

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  • AutoCAD News in 2019

    AutoCAD News in 2019

    Can you believe we’re already on the verge of an entirely new decade in just a few short weeks? In light of that, we wanted to take a look back at all of the great AutoCAD news in 2019. We can’t...

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  • AutoCAD Cheat Codes: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    AutoCAD Cheat Codes: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    I once compared AutoCAD to chess in this article. I’ve also heard it being compared to a video game, and I can see that as well. I like that comparison, as there is a similarity between them you...

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  • World’s Tallest Volumetric Modular Hotel Will Soon Rise With AutoCAD in the DNA

    World’s Tallest Volumetric Modular Hotel Will Soon Rise With AutoCAD in the DNA

    Anyone at AU this week will surely take note as AutoCAD customer Skystone enters the limelight. Autodesk News unveiled that the New York-based contractor will soon erect the world’s tallest...

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  • Have You Tried: Pre-scaled Layout Viewports

    Have You Tried: Pre-scaled Layout Viewports

    We’ve streamlined the way you create layout viewports. In the past, there were several steps you needed to follow to insert a view from model space onto a layout and get it sized correctly. This...

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  • App Relieves the Pain of Repetitive AutoCAD Polylines and Splines

    App Relieves the Pain of Repetitive AutoCAD Polylines and Splines

    Finding yourself repeatedly creating AutoCAD polylines and splines over and over again? There’s actually an app to speed up the process. Available on the Autodesk App Store as a free download,...

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  • AutoCAD Quick Select: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    AutoCAD Quick Select: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Let’s face it, some things in life are more complicated than others. Flying an airplane is much more complex than flying a kite. Sometimes object selection in AutoCAD can get complex. Single...

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  • AutoCAD Options Dialog Box Explained: Part Two

    AutoCAD Options Dialog Box Explained: Part Two

    In our last article, we discussed the basics of the Options dialog box and how you can navigate it. In part two of our series, we will delve into some of the specifics of the settings that allow...

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  • 4 Ways to Lock AutoCAD Viewports: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    4 Ways to Lock AutoCAD Viewports: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Remember when you first started using AutoCAD? Every action you performed was new and required some thought before you did them. Then, in time, things got easier and habits began to form. Some...

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  • Communicate Design Intent, Improve Design Quality, Reduce Costs With AutoCAD

    Communicate Design Intent, Improve Design Quality, Reduce Costs With AutoCAD

    I have spent over ten years on the architectural side of the building industry working at a variety of scales, from private residences to a Federal courthouse to large community hospitals. No...

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  • Have You Tried: Manage References Outside AutoCAD

    Have You Tried: Manage References Outside AutoCAD

    Receiving drawing files from a client or subcontractor can sometimes be tricky if they include external references. When you open a drawing file, a dialog box like this might pop up informing you...

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  • AutoCAD Options Dialog Box Explained: Part One

    AutoCAD Options Dialog Box Explained: Part One

    The Options dialog box is the “guts” of AutoCAD. I always tell users (and IT folks who don’t understand CAD) that AutoCAD is not like any other software application. AutoCAD contains thousands of...

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  • How to Use AutoCAD Groups: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    How to Use AutoCAD Groups: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Have your ever found yourself needing to perform multiple operations on a set of objects? Is it not a simple selection method? Maybe you just want to associate certain objects with others? You may...

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