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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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  • How to Count Blocks in AutoCAD and Other Measurement Methods

    How to Count Blocks in AutoCAD and Other Measurement Methods

    Almost every project will involve some form of quantification or measuring of data. In this article, we will delve into the many different methods AutoCAD provides to get you quantities for your...

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  • How to Publish in AutoCAD: Part Two

    How to Publish in AutoCAD: Part Two

    In the first of this two-part series, we took a look at the PUBLISH command and an introduction to the dialog. With that baseline, let’s look closer at the rest of the dialog, which is partitioned...

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  • How to Publish in AutoCAD: Part One

    How to Publish in AutoCAD: Part One

    The PUBLISH command allows you to create an electronic or paper set of multiple drawings. This streamlined approach is far superior to plotting individual drawings, especially when there are many...

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  • Have You Tried: Rotate and Scale Objects in AutoCAD By Reference

    Have You Tried: Rotate and Scale Objects in AutoCAD By Reference

    Commonly, a base point and then an angle or a scale factor is specified to rotate or scale selected objects. However, that workflow might not always provide for the best control over the outcome....

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  • AutoCAD 3D Modeling Tips and Tricks: Part Three

    AutoCAD 3D Modeling Tips and Tricks: Part Three

    In the second installment of the AutoCAD 3D modeling tips and tricks series, we began discussing solid modeling. For this final article, let’s go a bit deeper with more on surface modeling,...

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  • How to Convert AutoCAD STB and CTB: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    How to Convert AutoCAD STB and CTB: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    While discussing Lasso selection vs. Window (or Crossing) selection in her Autodesk University Lab, KaDe King describes her two types of AutoCAD users: Press and Draggers or Pick and Clickers....

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  • AutoCAD 3D Modeling Tips and Tricks: Part Two

    AutoCAD 3D Modeling Tips and Tricks: Part Two

    In the first installment of AutoCAD 3D modeling tips and tricks, we discussed wireframe modeling. Although this method of modeling may seem unconventional, if it gets the job done, then, well, it...

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  • Get More Work Done Anywhere With New AutoCAD Web App Features

    Get More Work Done Anywhere With New AutoCAD Web App Features

    It’s another leap in productivity! The AutoCAD web app continues to address the need to do even more based on your continued input. And with improved efficiency and workflows, it’s helping users...

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  • AutoCAD 3D Modeling Tips and Tricks: Part One

    AutoCAD 3D Modeling Tips and Tricks: Part One

    3D modeling has been around in AutoCAD for a long time now. Yet, so many users still are using just regular 2D AutoCAD tools to represent real 3D “things.” In this first of a two-part series, I...

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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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