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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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  • Where Was That? Find Drawings With Text in AutoCAD

    Where Was That? Find Drawings With Text in AutoCAD

    The aptly named “And Where Was That?” app available on the Autodesk App Store solves the question it poses. Want to find a drawing, but can only remember some specific text that may be in it? This...

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  • Change Space in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Change Space in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Space. The final frontier. When you think about it, those sci-fi captains and commanders had it easy. They only had one space to explore. We AutoCAD users have it twice as difficult. We have two...

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  • Auto Number in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    Auto Number in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    It’s Tuesday again, and I’m excited to share today’s tip with all of you. We’ll be taking a look at a hidden gem of a tool that’s available in the Express Tools ribbon tab of AutoCAD. As I’ve...

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  • All the Not-to-Miss AutoCAD Events at AU Las Vegas 2019

    All the Not-to-Miss AutoCAD Events at AU Las Vegas 2019

    Hopefully by now, you’ve registered for Autodesk University Las Vegas 2019 and you’re counting down the days to November 19. As you get together your schedule, be sure to check out these...

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  • How to Use Multilines in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    How to Use Multilines in AutoCAD: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Does your workflow have you using the Offset command to create parallel lines often? Perhaps something like plan views of walls, or maybe an item showing a material’s thickness? Do you do it all...

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  • 3D Projection Mapping With AutoCAD

    3D Projection Mapping With AutoCAD

    3D mapping technology–also called 3D projection mapping or spatial augmented reality–is a technology used to project a 2D or 3D object onto a display surface through spatial mapping. 3D mapping is...

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  • Lock Your AutoCAD User Interface: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    Lock Your AutoCAD User Interface: Tuesday Tips With Frank

    It’s no doubt happened to all of us at some point. It often starts with a seemingly innocent phrase like “Here, let me drive.” You know what comes next. You sit back down once the new “driver” is...

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  • App Helps Arrange and Align Objects in AutoCAD

    App Helps Arrange and Align Objects in AutoCAD

    It’s one thing to position and move. But it can be challenging to arrange and align objects in AutoCAD, depending on the complexity. The Arrange app in the Autodesk App Store makes it a bit...

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