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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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  • Have You Tried: Adding Labels and Callouts With Multileaders

    Have You Tried: Adding Labels and Callouts With Multileaders

    Some of the most common annotations in a drawing are labels and callouts. These convey various types of information and identifications depending on their content and symbology. The most advanced...

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  • Ready, Set, Action! Learn How to Create Action Macros in AutoCAD

    Ready, Set, Action! Learn How to Create Action Macros in AutoCAD

    Action macros are a series of actions (commands) that you record and can be played back in an active drawing. You use the Action Recorder to save the commands as an action macro (.ACTM file)....

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  • How to Use Dynamic Scale Bars in AutoCAD and the Map 3D Toolset: Tuesday Tips with Brandon

    How to Use Dynamic Scale Bars in AutoCAD and the Map 3D Toolset: Tuesday Tips with Brandon

    In today’s tip I wanted to share another one of the many great features included in the Map 3D toolset that is available with your AutoCAD subscription. As I mentioned in my last Tuesday Tip...

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  • Now Open! Register for Autodesk University Las Vegas 2019

    Now Open! Register for Autodesk University Las Vegas 2019

    Autodesk University Las Vegas 2019 is only a couple months away. Will we see you there? We sure hope so! Registration is now officially open. Taking place November 19-21 along with pre-conferences...

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  • Add Multileaders to a Tool Palette for Real Automation: Tuesday Tips With Seth

    Add Multileaders to a Tool Palette for Real Automation: Tuesday Tips With Seth

    In last week’s Tuesday Tips, I discussed how multileaders are controlled by styles and how you can create custom multileaders to automate your notes. Now, let’s turn our attention to obtaining...

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  • Multileader Style and Creating Custom Multileaders: Tuesday Tips With Seth

    Multileader Style and Creating Custom Multileaders: Tuesday Tips With Seth

    We all add notes (multileaders) to our drawings. Notes can convey anything from how something should be built, to designating a spec that needs to be followed for construction. Many users just use...

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  • Best of AU Videos: Tips for Linetypes in AutoCAD

    Best of AU Videos: Tips for Linetypes in AutoCAD

    If you’re using AutoCAD, you’re using linetypes. But there’s more to linetypes than you might expect. In the video for the “Leveraging Linetypes in AutoCAD” instructional demo at Autodesk...

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  • Have You Tried: Faster Zooming and Panning in AutoCAD

    Have You Tried: Faster Zooming and Panning in AutoCAD

    Because you frequently zoom and pan when working in drawings, it’s important to be as efficient as possible with these operations. Even small improvements add up over time. There are also some...

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  • App Helps You Set Your Boundaries in AutoCAD

    App Helps You Set Your Boundaries in AutoCAD

    We all need to set boundaries in one way or another. But, in AutoCAD, that is especially true. With the TotalBoundary (Pro) plugin available on the Autodesk App Store, you can quickly and easily...

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  • Always Know Your Way With Dynamic North Arrows: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    Always Know Your Way With Dynamic North Arrows: Tuesday Tips With Brandon

    In today’s tip, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite features in the Map 3D toolset that is available with your AutoCAD subscription. One great benefit to the newer subscription model of...

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  • AutoCAD 2020.1 and AutoCAD LT 2020.1 Update Now Available

    AutoCAD 2020.1 and AutoCAD LT 2020.1 Update Now Available

    The AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2020.1 update offers new software enhancements and tools to simplify your workflows and improve productivity. Here’s what you need to know about the first update to...

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