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60 AutoCAD Tips in 60 Minutes:

60 AutoCAD Tips in 60 Minutes Lynn Allen Autodesk Technical Evangelist

Objective::

Objective: Show you some tips and techniques that will increase your productivity and help you work smarter!

User Interface Tips:

User Interface Tips Workspaces AutoComplete (Tab to cycle) Move Model space/Layout tabs Easy Copy of Layout Tabs New! Drag and Drop to Sheet Set New! New 2D Dashboard New! Status Bar and Tray customization Anchored Palettes Clean Screen (or Ctrl 0) Taskbar to 1 Lock Toolbars Double click toolbars to float Lock/Unlock Viewport on Status Bar New! VP Scale on Status Bar New!

Quick Customizing Tips:

Quick Customizing Tips CUI now customizes the Dashboard New! Drag and drop toolbars to the Dashboard New! Easier to Search and Create New Commands New! Get rid of F1! Quickly create a Tool Palette of your blocks in Design Center Customize the File dialog

Layer Tips :

Layer Tips Layer properties per viewport New! Control of visual properties Easy reset to global properties Customize your Layer Columns New! Deactivate the Status Column to save time Speedy Layer State Manager Access New! Applying Layer States per Viewport New!

Misc. Layer Tips :

Misc. Layer Tips SETBYLAYER New! Layer Isolate now fades layers New! LAYUNISO is back New! Layer Translater (LAYTRANS) Translates layers to a standard (dws, dwg or dwt) Force objects to bylayer LAYWALK (View layers individually) LAYDEL (Delete even the most stubborn layers!)

TimeSavers!:

AutoCAD 2006 SCALELISTEDIT – Plot, Page Setup, Vport toolbar, Properties, etc. JOIN Command (Glue) works on plines , lines, arc, elliptical arcs and splines Use to turn an arc into a circle LAYERFILTERALERT (Set to 3) FILTERS command PEDITACCEPT IMAGEFRAME JPGOUT, BMPOUT, PNGOUT, TIFOUT OVERKILL TimeSavers!

Text Tips:

Text Tips Word Docs maintain spacing, font, etc. New! Text wraps automatically over multiple columns New! Tab styles and paragraph line spacing control for selected lines New! New Spell Checker Improvements Multiline Attributes! New ! Control the Text Sample string (MTJIGSTRING) Click outside of the dialog box to exit command quickly Control+Enter to exit command MTEXT TEXTTOFRONT command

Table Tips:

Table Tips AutoFill available in AutoCAD Tables Tables wrap automatically over multiple columns Insert blocks and text in same cell

Dimensioning tips (all new):

Dimensioning tips (all new) Multiple Leaders Multiple segments Leading or trailing position on text Options for placement of leader with respect to text MLEADERALIGN MLEADERCOllECT DIMBREAK DIMJOGLINE DIMSPACE

Misc. Tips in AutoCAD 2008:

Misc. Tips in AutoCAD 2008 Inverse Xclip Layer control for attached DWF files Create smaller PDFs with DWF PUBLISHCOLLATE – multipage PDF Import/Export DGN Recover for Xrefs

Keys, Keys, Keys:

Keys, Keys, Keys Control+R to cycle through all of your viewports Control+A to select all the objects in your drawing Control to cycle through objects Tab to cycle through object snaps Navigate through layouts with Control+PageUp and Control+PageDown Hold down right mouse button to clear grips Shift for more than one hot grip Arrow up and down through commands Control+Tab to cycle through open drawings OSNAP Tracking to find the center of a box M2P or MTP to find the midpoint between two points

Tip #75: Embed Drawings into PPT!:

Tip #75: Embed Drawings into PPT! Insert menu – Object –> Autodesk DWF Viewer Control Right click on image – Autodesk DWF Viewer Control ->Properties – Select DWF File DWF will only display when the Slide Show is playing

Tip #76 Autodesk Labs: labs.autodesk.com (commandcomplete) :

Tip #76 Autodesk Labs: labs.autodesk.com (commandcomplete)

PowerPoint Presentation:

Supports viewing and plotting of DWG files, and publishing to DWF Batch converts drawings to previous releases Stand alone product – no need for ACAD to be installed Same fidelity as Save as in AutoCAD Conversion of pen widths to line weights and the addition of page setups. www.autodesk.com/trueview Pricing FREE Tip #77: DWG TrueView (now includes True Convert)

Autodesk Design Review 2008:

Autodesk Design Review 2008 www.autodesk.com/designreview Pricing FREE

Tip # 78: Autodesk Design Review 2008:

Tip # 78: Autodesk Design Review 2008 www.autodesk.com/designreview Pricing FREE

Tip # 79: Autodesk Design Review – Drawing Version Compare Feature:

Tip # 79: Autodesk Design Review – Drawing Version Compare Feature Free Download: autodesk.com/designreview Highlight additions/ deletions Select Tools > Compare Browse and load the DWF files Select sheets to overlay and click OK

Tip # 80: Introducing Autodesk Freewheel:

Tip # 80: Introducing Autodesk Freewheel Share designs online - Free Publish DWF Upload & Email Link View & Print 2D & 3D designs online without install software Utilize for drawing catalogs and archives freewheel.autodesk.com

PowerPoint Presentation:

lynn.allen@autodesk.com www.autodesk.com/lynnallen

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