Monthly Archives: December 2010

Adding Text to your Dim

I have seen a few Lisp routines that allow you to add a line of text under your dimension. I thought that it would be helpful to show that you don’t need a lisp routine to do this. You just … Continue reading

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Hatch Boundary in 2011

If you have ever erased a hatch boundary before you’ll appreciate this tip. Simply select the hatch whose boundary has been erased Right-click and select “Generate Boundary” as seen below. This will recreate the boundary as it was originally created.

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Easy Text Masks for 2011

Here’s a quickie If you have text that is overlapping objects and you don’t want these objects intruding your text space…. <TEXTMASK> will start the command. Simply select the text objects that you want to have a mask. And when … Continue reading

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Express Tools for ACAD Architecture 2011

Yet, another program that’s not vanilla AutoCAD but still relavent. In AutoCAD Architecture 2011, you may have noticed that after installation, there are no Express Tools. I realized that after I installed the program that I forgot to install the … Continue reading

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Parallel OSNAP

many people know that there is a “Parallel” osnap, but do you know how to use it? Here’s how… With the Parallel osnap turned on: Specify the starting point of the line Hover over the line that you want to … Continue reading

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In Defense of the Ribbon

In Defense of the RIBBON In the past year, I have made the switch to AutoCAD’s ribbon interface. I would show up to class and changed my workspace to the classic interface with the lovely toolbars. I would look at … Continue reading

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Presenting Your Dimensional Constraints

If you have played around with dimensional constraints, you have noticed that they look very different than regular dimensions. In fact, they are so different that they are not presentable. Well… they will be presentable after reading this tutorial. First, … Continue reading

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Augi Forums OOPS!!!

If you have ever used google or yahoo to look for solutions for your AutoCAD needs, you have most likely been referred to the AUGI.com forums. When you do a search and see an augi forum link, don’t bother with … Continue reading

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Add Selected

If you have used Revit or AutoCAD Architecture, you may know of the “Add Selected” command. Well, in AutoCAD 2011 we get this awesome command. What’s so special about it? Especially for the lazy drafter or if you’ve ever received … Continue reading

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Copy with Base-Point

have you ever needed to copy an object from drawing to drawing but were annoyed with not being able to specify a basepoint? Well you probably used CTRL+C to copy and CTRL+V to paste, right? Try using CTRL+SHIFT+C to copy. … Continue reading

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