Monthly Archives: February 2011

Easy Way To Speed Up Your Computer

With a simple setting change, my computer is easily twice as fast. AutoCAD starts up about 3 times faster and when working on projects in AutoCAD, Revit & SketchUP I have noticed an amazing difference. To do this, you need … Continue reading

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Rotating your UCS

Thanks to LIZ for this tip. Hope it helps… If you’ve had a drawing that isn’t completely based around 90 degree angles, this tip will halp you from tilting your head and straining you neck… The drawing shown above has … Continue reading

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Line-Type Scale

When you are in Model-Space, and place a dashed line, you may not see the dashed line. In order to see the dashed line, you need to adjust the LTSCALE (Line Type Scale). The scale factor that you set when … Continue reading

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Tab thru Layout Tabs

Here’s a quick tip: Hold the CTRL button and then hit the PAGE-UP or PAGE-DOWN buttons to “tab” through your layout tabs.

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Copy, Re-order, and Rename Layout tabs

Here is a quick tip. After you have your layout setup the way that you want, as in the previous post, you can simply copy the layout tab and modify the viewport and text accordingly. This will save you a … Continue reading

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Adding a new Layout

Creating layouts and viewports have been around for a while; Viewports were introduced in Release 12 (1992), even though they functioned differently than what is commonly used as viewports today… The Layout function was introduced in Release 2000 (1999). So they … Continue reading

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Block Count

Here’s a way to count the blocks in your drawing. Use the command BCOUNT and you can individually select blocks, use a window selection or type ALL at the command line and every block in your drawing will be selected. … Continue reading

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Moving Around In Your Text

This is a little tip that will help you move around text. It works in AutoCAD and Word and I even tested while in my blog text editor and it works. If you would like to move your cursor to … Continue reading

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1525_Blue_Jay1 1525_Blue_Jay2 I am currently looking for a possible job in drafting and thought that I would post some past projects here for anyone who is considering hiring a drafter. This project was for a house that I saw online. … Continue reading

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Point Size

If you have ever been frustrated with the size of POINTs in your drawing, there is an easy way to change the size and the way they appear in your drawing. The command is DDPTYPE and it will open a … Continue reading

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