So Autodesk released AutoCAD 2012 yesterday (March 22). While I think that every release of AutoCAD has its strengths and weaknesses, I think that this year’s release (to be honest) is just another release with some minor tweaks. One major tweak that is going to make a lot of people mad is the ARRAY tool. The ARRAY tool no longer has a dialog box and is hard to understand to be honest. There are free lisp routines on the internet that are more intuitive and easier to learn than the new array tool.
But for today, let’s look at a new option that is within AutoCAD 2012’s COPY tool.
You now have the option to do a linear array while in the middle of the COPY command as seen bellow.
To do this:
- COPY <enter>
- Select objects <enter>
- Specify BasePoint
- A <enter> for array
- Specify the number of items to array (I chose 6 for this example)
- F <etner> to fit these arrayed objects between the base point and the end point that I choose.
- Pick the endpoint
Now there are six copies of the circle evenly distributed between 2 points