Author Archives: AutoCAD Tips

About AutoCAD Tips

This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.

LISP version of Closest Distance Between Two Objects

The previous tip showcased a command that is available in Civil 3D that lets you find the closest distance between 2 objects and even draws a line at the closest points. Here is a LISP routine that lets you do … Continue reading

Posted in AutoLISP, AutoLISP: Creating, AutoLISP: Dimensions, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Civil 3D: Closest Distance Between Two Objects

There are so many useful drafting tools within Civil 3D, many of which could be great additions to “vanilla” AutoCAD. Today’s post will be the first of many helpful tools found in Civil 3D and if possible, I will post … Continue reading

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Civil 3D 2017: Restore Missing Style Drop-Down Lists

Well, I am currently a (novice) Civil 3D user, and I do a lot of annotating. But I noticed that when I need to change styles for Multileaders and Tables, the drop-down list in the ribbon is missing. The obvious … Continue reading

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Lisp: Delete Extra Annotative Scales from Objects

This routine has helped me many times when receiving drawings from others that include annotative blocks and text, you may not need as many scales that are applied to these annotative objects. Everything looks fine with the received file shown … Continue reading

Posted in AutoLISP, AutoLISP: Text, Modifying | 1 Comment

Import PDF Geometery

New in AutoCAD 2017 is the much-needed ability to import PDFs. This new feature will import geometry and True Type Fonts (.ttf) only. If your PDF file contains fonts that use an .shx font, that text will be imported as … Continue reading

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CAD Bloggers at Autodesk University

Once again I have been luck enough to attend Autodesk University. It is always a great time to meet fellow CAD nerds from around the world and especially catch up and meet fellow CAD bloggers. I thought it would be … Continue reading

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Load A Linetype

Here is a simple explanation for how to load a linetype. I decided to demonstrate how to do so for an appropriate layer but a line type can be loaded from the “Properties” panel as well. Here’s how: In the … Continue reading

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