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Going External with References in AutoCAD 2006

In AutoCAD, an xref, or external reference, is a reference to another, external file — one outside the current drawing — that you can make act as though it's part of your drawing. Technically, a reference [more…]

Using AutoCAD DesignCenter

DesignCenter is a dumb name for a useful, if somewhat busy, palette. The DesignCenter palette is handy for mining data from all kinds of drawings. Whereas the Properties palette is concerned with object [more…]

Setting a Grid in AutoCAD 2007

AutoCAD's grid is a set of evenly spaced, visible dots that serve as a visual distance reference. The grid (by default) also indicates how far the drawing limits extend. AutoCAD's [more…]

Defining Arcs in AutoCAD 2008

AutoCAD 2008 offers you an easy way to define arcs: Just specify three points on-screen. These points tell AutoCAD where to start the arc, how much to curve it, and where to end it. The trouble is that [more…]

AutoCAD LT 2005: The Defining Difference

AutoCAD LT is one of the better deals around — a shining example of the old 80/20 rule: roughly 80 percent of the capabilities of AutoCAD for roughly 20 percent of the money. Like AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT runs [more…]

Exercising Creativity with AutoCAD 2005 Templates

When you start AutoCAD 2005 with its desktop shortcut or from the Windows Start menu, AutoCAD creates a new, blank drawing based on the default template drawing [more…]

Accessing Libraries of Materials in AutoCAD 2008

AutoCAD 2008 comes with a large number of predefined materials that are organized into libraries. You can also build your own material library from the materials that you create and use for your 3D models [more…]

Getting to Know 3D Features in AutoCAD 2007

Two new features in AutoCAD 2007 help you get your 3D feet wet: the 3D Modeling workspace and the Dashboard. Before you start making stuff or even start looking at already-made stuff, it's important to [more…]

Degenerating and Regenerating in AutoCAD

The image of your drawing that you see displayed on the AutoCAD screen may seem like a simple thing — after all, AutoCAD just has to paint the lines and other objects on the screen as you draw them, right [more…]

Rendering with Presets in AutoCAD 2008

The rendering presets in AutoCAD 2008 simplifies the process by helping you find the perfect combination of settings to make your 3D model look great. AutoCAD comes with five standard render presets that [more…]

Relating AutoCAD 2005 to DWG Details

AutoCAD has been around a long time — since 1982. AutoCAD ushered in the transition from really expensivemainframe and minicomputer CAD systems costing tens of thousands of dollars to [more…]

Creating a Table in AutoCAD 2007

You don't know the meaning of the word tedious unless you've tried to create a column-and-row data table in older versions of AutoCAD with the Line and DTEXT commands. AutoCAD's table object and the TABLESTYLE [more…]

Copying Existing Dimension Styles in AutoCAD 2008

If you're lucky enough to work in an office where someone has set up dimension styles that are appropriate for your industry and project, you can copy it and thereby avoid having to create your own dimension [more…]

Having Words with Your AutoCAD 2005 Drawings

In AutoCAD, adding text to a drawing is only slightly more complicated than adding it to a word processing document. Here are the steps:

1. Create a new AutoCAD text style, or select an existing style, [more…]

Keeping Tabs on Palettes in AutoCAD 2008

AutoCAD 2008 contains more than a dozen palettes (more than a half-dozen in AutoCAD LT). Palettes, or modeless dialog boxes as the geekier types prefer to call them, made their debut in AutoCAD 2004 and [more…]

Sizing Up the AutoCAD 2005 Status Bar

The status bar appears at the bottom of the AutoCAD screen. The status bar displays and enables you to change several important settings that affect how you draw and edit in the current drawing. Some of [more…]

Using AutoCAD LT 2005 DesignCenter

DesignCenter is a dumb name for a useful, if somewhat busy, palette. The DesignCenter palette is handy for mining data from all kinds of drawings. Whereas the Properties palette is concerned with object [more…]

Keeping Your AutoCAD Files Intact

Although it can take many hours or days (or weeks) to accomplish a large chunk productive work in AutoCAD, you can accidentally undo it all (and that of your colleagues!) in minutes. Follow these guidelines [more…]

Getting Your Kicks with AutoCAD 2006

AutoCAD 2006 can save files as far back as AutoCAD 2000 format. If you need to go back farther than that (say, for a die-hard client still using Release 14), you can save to the R12 DXF format, which AutoCAD [more…]

Using Dockable Windows in AutoCAD 2008

AutoCAD's dockable windows (or palettes) enable you to access settings and options without having to close them when you're done. AutoCAD comes with 14 dockable windows, and you can launch most of them [more…]

Choosing an Editing Style in AutoCAD 2006

Editing objects is the flip side of creating them, and in AutoCAD 2006, you spend a lot of time editing — far more than drawing objects from scratch. That's partly because the design and drafting process [more…]

AutoCAD 2011’s Top Keyboard Shortcuts

Over AutoCAD’s 25-year existence, the one input method that’s remained constant is typing into the command line. Most experienced AutoCAD users find typing command aliases and entering Ctrl+key combinations [more…]

AutoCAD 2011's Drawing Scale and Limits Chart: Feet and Inches

It's not a bad idea to set limits for your AutoCAD 2011 drawing. 'Limits in AutoCAD represent the rectangular working area that you'll draw in, which usually corresponds to the paper size. Setting limits [more…]

AutoCAD 2011’s Drawing Scale and Limits Charts: Millimeters

It’s not a bad idea to set limits for your AutoCAD drawing. The limits represent the rectangular working area that you’ll draw in, which usually corresponds to the paper size. Setting AutoCAD's limits [more…]

AutoCAD 2011 Drawing Setup Roadmap

Drawing setup in AutoCAD 2011 can seem a little complicated before you get used to it. The following table lists ten fundamental AutoCAD setup commands in the order you probably use them, explains what [more…]

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