A friendly reminder that you can download my AutoCAD 2009 Tips and Tricks booklet by hitting the promo box over on the left side of my blog! This is a short and sweet booklet that is basically "Just the facts, Maam". Read a page a day and you'll have yourself up to speed on AutoCAD 2009 in no time! As I mentioned I am also working on the AutoCAD LT version of the same booklet and I'll be sure to post that as well when it's finished.
Have you signed up for my Cadalyst Tips and Tricks Tuesdays videos yet? Here you'll find some quick tips you can watch (especially nice if you are in a time crunch).
I'm going to continue writing about another standard AutoCAD command that made its way into AutoCAD LT 2009. Even if you are an AutoCAD user, it doesn't help to get a quick refresher on the feature.
Finally...AutoCAD LT 2009 has Nonrectangular Viewports!
Ok...we are really spoiled in AutoCAD. We've been able to create nonrectangular viewports since AutoCAD 2000! You AutoCAD LT users, however, have been forced to live with those plain old boring rectangular viewports. Well welcome to the 21st century! Now, AutoCAD LT 2009 give you the power to create all the funky shaped viewports you want!.
You can create nonrectangular viewports in the MVIEW command by selecting the Polygonal or Object option. Polygonal lets you select the points that make up the viewport boundary (much like creating a polyline). The Object option lets you select an existing closed object created in paper space such as a circle, ellipse or spline.
You can also clip an existing viewport with a nonrectangular boundary. Objects used for clipping can include a closed polyline, circle, spline, or ellipse.
You LT users will really enjoy this new option...I'm so glad it finally made its way into LT!