The time has come...(it's taken it's own sweet time I might add!). My annual AutoCAD Tips and Tricks booklet is filled with all those nifty commands and system variables you need to know to get the most out of AutoCAD 2015! Download it...share with your friends...give it to your dad for Father's Day (so much better than a tie!)
Most of us use multiple layout tabs in our drawings (or at least one!) AutoCAD 2015 makes it easier than ever to add in more layout tabs while still giving you a little extra drawing real estate (and we all want more room for our drawings...correct?)...Check out how easy it is below!
Talk about the ultimate backup system...Autodesk 360 makes it easy to save your drawing files, Revit files, Inventor files, etc to your Autodesk 360 account while still saving your file to your local destination.
It all happens automatically (after you set the proper settings up in your Autodesk software) and it is all free free free! Just use the Online tab in Options to set up the automatic save.
Everyone gets 5 GB of free storage - and you lucky subscribers get 25!
AutoCAD 2015 has added a cool new gray interface that will make it easier than ever on your eyes. Stats prove that staring at a bright white screen all day isn't good for you - give those lovely peepers a break! I love this new addition - and while it was different at first - now I can't imagine living without it.
AutoCAD 2015 also added in some awesome line-smoothing so we can finally get rid of those pesky jagged diagonal lines! Circles will be nice and round - just as they were intended to be!
And if you aren't into gray (although please give it a try first) - I'll show you how to put it back. Check out my video for more info!
If you're like me - you've customized your AutoCAD environment to work the way you want to work. You set up your profiles in Options, you've personalized a workspace and maybe event customized your menu. Or how about your tool palettes - maybe some custom linetypes or icon? Do you shudder at the thought of losing all this awesome customization?
With AutoCAD 360 you can save all of your valuable AutoCAD settings to the cloud! Check out my latest Cadalyst video to see how easy it is to save your settings to your Autodesk 360 account and pull those settings down to any AutoCAD...anywhere! Just imagine that!
I, for one, like my drawings neat and tidy (my mother would be so proud!). I don't want any extra objects laying around and slowing me down...I just want to go fast, fast, fast! When it comes to drawing clean-up - the JOIN command comes running to the rescue!
Check out my latest Cadalyst video and you'll be off and running with faster, cleaner drawings in no time! (and your mom will be proud too!).
Who needs Mr. Clean with awesome drawing cleanup tools like JOIN?
Are you one of those cutting edge designers who waits with baited breath for the next release of AutoCAD? Have you been perusing all the blogs and tweets to get all the latest information on AutoCAD 2015? Well if you want to see AutoCAD 2015 "Lynn Allen" style - be sure to join me on Wednesday for my first AutoCAD 2015 presentation courtesy of Novedge!
Of course articles and videos to come...see you (virtually) there!
AutoCAD 2014 had some big features like improved Geolocation, improved point cloud support with ReCap and Design Feed. My favorite features by far are the lesser known, everyday productivity enhancements that add up to less tedium and faster designs. Cadalyst Magazine recently published my article on Eleven Efficiency Boosters for AutoCAD - if you're on AutoCAD 2014 I highly encourage you to take a look!
Eleven Efficiency Boosters for AutoCAD
Circles and Lines: High-profile features are nice, but these subtle improvements will really enhance your productivity.
Figure 1. The Layer list on the ribbon now extends the full height of the user's screen.
The big, shiny new AutoCAD 2014 features may get all the attention, but you and I know that it's often the more subtle enhancements that turn out to be the most valuable. Remove just one step from a process you do all the time, and you'll notice an instant bump in productivity. In this edition of "Circles and Lines," I'll cover some of the less flashy, but still valuable new features inside AutoCAD 2014.
1. Draw arcs clockwise. For as long as I can remember, AutoCAD has preferred to draw arcs counterclockwise. That was the way of the world — and we all just dealt with it! In AutoCAD 2014, changing the direction of an arc is as easy as holding down the Control key.
2. Fillet an open polyline. Have you ever tried to fillet an open polyline to itself? It was impossible — until now! AutoCAD 2014 is more than happy to let you do this, the end result being a single closed polyline.
3. Nicely numbered layers. AutoCAD has also learned to count! You'll find that numbered layer names are now listed in their natural order, such as 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 21, and 25, as opposed to listing them as 1, 10, 2, 21, 25, 4, and 5. And if you're wondering whether there is a system variable to control this feature (for those of you who've already succumbed to AutoCAD's inability to count), I'm afraid not. Maybe that will come in the next release.
AutoCAD 2012 introduced a few stellar productivity enhancements - some are well known while others definitely remained under the radar. Adding in an Array option to the COPY command fell under the latter category - but is definitely a powerful tool to be aware of!
How many times have you gone into the COPY command and wanted to copy objects a specific distance apart...over and over again? The ARRAY command would do the trick - it's just a bit overkill sometimes. Enter the cool stealth Array option in the COPY command. Check out my Cadalyst video for more info on how this feature works!