Where did the Coordinate readout in the AutoCAD status bar go?

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Whenever you first learned AutoCAD, there’s a good chance at least some portion of the class/book included a discussion about the Cartesian coordinate system used throughout AutoCAD. I’ll spare you the details, but to summarize coordinates help us identify the precise location of objects in our drawings. While I would argue coordinates are important for […]

Applying Parametric Constraints to Dynamic Blocks

AutoCAD block libraries can quickly become unwieldy due in part to the need to capture multiple options of what’s effectively the same item. A common example of this is a table that is offered in 6 ft, 8 ft, and 10 ft varieties. Each of these requires it’s own block simply because of the differing lengths. To […]

123D Catch Released for Android

123D Catch for Android

When Project Photofly (now 123D Catch) first debuted on Autodesk Labs I had to check the speedometer on my DeLorean, and look out the window for kids on hoverboards. To my disappointment there was no DeLorean in my driveway, nor kids on hoverboards, but it was now possible to make 3D models from photos taken with […]

Disabling AutoCAD Layer Output when Plotting to PDF

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As the near ubiquitous electronic plotting format, chances are more than one client has asked you for a PDF version of your drawing. Although more robust PDF tools certainly exist, the DWG to PDF.pc3 driver that’s included with AutoCAD is more than sufficient for many users. By default, the out-of-the-box PDF driver includes the layer information from […]

A quick look at the simplest way to share what you know using Autodesk Screencast

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a video worth? For me, video has long been an invaluable tool for supporting end-users first as a CAD manager, and today in my role at CADD Microsystems. I find it possible to record in a minute what might take me five minutes to write […]