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Author: Donnie Gladfelter

Celebrating 10 Years Of The CAD Geek

Ten Years Blogging I published my very first post to The CAD Geek in January 2006. It’s now February 2016, and my humble corner of the Internet has appeared in web browsers around the world for an entire decade! If I were to choose just one quote to embody the last ten years of The CAD Geek, it would have to be from Steve Jobs’ commencement speech: You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. Starting The CAD Geek During...

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Updating AutoCAD Block Attributes using Microsoft Excel

Block Attributes are an integral component of nearly every AutoCAD-based project I’ve worked on. Beyond the ubiquitous title block, Block Attributes are commonly used for Room Tags, to display calculations, and more. Whilst it isn’t too difficult to update a couple of Block Attributes, when the blocks to update ventures beyond that – the task quickly becomes as tedious as it is time-consuming. I’ve long wished AutoCAD had a command that would let you link a block to something like an Excel spreadsheet. Although that wish has never been granted, the next best thing exists in the form of AutoCAD’s...

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Arriving at Autodesk University 2015

We’ve been waiting all year, and the time has finally come for Autodesk University 2015 to get underway. Whilst the conference doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow, several pre-conference activities have already begun. I stopped by the registration desk after grabbing a bite to eat for breakfast this morning and plan to attend the Infrastructure Summit a little later today. Autodesk University veterans will notice a few changes when registering. First Autodesk sent out an email with individual QR codes for each attendee. Simply open that email and scan the QR code at the registration desk and your badge will begin printing. Likewise, gone are the old paper badges wrapped in a plastic holder. Badges for this year’s conference are printed on plastic. A nice touch in my opinion. In addition to attending this year’s conference, I’ll also be presenting three classes. Be sure to follow me on twitter @TheCADGeek to receive live updates from the...

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Experiencing the Best of Autodesk University 2015 from your Desk

We’re less than a week from Autodesk University 2015. This final week is the point where those lucky enough to have a ticket to Vegas are bated in excitement and those without – well perhaps next year? Although there’s certainly nothing like attending Autodesk University in person, not having a ticket to Vegas doesn’t mean you have to completely miss out on the awesomeness of this year’s conference. Similar to previous years, Autodesk will stream select sessions live to the audience of the world wide web. Your ticket to Autodesk University becomes an internet connection and about an hour of your time....

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Are Certification Exams at Autodesk University 2015 worth it?

Autodesk University is less than two weeks away, and like every year I have attended AU – there’s plenty to be excited about! AU 2015 will be my 9th conference, and even after all these years I still get excited by things like the general session/keynote, and seeing the many cool things on display in the exhibit hall. This year I was particularly excited to hear the 99% Invisible host Roman Mars would also be in attendance. Another incredibly popular benefit offered to attendees of AU is free software certifications. I was excited to see the benefit extended to AU attendees...

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