Adding & Deleting Viewport Scales

Embedded into the functionality of the viewport command is a list of standard viewport scales. These preconfigured scales allow a user to set the scale of a viewport in a matter of seconds. While the included scales save a lot of time for a fair number of the industry’s most common scales, it does not include every scale ever encountered. Likewise, there are likely a …

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Expand Your AutoCAD Crosshairs (Cursor)

Once upon a time in AutoCAD the cursor (crosshairs) filled the entire drawing area by default. This mimicked an old t-square or drafting machine in functionality. There were many advantages of having your cursor span the entire screen, one of course being the ability to quickly check if two items were in line with each other. The AutoCAD CURSORSIZE Variable Since AutoCAD Release 14, AutoCAD …

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Identity Crisis of Dynamic Blocks

Those using Dynamic Blocks have surely found their functionality quite stellar. That is until they stop being “dynamic”. Dynamic Blocks utilize something called an anonymous block name. This anonymous name is automatically generated by AutoCAD, and helps it manage things like visibility states. There is no real solution to the problem, although there is what I would consider as a workaround. To make your Dynamic …

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Sheet Set Manager – Replacement for Windows Explorer?

Sheet Set Manager (SSM) is a very powerful tool, but with its power comes a degree of complexity. The average end-user should never have to dig into the back end of SSM, and have to set up fields and the like. On the other hand an average end user will use the “Sheet Management” functions on a daily basis. Note the usage of “management” in …

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Hidden Copy Options

As designs get more and more complex, and the need to separate things into multiple drawings becomes more important, so does the need to copy things between those drawings. As a result many of you are probably as addicted to the “Ctrl” + “C” shortcut as I am. Although “Ctrl” + “C” is a wonderful shortcut, it has one fatal flaw. It doesn’t allow you, …

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IMAGEFRAME Magic

Autodesk added some smoke and mirrors with their 2006 release of AutoCAD. Previously you could set IMAGEFRAME either to “0” (invisible border or frame), or to “1” (visible border of frame). In 2006 we are now presented with a third choice of “2”. If IMAGEFRAME is set to “2” then you will see the frame when working in your drawing, but the border will not …

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