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

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 …

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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 …

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Disabling AutoCAD Layer Output when Plotting to PDF

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 …

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Controlling how AutoCAD Drawings Open from Windows Explorer

Now that my upcoming book AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015: No Experience Required is off to the printers I can (hopefully) begin giving my blog the attention it deserves. I look forward to sharing some new tips & tricks I have been gathering for some time in some future blog posts, but first a …

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Distributing and Sharing eTransmit Transmittal Settings with your Team

With the many resource files necessary to display many AutoCAD drawings, sending your DWG files to an external consultant can prove to be a challenging endeavor. Of course this was the very reason Autodesk introduced the ETRANSMIT command to AutoCAD many versions ago. Although the ETRANSMIT command isn’t the most complex command in AutoCAD, it …

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Complete list of AutoCAD 2014 Service Packs and Updates

If you have any of the following products installed, there’s a good chance you’ve already received an in-product notification letting you know an update is available for your product. Nonetheless, sticking with the typical cadence, Autodesk has released a series of Service Packs for several of the 2014 products they shipped this past spring. The …

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Converting External Reference Path Types with Action Macro’s

In my last blog post I wrote about the new External Reference tools you (probably) didn’t know about in AutoCAD 2014. As someone who uses external references nearly everyday, it goes without saying these new features are among my favorites in this release. More specifically, the ability to convert full path references to relative path …

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The new External Reference tools you didn’t know about in AutoCAD 2014

Each new release of AutoCAD brings with it a number of significant enhancements. For instance the 2014 version introduces incredible tools such as Design Feed and Live Maps from Bing. As useful as these are, I oftentimes find the smaller, less celebrated features to be among my favorites. One such enhancement in AutoCAD 2014 is …

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