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Getting the initial manuscript for my upcoming book AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT: No Experience Required submitted has made me fall behind on reading some of my favorite blogs. This morning I took a quick minute to get caught up on what’s happening in the blogosphere, and came across an announcement on the EE Civil3DPedia blog that made me double-check today was March 1, not April 1 (aka April Fool’s Day).

One of my biggest complaints about Civil 3D has been its lack of an easy way to manage styles and command settings across many drawings. It’s certainly not uncommon to add or even update a style to your companies’ Civil 3D template. Such revisions oftentimes mean changes to your default command settings, and so the domino effect begins. With styles you do at least have the option to drag-and-drop styles from one drawing to another, but even this method has its caveats. Command settings have always been a different story; short of manually making the change across multiple drawings, I have yet to find a great way to manage changes to command settings out of the box.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 Gets Ribbonized

image Ever since Microsoft launched Office 2007 the trend has undoubtedly shifted from the traditional interface employing menus and toolbars, to the “new and improved” ribbon. Users of vanilla AutoCAD got ribbonized with last year’s 2009 release. While a classic workspace was still shipped with the product, the ribbon was an integral part of the default workspace. On the other hand, Civil 3D users got a stay of ribbonization in the 2009 release, but 2010 is a whole different story. You guessed it; the 2010 release of AutoCAD Civil 3D has been ribbonized!

Many of you have probably launched “AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 as AutoCAD” at least once since installing it. Under that configuration, you got the full ribbon experience! If you were like me, you took a look at it, thought eh’ that is cool, and proceeded to change back to the AutoCAD Classic workspace. Here’s the deal, the ribbon in 2009 was cool, but not overly useful (in my own opinion). I personally felt Autodesk ribbonized AutoCAD just so they could be like every other software manufacturer, following in the footsteps of Microsoft. To be fair, I can certainly see how the Ribbon might help someone first learning AutoCAD.

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