AutoCAD Dad Jokes

The Best of The CAD Geek’s AutoCAD Dad Jokes

To all the dad’s out there – Happy Father’s Day! I hope you’re able to spend the day with your own father and/or your own children. With my son turning three at the end of the month, I couldn’t be happier to celebrate my third Father’s Day with him. He’s such an incredible dude, and

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The CAD Geek Joins Autodesk’s Expert Elite

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to share what a day in the life of The CAD Geek is like during my takeover of the @AutoCAD twitter account. Being the first ever AutoCAD Twitter Takeover, I had little idea what to expect of the whole event but knew I was in good hands with

Updating AutoCAD Block Attributes using Microsoft Excel Excel Attribute

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

Converting PDFs to AutoCAD DWGs using Adobe Illustrator Illustrator

Converting PDFs to AutoCAD DWGs using Adobe Illustrator

The ubiquity of PDFs make them a great choice for collaboration when you’re not sure what software a recipient is using. By sending a PDF you can rest assured whomever the recipient – they’ll be able to open it. But what if you’re the recipient, who has AutoCAD, and you really needs a DWG version

AutoCAD Light Interface

Brighten up AutoCAD with a Lighter Color Scheme

Customization has long been among AutoCAD’s core strengths. Even as changes are made to the program it’s typically always possible to tailor the interface to your liking. One recent change that some users love, and others could do without is the graphite interface. Those who enjoy the graphite interface cite the reduced eye strain, whereas others seem to prefer the contrast of the former (lighter) interface.

Whilst I don’t have a strong preference either way, I have found the light interface to work a little better for me when presenting to an audience with a projector. Given the number of presentations I do for my job at CADD Microsystems, it likely goes without saying I typically change the AutoCAD interface to its former – lighter interface. Watch the video above to learn how to make this change on your own system.

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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Use Performance Monitor Gadget to keep AutoCAD Virtual Memory in Check

In July I provided a first look at Project Photofly, an uber-cool technology from Autodesk that lets you build 3D models from photographs. Now I’ll admit it’s difficult to exceed the cool-factor of something like Project Photofly. Still that doesn’t mean Photofly’s slightly less glamorous cousins are any less attractive and/or useful.

Performance Monitor for AutoCAD; it’s small, lightweight, and very useful Windows Gadget that monitors the virtual memory usage of your AutoCAD based products. Don’t feel bad if that doesn’t sound cool enough to spend (waste) your time downloading and installing; I too nearly skipped past it without ever looking back. At first glance I thought, oh that’s nifty, but was pleasantly surprised after finally downloading and installing.

Trick for Stubborn Annotative Objects

After taking off a few days last week I am finally getting back into the swing of things. Just before I left for vacation last week we had a pretty ugly support issue spring up. I really have to commend the folks at Autodesk and Avatech (my reseller) for the help they provided. While troubleshooting the issue I learned quite a bit that I hope to share here on The CAD Geek at some point. No less, even if my time away from the office wasn’t without interruption, it was a welcome retreat to get away, and simply enjoy some time off.

Back in the office, I have just about gotten everything caught up, and wanted to share a quick tip on how to deal with stubborn annotative objects. If you make use of annotative objects inside AutoCAD, chances are you’ve gone to modify an object, and AutoCAD just ignores you. MOVE, COPY, even ERASE do nothing, and you’re left wandering – what now?

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AutoCAD Pranks for April Fools Day

Not too long before the launch event for AutoCAD 2010, Shaan Hurley made a post on his blog “Office AutoCAD Pranks”. Shaan’s post ended up being the topic of discussion for one of the more candid conversations the bloggers Autodesk invited to San Francisco had.  I don’t need to tell you what can happen when you gather a bunch of bonafide AutoCAD geeks in the same room.  Needless to say, the pranks we dreamed up ranged from harmless to all out cruel.  In the spirit of April Fools Day I thought I’d share some of these pranks with you the readers of The CAD Geek.

Now, before we begin, some of the pranks you’re about to read may get your fired from your job.  Unless you really want to give your boss a darn good reason to fire you, please use your common sense before actually performing any of these pranks!

Embed messages into the ACADDOC.lsp file.

ACADDOC.lsp gets loaded for every drawing.  Put something like this in the victims acaddoc.lsp file, and wait for their reaction.


(alert “Autodesk has detected usage that is in direct violation with the license agreement for AutoCAD 2009.\n\nYour system configuration and usage statistics have been sent to the anti-piracy division of Autodesk.\n\nAutoCAD 2009 will now close.”)
(command “_close”)

CAD Geek Poll – What are your 2010 upgrade plans?

AutoCAD 2010 (and most other 2010 products) were launched this week, and the question begins to shift from “what’s new” to “will I upgrade”. Judging from the last poll I ran here on The CAD Geek, it seems the vast majority of you (45%) are running the latest release (2009), but what does the future

AutoCAD 2010 – First Look at Parametric Constraints


I just recently returned home from San Francisco, CA where I was privileged enough to join some of the most popular AutoCAD bloggers in the blogosphere for the AutoCAD 2010 release event in San Francisco. Although we stayed incredibly busy throughout the day Thursday, I must say I really did have a great time at the event. It’s always a golden opportunity when you get to have meaningful chats with the people who manage and develop AutoCAD.