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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

Are you an AutoCAD EXPERT

If you had to rank your CAD skills on a scale of 1-5 where would you rank yourself? Packed away in AutoCAD is a little-known system variable that will allow users to change the way AutoCAD interacts with you based on your EXPERTise. For example when you invoke the REGEN command, are you REALLY sure

How to Insert Blank Sheet Set Fields in AutoCAD

Anyone who has used Sheet Set Manager has most likely wanted/needed to make a field blank. The time I run into this the most is with the fields I have for our revision dates. Obviously, with a first submission I am not going to have a “Revised Date”; thus the need for a blank field.

Cycle Through AutoCAD Layout Tabs

Hold onto your keyboard the next time you need to cycle through your layout tabs. Simply press “Ctrl” + “Page Up” or “Page Down” key to thumb forwards or backwards in your tabs. On a side note, this is a tip that not only works in AutoCAD. You can also perform the same keyboard shortcut

Relative XREF Workaround

If you have been using AutoCAD 2006 for anytime you’ve most likely ran into a situation where you were not allowed to attach a XREF with a relative path. There is a simple workaround for this that seems to work rather well. It seems that the SAVE command resets whatever relative XREF’s need to function.

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