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AutoCAD Plotter Configuration

Simplify AutoCAD Plotting by Hiding System Printers

With the plethora of available options, plotting from AutoCAD can feel intimidating no matter how long you’ve used the software. A common question I receive from both veteran AutoCAD users and novices is why they get inconsistent plots when plotting to the same plotter. Though the answer to this question is as nuanced as plotting

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

Creating Dynamic Viewport Scale Labels in AutoCAD 2018

The AutoCAD 2018.1 update makes it easier than ever to change the scale of a viewport, but how do you ensure that change reflects across your view scale annotations? The process of managing viewport scales and view scale annotations inside AutoCAD are typically separate workflows, and ripe for falling into an asynchronous state. The good news is

Autodesk University 2017 Registration Opens Wednesday

There are exactly 100 days until Autodesk University 2017 in Las Vegas, NV, but only three days until you can register for this year’s conference. That’s right; registration opens on Wednesday, August 9, 2017! If you’ve never attended Autodesk University in the past, it’s a three-day conference that typically attracts about 10,000 Autodesk software users

Sheet Setup Made Easy with AutoCAD 2018.1 Views and Viewports

It’s only been about four months since Autodesk released AutoCAD 2018, but that hasn’t slowed the development team. Just last week the team introduced AutoCAD 2018.1, a mid-release update that brings with it numerous incremental updates to AutoCAD 2018. The update is free to anyone with an active subscription or maintenance agreement to AutoCAD, AutoCAD-based verticals,

AutoCAD Selection Effect

Disable the Glowing Line Highlighting Effect inside AutoCAD

By default, when you select objects in AutoCAD, a blue glowing effect displays to indicate the selected state of an object. The glowing visual effect has been the default for many years now, but some AutoCAD veterans might recall the former dashed effect used to indicate when objects are selected. Although many have come to

Autodesk University Call for Proposals Now Open

Autodesk University 2017 isn’t until late November, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to begin thinking about this year’s conference. Autodesk University is known for the hundreds of incredibly awesome classes about every conceivable (and sometimes inconceivable) design technology topic you can imagine. The basic way those many classes come together is you, and now is your

Design Review 2018 Released – Not an April Fools Joke

We’ve come to expect new versions of our favorite Autodesk design tools in the spring of the year. The release of AutoCAD 2018 a couple of weeks ago kicked off that cycle for this year. Although we’ve come to expect new versions of tools like AutoCAD during that process, one tool I did not expect

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Touring the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco

If you ever find yourself in San Francisco, do yourself a favor and visit the Autodesk Gallery. Over the years, I have had a chance to visit the Autodesk Gallery several times, and from interviewing a robot to seeing how Autodesk helped capture the hallowed grounds of the USS Arizona, the sights inside are nothing short of exceptional. Not only does Autodesk offer tours for free, but the

A CAD Geek’s First Impression of AutoCAD 2018

Spring is in the air, and a new version of AutoCAD is now on the street. Today Autodesk announced the release of AutoCAD 2018, and it is one worth celebrating. Not only does it introduce some impressive new features, but it also represents the 35th-anniversary of AutoCAD. To put that milestone in perspective, MS-DOS 1.0,

Autodesk Answer Day

Autodesk AEC Answer Day – March 8, 2017

From the increasing use of reality capture technologies, to virtual reality and even everyday design documentation, it’s an exciting time to be an AEC professional. Over the last year, Autodesk’s portfolio of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction technology has grown rather noticeably. From the introduction to Revit Live, tools like BIM 360 Docs and Collaboration for

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