AuteCAD

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Lynn Allen’s Tips and Tricks
For Using AutoCAD 2008 Software
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New 2D Werkspace
If you are using only 2D AutoCAD
®
commands,
why not use the new 2D Drafting & Annotation
workspace? This capability displays powerful
2D tools on the Dashboard.
2D Dashbeard CentreI PaneIs
New 2D control panels provide easy access
to layers and include controls for annotation
scaling, text, dimensions, multiple leaders,
tables, 2D navigation commands, object
properties, and block attributes. When
you select a tool from the Dashboard, the
corresponding tool palette also displays,
where applicable.
User Interface
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1eeI PaIettes
When you drag geometry to an inactive tool
palette, it is automatically activated for easy
placement—just give it an extra second to
switch.
• A new Specify Image option on the
shortcut menu makes it easy to assign an
image to any tool.
• The location of tools on a tool palette is
now saved in the tool catalog (and the
profle), making it easier to share your
tool palettes with others and maintain the
same look and feel.
• Use TPNAVIGATE to set a tool palette
current at the command line (for
programming purposes).
CIean Screen
Use the Clean Screen button located in the
lower-right corner of the screen to turn of
everything except for the status and menu
bars and the command window. This feature
comes in handy when showing fles to a
client and you need to quickly clean up your
interface.

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CentreIIing 1eeIbar and 1eeI PaIette
PIacement
Anchor your palettes to the left or right
side of the drawing area for quick access.
Palettes roll open or closed as the cursor
moves over them, keeping them out of
the way. You can easily stack several on
each side of the screen for maximum
productivity. Simply right-click the name
bar, and choose Anchor Left or Anchor
Right from the shortcut menu.

Layeut 1ab tmprevements
• Rename a layout by double-clicking the
Layout tab.
• Reorder layouts with a simple drag-and-
drop.
• Use the Ctrl and Shift keys to select
multiple layouts for dragging and
dropping.
• Hold down Ctrl while dragging to create a
copy.
• Drag layout tabs onto the active sheet
set to add a new sheet, or select Import
Layouts as Sheet from the shortcut menu.
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Annotation Scaling
If you’ve found getting the proper scale
factors per viewport to be frustrating
and confusing, then you’ll love the new
annotative scaling! No longer do you
need to create multiple sets of text and
dimensions on multiple layers. Now you
create one set of annotative objects (such
as text, dimensions, balloons, blocks,
attributes, and hatches), indicate the
desired actual plotted size, and it magically
displays at the correct size.
CentreIIing Annetatien ScaIe
A new annotative property can be assigned
to objects such as text, dimensions, blocks,
and hatches. Just create the object at the
actual size you want it to plot and indicate
the intended scale factor(s). Any object with
an annotative property can have one or
more scales assigned to it (such as ¼”=1’ or
1:50). This capability makes it easy to display
the same object in diferent viewports with
varying scale factors. For example, the same
text object could appear in one viewport
that is scaled 1/8” = 1’, and another viewport
at 1”=1’.
You can change an existing object to
annotative using the Properties command.

Redefning a style or defnition to be
annotative does not afect existing objects.
Use the new ANNOUPDATE command to
update selected objects to match their style
or defnition (model space only).
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How can you tell if an object is annotative
just by looking at it? Drag your cursor
over the object to see the new annotative
indicator.


Set the annotative scale factor in
model space to refect the most prevalent
scale factor in the drawing.
For those objects that need to display at
multiple scale factors, use the Properties
palette to add scale factors. You can also
use the OBJECTSCALE command.

It’s faster to use the OBJECTSCALE
command when dealing with diferent
object types.
New Annetative CentreIs en the
Status 8ar
• Use the two new controls on the status
bar to set the VP Scale and Annotation
Scale (accessible only if the viewport
is unlocked).
• A new Lock/Unlock Viewport button
appears when a viewport is selected.
• Only the annotative objects that have
the same scale factor as the viewport
appear in a viewport. Toggle the new
Annotation Visibility button to display
annotative objects for all scales (even if
they are not supported by the viewport’s
current annotation scale).

Use SCALELISTEDIT to customize the
list of scales.

If an annotative object disappears
(and you don’t want it to), click the
Automatically Add Scales to Annotative
Objects button before changing the
Annotation Scale.
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8ackward CempatibiIity
A new option on the Open and Save tab of
the Options command helps ensure that
those who are not using AutoCAD
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2008
can see your annotative objects. Each scale
of the objects is saved as an independent
object on its own layer. The layers are
automatically frozen in the appropriate
viewport.

If you have a large quantity of
annotative objects, you can speed things up
by turning of the Maintain Visual Fidelity
option. Be sure to turn it back on before
you save the fle to a previous version!

Linetypes are automatically scaled
by the viewport’s annotation scale. Disable
this behavior with the MSLTSCALE setvar
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New MuItipIe Leaders
The new MLEADER command permits more
control over leaders than ever before. Not
only can you control the order of leader
creation (head frst, tail frst, or content
frst), but you can also add multiple leader
lines where needed.

New MuItipIe Leader StyIe Manager
The new MLEADERSTYLE command
controls format and display options, just like
dimension styles. New options include the
following:
• Type of leader line (straight, spline, or
none)
• Type of arrowhead
• Leader connection info
• Text information
• Assign a block (great for creating
balloons!)

Dimensioning Techniques

Use the shortcut menu to add leader
lines. Use grips for speedy editing.
AIigning Leader Lines
Leaders not lining up properly? The new
Multiple Leader Align tool snaps leaders
into place for you. You can even control the
spacing between them!
Use the MLEADERCOLLECT command to
combine multiple block-type leaders into a
single multiple leader.
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Smart Dimensien 8reak Cemmand
The new DIMBREAK command breaks
dimension or extension lines where they
intersect objects or other dimensions.
The breaks automatically update if you
move the intersecting objects—even if they
no longer intersect! You can also use the
Restore option to remove all breaks.
Mere CeeI Dimensien features:
• Create inspection dimensions with
the new Inspection Dimension tool
(DIMINSPECT).
• Add a jog to linear dimensions with the
DIMJOGLINE command.
• Evenly space dimensions with the
DIMSPACE command.
• Dimension an arc beyond its endpoints
with the updated diameter and radial
dimension commands.
• Place the dimension text outside the
angle being measured with the updated
Angular Dimension command.
• The new Tolerance alignment option in
the Dimension Style dialog box allows you
to align decimal separators or operational
symbols.
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1ext Step Savers
Use these handy tricks to buy yourself some
time when working with text in AutoCAD
2008.
M1£X1 CeIumn Wrap
Ever wish text would automatically wrap
across multiple columns in wide areas of
your drawing? Your wish has been granted
with the new dynamic columns option in the
MTEXT command. Use grips along with the
text formatting ruler to get the exact results
you are after.
Step Savers
Mere CentreI ever Paragraphs
The updated MTEXT command permits
more control over paragraph alignment,
indentations, and spacing.

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Mere £mcient SpeII Checker
No need to select objects frst. The updated
spell checker searches the entire drawing
by default. You can also specify the current
space or specifc objects if you prefer. When
an error is found, AutoCAD now highlights
and zooms to the word in the drawing.
The new Check Spelling Settings dialog box
allows you to customize the spell checker.
You can choose to include dimension text,
attributes, and xrefs, and set a variety of
exclusions, such as capitalized words or
words with numbers.
Create Attributes with MuItipIe Lines ef
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The new Multiple Lines option allows you to
create attributes that support multiple lines,
underlining, overlining, felds, and so forth.
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1abIe Step Savers
Improved capabilities in AutoCAD 2008
take away the pain when you’re working
with tables.
8idirectienaI £xceI 1abIes
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could bring a
Microsoft
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Excel
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fle into AutoCAD and
truly link the fle? If you could change the
Excel fle and have it update in AutoCAD,
and vice versa? Good times are here at last,
because now you can do exactly that!
Just use the updated Paste Special
command, choose AutoCAD Entities,
and select Paste Link to insert the Excel
spreadsheet into AutoCAD. This process
creates a data link. Should any changes
occur in the XLS fle, a bubble notifcation
lets you know that the data link has changed
and provides an easy option to update the
table.
Create a 1abIe frem a Data Link
A new option in the TABLE command also
allows you to create a table from an Excel
fle. Just select all or part of the sheet. You
can also create a table from object data.
Retain Changes in 1abIes
Any changes you make to an AutoCAD table
are retained, even if you update the table to
refect any changes in the Excel fle!

Use the DATALINK command to
manage all of your various data links.
Wrap Leng 1abIes Acress MuItipIe Rews
To wrap tables across rows, simply select
the table and adjust it with grips or use
the new Table Break tool in the Properties
palette.
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Create tncrementaI Data fast
New auto-fll allows you to quickly
increment data in cells by dragging, just as
in Excel. You can also combine blocks and
text in the same cell!
Mere Step Savers
It just doesn’t get any easier than this!
View New Grip 1ips en Dynamic 8Iecks
As you hover the cursor over a dynamic
block grip, the associated parameter
description displays as a tooltip.
£asiIy £xtract Object Data
Use the new DATAEXTRACTION command
to sort and extract object data, such as
plines, to a table (including summations!).
This feature is great for gas or water lines.
Recever Drawings AIeng with Xrefs
A new drawing utility allows you to run
the recover process on a drawing and all
the associated xrefs. Find this capability
under Files>Drawing Utilities or use the
RECOVERALL command.
Change Cepy MuItipIe DefauIt
To default to a single copy, set the system
variable COPYMODE to 1.
PubIish Sheet Sets in Reverse Order
A new option on the Sheet List shortcut
menu allows you to publish in reverse order.
PubIish One Sheet at a 1ime
The new PUBLISHCOLLATE system variable
allows you to print one sheet at a time.
This variable allows other plots to enter the
printing queue.
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Dashbeard
The 3D control panels on the Dashboard
provide a one-stop shop for nearly
all things 3D. It can be found under
Tools>Palettes>Dashboard or by entering
the DASHBOARD command.
• 3D Make: Easily access 3D solids and
surfaces.
• 3D Navigate: Set up 3D views and
animations.
• Lights: Add lighting to your model.
• Visual Styles: Create and move from one
visual style to another.
• Materials: Apply materials and textures to
objects.
• Render: Access basic rendering functions.
3D Tools
OP1tONS 3D MedeIing 1ab
This tab focuses entirely on 3D functionality.
Here are some highlights:
3D Objects
Controls the display of 3D solids and
surfaces.
Dynamic tnput
Use this control to add a Z coordinate feld
when using dynamic input. Be sure to turn
it on!

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3D Objects
These settings control the display of 3D
solids and surfaces.
Visual Style While Creating 3d Objects
One means of switching visual styles (the
Dashboard is another).
deletion Control While Creating 3d Objects
This key setting controls whether the profle
and path curves are deleted once your 3D
object is created. You may also choose to be
prompted each time.
U and V Isolines on Surfaces and Meshes
Controls the number of isolines for surfaces
and meshes.
3D Navigatien
If you’ve used Autodesk
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Inventor™
software, you’ve noticed the wheel zoom is
the opposite of that in AutoCAD. Now you
can match them!
This section of the tab also enables you to
control walk, fy, and animation settings.

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Dynamic Geemetric feedback
• The size, shape, and location dynamically
display as you create 3D objects, making
it easier to visualize your design. Enter
dimensions manually using Dynamic
Input, or drag the cursor to specify
dimensions visually.
• No more fghting with the UCS command.
Now you can easily draw on a new work
plane by passing your cursor over the
edge of an existing face until it highlights.
This becomes a temporary UCS (DUCS, a
new button on the status bar, needs to be
on).
• Object tracking now works dynamically in
3D (even in perspective mode!).

Holding down the Ctrl key as you pass
your cursor over a solid lets you select the
various components of the solid for editing
(very handy!). Select the blue grip to edit.
Select an axis on the grip tool to lock in an
X, Y, or Z direction for easy editing.


Use the spacebar to cycle from Stretch
to Move to Rotate!
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3D Solids and Surfaces
Creating SeIid Primitives
Creating 3D solid primitives is easy and
intuitive because they follow the same steps
as the correlating 2D commands.
8ex
This is similar to RECTANG, but you can
dynamically add the height. You can also use
a center point to defne the cube.
Wedge
Draw the base rectangle and the height
(the sloped face is placed opposite the frst
corner). Cube option draws a wedge with
equal sides. You can also use a center point to
defne the wedge.
Cene
Same options as CIRCLE command to defne
base followed by the height, which is easily
picked dynamically. You can also specify an
elliptical base. Defne height by selecting
between two points (2P), or an axis
endpoint. The Top Radius option creates a
cone that does not meet at a point (cone
frustum).

CyIinder
Same options as Cone, but the base and the
top radius are equal.
Sphere
Same options you’d fnd in the CIRCLE
command (center point, 3P, 2P, TTR), but
this command generates a sphere.
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Pyramid
Use the PYRAMID command to draw a
solid pyramid (similar to the POLYGON
command). You’ll input the number of
sides (3 to 32), base radius, inscribed or
circumscribed (or use the Edge option), top
radius, and height.

1erus
Use the same options as the CIRCLE
command to defne the distance from the
center of the torus to the center of the tube.
Use 3P and 2P to defne the circumference.
Then defne the radius or diameter of the
tube.
HeIix
It’s easy to create helical shapes by
specifying the height, base, top radii,
number, and height of turns and direction
(clockwise or counterclockwise).
Creating Swept SeIids and Surfaces
Creating swept solid and surfaces is also
easy and intuitive with the tools available in
AutoCAD 2008.
PeIyseIid
Draw a polysolid the same way you draw a
polyline, but include a height and width (like
walls). You can also convert an existing line,
pline, arc, or circle into a swept solid.
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£xtrude
Extruding an open object creates a surface.
Extruding a closed object creates a solid.
To create a solid from a profle using lines
or arcs, use the Join option of the PEDIT
command frst to convert them to a single
PLINE (you could also convert the objects to
a region before you extrude).

Use the following extrusion profle options:
• Path: Specify an object as the profle
for the path. The path is moved to the
centroid of the object and used as the
profle.
• Direction: Select the length and
direction with two points.
• Taper Angle: Positive angles taper in
from the base, negative angles taper out
(0 is perpendicular).

You can also extrude an existing
face. Just use the Ctrl key to select.

Press Ctrl+Alt inside an open or
closed boundary to press or pull! You don’t
even have to enter a command to do this
extra cool tip!
Sweep
Sweep an open or closed profle along an
open or closed 2D or 3D path. A closed
curve results in a solid. The profle is moved
and aligned perpendicular to the path—you
no longer need to align it yourself. The fnal
result is in the shape of the profle, or swept
object.
You can also twist or scale objects as they
are swept.

Use a helix as a path to create a variety
of helical shapes.

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Draw a 3D solid or surface through a set of
two or more cross sections. Lofting through
a set of closed cross sections results in a
solid.
There are many options for getting the
perfect loft: guide angles, drafting angles,
smooth ft, and so forth.

ReveIve
The updated REVOLVE command can create
surfaces or solids based on the profle and
axis of rotation.

1. Select the objects to revolve.
2. Specify the start and endpoint of the axis
of revolution.
3. Specify the angle of revolution.
Creating Surfaces
These commands make it fast and easy to
create surfaces:
• Convert objects into surfaces with the
CONVTOSURFACE command.
• Create surfaces from 3D solids with
curved faces by using the EXPLODE
command.
• Use XEDGES to extract wireframe
geometry from solids, surfaces, and
regions.
• Use PLANESURF to create a planar
surface by
• Selecting one or more objects
that form an enclosed area
• Specifying the opposite corners of a
rectangle
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Creating SeIids
With these commands, creating solids has
never been easier:
• CONVTOSOLID converts the following
objects into extruded 3D solids:
• Uniform-width polylines with thickness
• Closed zero-width polylines with
thickness
• Circles with thickness
• THICKEN converts surfaces to solids by
thickening a surface.
• SLICE creates new solids by slicing
existing ones. Defne the cutting plane
by specifying points or by selecting a
surface or planar object.

Creating Cempesite SeIids
Union, Subtract, Intersect, Fillet, and
Chamfer create composite solids. Use the
Show History option in the Properties
palette to display wireframes of the original
forms that make up the composite (or use
the SHOWHIST command).
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£diting SeIids
Easily edit existing solids in the Properties
palette or by grip editing the solid. Use the
Ctrl key to select the face or edge, or to
select objects within a composite solid. You
can also use the grip tool to move along an
axis or plane by hovering the cursor over the
Move grip of a selected solid.

If you are having trouble selecting the
correct face or edge, use the spacebar to
cycle through all the possibilities.
Checking fer tnterference
Use INTERFERE to identify solids that
interfere with one another. You can even
select blocks and xrefs when searching for
interferences and individual nested solids
within a block or xref. Temporary solids
are created and highlighted where solids
intersect.
AIign
Align works dynamically with 3D objects so
you see the selected geometry align as you
specify the destination points.
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3D Viewing
3D Orbiting and Viewing
Use the improved 3DORBIT command to
view your 3D models. Dragging the cursor
horizontally moves the camera parallel to
the XY plane; dragging it vertically moves
it parallel to the Z axis. The shortcut menu
lets you choose from a variety of navigation
modes.
Navigation modes are as follows:
• The Constrained Orbit mode keeps you
from rolling the geometry completely
over (3DORBIT).
• Free Orbit mode returns you to previous
behavior and allows orbiting in any
direction (3DORBIT).
• Continuous Orbit allows you to set the
objects in continuous motion (3DORBIT).
• Adjust Distance controls the distance
toward or away from the objects
(3DDISTANCE).
• Swivel simulates the efect of swiveling
the camera on a tripod (3DSWIVEL).
• Walk through a model at a fxed height
above the XY plane (3DWALK).
• Fly through the model without any
height restrictions (3DFLY).
• Similar to Adjust Distance, Zoom
simulates moving the camera closer or
further away (3DZOOM).
• Pan moves the view in the direction you
drag (3DPAN).

Press Shift+middle mouse button for
quick access to 3DORBIT.
Perspective
Easily toggle from Perspective to
Parallel from the dashboard, or use the
PERSPECTIVE system variable.
WaIk-1hreughs
Use 3DWALK to walk-through your design
using the four arrow keys. Alternatively, use
W, forward; A, left; S, back; D, right. Drag
the mouse in the direction you want to look.
Perspective mode must be on.

Use the mouse wheel to roll in a walk-
through and the left mouse button to swivel
to a new direction. Adjust the step size and
speed in the Navigation control panel.
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You can also create an animation of
your walk-through (ANIPATH command).

Creating Cameras
Use the CAMERA command to set up
cameras for viewing your design. A camera
icon is added to the drawing with a
corresponding named view.
• Location: The point from which you are
viewing the model.
• Target: The point that you are viewing
(center of the view).
• Lens Length: Magnifcation properties of
the camera’s lens. The greater the lens
length, the narrower the feld of view.
• Front and Back Clipping Planes: Specifes
the boundaries that defne or clip a view.
Everything between the camera and the
front clipping plane is hidden. Everything
between the back clipping plane and the
target is hidden.

Use the drop-down menu in the
Navigation control panel of the Dashboard
to quickly restore a camera’s view.
VisuaI StyIes
Use Visual Styles to quickly change the
display of edges and shading in a viewport.
Create your own Visual Styles in the Visual
Style Manager.
• 2D Wireframe: Displays objects using
lines and curves to represent boundaries
with model space colors.
• 3D Wireframe: Displays objects using lines
and curves with a 3D look and feel. 2D
objects such as raster images, OLE objects,
linetypes, and lineweights are not visible.
• 3D Hidden: Wireframe representation,
hidden lines removed.
• Realistic: Shades the objects and smoothes
the edges. Materials are displayed.
• Conceptual: Shades the objects and
smoothes the edges using the Gooch
face style. Objects are outlined. Less
realistic but easier to see.
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Layers
The Layer command is the third most
frequently used command in AutoCAD.
These additions make this popular
command even better!
Custemize the Layer Manager
Now you control the display order of the
layer property columns by dragging the
column headings—put your favorites on
the left for easy access. Too many columns?
Turn of the ones you aren’t using by
choosing Customize from the shortcut
menu.
freezing a Layer in AII Viewperts
The shortcut menu allows you to create a
new layer that is frozen in all viewports,
a function that is also available as a new
button. Here you also fnd additional
controls to freeze or thaw the selected
layer(s) in all viewports.

Renaming Layers
There are now three ways to rename a layer.
Double-click the layer name, select a layer
and press F2, or choose Rename from the
shortcut menu.
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Layer Preperties per Viewpert
How often have you wished you could
assign layer properties per viewport? Wish
granted! No more tedium duplicating
geometry on separate layers and fipping
the layers on and of per viewport. Now
you can double-click in a viewport and
assign a specifc color, linetype, lineweight,
and plotstyle per layer that afect only the
current viewport. (Hoorah!)

Remove these viewport overrides
from the right-click menu. Use
VPLAYEROVERRIDESMODE (phew!) to
temporarily ignore the overrides for viewing
or plotting. These overrides afect only
those objects that are bylayer. Use the new
SETBYLAYER command to quickly change
objects to bylayer, including those within
blocks and nested blocks!
Direct Access te the Layer States Manager
A new LAYERSTATE command (LAS alias)
provides access to the Layer State Manager
from the command prompt (also on the
layer panel of the Dashboard). Use the
new Import option to bring in layer states
directly from DWG™, DWT, or DWS fles.
Now you can also edit or view layer states
from xrefs!
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New Layer £vaIuatien 1eeI
A new Settings button in the Layer
command allows you to turn on a new layer
evaluation tool.
• The frst time you save or plot, the current
list of layers is stored for evaluation
purposes.
• When new layers are added, an
“Unreconciled New Layers” notifcation
appears. Click the link to view the non-
matching layers.
• A new layer flter for unreconciled layers
is automatically created.
• Layer Settings allows you to customize
this process.
• Two new system variables, LAYEREVAL
and LAYERNOTIFY, are now available.
New Layer PaneI en the Dashbeard
The new Layer panel provides quick access
to all these cool new tools, including the
very popular Layer Isolate (LAYISO) and
Layer Unisolate (LAYUNISO) commands!
New fading options allow you to lock and
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palettes with all your favorite commands in
the CUI command. Simply drag a command
from the command list directly to the
palette. Customize the Dashboard by
dragging commands to the new Dashboard
panel that displays in the upper right of the
CUI. You can even create a new row of tools
on the Dashboard by dragging a toolbar
from the Toolbar node to the Dashboard
node.
A new search tool makes it easy to fnd
commands. The macro associated with each
command appears as a tooltip as you hover
the cursor over the command.
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When you double-click an object, a
command is launched. Now you can assign
which command is executed for each type
of object! For example, when you double-
click an attribute defnition, the DDEDIT
command is executed, allowing you to edit
only the attribute value. Maybe you’d prefer
the EATTEDIT command, which allows you
to edit all the properties in addition to the
attribute value. Simply replace DDEDIT
in the macro with EATTEDIT or drag Edit
Attribute from the command list to the
double-click menu.

For you Autodesk Inventor users, why
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CUI? It will make the transition between the
two products so much easier!
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Using DWf fiIes as UnderIays
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to use a DWF™ fle as an underlay, just as
you can with raster images. The DWF fle is
linked and not physically embedded into the
drawing fle, thus keeping the fle size down.
You can snap to an attached DWF fle and
adjust the fade, contrast, and monochrome
from the Properties palette or DWFADJUST
command. Use the shortcut menu to clip
the DWF fle and control the layer visibility
of a selected DWF fle.

Werking with DGN ñIes
Now you can attach Bentley MicroStation
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V8 DGN fles to your AutoCAD drawings or
export DWG fles to V8 DGN format using
File>Export. Bring them in as externally
referenced underlays with DGNATTACH
using Insert>DGN Underlay. Clip the DGN
from the shortcut menu (or use DGNCLIP)
and use Properties to adjust contrast, fade,
and monochrome (or DGNADJUST).
Import V8 DGN data with DGNIMPORT
using File>Import. When importing, a dialog
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external DGN references, text nodes, and
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location. Here you fnd any attached drawing
fles, DWF fles, images, and DGN fles.
A new option in the XCLIP command
enables you to clip the inverse of a selected
boundary by removing the inside rather than
the outside.

PIetting te PDf
Use the Add Plotter wizard to print your
drawings to PDF format. Under
Manufacturers, select Autodesk ePlot
(PDF), and under Models select PDF.

Access te DWG fiIes
AutoCAD 2008 lets you open DWG fles
all the way back to AutoCAD version 2.0
(ancient!).
• Backward and forward conversion
of DWG fles from AutoCAD Release 14
to AutoCAD 2008 using the conversion
features of DWG TrueView™ 2008
software.
• Now anyone can view, publish, and plot
DWG fles with DWG TrueView.
Download DWG TrueView for free (and we
all love free!) at www.autedesk.cemIdwg.

Use DWG TrueView to quickly apply a
page setup to multiple layouts!
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User Interface
New D Workspace If you are using only 2D AutoCAD® commands, why not use the new 2D Drafting & Annotation workspace? This capability displays powerful 2D tools on the Dashboard.  

D Dashboard Control Panels New 2D control panels provide easy access to layers and include controls for annotation scaling, text, dimensions, multiple leaders, tables, 2D navigation commands, object properties, and block attributes. When you select a tool from the Dashboard, the corresponding tool palette also displays, where applicable.

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Tool Palettes When you drag geometry to an inactive tool palette, it is automatically activated for easy placement—just give it an extra second to switch. • A new Specify Image option on the shortcut menu makes it easy to assign an image to any tool. • The location of tools on a tool palette is now saved in the tool catalog (and the profile), making it easier to share your tool palettes with others and maintain the same look and feel. • Use TPNAVIGATE to set a tool palette current at the command line (for programming purposes).

Clean Screen Use the Clean Screen button located in the lower-right corner of the screen to turn off everything except for the status and menu bars and the command window. This feature comes in handy when showing files to a client and you need to quickly clean up your interface.

User Interface

Layout Tab Improvements • Rename a layout by double-clicking the Layout tab. You can easily stack several on each side of the screen for maximum productivity. . and choose Anchor Left or Anchor Right from the shortcut menu. Simply right-click the name bar. • Hold down Ctrl while dragging to create a copy. • Use the Ctrl and Shift keys to select multiple layouts for dragging and dropping. Palettes roll open or closed as the cursor moves over them. • Drag layout tabs onto the active sheet set to add a new sheet. User Interface Controlling Toolbar and Tool Palette Placement Anchor your palettes to the left or right side of the drawing area for quick access. • Reorder layouts with a simple drag-anddrop. keeping them out of the way. or select Import Layouts as Sheet from the shortcut menu.

Annotation Scaling If you’ve found getting the proper scale factors per viewport to be frustrating and confusing. Just create the object at the actual size you want it to plot and indicate the intended scale factor(s). indicate the desired actual plotted size. and hatches. Use the new ANNOUPDATE command to update selected objects to match their style or definition (model space only). and hatches). . then you’ll love the new annotative scaling! No longer do you need to create multiple sets of text and dimensions on multiple layers. and another viewport at 1”=1’. balloons. Any object with an annotative property can have one or more scales assigned to it (such as ¼”=1’ or 1:50). blocks. For example. You can change an existing object to annotative using the Properties command.  Annotation Scaling Redefining a style or definition to be annotative does not affect existing objects. the same text object could appear in one viewport that is scaled 1/8” = 1’. dimensions. attributes. dimensions. This capability makes it easy to display the same object in different viewports with varying scale factors. Controlling Annotation Scale A new annotative property can be assigned to objects such as text. Now you create one set of annotative objects (such as text. and it magically displays at the correct size. blocks.

It’s faster to use the OBJECTSCALE command when dealing with different object types. Annotation Scaling Use SCALELISTEDIT to customize the list of scales. use the Properties palette to add scale factors. Toggle the new Annotation Visibility button to display annotative objects for all scales (even if they are not supported by the viewport’s current annotation scale). • A new Lock/Unlock Viewport button appears when a viewport is selected. . How can you tell if an object is annotative just by looking at it? Drag your cursor over the object to see the new annotative indicator. • Only the annotative objects that have the same scale factor as the viewport appear in a viewport. For those objects that need to display at multiple scale factors. New Annotative Controls on the Status Bar • Use the two new controls on the status bar to set the VP Scale and Annotation Scale (accessible only if the viewport is unlocked). If an annotative object disappears (and you don’t want it to). Set the annotative scale factor in model space to reflect the most prevalent scale factor in the drawing. click the Automatically Add Scales to Annotative Objects button before changing the Annotation Scale. You can also use the OBJECTSCALE command.

you can speed things up by turning off the Maintain Visual Fidelity option. Disable this behavior with the MSLTSCALE setvar if needed. If you have a large quantity of annotative objects. Annotation Scaling . Backward Compatibility A new option on the Open and Save tab of the Options command helps ensure that those who are not using AutoCAD® 2008 can see your annotative objects. The layers are automatically frozen in the appropriate viewport. Be sure to turn it back on before you save the file to a previous version! Linetypes are automatically scaled by the viewport’s annotation scale. Each scale of the objects is saved as an independent object on its own layer.

. tail first. spline. Not only can you control the order of leader creation (head first. but you can also add multiple leader lines where needed. Use grips for speedy editing. or content first). New options include the following: • Type of leader line (straight.Dimensioning Techniques New Multiple Leaders The new MLEADER command permits more control over leaders than ever before. You can even control the spacing between them!  Dimensioning Techniques Use the MLEADERCOLLECT command to combine multiple block-type leaders into a single multiple leader. just like dimension styles. Aligning Leader Lines Leaders not lining up properly? The new Multiple Leader Align tool snaps leaders into place for you. New Multiple Leader Style Manager The new MLEADERSTYLE command controls format and display options. or none) • Type of arrowhead • Leader connection info • Text information • Assign a block (great for creating balloons!) Use the shortcut menu to add leader lines.

More Cool Dimension Features: • Create inspection dimensions with the new Inspection Dimension tool (DIMINSPECT). Smart Dimension Break Command The new DIMBREAK command breaks dimension or extension lines where they intersect objects or other dimensions. The breaks automatically update if you move the intersecting objects—even if they no longer intersect! You can also use the Restore option to remove all breaks. Dimensioning Techniques • Place the dimension text outside the angle being measured with the updated Angular Dimension command. • Dimension an arc beyond its endpoints with the updated diameter and radial dimension commands. • Add a jog to linear dimensions with the DIMJOGLINE command. • Evenly space dimensions with the DIMSPACE command. • The new Tolerance alignment option in the Dimension Style dialog box allows you to align decimal separators or operational symbols. .

and spacing. indentations. MTEXT Column Wrap Ever wish text would automatically wrap across multiple columns in wide areas of your drawing? Your wish has been granted with the new dynamic columns option in the MTEXT command. 10 Step Savers . More Control over Paragraphs The updated MTEXT command permits more control over paragraph alignment. Use grips along with the text formatting ruler to get the exact results you are after.Step Savers Text Step Savers Use these handy tricks to buy yourself some time when working with text in AutoCAD 2008.

fields. Step Savers . attributes. and set a variety of exclusions. When an error is found. You can choose to include dimension text. Create Attributes with Multiple Lines of Text The new Multiple Lines option allows you to create attributes that support multiple lines. You can also specify the current space or specific objects if you prefer. The new Check Spelling Settings dialog box allows you to customize the spell checker.11 More Efficient Spell Checker No need to select objects first. and xrefs. underlining. such as capitalized words or words with numbers. and so forth. overlining. The updated spell checker searches the entire drawing by default. AutoCAD now highlights and zooms to the word in the drawing.

Step Savers Retain Changes in Tables Any changes you make to an AutoCAD table are retained. and vice versa? Good times are here at last. even if you update the table to reflect any changes in the Excel file! Use the DATALINK command to manage all of your various data links. Wrap Long Tables Across Multiple Rows To wrap tables across rows. simply select the table and adjust it with grips or use the new Table Break tool in the Properties palette. Just select all or part of the sheet. Should any changes occur in the XLS file. Create a Table from a Data Link A new option in the TABLE command also allows you to create a table from an Excel file. and select Paste Link to insert the Excel spreadsheet into AutoCAD. This process creates a data link. You can also create a table from object data. . Bidirectional Excel Tables Wouldn’t it be nice if you could bring a Microsoft® Excel® file into AutoCAD and truly link the file? If you could change the Excel file and have it update in AutoCAD. a bubble notification lets you know that the data link has changed and provides an easy option to update the table.1 Table Step Savers Improved capabilities in AutoCAD 2008 take away the pain when you’re working with tables. because now you can do exactly that! Just use the updated Paste Special command. choose AutoCAD Entities.

Recover Drawings Along with Xrefs A new drawing utility allows you to run the recover process on a drawing and all the associated xrefs.1 Create Incremental Data Fast New auto-fill allows you to quickly increment data in cells by dragging. to a table (including summations!). Step Savers . Publish One Sheet at a Time The new PUBLISHCOLLATE system variable allows you to print one sheet at a time. This variable allows other plots to enter the printing queue. Find this capability under Files>Drawing Utilities or use the RECOVERALL command. Change Copy Multiple Default To default to a single copy. just as in Excel. set the system variable COPYMODE to 1. the associated parameter description displays as a tooltip. such as plines. You can also combine blocks and text in the same cell! More Step Savers It just doesn’t get any easier than this! View New Grip Tips on Dynamic Blocks As you hover the cursor over a dynamic block grip. This feature is great for gas or water lines. Easily Extract Object Data Use the new DATAEXTRACTION command to sort and extract object data. Publish Sheet Sets in Reverse Order A new option on the Sheet List shortcut menu allows you to publish in reverse order.

• Materials: Apply materials and textures to objects. 3D Tools Dynamic Input Use this control to add a Z coordinate field when using dynamic input. • 3D Navigate: Set up 3D views and animations. It can be found under Tools>Palettes>Dashboard or by entering the DASHBOARD command. Be sure to turn it on! .3D Tools Dashboard The 3D control panels on the Dashboard provide a one-stop shop for nearly all things 3D. • Lights: Add lighting to your model. • Render: Access basic rendering functions. 1 OPTIONS D Modeling Tab This tab focuses entirely on 3D functionality. • Visual Styles: Create and move from one visual style to another. • 3D Make: Easily access 3D solids and surfaces. Here are some highlights: D Objects Controls the display of 3D solids and surfaces.

Visual Style While Creating 3d Objects One means of switching visual styles (the Dashboard is another). U and V Isolines on Surfaces and Meshes Controls the number of isolines for surfaces and meshes. fly. Now you can match them! This section of the tab also enables you to control walk. you’ve noticed the wheel zoom is the opposite of that in AutoCAD. You may also choose to be prompted each time. D Navigation If you’ve used Autodesk® Inventor™ software. . 3D Tools deletion Control While Creating 3d Objects This key setting controls whether the profile and path curves are deleted once your 3D object is created. and animation settings.1 D Objects These settings control the display of 3D solids and surfaces.

Select an axis on the grip tool to lock in an X. and location dynamically display as you create 3D objects. making it easier to visualize your design. 3D Tools • No more fighting with the UCS command. shape. or Z direction for easy editing. This becomes a temporary UCS (DUCS. Use the spacebar to cycle from Stretch to Move to Rotate! .1 Dynamic Geometric Feedback • The size. • Object tracking now works dynamically in 3D (even in perspective mode!). Y. needs to be on). or drag the cursor to specify dimensions visually. Holding down the Ctrl key as you pass your cursor over a solid lets you select the various components of the solid for editing (very handy!). Enter dimensions manually using Dynamic Input. Select the blue grip to edit. a new button on the status bar. Now you can easily draw on a new work plane by passing your cursor over the edge of an existing face until it highlights.

2P. You can also use a center point to define the wedge. but the base and the top radius are equal. 3D Solids and Surfaces Cylinder Same options as Cone. 1 Cone Same options as CIRCLE command to define base followed by the height. Wedge Draw the base rectangle and the height (the sloped face is placed opposite the first corner). but this command generates a sphere. but you can dynamically add the height. The Top Radius option creates a cone that does not meet at a point (cone frustum). Sphere Same options you’d find in the CIRCLE command (center point. which is easily picked dynamically. Cube option draws a wedge with equal sides. You can also specify an elliptical base. 3P. Box This is similar to RECTANG. .3D Solids and Surfaces Creating Solid Primitives Creating 3D solid primitives is easy and intuitive because they follow the same steps as the correlating 2D commands. or an axis endpoint. TTR). You can also use a center point to define the cube. Define height by selecting between two points (2P).

pline. arc. Creating Swept Solids and Surfaces Creating swept solid and surfaces is also easy and intuitive with the tools available in AutoCAD 2008.1 Pyramid Use the PYRAMID command to draw a solid pyramid (similar to the POLYGON command). Use 3P and 2P to define the circumference. number. . You’ll input the number of sides (3 to 32). top radius. base radius. Helix It’s easy to create helical shapes by specifying the height. top radii. and height of turns and direction (clockwise or counterclockwise). 3D Solids and Surfaces Torus Use the same options as the CIRCLE command to define the distance from the center of the torus to the center of the tube. Polysolid Draw a polysolid the same way you draw a polyline. Then define the radius or diameter of the tube. inscribed or circumscribed (or use the Edge option). and height. but include a height and width (like walls). You can also convert an existing line. or circle into a swept solid. base.

A closed curve results in a solid. • Taper Angle: Positive angles taper in from the base. • Direction: Select the length and direction with two points. The final result is in the shape of the profile. The path is moved to the centroid of the object and used as the profile. Press Ctrl+Alt inside an open or closed boundary to press or pull! You don’t even have to enter a command to do this extra cool tip! Sweep Sweep an open or closed profile along an open or closed 2D or 3D path. negative angles taper out (0 is perpendicular). Use the following extrusion profile options: • Path: Specify an object as the profile for the path. The profile is moved and aligned perpendicular to the path—you no longer need to align it yourself. or swept object. 3D Solids and Surfaces . Use a helix as a path to create a variety of helical shapes. Just use the Ctrl key to select. To create a solid from a profile using lines or arcs. Extruding a closed object creates a solid. use the Join option of the PEDIT command first to convert them to a single PLINE (you could also convert the objects to a region before you extrude). You can also extrude an existing face.1 Extrude Extruding an open object creates a surface. You can also twist or scale objects as they are swept.

• Create surfaces from 3D solids with curved faces by using the EXPLODE command. drafting angles. 3D Solids and Surfaces Creating Surfaces These commands make it fast and easy to create surfaces: • Convert objects into surfaces with the CONVTOSURFACE command. Lofting through a set of closed cross sections results in a solid. 2. • Use PLANESURF to create a planar surface by • Selecting one or more objects that form an enclosed area • Specifying the opposite corners of a rectangle Revolve The updated REVOLVE command can create surfaces or solids based on the profile and axis of rotation. and regions. • Use XEDGES to extract wireframe geometry from solids. There are many options for getting the perfect loft: guide angles. 3. Select the objects to revolve. . surfaces. 1. smooth fit. and so forth. Specify the start and endpoint of the axis of revolution. Specify the angle of revolution.0 Loft Draw a 3D solid or surface through a set of two or more cross sections.

Define the cutting plane by specifying points or by selecting a surface or planar object. Subtract.1 Creating Solids With these commands. Creating Composite Solids Union. Use the Show History option in the Properties palette to display wireframes of the original forms that make up the composite (or use the SHOWHIST command). and Chamfer create composite solids. creating solids has never been easier: • CONVTOSOLID converts the following objects into extruded 3D solids: • Uniform-width polylines with thickness • Closed zero-width polylines with thickness • Circles with thickness • THICKEN converts surfaces to solids by thickening a surface. • SLICE creates new solids by slicing existing ones. 3D Solids and Surfaces . Intersect. Fillet.

If you are having trouble selecting the correct face or edge. . Editing Solids Easily edit existing solids in the Properties palette or by grip editing the solid. You can also use the grip tool to move along an axis or plane by hovering the cursor over the Move grip of a selected solid. Use the Ctrl key to select the face or edge. or to select objects within a composite solid. Temporary solids are created and highlighted where solids intersect. Align Align works dynamically with 3D objects so you see the selected geometry align as you specify the destination points. You can even select blocks and xrefs when searching for interferences and individual nested solids within a block or xref. use the spacebar to cycle through all the possibilities. 3D Solids and Surfaces Checking for Interference Use INTERFERE to identify solids that interfere with one another.

D. Press Shift+middle mouse button for quick access to 3DORBIT. Adjust the step size and speed in the Navigation control panel. use W. • Continuous Orbit allows you to set the objects in continuous motion (3DORBIT). . Use the mouse wheel to roll in a walkthrough and the left mouse button to swivel to a new direction.3D Viewing D Orbiting and Viewing Use the improved 3DORBIT command to view your 3D models. The shortcut menu lets you choose from a variety of navigation modes.  • Similar to Adjust Distance. Walk-Throughs Use 3DWALK to walk-through your design using the four arrow keys. or use the PERSPECTIVE system variable. Zoom simulates moving the camera closer or further away (3DZOOM). 3D Viewing Perspective Easily toggle from Perspective to Parallel from the dashboard. • Walk through a model at a fixed height above the XY plane (3DWALK). A. • Free Orbit mode returns you to previous behavior and allows orbiting in any direction (3DORBIT). S. right. • Swivel simulates the effect of swiveling the camera on a tripod (3DSWIVEL). dragging it vertically moves it parallel to the Z axis. • Fly through the model without any height restrictions (3DFLY). • Adjust Distance controls the distance toward or away from the objects (3DDISTANCE). Drag the mouse in the direction you want to look. left. Dragging the cursor horizontally moves the camera parallel to the XY plane. forward. Perspective mode must be on. Navigation modes are as follows: • The Constrained Orbit mode keeps you from rolling the geometry completely over (3DORBIT). back. Alternatively. • Pan moves the view in the direction you drag (3DPAN).

OLE objects. linetypes. The greater the lens length. Materials are displayed. Objects are outlined. • 3 Hidden: Wireframe representation. the narrower the field of view. • Lens Length: Magnification properties of the camera’s lens. Everything between the camera and the front clipping plane is hidden. • Target: The point that you are viewing (center of the view). • 2D Wireframe: Displays objects using lines and curves to represent boundaries with model space colors. A camera icon is added to the drawing with a corresponding named view. and lineweights are not visible. Creating Cameras Use the CAMERA command to set up cameras for viewing your design. • Conceptual: Shades the objects and smoothes the edges using the Gooch face style. Create your own Visual Styles in the Visual Style Manager. 2D objects such as raster images. Less realistic but easier to see. • Location: The point from which you are viewing the model. Use the drop-down menu in the Navigation control panel of the Dashboard to quickly restore a camera’s view. • 3 Wireframe: Displays objects using lines D and curves with a 3D look and feel. Visual Styles Use Visual Styles to quickly change the display of edges and shading in a viewport. • Realistic: Shades the objects and smoothes the edges. • Front and Back Clipping Planes: Specifies the boundaries that define or clip a view. D hidden lines removed. You can also create an animation of your walk-through (ANIPATH command). 3D Viewing 3D Viewing . Everything between the back clipping plane and the target is hidden.

or choose Rename from the shortcut menu. Here you also find additional controls to freeze or thaw the selected layer(s) in all viewports.  Layers Renaming Layers There are now three ways to rename a layer. Too many columns? Turn off the ones you aren’t using by choosing Customize from the shortcut menu. select a layer and press F2. . a function that is also available as a new button. These additions make this popular command even better! Customize the Layer Manager Now you control the display order of the layer property columns by dragging the column headings—put your favorites on the left for easy access. Freezing a Layer in All Viewports The shortcut menu allows you to create a new layer that is frozen in all viewports. Double-click the layer name.Layers The Layer command is the third most frequently used command in AutoCAD.

and plotstyle per layer that affect only the current viewport. Use the new SETBYLAYER command to quickly change objects to bylayer. Use the new Import option to bring in layer states directly from DWG™. lineweight. Layer Properties per Viewport How often have you wished you could assign layer properties per viewport? Wish granted! No more tedium duplicating geometry on separate layers and flipping the layers on and off per viewport. These overrides affect only those objects that are bylayer. or DWS files. Now you can also edit or view layer states from xrefs! Remove these viewport overrides from the right-click menu. Now you can double-click in a viewport and assign a specific color. Use VPLAYEROVERRIDESMODE (phew!) to temporarily ignore the overrides for viewing or plotting. DWT. linetype. (Hoorah!) Layers Direct Access to the Layer States Manager A new LAYERSTATE command (LAS alias) provides access to the Layer State Manager from the command prompt (also on the layer panel of the Dashboard). including those within blocks and nested blocks! .

• When new layers are added. • Two new system variables. an “Unreconciled New Layers” notification appears. • The first time you save or plot. Layers . • A new layer filter for unreconciled layers is automatically created. rather than hiding them completely. including the very popular Layer Isolate (LAYISO) and Layer Unisolate (LAYUNISO) commands! New fading options allow you to lock and fade background layers. LAYEREVAL and LAYERNOTIFY. Click the link to view the nonmatching layers. New Layer Evaluation Tool A new Settings button in the Layer command allows you to turn on a new layer evaluation tool. the current list of layers is stored for evaluation purposes. • Layer Settings allows you to customize this process. New Layer Panel on the Dashboard The new Layer panel provides quick access to all these cool new tools. are now available.

You can even create a new row of tools on the Dashboard by dragging a toolbar from the Toolbar node to the Dashboard node.  Customize . A new search tool makes it easy to find commands. New Quick CUI The QUICKCUI command displays a simplified Customize User Interface dialog box for speedy customization. Just drag commands to toolbars or palettes. Simply drag a command from the command list directly to the palette. The macro associated with each command appears as a tooltip as you hover the cursor over the command. Customize the Dashboard by dragging commands to the new Dashboard panel that displays in the upper right of the CUI.Customize New CUI Features Now you can customize the Dashboard and palettes with all your favorite commands in the CUI command.

which allows you to edit all the properties in addition to the attribute value. why not assign 3DORBIT to the F4 key in the CUI? It will make the transition between the two products so much easier! Customize . Simply replace DDEDIT in the macro with EATTEDIT or drag Edit Attribute from the command list to the double-click menu. the DDEDIT command is executed. For you Autodesk Inventor users. a command is launched. Maybe you’d prefer the EATTEDIT command. Now you can assign which command is executed for each type of object! For example. Double-Clicking When you double-click an object. New Dynamic Preview Panel It’s easy to drag Dashboard and toolbar tools to the Preview Panel in the CUI. when you doubleclick an attribute definition. allowing you to edit only the attribute value.

Share Sharing your drawing information is important. a dialog box prompts for information regarding external DGN references. and monochrome (or DGNADJUST). When importing. just as you can with raster images. contrast. Use the shortcut menu to clip the DWF file and control the layer visibility of a selected DWF file. 0 Working with DGN files Now you can attach Bentley MicroStation® V8 DGN files to your AutoCAD drawings or export DWG files to V8 DGN format using File>Export. Import V8 DGN data with DGNIMPORT using File>Import. Bring them in as externally referenced underlays with DGNATTACH using Insert>DGN Underlay. You can snap to an attached DWF file and adjust the fade. Using DWF Files as Underlays The DWFATTACH command enables you to use a DWF™ file as an underlay. The DWF file is linked and not physically embedded into the drawing file. fade. Clip the DGN from the shortcut menu (or use DGNCLIP) and use Properties to adjust contrast. text nodes. thus keeping the file size down. Share . and units to help you get the best results. and AutoCAD 2008 makes it even easier to do so. and monochrome from the Properties palette or DWFADJUST command.

and DGN files.com/dwg. select Autodesk ePlot (PDF). Download DWG TrueView for free (and we all love free!) at www. publish. DWF files. A new option in the XCLIP command enables you to clip the inverse of a selected boundary by removing the inside rather than the outside.1 External References Now you can use the XREF command to see all externally referenced files in one handy central location. images. Access to DWG Files AutoCAD 2008 lets you open DWG files all the way back to AutoCAD version 2. • Now anyone can view.autodesk. Here you find any attached drawing files. • Backward and forward conversion of DWG files from AutoCAD Release 14 to AutoCAD 2008 using the conversion features of DWG TrueView™ 2008 software. and under Models select PDF. and plot DWG files with DWG TrueView. Share Plotting to PDF Use the Add Plotter wizard to print your drawings to PDF format. Use DWG TrueView to quickly apply a page setup to multiple layouts! . Under Manufacturers.0 (ancient!).

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