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AutoCAD 2007

Ralph Grabowski March 23, 2006

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Table of Contents
Executive Overview 7
ChSpace 28 Camera 29

Strangely Familiar 7 New AutoCAD 2007 Features 8
#1 — Dashboard 8 #2 — 3D Construction and Editing 8 #3 — Rendering and Animation 9

Visual Styles 30
VisualStyles and -VisualStyles VsCurrent 30 VsSave 30 VisualStylesClose 31 30

Most Intriguing Unannounced Features 9
#1 — DGN Import and Export 10 #2 — Vault 10 #3 — Removed Commands and Tough Specs 10

Rendering 33
Materials 33 MaterialMap 34 MaterialAttach 34 ConvertOldMaterials 34 MaterialsClose 35 LightList 35 DistantLight 35 PointLight 35 Spotlight 36 ConvertOldLights 36 LightListClose 36 SunProperties 36 SunPropertiesClose 37 GeographicLocation 37 RenderPresets 38 RenderEnvironment 39 RenderCrop 39 RenderWin 40 RPrefClose 40

Most Useful Changed Commands 10
#1 — CUI Corrections 11 #2 — PDF Export 11 #3 — DWF Underlays 11

Related Software 11
DWF Viewer 11 AutoCAD LT 2007 12

The Shipping Manifest 12 Product Leverage 13 Road Map of Future Releases 13
AUGI Wishlist 14

1: New Commands and Related System Variables 15
Dashboard 3D Modeling
Helix 16 Loft 16 PolySolid 18 Pyramid 19 Sweep 20 Thicken 20

Animation 41
WalkFlySettings 41 3dWalk 41 3dFly 41 AniPath 42

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Dashboard 15 DashboardClose 15

DWF Underlays 43
DwfAttach and -DwfAttach 43 DwfAdjust 43 DwfClip 44 3dDwf 44

Surfaces 21
PlaneSurf 21 ConvToSurface 21

Layers 45 Miscellaneous

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3D Editing 22
PressPull 22 Imprint 22 SectionPlane 23 LiveSection 24 JogSection 25 FlatShot 26 BRep 26 ConvToSolid 26 XEdges 26

ExternalReferences 46 ExternalReferencesClose 46 ClassicImage and ClassicXref 46 Dimensions 46

2: User Interface Changes
Changes to the User Interface 48
3D Cursor/Colors 48 3D Workspace 49 Layout Tabs 49 Scroll Bars 50 Clean Screen and DUCS

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3D Viewing 27
3dFOrbit 27 3dMove 27 3dRotate 27

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Cylinder. Cone. and Wedge 56 Camera 56 Change and ChProp 57 ChSpace 57 CleanScreenOn and CleanScreenOff 57 CUI 57 Dimensions 57 DrawingRecovery 57 DSettings 58 Snap 58 Grid and Grid Behavior 58 DsViewer 58 Dynamic Input 58 eTransmit 59 Explode 59 Extrude 59 Export 59 Field 59 Fog 60 Grid 60 Hide 60 HlSettings 60 Image and ClassicImage 60 Insert and MInsert 60 Interfere 61 Layers 62 Light 62 LsEdit. and LsNew 62 MatchProp 62 Move and Move3D 62 MText 62 New 62 Options 62 Files tab 62 Display tab 62 Open and Save tab 62 Plot and Publish tab 62 System tab 63 OSnap 63 Plot 63 Preview 63 Properties 64 Publish 64 Purge and -Purge 65 QNew 65 QSelect 65 Rename and -Rename 66 Render and RendScr 66 Replay 66 Revolve 66 RMat and MatLib 66 Rotate and 3dRotate 66 RPref 66 SaveAs 66 SaveImg 66 Scene 67 SetUV 67 ShadeMode 67 SheetSet 67 Slice 67 Stats 67 TableStyle 68 Text 68 ToolPalette 68 UCS 69 View and -View 69 -View Command 71 XRef and ClassicXref 72 3dAlign 72 3dConfig and -3dConfig 72 3dDwfPublish 73 3dOrbit 73 3dsOut 73 4: Changed System Variables AcadVer 74 CalcInput 74 DelObj 74 DimABlk 74 DTextEd 74 DwgCheck 75 FaceTRatio 75 HaloGap 75 HidePrecision 75 IntersectionColor 75 IntersectionDisplay 75 74 upFront.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 4 Menus and Toolbars 50 Docked AutoHide 51 Grid Behavior 51 First Time Help Windows 52 Icons on Palette Titlebars 52 Options 53 User Preferences tab 63 Drafting tab 63 3D Modeling tab 63 Selection tab 63 Profiles tab 63 New Interactivity for 3D Objects 54 Triangle Grips 54 Dynamic Grips 54 Grip Tools 55 3: Changed and Removed Commands 56 Background 56 BEditor 56 Box. Torus.reSearch . LsLib. Sphere.

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dwg files from non-Autodesk sources. and that we should expect fewer new features in next year’s release. This DWG file was saved by a software application not developed or licensed by Autodesk. and downplays others.’) The new 3D interface is unfamiliar. Strangely Familiar With every release. The key word in AutoCAD 2007 is “familiarity” — perhaps because there are so many changes.Autodesk’s marketing department emphasizes certain features. With this twenty-first release. which then makes it easier to leverage customers to the more expensive 3D Inventor or Revit software. An Autodesk executive admitted that the annual release cycle is becoming too much. such as this one: Autodesk DWG. (Recall that “spin” means “opposite. AutoCAD 2007 is stricter in accepting . Present We note that none of these messages appear for drawings created by old releases of AutoCAD. Autodesk marketing hopes that AutoCAD users will become familiar with the 3D tools in AutoCAD 2007. Each time a drawing is opened. many commands are changed. removed. The View from Autodesk: Features New Features Autodesk groups AutoCAD 2007’s new features in five categories: Create Create 3D objects Modify 3D solids and surfaces Create sections from 3D Models 3D modeling aids External reference improvements User interface Lighting Materials Enhanced navigation Updated camera functionality DWF publishing improvements Animation and walkthrough Rendering Autodesk Vault (subscribers only). or undocumented. who renew annually. This file is a Trusted DWG last saved by an Autodesk application or Autodesk licensed application. DWF underlays Manage Produce And when DwgCheck is set to 2: Non Autodesk DWG. Beta software was made available to us two months later than normal. one of several messages greets users. Share upFront. the tweaks to existing commands are being downplayed. Use of this file with AutoCAD software may result in stability issues. Regular updates are important for Autodesk in keeping its promise to subscribers. The new 3D solid modeling and rendering features are being emphasized.reSearch . Autodesk appeared to have fallen behind in coding AutoCAD.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 7 Executive Overview AutoCAD 2007 continues Autodesk’s promise of a new release every twelve month — or so.

The drawback. further reducing the user’s dependence on the command line. Autodesk has keenly added palettes of all kinds. The most visible is the Dashboard.reSearch . is its confusing profusion of icons. Triangular grips were first seen on 2D arcs and dynamic blocks in AutoCAD 2006. AutoCAD 2007 adds more. Editing 3D models is now interactive through the use of grips and dynamic UCS. By no coincidence. Several 3D drawing commands now mimic the 2D equivalents.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 8 New AutoCAD 2007 Features — The Top 3 Here. Dynamic UCS makes it easy to (1) select the face or edge to edit. now they populate all 3D solids (but are extended to more 2D objects). The dashboard consists of these control panels: • • • • • • • 2D Draw 3D Make 3D Navigate Light Visual Style Materials Render > Our View The dashboard is useful in putting together all 3D-related activities in one area. for example. a one-stop palette that holds 140 commands and options for 2D/3D drawing. upFront. they match those considered most important by Autodesk marketing: #1 — Dashboard Over the last several releases. Autodesk has implemented much improved systems for drawing and editing 3D solids (and. however. drawing 3D cylinders displays prompts similar to those of the 2D Circle command. and rendering. editing. including its 3P and TTR options. AutoCAD 2007 previews the placement and size. • #2 — 3D Construction and Editing Borrowing from Inventor. 3D surfaces). in some cases. in our opinion. and (2) automatically draw or edit on the selected face — without having to execute the UCS command. The drawing commands are interactive: as users draw 3D shapes. are the three most important new features. and the amount of significant space it takes from the drawing area.

Some of the visual styles are quite artistic. • Most Intriguing Unannounced Features — The Top 3 We scan through each new release of AutoCAD and its support files to search out undocumented commands and hints of unannounced features. > Our View Updating rendering was also long overdue. and vice versa. Autodesk improved the rendering facilities and added animation. which renders 3D models transparently. and so on) are similar to former commands. and it finally happened with 2007. which collect rendering options into style names.We had predicted that a form of Viz would make its way into AutoCAD eventually. For instance. that AutoCAD users are not keen to upgrade to 3D. We especially liked the XRay mode. Here. and for editing 3D solids and surfaces. It became apparent. Much of the rendering technology in AutoCAD 2007 is licensed from mental ray. so they brought 3D to the user. however. Autodesk was reluctant to improve 3D in AutoCAD in order to avoid cannibalization of its more expensive 3D-specific software. depending on the parameters. but have new user interfaces and many more options. materials. or are turned on as undocumented test features. And new commands convert solids to surface. the previous system had been in place for over a decade. these features are turned off in anticipation of future releases. (The Autodesk CEO speaks of it taking ten years. > Our View Updating 3D was long overdue.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 9 Commands are added for drawing pyramids and cones. Some commands draw 3D solids or 3D surfaces. as illustrated by the chair.) Animations are walkthroughs: users draw a path. below. upFront. The animations are rendered and can be played back or saved in one of several movie file formats. and animation existed in AutoCAD Release 12 (but was removed in Release 13). or specify points of interest and have AutoCAD 2007 run the camera along the path. AutoCAD 2007 also adds visual styles.reSearch . AutoCAD badly lagged the competition and older releases of itself. cameras. easily placing cameras and lights was found in competitor MicroStation years ago. Typically.) Autodesk could not bring the user to 3D. See Appendix C for the complete list. in our opinion. lights. Many rendering-related commands (scenes. In addition. users can now draw and edit in the perspective viewing mode. (Also illustrated by the chair below. • #3 — Rendering and Animation Borrowing from its Viz software. are the three most intriguing hidden features in AutoCAD 2007.

This means that the MicroStation design files are not translated. It is available for AutoCAD 2007. AutoCAD drawings will. in our opinion. will go to beta in the Summer of 2006.com/vault] was developed by Autodesk’s mechanical CAD division for centralized organization drawings and data.dgn files. however. presentation.dgn files will be attached to drawings in a manner similar to DWF underlays. and removed commands are not noted.reSearch . The AutoCAD code already contains as-yet-unactivated commands and system variables for reading and writing . a number of old commands are changed. computers must have high speed and high-end graphics boards. upFront. It would appear that the DgnFrame system variable toggles the frame around the DGN image. To fully appreciate 3D.com/hardcert/db. and export drawings in . but it’s not good enough for AutoCAD’s performance tuner: Your machine contains a 3D Device that is not certified. Some changes are important. Autodesk recommends a minimum 3GHz CPU with 2GB RAM and 128MB OpenGL-compatible graphics board. In the online help files. One of our computers has the 128MB ATi Radeon 8500. there is no indication of changes to existing commands. but to members of Autodesk’s annual subscription program only. Geometry acceleration: Not recommended and off Smooth line display: Gooch shader: Full-shadow display: Not available Software emulation in use Not available Most Useful Changed Commands — The Top 3 With each release of AutoCAD. #3 — Removed Commands and Tough Specs The number of commands that are changed and removed from AutoCAD 2007 is astounding — as well as undocumented. be translated to DGN format — from the name of the DgnExport command. Here are. no 3D and no AutoCAD proxy objects.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 10 #1 — DGN Import and Export The View from Autodesk: Product Differentiation Autodesk needs to convince its customers that more expensive software is better. and following that become a free add-on. but displayed only — much like images. From the name of the DgnAttach command. the three most important changes. we surmise that . from lowest to highest: 2D Drafting AutoCAD LT Horizontal CAD (with conceptual design. Autodesk has indicated that only 2D drawings will be supported. #2 — Vault The Vault technology [autodesk. Autodesk has a list of recommended graphics cards. shadows casting is disabled for slower graphics boards.dgn format.html. Here is how they differentiate them. and API) AutoCAD Intelligent Objects Architectural Desktop Building Systems Mechanical Electrical Information Modeling Revit Inventor Civil 3D Map 3D Share Vault Streamline and PartStream Buzzsaw Autodesk has indicated that AutoCAD 2007 will be able to read MicroStation V8 design files. while DgnOsnap toggles osnapping of the DGN frame. The translator is currently in alpha. At autodesk. others merely provide compatibility with new aspects in AutoCAD. This is possible because the internal structure of the V8 DGN format encompasses the DWG format. For example. such as the nVidia Quadro 4 980GL or ATI FireGL V7350. Autodesk no longer marks new commands.

dwf files could be viewed in the drawing. and its unfinished nature created headaches for users. marked-up .com/dwf]. Autodesk eases the restriction: . upFront. as illustrated below. Commands can be dragged from the CUI to tool palettes. and makes additional changes with AutoCAD 2007. Autodesk’s attitude has changed to the point that AutoCAD 2007 includes PDF export. DWF Viewer ships in the package. With AutoCAD 2007. #2 — PDF Export Several years ago. It also displays ads on the toolbar.dwf files can be attached as underlays — much like images and externally-referenced drawing files. #3 — DWF Underlays Autodesk keeps adding features to its DWF (design Web format) technology [autodesk. Clicking the ad takes users to related Autodesk Web pages. albeit implemented as a plotter driver. DWF Viewer DWF Viewer has been updated to slice 3D models. Autodesk corrected a number of problems with a midrelease Service Pack. In earlier releases.reSearch .What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 11 #1 — CUI Corrections The Customize User Interface (CUI) dialog box was changed wholesale in AutoCAD 2006. as well as whether to convert them to a single color (monochrome). Users have control over the fade and lineweight of DWF files. Autodesk unwisely waged a marketing war against Adobe and its overwhelmingly popular Acrobat PDF (portable document format). while many sites use AutoCAD LT as a lower-cost alternative. Related Software AutoCAD works with other Autodesk software. A new Double-click Action allows users to redefine the meaning of double-clicking objects.

Autodesk emphasized that LT is meant for 2D drafting. AutoCAD LT 2007 gets these features from AutoCAD 2006: • Creation of dynamic blocks.” In discussions with us. Building 9 AutoCAD-Revit Series. AutoCAD LT 2007 Autodesk defines AutoCAD LT as “single-user.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 12 The extra-cost DWF Composer has been renamed DWF Design Review to better represent the capabilities of the redlining software. Structure 3 AutoCAD-Revit Series. and any enhancements will reflect that.reSearch Inventor Series 11 Inventor Professional 11 Inventor Professional 11 for Simulation Inventor Professional 11 for Routed Systems Productstream 5 Streamline 7 Vault 5 . Civil Design Companion Land Desktop 2007 Map 3D 2007 Raster Design 2007 Survey 2007 Architectural Software • • • • • • • Architectural Desktop 2007 AutoCAD-Revit Series.5 • VIZ 2007 Civil and Mapping Software • • • • • • Civil 3D 2007 Civil 3D 2007. • Layer commands from Express Tools. 2D design tool to create technical drawings and documentation. The Shipping Manifest The following products are due to be available for licensing and upgrading the same day that AutoCAD 2007 ships (March 23) or by the end of April: • AutoCAD LT 2007 • DWF Viewer 6. Systems Plus Building Systems 2007 Revit Building 9 Revit Structure 3 2D Mechanical Software • AutoCAD Electrical 2007 • AutoCAD Mechanical 2007 3D Mechanical Software • • • • • • • upFront.

4. • DWF is becoming the universal data exchange format between Autodesk software packages. Fall of 2006 — MicroStation V8 DGN import and export (limited to 2D). • Centralized products. • DWG source checking casts suspicion on non-Autodesk software. March 2008 — AutoCAD 2009. But Autodesk would rather that AutoCAD users upgrade to 3D software. which carries higher ASPs (average selling price) and higher margins.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 13 Other Software Releases • • • • • • • DWF Design Review DGN Translator Buzzsaw Vespa DWG TrueConvert DWG TrueView RealDWG Product Leverage AutoCAD is Autodesk’s cash cow. • Similarly. Moves by Autodesk include: • AutoCAD’s new 3D environment is more like Inventor’s. Revit 9 and AutoCAD 2007 are more easily able to exchange drawings. • Challenging the competition’s designs on AutoCAD users through counter-slogans. help lock users into the Autodesk universe.AutoCAD revenues are what make possible the development of the company’s 3D software. under the theory that users are more likely to switch if Inventor already seems familiar. and harder to switch to 3D software from competitors. upFront. as Autodesk told analysts during its FY2006 conference call. 2.reSearch . • Daily or weekly communication between AutoCAD and Autodesk’s Communication Center. As an executive told us during prelaunch meetings. 3. such as Vault and Buzzsaw. higher margins mean higher profits Thus the company is working to leverage the multimillion AutoCAD user base by making it easier for it to switch to 3D software from Autodesk. March 2009 — AutoCAD 2010. the road map looks like this: 1. • Inventor 11 and AutoCAD 2007 exchange drawings more easily.” Road Map of Future Releases Autodesk executive are pleased to have mapped out the next four releases of AutoCAD following 2006. High ASPs means higher revenues for the company. At time of printing. such as Inventor’s “2D or 3D? Yes. • AutoCAD’s new rendering environment is more similar to that of Architectural Desktop. although some still use XML. March 2007 — AutoCAD 2008.

balloon leaders. • TabletPC support continues to be unofficial.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 14 Some features that Autodesk roadmapped internally did not make it into earlier releases of AutoCAD. 4. • Security is all-or-nothing right now. which includes native support for TabletPCs. we think the following features will appear in future releases of AutoCAD. Independent paragraph spacing in MText. • The #1 request we get from users is help with complex linetypes. as in Excel. 3. multilines need the automatic cleanup long found in AutoCAD LT’s DLine (double line) command. 10. Change layout order by dragging tabs.com] thrice-annually posts lists of the feature mostrequested by members. One such list reads as follows: 1. Some guesses are left over from the previous edition of this ebook. Preset table styles. We may see them either in future releases. 9. (Check out commands like InkGesture and InkReco. 3D dynamic blocks. upFront. • Autodesk’s Generic CADD had curves and Beziers for its multilines. 7. which is sure to work with Windows Vista. Some of these may include dependent drawing versions. such as view-only and plot-only. and an integrated linetype development environment needs to be added. 5.reSearch . Spell check zooms to misspelled words. and no further along than in AutoCAD 2006. 6. 2. AUGI Wishlist The AutoCAD User Group International [augi. What We Guess From hints and guesses. Multiple leader lines per leader. 8. perhaps we can expect varying levels of permission applied to drawings. and extruded text. Right click a layout tab and add it to the current sheet set.) Perhaps this will change with AutoCAD 2008. The restrictions on the look of complex linetypes need to be dropped. or the features have been cancelled entirely. Better dual monitor support. Translucent layers. Linetypes with modifiable text. why not in AutoCAD? Also.

and commands. The Dashboard palette cannot be customized. perhaps because Autodesk feels this palette should be open at all time. especially the unfamiliar icons associated with new commands.There is no keyboard shortcut.Closed. we’ve grouped the new commands by function.Open (displayed). The many icons may prove. and then rendering.reSearch . AutoCAD 2006 had 38 new commands.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 15 Chapter 1 New Commands and Related System Variables AutoCAD 2007 introduces 59 new commands. Dashboard The Dashboard command opens the Dashboard palette with its control panels. NEW SYSTEM VARIABLE DashboardState reports whether the Dashboard is open: 0 .) In this section. plus 17 specific to the block editor. • • • • • • • • • • • Dashboard 3D Modeling Surfaces 3D Editing 3D Viewing Visual Styles Rendering Animation DWF Underlays Layers Miscellaneous Dashboard The Dashboard appears to be an extension of the Tool Palettes. however. Rather than semi-random collections of hatch patterns. 3D making. blocks. DashboardClose The DashboardClose command closes the Dashboard palette. 3D navigating. 1 . see the appendices for alphabetical summaries. the Dashboard groups commands in a sequence: 2D drawing. adding lights. and converts another 18 from Express Tools to core code. (By comparison. Right-click to access a shortcut menu that selects the control panels to display or hide. to be confusing to users. applying visual styles. attaching materials. upFront.

then a surface.) As with all 3D modeling commands.) Specify top radius or [Diameter] <3.) Specify base radius or [Diameter] <1. Right: 3D helix. upFront. If the crosssection curves are closed. Command: helix Number of turns = 3.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 16 3D Modeling Helix The Helix command draws wireframe spirals in 2D and 3D. Left: 2D spiral. Right: A coil spring made with the Helix and Sweep commands.0000>: (Enter an option or pick a point.0000 Twist=CCW Specify center point of base: (Pick a point. This command can create 3D terrains from elevation data. Helixes can be flat (2D spirals) or 3D (with height).3429>: (Enter another value.reSearch . AutoCAD 2007 creates a solid. if open. Users can fatten up helixes by applying the Sweep command.0000>: (Enter a value. AutoCAD 2007 previews the shape in realtime.) Specify helix height or [Axis endpoint/Turns/turn Height/tWist] <1. Left: AutoCAD 2007 previews helixes and other 3D solids in realtime. Loft The Loft command creates 3D solids and surfaces through lofting two or more curves.

Smooth (default). default = 90.First normal.9 degrees. default = 90. range is 0 to 359.Use draft angle and magnitude.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 17 Command: loft Select cross-sections in lofting order: (Pick an object.Last normal. 6 . LoftAng2 stores the default angle for the second lofting cross section. 2 .Ends normal. upFront. 1 . default = 1. LoftMag2 specifies the magnitude of the second loft angle.) Select cross-sections in lofting order: (Pick an object. LoftNormals specifies where loft normals are placed: 0 . 4 . default = 1.) Enter an option [Guides/Path/Cross-sections only] <Cross-sections only>: (Enter an option.All normal. range is 1 to 10.Ruled. 5 . range is 1 to 10. range is 0 to 359. 3 .9 degrees.) The Cross-sections only option displays the following dialog box: NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES LoftAng1 stores the default angle for the first lofting cross section.reSearch . LoftMag1 specifies the magnitude of the first loft angle.

) Specify next point or [Arc/Undo]: (Pick another point. PSolWidth specifies the default width for PolySolid objects. subtract boxes from the walls to make openings for doors and windows. circles.) Users can predefine the height and width. or enter an option. NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES PSolHeight specifies the default height for PolySolid objects. this makes it easier to convert a 2D architectural drawing into 3D. arcs. it does not allow intersecting walls. and polylines in to 3D solids with thickness.) Specify next point or [Arc/Close/Undo]: (Etc. default = 0.Minimize twist between cross sections. 8 . And it can draw plain “walls” (rectangles with height).What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 18 LoftParam specifies the shape of the loft: 1 .reSearch .Produce simple solids and surfaces rather than spline solids and surfaces. the Justify option aligns the walls relative to the path: to the left. The Object option creates the walls along a path. default = 4 (80 for metric drawings).Close the solids and surfaces between first and last cross-sections. upFront. Command: polysolid Specify start point or [Object/Height/Width/Justify] <Object>: (Pick a point. 4 . PolySolid The PolySolid command converts lines. or centered. right.Align start to end direction of cross-section curves.While corners are mitered. 2 . or enter an option.25 (5 for metric drawings).

original objects used to create the solid cannot be viewed.Off. There is no user-accessible history tree.Doesn’t override individual Show History property settings for solids. 2 .What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 19 Pyramid The Pyramid command creates 3D solid pyramids and cones. When Record History and Show History are turned on (in the Properties palette). NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES ShowHist determines whether solids have history: 0 .Displays history of all solids. Command: pyramid 4 sides Circumscribed Specify center point of base or [Edge/Sides]: (Pick a point or enter an option. default. default. overrides individual Show History settings.0116>: (Pick another point.Records history of original objects for every solid.) Specify height or [2Point/Axis endpoint/Top radius] <15. upFront. AutoCAD 2007 reveals the solid primitives that constitute the 3D model.) The following system variables apply to all 3D solid models in AutoCAD 2007.0375>: (Pick a point or enter an option.) Specify base radius or [Inscribed] <7. 1 . 1 .reSearch .No history is retained for any solid. SolidHist toggles history for solids: 0 .

the object and the path must lay in the same plane.reSearch . 2D and 3D polylines. and planar surfaces of solids. circles. This command creates solids or surfaces: solids are created when the source object is closed. Right: Box thickened from the plane. and edges of solids and surfaces. except that Thicken works only with surfaces. helixes. when open. regions.) Select sweep path or [Alignment/Base point/Scale/Twist]: (Pick another object or enter an option. surfaces are created. upFront. It is similar to the old Extrude command. Center: Solid swept from circle and spline. Command: sweep Current wire frame density: ISOLINES=4 Select objects to sweep: (Pick an open or closed object. Left: Object (circle) and path (spline). arcs. Right: Surface swept from arc and spline. Unlike the Extrude command.0000>: (Enter a value. and not any closed objects. circles. which. is the easier approach. 2D and 3D splines. (The easy way to create a surface is with the PlaneSurf command. planar 3D faces. 2D splines. Thicken does not preview the height in realtime.) Command: thicken Select surfaces to thicken: (Select one or more surfaces.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 20 Sweep The Sweep command creates 3D solids and surfaces by sweeping 2D and 3D objects along paths. Thicken The Thicken command creates 3D solids by thickening surfaces. traces. ellipses. Permitted path objects include lines. Left: Surface plane.) Valid sweep objects include lines. arcs. 2D solids. quite frankly. ellipses.) Unlike other 3D solids command.) Specify thickness <1. 2D polylines.

What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 21 Surfaces AutoCAD 2007 introduces a new object type called “sweptsurface.” This is the first change to surfaces in over a decade. after they have been exploded with the Explode command.) Specify other corner: (Pick another point. Command: planesurf Specify first corner or [Object] <Object>: (Pick a point. polylines. The old surfaces are now called “meshes. elliptical arcs. and planar splines — in other words. PlaneSurf The PlaneSurf command creates flat surface areas (short for “PLANE SURFace”).” See also the Sweep and Loft commands. lines. upFront. and flat 3D faces to surfaces (short for “CONVert TO SURFACE”). Three-D objects can be converted. regions. arcs.reSearch .) This command is good for creating floors or flat surfaces on which to cast shadows. arcs. Users can create rectangles or convert objects. ellipses. above. ConvToSurface The ConvToSurface command converts 2D solids. they have to be flat. The following objects can be converted to surfaces: lines. 2D and planar 3D polylines. circles.

lines. In the figure above.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 22 3D Editing AutoCAD 2007 adds new ways to edit 3D solids. Command: presspull Click inside bounded areas to press or pull. This means users can imprint the edges of one solid onto the face of another solid. Left: Hole created by subtracting a cylinder. pick the inside of the hole (negative cylinder). PressPull The PressPull command presses and pulls bounded areas. circles. until the user pick sa point inside the area to be changed. splines. (Pick inside an area. The command is tricky to figure out. users can manipulate it as if it were two parts. ellipses. the edge of a solid sphere was imprinted on the solid rectangle. 2D and 3D polylines. and 3D solids. replacing some of the command-line oriented commands. In the figure below. The following objects can be used for imprinting: arcs. It appears to be updated from the Body | Imprint option of the old SolidEdit command. Right: Pulling the cylinder out of the hole. Once the solid is imprinted. upFront. and makes solids editing more interactive. Imprint The Imprint command imprints objects on the faces of 3D solids. and then drag the mouse.) Users can hold down the Ctrl+Alt keys as a keyboard shortcut for this command. Center: Grasping the face of the cylinder hole. and then drag the mouse. regions.reSearch .

) Specify point in direction of section view: (Pick a point on either side of the section plane. select it and notice the dynamic grips. SectionPlane The SectionPlane command creates section objects independent of the 3D model. rather. In addition. This command is extremely flexible. and volume.) Specify through point: (Pick another point.) Select an object to imprint: (Select the imprinter object. Drag one of the square grips (found at either end of the plane) to rotate the section plane: upFront. area (boundary).What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 23 Command: imprint Select a 3D solid: (Select a solid to be imprinted.) After creating the section plane.) Delete the source object [Yes/No] <N>: y The second prompt is a bit misleading: “Select an object to imprint” sounds like users are to select the object to be imprinted. creating several kinds of sections: slice. the section can be easily moved and have jogs.reSearch . Command: sectionplane Select face or any point to locate section line or [Draw section/Orthographic]: (Pick a point or enter an option. It appears to be updated from the old Section command. this is the object that will be doing the imprinting.

To remove a section plane. only one object can have a live section at a time. surfaces. but infinite in the x axis. Double-click the unselected section plane to remove a portion of the solid at the section plane. and then press Del. doubleclicking a selected section plane displays its properties.) Command: livesection A single object can have more than one section plane. This command can be activated by double-clicking an unselected section plane.z directions. • Section boundary — 2D box limited in the x. and regions in model space. (“Live section” is Autodesk’s term for turning on sectioning. • Section volume — 3D box limited in the x.reSearch . select it. Also.y. the cutting plane extends in all four directions to infinity. upFront.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 24 Drag the triangular grip to move the section plane: Click the arrowhead grip to change the portion of the solid that will be removed when live sectioning is turned on. but only one can be live at a time. LiveSection The LiveSection command activates live sectioning for the selected section. in theory. displaying the interior of sliced objects — 3D solids. Click the down-arrow grip to change the type of section plane: • Section plane — a transparent plane.y extents.

upFront.) We find this command somewhat unpredictable in how it places the jog.” JogSection The JogSection command adds 90-degree jogs to sections. Applying a jog to a section plane. the section plane in the foreground is “live.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 25 Two section planes.) Specify a point on the section line to add jog: (Pick a point along the section. edit the jog afterwards if AutoCAD’s attempt is undesirable. Command: jogsection Select section object: (Pick one selection plane.reSearch . however. users can.

) XEdges The XEdges command creates wireframe geometry from the edges of 3D solids and surfaces. ConvToSolid The ConvToSolid command converts polylines and circles with thickness to extruded 3D solids (short for “CONVert TO SOLID”).the 3D model. Command: xedges Select objects: (Pick one or more solids.. but applies to individual models. Right: .. following which Insert-like commands take over. Command: convtosolid Select objects: (Select polylines and circles with thickness. and 2D regions (short for “eXtract Edges”).) upFront. BRep The BRep command deletes construction history from 3D solid bodies so that its primitives can no longer be edited (short for “Boundary REPresentation”). The dialog box provides options. This is an alternative to setting SolidHist off.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 26 FlatShot The FlatShot command creates a 2D block of 3D objects at the current viewpoint. the block can be moved and edited like any other AutoCAD block..reSearch . Following insertion.. Left: The 2D block representation of.

default = off. The center of the grip tool is the base point about which rotation takes place.) 3dRotate The 3dRotate command displays the rotate tool on selected objects so that they can be rotated in 3D space. (This is not the same as the old Rotate3D command. the handle turns yellow. and semi-documents commands that had been left undocumented in AutoCAD 2006.) Specify angle end point: (Pick another point. 0. adds functions to the 3dOrbit command. green = y. 3dFOrbit The 3dFOrbit command displays an arcball for realtime view changes in 3D (short for “3D Free ORBIT”. Autodesk calls this the “move grip tool. y. and blue = z.) Specify base point: (Pick a point.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 27 3D Viewing AutoCAD 2007 has new commands for viewing in 3D.y-axis or the z direction.) Specify base point or [Displacement] <Displacement>: (Pick a point. updated from the old 3dOrbit command).0000. (If users do not see the grip tool. click a handle to constrain movement to that axis. 3dMove The 3dMove command displays the move tool on selected objects so that they can be moved in 3D space (updated from the old Align command). and blue = z).0000>: (Pick a second point.) Pick a rotation axis: (Pick the x. they need to change GtAuto to 1.) Command: 3dmove Select objects: (Select one or more objects. or z handle.” It has three axis handles (red = x.0000. NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES Perspective toggles perspective mode.) Specify angle start point: (Pick a point.) Specify displacement <0. Objects cannot be edited when this command is active. green = y.) ANGBASE=0 upFront. Command: 3drotate Current positive angle in UCS: ANGDIR=counterclockwise Select objects: (Select one or more objects. Click a handle to constrain rotation to that plane. Notice the second UCS-looking icon in the center of the pyramid.) Notice the rotary grip tool with its three axis “handles” — even though they are round — with the same color-coded meaning: red = x. This command differs from 3dOrbit in that it doesn’t constrain changes in view along the x.reSearch . 0.

73513409192029 to maintain visual appearance. 3dPanTransparent pans 3D views in realtime. Command: chspace Select objects: (Select one or more objects. scaling them appropriately. and does not apply to viewports. but were listed in our “What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2006” PDF book: 3dOrbitTransparent changes the 3D view in realtime. 3dZoomTransparent zooms the 3D view in realtime.AutoCAD executes the command entered by the user. The following commands were undocumented in AutoCAD 2006 by Autodesk. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD (short for “Change SPACE”).What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 28 NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES GtDefault controls whether 3dMove (3dRotate) or 2D Move (Rotate) are the default commands: 0 .AutoCAD executes the 3dMove command when users enter Move. upFront.) 1 object(s) changed from PAPER space to MODEL space. 1 . 3dSwivelTransparent swivels the 3D viewpoint in realtime. ChSpace The ChSpace command moves objects between paper space and model space. This command works only in layouts. same for 3dRotate and Rotate.reSearch . Objects were scaled by a factor of 2.

default z = 0.) Enter an option [?/Name/LOcation/Height/Target/LEns/Clipping/View/eXit]<eXit>: (Enter an option. CameraHeight specifies the default height of cameras.reSearch .) Multiple cameras can be placed in drawings by giving them unique names by which to identify them. To see what the camera sees. upFront.0000 Lens Length=50.) Specify target location: (Pick a point. double-click the camera glyph (icon).What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 29 Camera The Camera command sets camera and target locations for 3D perspective views (updated from the Camera option of the old DView command). Command: camera Current camera settings: Height=0. NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES CameraDisplay toggles display of camera glyphs. or press Enter to exit. default = 0 (off). Users can manipulate the camera and target while watching the Camera Preview window.0000 mm Specify camera location: (Pick a point.

Unused visual styles can be removed from drawings with the Purge command. and VsSave commands are meant for use by macros and scripts.reSearch . displays the Visual Styles Manager palette.) VsSave The VsSave command saves a visual style by name in model space only (short for “Visual Style SAVE”). updated from the old ShadeMode command).) upFront. Command: vscurrent Enter an option [2dwireframe/3dwireframe/3dHidden/Realistic/Conceptual/Other] <Conceptual>: (Enter an option. such as hidden-lines removed and flat shaded. there many VS-related system variables that define visual styles. Command: vssave Save current visual style as or [?]: (Enter a name. users can now define visual styles and save them by name.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 30 Visual Styles The visual style is an improved version of the ShadeMode command. VsCurrent. VisualStyles and -VisualStyles The VisualStyles command defines and edits visual styles used for renderings. This command operates in a palette or at the command line. Command: -visualstyles Enter an option [set Current/Saveas/Rename/Delete/?]: (Enter an option. The -VisualStyles. they are added to the preview pane at the top of the palette. The extra-cost Vespa program extends visual styles external to AutoCAD. VsCurrent The VsCurrent command applies a named visual style to the current viewport (short for “Visual Style CURRENT”. While there are just a few “VS” commands.) As the user creates new visual styles. While the old command displayed 3D drawings in several modes.

InterfereObjVs specifies the visual style for interference objects by the Interference command. default = Realistic.“Gooch” with uses cool and warm colors. VsEdges specifies types of edges to display. similarly named sysvars. range is 0 to 100. 1 . default = off. which 100 has the largest highlight. this setting is ignored when VsMaterialMode is on.reSearch . can be any color.Normal. VsFaceColorMode (1) determines color of faces: 0 .Off. InterfereVpVs specifies the visual style during interference checking.Isolines are displayed (default). default = off.High.Desaturate. VsHidePrecision specifies the accuracy of hides and shades. 1 . 1 .Monochrome.Facet edges are displayed. default = current visual style. VsFaceStyle determines how faces are displayed: 0 . 1 . VsIntersectionEdges toggles the display of intersecting edges: 0 . such as HaloGap from earlier releases now apply to 2D wireframe displays only. 1 .Medium. VsEdgeJitter specifies the level of pencil effect. VsFaceHighlight specifies the color of highlights. default = 7 (black/white). VsEdgeColor specifies the edge color. 2 .BYBLOCK.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 31 VisualStylesClose The VisualStylesClose command closes the Visual Styles Manager palette.Tint. 2 .On (default).BYLAYER. range is 0 to 180 degrees. VsBackgrounds (1) determines whether backgrounds are displayed in visual styles: 0 . default is off. NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES Negative values turn off the effect. VsIntersectionColor specifies the color of intersecting polylines. 3 . default = Wireframe. default = 1. plus these: 0 . VsFaceOpacity controls the transparency/opacity of face. can be any ACI color. 0 . range is 0 (default) to 100. changes the hue and saturation of faces to the color specified by VsMonoColor.No styles applied. default = 7. 256 . values are 0 (default) and 1. VsEdgeSmooth specifies crease angle. range is 1 to 100 pixels. all faces displayed in color specified by the system variable (default). 3 .BYENTITY. where 0 is transparent and 100 is opaque. 1 .Off (default). 2 .Low. 2 . VsHaloGap specifies the “halo” gap (gap between intersecting lines).Realistic styles with dark and light colors (default). range is 0 to 100.On. VsEdgeOverhang extension of pencil lines beyond edges. upFront. 257 . DragVs specifies the default visual style while creating 3D objects. default is off.No edges are displayed. reduces saturation of face colors by 30%. face color is not modified.

255.Full shadows are displayed (available only with hardware accelerated graphics). 2 . VsLightingQuality toggles the quality of lighting: 0 . 1 . 2 . default is 255. 1 . 1 . default).Materials and textures are displayed. default = byentity.Dotted 4 .Show facets.Materials are displayed. range is 1 . VsSilhEdges toggles the display of silhouette edges: 0 .Off (default).Medium Long Dash 11 .On.Double Short Dash 8 . 1 . upFront.Open (displayed).Sparse Dot VsIsoOntop toggles whether isolines are displayed: 0 . textures are not displayed.Double Long Dash 10 . VsObscuredEdges toggles the display of obscured edges: 0 .Long Dash 7 . default = 1 (continuous).Smooth (no facets.25. 1 . 1 .Medium Dash 6 .Ground shadows only are displayed.On (default) VsObscuredLtype specifies the linetype of obscured lines. VsState reports whether the Visual Styles window is open: 0 .Closed. VsMonoColor specifies the monochrome tint. VsSilhWidth specifies the width of silhouette edge lines.Off (default).Solid (default) 2 .On. VsMaterialMode controls the display of material finishes: 0 .No materials are displayed (default).What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 32 VsIntersectionLtype (1) specifies the linetype for intersecting polylines: 0 .No shadows are displayed (default). VsShadows determines the quality of shadows: 0 .reSearch .Off 1 .Double Medium Dash 9 .Short Dash 5 . 1 . VObscuredColor specifies the color of obscured lines.255 (white).Dashed 3 .Off. default = 5.

What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 33 Rendering Since AutoCAD Release 13. The brush cursor appears when “painting” objects with materials. place lights. users needed to attach materials. opens the Materials palette (updated from the old MatLib command). the user interface and rendering engine are new. and fine-tune the rendering parameters.) Select objects or [Undo]: (Press ENTER to exit. 3D drawings could be rendered by simply entering the Render command. and edits materials. To apply a material. AutoCAD includes dozens of materials in tool palettes.” Right: A palette of predefined materials. and then select objects in the drawing. applies.reSearch .) Left:The Materials palette should be called “Rendering Materials Manager. Materials The Materials command manages.The cursor changes to a paintbrush. though. upFront. but the process is much the same. In AutoCAD 2007. pick the sample in the tool palette. we recommend using View Options to maximize the size of the icons. For a nicer job. and AutoCAD prompts: Select objects: (Pick one or more objects.

This provides more control over how the mapping occurs. Command: materialmap Select an option [Box/Planar/Spherical/Cylindrical/copY mapping to/Reset mapping]<Box>: (Enter an option. Command: convertoldmaterials n object(s) updated. Materials can be applied to 3D solids and surfaces. upFront.) MaterialAttach The MaterialAttach command attaches materials to objects by layer name (updated from the old RMat command). ConvertOldMaterials The ConvertOldMaterials command converts material definitions from previous releases to AutoCAD 2007 materials. Missing from AutoCAD 2007 is the ability to attach materials by color number. faces. over the pick-and-click methods using the tool palettes. and 2D objects with thickness.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 34 MaterialMap The MaterialMap command maps materials to selected objects (updated from the old RMat command). which is useful for drawings not created by layers.reSearch . Accept the mapping or [Move/Rotate/reseT/sWitch mapping mode]: (Enter an option.) Select faces or objects: (Pick one or more faces or objects).

DistantLight The DistantLight command places distant lights in drawings. users need to right-click a light name. Left: The LightList palette. block.reSearch .) Enter an option to change [Name/Intensity/Status/shadoW/Attenuation/Color/eXit] <eXit>: (Enter an option. Command: pointlight Specify source location <0. To edit lights. MatState reports whether the Materials window is open. NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES CMaterial specifies the default material. the new term for icon. Shown below is the “glyph” for pointlights. and specifies their options (updated from the DistantLight option of the former Light command).) Specify light direction TO <1.0. LightList The LightList command lists and edits lights in the Lights in Model palette.) Enter an option to change [Name/Intensity/Status/shadoW/Color/eXit] <eXit>: (Enter an option.0. and then select Properties. it does not create lights.1.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 35 MaterialsClose The MaterialsClose command closes the Materials palette. symbol.0>: (Pick a point. default = bylayer.1>: (Pick another point. Right: Properties of the selected light.) PointLight The PointLight command places point lights in drawings (updated from the Point option of the old Light command). Command: distantlight Specify light direction FROM <0.) upFront.0> or [Vector]: (Pick a point.

Command: spotlight Specify source location <0. LightListState reports whether the Light List is displayed: 0 .What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 36 Spotlight The Spotlight command places spotlights in drawings (updated from the Spotlight option of the old Lights command).0.Open (displayed). 1 .) ConvertOldLights The ConvertOldLights command converts light blocks in drawings created by older versions of AutoCAD into 2007 lights objects. LightGlyphDisplay toggles the display of light glyphs.reSearch . upFront.Closed. SunProperties The SunProperties command sets the properties of the Sun light.) Enter an option to change [Name/Intensity/Status/Hotspot/Falloff/shadoW/Attenuation/Color/eXit] <eXit>: (Enter an option. opens the Sun Properties palette (updated from the Sun option of the old Lights command). LightListClose The LightListClose command closes the Lights in Model palette.0.0>: Pick a point. NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES DefaultLighting specifies that distant lighting is on.) Specify target location <0.-10>: (Pick another point. Command: convertoldlights n light(s) converted. DefaultLightingType toggles between old and new styles of default lighting.

default.Closed. 2 .Shadows are not cast. SunStatus determines whether the sun casts light. 1 . 3 .Receives shadows only. GeographicLocation The GeographicLocation command specifies locations by latitude and longitude. NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES CShadow specifies the default shadow treatment for 3D objects: 0 .reSearch . upFront. displays the Geographic Location dialog box (updated from an option of the old Light command). city name. ShadowPlaneLocation specifies the height of the shadow plane.Objects cast and receive shadows from other objects. 1 . and so on. default = yes. default = 0.Casts shadows only. NorthDirection specifies the angle of the sun relative to North. default = 0. SunPropertiesState reports whether the Sun Properties window is open: 0 .What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 37 SunPropertiesClose The SunPropertiesClose command closes the Sun Properties palette. region.Open (displayed).

Longitude stores the last used longitude. displays the Render Presets Manager dialog box (updated from the old Render command). RenderPresets The RenderPresets command specifies the parameters for renderings. TimeZone stores the time zone. upFront.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 38 NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES Latitude stores the last used latitude.reSearch . default = -8000.

What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 39 RenderEnvironment The RenderEnvironment command sets the fog options. Command: rendercrop Pick crop window to render: (Pick a point. displays the Render Environment dialog box (updated from the old Fog command).) please enter the second point: (Pick a point. Right: Unrendered portion of model. RenderCrop The RenderCrop command renders a rectangular area of the drawing (updated from the Window option of the old Render command). Left: Cropped rendering.reSearch .) upFront.

(This window harkens back to the render window around the time of AutoCAD Release 13. which lists and illustrates the current and previous renderings and parameters. 1 . upFront. NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES RenderPrefsState reports whether the Render Preferences window is open: 0 .) The list of previous renderings allows users to easily review the effect of different settings.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 40 RenderWin The RenderWin command displays the Render window.reSearch .Open (displayed).Closed. RPrefClose The RPrefClose command closes the Render Settings palette (short for “Render PREFerences CLOSE”).

WalkFlySettings The WalkFlySettings command specifies the settings for walk and fly animations. displays the Walk and Fly Settings dialog box. The routines were removed with Release 13.fli file. both display the Position Locator palette. After a long wait for users. Back then. Both commands work only in perspective mode. At each viewpoint. 3dWalk The 3dWalk command enters Walk mode. a slow process.reSearch . which escapes gravity and moves in 3D space. Each scene was collected into .y-plane.Autodesk’s animation format. 3dFly The 3dFly command navigates 3D drawings in fly-through mode. animation has returned with high quality. which stays on the x. The movies were of crude resolution with dithered color. upFront. a series of AutoLISP routines repositioned the viewpoint along paths defined by polylines. the 3D drawing was rendered.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 41 Animation Animation was included a long time ago in AutoCAD Release 11.

Display help window. Move backward. AniPath The AniPath command creates animations along paths. displays the Motion Path Animation dialog box and the Animation Preview window (short for “ANImation PATH”).reSearch . Key .What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 42 Use these keys control walk and fly modes: Arrow Drag mouse . default 2... Above: The path is shown in red. Top: Options for Motion Path Animation. Up Left Right Down . Toggle Fly mode. the camera position in blue. upFront. F W A D S Tab Action Look around & turn. Move right. StepsPerSec specifies the speed of steps in walk mode. default = 6 drawing units.. Move forward. Move left... NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES StepSize specifies the length of steps in walk mode..

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43 DWF Underlays
DwfAttach and -DwfAttach The DwfAttach command attaches .dwf files to the current drawing. It displays the Select DWF File and Attach DWF Underlay dialog boxes. Users can attach multiple .dwf files and sheets, but the underlays are visible only in 2D wireframe mode.

Command: -dwfattach Path to DWF file to attach: (Enter a file name or type ~ .) Enter name of sheet or [?] <Blocks and Tables - Imperial>: (Enter a name.) Specify insertion point: (Pick a point.) Base image size: Width: 35.5438, Height: 23.1501, Inches Specify scale factor or [Unit] <1.0000>: (Press Enter or type a value.) Specify rotation <0>: (Press Enter or type a value.)

DwfAdjust The DwfAdjust command modifies the display of DWF underlays: • Contrast ranges from 0 to 100 (most contrast); default = 15. We find there is little difference in contrast between the two extreme values. • Fade ranges from 0 to 80 (most faded); default = 25. • Monochrome is on or off; default = off.

Left: DWF underlay in color. Right: DWF underlay in faded monochrome.
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Command: dwfadjust Select DWF underlay: (Select one or more underlays.) Enter DWF Underlay option [Fade/Contrast/Monochrome] <Fade>: (Enter an option.)

DwfClip The DwfClip command defines clipping boundaries of DWF underlays.

Left: Clipped DWF underlay. Right: Normal (unclipped) DWF underlay.

Command: dwfclip Select DWF to clip: (Select one.) Enter DWF clipping option [ON/OFF/Delete/New boundary] <New boundary>: n Enter clipping type [Polygonal/Rectangular] <Rectangular>: p Specify first point: (Pick a point.) Specify next point or [Undo]: (Pick another point.) Specify next point or [Close/Undo]: c

3dDwf The 3dDwf command exports drawings as 3D DWF files; displays the Export 3D DWF dialog box. This is not a new command, but the old 3dDwfPublish command renamed.

NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES

DwfFrame determines the display of the DWF frame: 0 - DWF frame is off. 1 - Frame is displayed and plotted. 2 - Frame is displayed, but not plotted; default. DwfOsnap (1) determines whether osnaps apply to DWF underlays: 0 - No object snapping. 1 - Object snapping work with geometry in DWF attachments; default. 3dDwfPrec (2) specifies the precision of exported 3D DWF files: 1-1 2 - 0.5; default 3 - 0.2 4 - 0.1 5 - 0.01 6 - 0.001

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45 Layers
The following commands are all copied from Express Tools found in earlier releases of AutoCAD. Most prompt users to select an object. CopyToLayer and -CopyToLayer copy selected objects to another layer. LayCur changes the layer of selected objects to the current layer (short for "LAYer CURrent"). LayDel erases all objects from the specified layer; purges layer from drawing (short for "LAYer DELete"). LayFrz freezes the layers of the selected objects (short for "LAYer FReeZe"). LayIso turns off all layers except of the ones holding selected objects (short for "LAYer ISOlate"). LayLck locks the layer of the selected object (short for "LAYer LoCK"). LayMch changes the layers of selected objects to that of a selected object (short for "LAYer MatCH"). LayMCur makes the selected object's layer current (short for "LAYer Make CURrent"). LayMrg moves objects to another layer; purges the original layer from the drawing (short for "LAYer MeRGe"). LayOff turns off the layer of the selected object. LayOn turns on all layers. LayThw thaws all layers (short for "LAYer THaW"). LayULk unlocks the layer of a selected object (short for "LAYer UnLocK"). LayUnIso turns on layers that were turned off with the last LayIso command (short for "LAYer UNISOlate"). LayVpi isolates an the selected object's layer in the current viewport (short for "LAYer ViewPort Isolate"). LayWalk displays objects on selected layers.

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DimFXL specifies the default length of fixed extension lines. 1 . DimLtEx1 specifies the name of the first extension line linetype.Open (displayed). DimTFill toggles background fill of dimension text. DimLtype specifies the name of the dimension line linetype. appendix B for system variables. It closes the External References palette. . ClassicImage and ClassicXref The undocumented ClassicImage command displays the old Image Manager dialog box. and image files. See appendix A for an alphabetical list of all new commands.dwg. DimFxlOn determines whether fixed extension lines are used. Dimensions In AutoCAD 2006. DimLtEx2 specifies the name of the second extension line linetype. and ClassicXref the old Xref Manager.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 46 Miscellaneous ExternalReferences The ExternalReferences command displays the External References palette. ExternalReferencesClose The ExternalReferencesClose command may well be the longest command name in AutoCAD.Closed. and appendix C for undocumented commands and system variables.) DimArcSym specifies the location of the dimension arc symbol. DimJogAngle specifies the default jog angle. upFront. This command replaces the old Image and Xref commands.dwf. NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES ERState reports whether the External References palette is open: 0 . DimTFillClr specifies the background color for dimension text. It lists the names and details of attached . Autodesk forgot to include the following system variables for new dimension commands. but now they appear in AutoCAD 2007. (Default values in brackets.reSearch .

Layouts in modelspace. • From which release of AutoCAD do you want to make the upgrades? • Which workspace do you want to start in? 3D. or No. First time questions. Block editor (added in AutoCAD 2006). Related to this. (Postrio was Autodesk’s code name for AutoCAD 2007. Classic. it could be argued that the DWF Viewer provides yet another UI.) We understand Autodesk’s need to optimize the user experience from the start. users now face eight user interfaces in AutoCAD: • • • • • • • • Model space. Users face numerous decisions: • What customizations do you want to upgrade to AutoCAD 2007? There is no None option. Layouts in paperspace.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 47 Chapter 2 User Interface Changes Starting up AutoCAD 2007 for the first time can be overwhelming. And. but this introduction feels as if it were designed by committee. named after a San Francisco restaurant. or Don’t Show Again. Render window (added in AutoCAD 2007). instead users have to turn off all check marks. Maybe later. • Do you want to run Performance Tuner to test your graphics board? Yes or No. • Do you want to know more about AutoCAD 2007? Yes.reSearch . upFront. 3D modeling workspace (added in AutoCAD 2007). we suppose. Plot preview.

visualize. It’s all pretty overwhelming. Nor can the Dashboard be customized. an icon that wasn’t necessarily turned on. A small portion of the icon-laden Dashboard. edit. we find the vast number of icons confusing. In any case. each with their own distinct user interface: dialog boxes. and windows. users had to rely on the UCS icon for showing the direction of z.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 48 AutoCAD’s new 3D Modeling workspace. it finally gets a 3D cursor that shows the z direction. the Dashboard is the most noticeable change to the UI (user interface). Until now. There is even inconsistency between dialog boxes. Changes to the User Interface Once users pass the gauntlet. Except that’s not the workflow. the Plot and Publish dialog boxes should be similar but are very different.reSearch .As noted in the previous chapter. palettes. upFront. it attempts to lead users along the design workflow: 2D. 3D. is it? Missing is plotting and sharing. For example. with Publish using mostly icons for buttons.” With AutoCAD 2007 (Release 21). and render. Then add the variety of sub-UIs. 3D Cursor/Colors More than 15 years have passed since Autodesk declared Release 10 the “3D AutoCAD.

It’s become official. because it provides the portal between AutoCAD’s classic user interface and its new 3D modeling interface. they can be positioned as icons on the status bar.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 49 In 3D views. Indeed. the layout tabs are on the status bar. green = y. by default. The color scheme is used elsewhere. right-click one of them. To hide the tabs. and z in blue. y in green. The cursor lines are shorter in the negative direction. and docked at the top of the window.reSearch . y) . At left:The new tri-color cursor. longer in the positive. In 2007. Z option of the Options dialog box. and blue = z. as well. Layout Tabs In AutoCAD 2006. At right: The tri-color scheme used by tooltip coordinates.” meaning it is on. tooltips reporting coordinates show x in red. The colorization can be turned off through the Tint for X. users could make the layout tabs disappear from the bottom of the window. upFront. For instance. as illustrated below: Moving layout tabs to the status bar. the cursor reverts to all-black. In plan view (x. we don’t know that there is any other easy way to get to the 3D workspace except through the Workspace command. In the 3D Modeling workspace. the cursor takes on colors: red = x.Y.The Workspace toolbar is now “official. 3D Workspace Other changes are more subtle.

. We chuckled at Autodesk marketing describing the removal of layout tabs thusly: “You regain valuable screen space by moving layout and model tabs. the white represents layout tab. the very useful scroll bars are turned off by default — useful for quickly panning the drawing without interrupting the workflow. Cleanscreen minimizes the number of user interface elements. upFront.reSearch . Right:The new Camera Adjustment toolbar. The black icon represents model tab. access to palettes has been moved to a new Palettes submenu on the Tools menu.” Contrast the small amount of space taken up by the tabs with the enormous amount of space taken by the new Dashboard! Scroll Bars Curiously.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 50 A pair of icons and a pair triangles appear on the status bar. status bar. For instance. Also new on the status bar is the DUCS button. New toolbars include: Left:The new 3D Navigation toolbar. and command prompt area. The Draw menu has a new Modeling item to handle 3D solid and surface drawing commands. Left:The new Layers II toolbar. which toggles dynamic UCS mode on and off. leaving just the menu bar.). Clean Screen and DUCS Access to “clean screen” has been added through an icon in the tray (at the right end of the status bar. Menus and Toolbars Numerous changes have been made to the menu structure to accommodate the many new commands. the pair of triangles provide access to additional layouts. Right: The new Mapping toolbar. To turn on the scroll bars: Tools | Options | Display | Window Elements | Display Scroll Bars in Drawing. Right-click to return the classic tab layout.

What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 51 Left:The new Visual Styles toolbar. When the cursor passes over the title bar. the traditional dots are only used when the visual style is set to 2D wireframe. Another option makes them even smaller: show just their icons. Grid Behavior The grid now consists of lines. Right: The new Walk and Fly toolbar. although these minor grid lines look identical to standard grid lines. the palette expands out. The grid is more adaptable in AutoCAD 2007. Other toolbars.reSearch . For this reason. When zoomed out. have been updated with the new commands and related icons. The Limits command no longer limits the range of the grid. such as Lights and Solid Editing. even a dual-monitor set up would not be able to display them all. instead of complaining that the grid is too dense to display.The line grid does not display when the snap angle is other from 0. (From the menu. as illustrated at right. the grid display adapts to show fewer grid lines. palettes can now be autohidden in docked mode. Docked AutoHide AutoCAD 2007 now has 14 palettes. upFront.) If all were open. And the grid plane can be made to follow the changes of the dynamic UCS. It can display subgrids in a user-defined increment. A red grid line shows the x axis and a green one the y. select Tools | Palettes.

For instance. default = 5.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 52 The grid is controlled by the Grid command (at the command line) and the DSettings command (in a dialog box). Each time the user clicks the solid. Still. GridMajor specifies the number of minor grid line per major grid line. the following window appears: This is not an ideal solution. The icons perform no useful function.y-plane of dynamic UCS. 8 Grid plane follows the x. as illustrated under the Xs below. NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES GridDisplay determines how the grid is displayed. First Time Help Windows As user interfaces become more subtle. default =3: 0 Grid display restricted to the rea specified by the Limit command. the first time users pick a 3D solid. 1 Unrestricted by the Limits command. And the text is partially cut off in its window. 4 Adds more closely spaced grid lines when zoomed in. documentation becomes overwhelming. upFront. 2 Adaptive grid reduces the density when zoomed out. Checking the Don’t show me this again button means the user never again encounters the helpful text. To help solve the problem. the window appears. As programs gain features. Icons on Palette Titlebars Each palette now has an icon on its titlebar.reSearch . Autodesk has firstime help windows that appear automatically when users use the cursor in a way that could be used differently. and perhaps more efficiently. it’s better than never being told. features become invisible.

Right: 3D Modeling tab of the Options dialog box. there is no connection between them. and the related UI element is highlighted in the preview image. For instance. which element is the “Autosnap marker”? It would be a nice touch if Autodesk were to add linking: the user selects Autosnap Marker. While the Colors dialog box lists names and illustrates user interface elements. as illustrated below.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 53 Options To handle the many new user interface options. Which makes us ask.reSearch . By one count. the Options dialog box provides access to over 300 options. will CAD become too complex even as its programmers work to make it easier to use? upFront. the Options dialog box has a new 3D Modeling tab. Left: Drawing Windows and Colors dialog box. plus a vastly revamped Drawing Windows Colors dialog box.

Right: Stretching the wedge with the red grip. Triangle Grips AutoCAD 2006 introduced triangle grips to arcs. but does not extend them to any other 2D object. Notice that the shading adjusts as the wedge changes its height (available when Visual Style is set to Conceptual or Realistic. upFront.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 54 New Interactivity for 3D Objects In AutoCAD 2007. which let users change the radius and length of arcs. AutoCAD 2007 extends dynamic grips to non-block objects.The example below shows a wedge being created.reSearch . Dynamic Grips AutoCAD 2006 also introduced dynamic grips. Dynamic grips are shown in light blue on this section plane. which are found on dynamic blocks constructed with the Block Editor. 3D solids can be interactively created and edited. AutoCAD 2007 adds similar grips to 3D solids. Left:Triangle grips modify the size of 3D solids.) Left: Forming the base Center and right: Raising the height. such as section planes.

The square represents the basepoint for each command. Select one grip tool. y. LegacyCtrlPick determines the function of Ctrl+left pick: 0 . upFront. ZoomWheel reverses the zoom direction relative to mouse wheel direction: 0 .Zooms out when wheel rolls forward. The grip tools can be moved: grab the small square at the center. users can switch between 3dMove and 3dRotate by pressing the Spacebar — just as if they were using grips: ** MOVE ** Specify move point or [Base point/Copy/Undo/eXit]: (Press Spacebar. UcsDetect toggles dynamic UCS acquisition: 0 . Left: 3D move tool.Zooms in when the wheel rolls forward (default). 1 . 1 . NEW SYSTEM VARIABLES GtAuto toggles display of grip tools: 0 .Cycle through overlapping objects. The 3D move grip has three handles (called “grip tools”).On (default). undo. 1 . edges.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 55 Grip Tools It can be difficult to move and rotate objects in 3D space and so AutoCAD 2007 introduces grip tools: for 3D moving and 3D rotating.Off.) ** ROTATE ** Specify rotation angle or [Base point/Copy/Undo/Reference/eXit]: (Enter an option or press Spacebar. ImpliedFace toggles the detection of implied faces: 0 .reSearch . GtLocation controls the location of grip tools: 0 .On (default).Off. and it turns yellow: this is the direction in which the object will move in 3D space. The new GtDefault system variable determines whether the 3dMove and 3dRotate commands are activated automatically in 3D space when users enter the Move and Rotate command names. 1 . Right: 3D rotate tool.Detected (default). and so on. After selecting a grip tool. one each for x.Not detected. and then drag it to a new location.Grip tool placed on the last selected object.) Notice the options available within the 3dMove and 3dRotate commands: copy.Select faces. A similar interface is not available for the Mirror3D command. and z using the same color scheme as the tri-color cursor.Grip tool placed at the UCS icon (default). and vertices of 3D solids (default). 1 . 1 .

) The prompts of the 3D modeling commands have been rewritten to be more similar to those of their 2D counterparts. Cone. AutoCAD 2007 previews the shape. Cylinder.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 56 Chapter 3 Changed and Removed Commands Commands removed from AutoCAD 2007 are highlighted by strikeout lines. Camera The Camera command now places camera glyphs. and Wedge The 3D modeling commands are now interactive. and has a new user interface. the Allow Reverse Lookup option is now turned on by default. such as 3D and Ai_Box. Sphere. the torus becomes fatter or thinner.Torus. See Chapter 1. As the user moves the cursor. upFront. When creating multi-input lookup tables in the Block Editor. (This new interactivity does not apply to the 3D mesh commands. as described in the previous chapter. BEditor AutoCAD 2007 includes more tutorials for creating dynamic blocks.reSearch . As the user moves the cursor. Box. Its functions are now provided by changes to the View command. Background The Background command has been removed from AutoCAD 2007.

the ChSpace command is now part of AutoCAD 2007’s core.reSearch . Double-click editing is toggled through the Options command’s User Preferences tab. as in Visio.) CleanScreenOn and CleanScreenOff A button has been added to the tray to toggle cleanscreen mode. upFront.) ChSpace A former Express Tool. CUI The CUI command has a new item: Double Click Actions.) Also. See Chapter 1. It moves and scales objects between paper and model space of layout tabs. users can now drag commands from CUI to tool palettes. DrawingRecovery The DrawingRecovery command now removes old recovered files automatically.) Enter property to change [Color/LAyer/LType/ltScale/LWeight/Thickness/Material]: m Enter new material name <ByLayer>: (Enter material name. (The command does not work in model tab. This customizes the behavior when an object is double-clicked. The double-click action is specified through macros. (See Options command below for other changes.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 57 Change and ChProp The Change and ChProp commands now allow users to change the material assigned to objects: Command: chprop Select objects: (Select one or more objects. Dimensions AutoCAD 2007 includes the forgotten system variables for new commands in AutoCAD 2006.

What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 58 DSettings The Snap and Grid tab of the Drafting Settings dialog box has new options. DsViewer The Aerial View window does not operate in the new 3D Modeling workspace. Allow subdivision below grid spacing — displays more grid lines when zoomed in. Grid and Grid Behavior Major line every — specifies the number of minor grid lines to display between regular lines. Follow Dynamic UCS — reorients the grid to match the current dynamic UCS. Snap Missing are options for setting the x.y base and angle for snap mode. Added is a new Equal X and Y Spacing option. upFront. But still no radial or polar grids. as in AutoSketch. The red box indicates invalid input. Dynamic Input Dynamic input now highlights invalid entries with a red box.reSearch . Adaptive grid — displays fewer grid lines when zoomed out. Display grid beyond Limits — displays the grid beyond the limits set by the Limits command. See Chapter 2 for additional changes to the grid.

and the command produces the appropriate extrusion for each. and curved faces into surfaces. Extrude The Extrude command now creates surfaces when extruding open geometry. It also supports AutoLISP and VLISP variables. Users can select numerous open and closed geometries. AutoLISP and Visual LISP variables displayed by the Field dialog box.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 59 eTransmit The eTransmit command now includes material texture files in the transmittal package. The extrusion distance and direction can be previewed. as illustrated below. Export The Export command now supports 3D DWF. Field The Field command now allows users to select objects from model and layout spaces. solids are produced from closed objects. Explode The Explode command now explodes flat faces of solids into regions. This command now accepts solid and surface faces as objects to be extruded. but removes the 3DS format.reSearch . upFront.

5000>: (Enter an option or a value. The properties are color. layer. the palette now displays properties of the block being inserted.reSearch .) Major — specifies the number of minor grid lines to display between regular lines. To access the old Image Manager dialog box. Insert and MInsert When users have the Properties palette open during the Insert (or MInsert) command. upFront. a very long name for the fog dialog box. See Chapter 2 for visual changes to the grid. use the undocumented ClassicImage command.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 60 Fog The Fog command is now an alias for the new RenderEnvironment command. and lineweight. linetype. aDaptive — displays more or fewer grid lines when zoomed out or in. Grid The Grid command has new options (see also DSettings command): Command: grid Specify grid spacing(X) or [ON/OFF/Snap/Major/aDaptive/Limits/Follow/Aspect] <0. and allows a small number of properties to be edited before the block is inserted in the drawing. Hide The Hide command is now an alias for the VsCurrent command’s 3dHidden option. Follow — reorients the grid to match the current dynamic UCS. Image and ClassicImage The Image command is now an alias for the ExternalReferences command. HlSettings The HlSettings command is now an alias for displaying the palette of the VisualStyles command. Limits — displays the grid beyond the limits set by the Limits command.

default = 1 (red). upFront. Users can now select solids nested in blocks and externally-referenced drawings. The Interfere command displays interference objects (at right) in a specified color. NEW SYSTEM VARIABLE InterfereColor specifies the color of interference objects produced by the Interfere command. Interfere The Interfere command now can show a different color for the interference objects it creates.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 61 Properties editable during block insertion. This was formerly handled by command-line prompts. The command now also displays a dialog box to assist users in determining which pairs of objects to check for interference.The color is specified by the InterfereColor system variable.reSearch .

MText The MText command now allows users to press Shift+Tab to outdent indented levels.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 62 Layers Instead of black. LsLib.255. LsEdit. Plot and Publish tab No changes.240. the default BYLAYER color is now pale blue. Open and Save tab • Save drawings in AutoCAD 2007 format (previously 2004). Vancouver BC has finally been added to the list of locations.dwt.dwt and acad -Named Plot Styles3D. and LsNew The LsEdit. New The New command has access to additional template files.reSearch . HSL = 231. Move and Move3D The GtDefault system variable determines whether entering “move” executes the Move or 3dMove command in 3D views. Light The Light command now places light glyphs. instead of blocks. • New dialog box for Colors button. such as acadiso3D. and has a new user interface. Display tab • Draw true silhouettes for solids and surfaces was previously for wireframe only. All of the layer-related commands formerly in Express Tools are now part of the AutoCAD 2007 core. plus changes to the content of other tabs: Files tab • New file paths added to list. See Chapter 1 for more details. LsLib. Options The Options dialog box now has a new 3D Modeling tab (as illustrated earlier). and LsNew commands have been removed from AutoCAD 2007. MatchProp The Property Settings dialog box of the MatchProp command adds toggles for Material and Shadow Display. upFront.

A good change would have been to automatically assign the system default printer. although we expected to see options for the new grip tools. upFront.pc3 driver. Instead of a simple PDFout command. Drafting tab • • • • • AutoSnap Settings: Color button replaces droplist. • Hidden-line Settings button is removed. Selection tab No changes.reSearch .Hatches and objects with negative z values during dynamic UCS. OSnap Osnap optionally works with elements in DWF underlays. but None continues to be the default. User Preferences tab • Double-click editing added. Object snaps and autotracking now work in the z-direction.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 63 System tab • 3D Performance: new Performance Settings dialog box.We suspect this lessconvenient method was selected by Autodesk to placate third-party developers with PDF export software. Profiles tab No changes. Lights Glyph Settings button is new. and tray. Preview This may be a bug in the beta software we tested. toggle buttons. depending on the setting of the new DwfOsnap system variable.Only objects with negative z values during dynamic UCS. but not conveniently.Hatches only. 1 . Camera Glyph Settings button is new. Settings button is renamed “Drafting Tooltip Settings. complete with coordinates. There are no other changes to plotting. NEW SYSTEM VARIABLE OsOptions determines which objects are osnaped (default = 3): 0 . Plot AutoCAD 2007 exports drawings in PDF format. 2 .” 3D Modeling tab Entirely new. the Plot command must be set up to employ the DWG to PDF. but the menu is missing from the Preview window. including in perspective viewing mode. Clicking the blank menu area displays AutoCAD’s status bar. Ignore negative Z object snaps for Dynamic UCS option is new.

Other properties.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 64 Properties Properties for 3D solid models now include History and Show History. as illustrated below. Material. During block insertion. and visual style are new. upFront. The Publish Options dialog box has new 3D DWF options. Publish The Publish command’s dialog box has a new button for reversing the order in which sheets are published. some properties can be adjusted. still cannot be changed. as illustrated by the figure below. such as the angle of a line. shadow display. The palettes of the Properties command now lists 3D and visualization settings.reSearch .

upFront. acad3D. shadow display.dwt.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 65 NEW SYSTEM VARIABLE PublishAllSheets toggles whether all sheets are published by the Publish command. V isolines. U isolines.reSearch . Purge and -Purge The Purge and -Purge commands now handle materials and visual styles. and more. default = yes. which starts in perspective.The -Purge command displays at the command prompt: Command: -purge Enter type of unused objects to purge [Blocks/Dimstyles/LAyers/LTypes/MAterials/Plotstyles/SHapes/textSTyles/Mlinestyles/ Tablestyles/Visualstyles/Regapps/All]: (Enter an option. surface type. The properties vary. depending on the objects selected. solid type. realistic mode: QSelect The Quick Select dialog box adds new properties: material.) QNew The QNew command opens new drawings using the new template file. show history. history.

See Chapter 1 for details. See Chapter 1.) All formats have new Image Options dialog boxes. in a manner similar to the Extrude command: revolve closed objects to produce solids. Targa. SaveImg The SaveImg command now displays a simple Render Output File dialog box to save images in TIFF. RMat and MatLib The RMat and MatLib commands have been updated with Mental Ray technology. JPEG. BMP. Targa. The SaveAs command now exports drawings to AutoCAD 2004 format. Rotate and 3dRotate The GtDefault system variable determines whether entering “Rotate” executes the Rotate or 3dRotate command in 3D views. Revolve The Revolve command now produces solids or surfaces.reSearch . MatLib has been discontinued. the same technology used in 3D max and VIZ.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 66 Rename and -Rename The Rename and -Rename commands now include Materials. (The old Save Image dialog box handled only BMP. PCX. SaveAs AutoCAD 2007 employs a new DWG format to accommodate the new 3D objects. See Chapter 1 for details. This command now accepts solid and surface faces as objects to be revolved. The -Rename command displays at the command line: Command: -rename Enter object type to rename [Block/Dimstyle/LAyer/LType/Material/Style/Tablestyle/Ucs/VIew/VPort]: m Enter old material name: (Enter current name.) Render and RendScr The Render command has been updated with rendering technology from Mental Ray. two of which are illustrated below: upFront. RMat is now an alias for the new Materials command. and TIFF formats. and have new user interfaces. The RendScr command is now an alias for the RenderWin command. and PNG formats. open objects for surfaces. Replay The Replay command has been removed from AutoCAD 2007.) RPref The RPref command now displays a new palette-like dialog box for setting rendering preferences. (The new 3dRotate command is different from the old Rotate3D command.

ShadeMode The ShadeMode command is now an alias for the new VisualStyles command. Its replacement is the rendering statistics displayed by the Render command’s window. The functions of the old ShadeMode command are now carried out by the new -ShadeMode command. SheetSet The SheetSet command now allows users to select multiple sheets. Scene The Scene command no longer operates in AutoCAD 2007. and then drag them into new sets or subsets. upFront.) Specify start point of slicing plane or [planar Object/Surface/Zaxis/View/XY/YZ/ ZX/3points] <3points>: Stats The Stats command has been removed from AutoCAD 2007. Slice The Slice command now accepts surfaces as the slicing object: Command: slice Select objects to slice: (Pick one or more objects.reSearch .What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 67 Left: Options for JPEG files. Right: Options for TIFF files. SetUV The SetUV command is now an alias for the new MaterialMap command.

In the Data tab..What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 68 TableStyle The Table command now allows formats for angles.y. Tool palettes themselves have been greatly expanded with more commands and rendering materials.Displays the in-place text editor.z points. ToolPalette The TablePalette and other palettes can now automatically hide when docked. whole and decimal numbers. and text. button next to Format. While the Text command is active. but we saw no evidence of them. Autodesk documentation indicates that AutoCAD 2007 includes predefined table styles. and allows users to click anywhere to start new text blocks. press Shift+Tab to move to the previous one. users can press Tab and Shift+Tab to move between text blocks. Text The DTextEd system variable has a new value: 2 . The selected text block turns orange. x. hold down Alt and select a text block to edit it. click the .. upFront. Commands can be dragged from CUI to tool palettes. alternatively. dates.reSearch . as illustrated below. Press Tab to move to the next text block.

and Background. Visual Style. it now looks like this: Command: ucs Current ucs name: *WORLD* Specify origin of UCS or [Face/NAmed/OBject/Previous/View/World/X/Y/Z/ZAxis] <World>: View and -View The View command’s dialog box has a new user interface. and other options. now incorporating a Properties-like section. including Live Section. Restore. the command has been reworked. upFront. Clear? In short. The suboptions found in the New option are now in with the main list of options.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 69 UCS The Ucs command has recombined sets of options. The new NAmed option reveals the Save.reSearch . The New View dialog box adds new functions in its lower half.

users can chose from any of AutoCAD’s colors in the Select Color dialog box. Right: Gradient background Below: Image background For the colors. gradient. or image — as illustrated below. Bitmap.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 70 The View command takes over the functions of the old Background command. For the image.reSearch . (Missing is the Background command’s Merge option. which displayed a wireframe image under the rendered one. JPEG. users can select from Targa. by allowing users to specify a background color. and TIFF formats. The image can be further adjusted with the Adjust Image dialog box: upFront. Portable Network Graphics.) Left: Solid color background.

reSearch .What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 71 -View Command The -View command has changes in its prompts at the command line.) live Section options (new and undocumented) Enter view name to edit live section or [?]: Enter live section name or * for none. or [?]: <*>: Visual style options (new) Enter view name to edit Layer snapshot or [?]: (Enter a named view. as well as the new sEttings option: Command: Enter an Enter an style]]: -view option [?/Delete/Orthographic/Restore/Save/sEttings/Window]: e option [Background/Categorize/Layer snapshot/live Section/Ucs/Visual (Enter an option.) Enter an option [Save/Delete] <Cancel>: s The new Layer snapshot option is renamed from the old “lAyer state.” upFront.) Background options (new) Enter view name to edit Background or [?]: (Enter a named view.) Specify background type [Color/Gradient/Image/None]<None>: (Enter option.

base point or [Copy]: (Pick a point..) 3dConfig and -3dConfig At the time of writing this ebook. 3dAlign The 3dAlign command now previews the destination alignment.. The 3dConfig command displays this dialog box: The View Tune Log and Manual Tune buttons display the following dialog boxes: upFront. Model numbers include Quadro FX540 through to Quadro4 980XGL.” To determine whether your graphics board works. full shadows cannot be displayed.) Specify third destination point or [eXit] <X>: (Pick another point. run the 3dConfig command.) Specify Specify Specify Specify source plane and orientation . hardware acceleration is required. According to the online help.reSearch .. use the undocumented ClassicXref command.) third point or [Continue] <C>:( Pick another point.) AutoCAD 2007 now previews the object: Specify destination plane and orientation .What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 72 XRef and ClassicXref The Xref command is now an alias for the ExternalReferences command. only graphics boards from nVidia were certified by Autodesk to fully work with AutoCAD 2006.. When Geometry Acceleration is off.To access the old Xref Manager dialog box. “To display full shadows.) Command: 3dalign Select objects: (Pick one or more objects.) Specify second destination point or [eXit] <X>: (Pick another point.) second point or [Continue] <C>: (Pick another point. (This effect does not work with the Align command. Specify first destination point: (Pick a point.

reSearch . but with one option named differently. 3dOrbit The 3dOrbit command now has a constrained mode.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 73 The new -3dConfig command lists prompts at the command line — just like the old 3dConfig command. 3dsOut The 3dsOut command has been removed. as highlighted below: Configure: -3dconfig General options/ Enter option [Adaptive degradation/Dynamic tessellation/General options acceLeration/eXit] <Adaptive degradation>: 3dDwfPublish The 3dDwfPublish command has been given the more sensible name of 3dDwf. the 3dsIn command remains. upFront.

affects the Extrude. and Sweep commands. 2 — All defining geometry is deleted. Revolve. and a modified meaning for 1: 1 — Profile curves and cross sections are erased. Users can switch between text blocks by pressing the Tab and Shift+Tab key. right). -1 — Users are prompted whether they want profile curves and cross sections erased. -2 — Users are prompted whether they want all defining geometry erased. DelObj This system variable now has three new values. upFront. and users can click elsewhere in drawings to start new text blocks. left). DimABlk Two arrowhead types have been added: Origin2 — a second type of origin indicator (above. Small — a small open dot (above. or by holding down the Alt key and selecting a text block. Loft. DTextEd This system variable has a new value: 2 — Displays the in-place text editor.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 74 Chapter 4 Changed System Variables Some of the changes noted below may have occurred in AutoCAD 2006 or earlier.reSearch .2). AcadVer New value for the AutoCAD version is 17. formulas are now evaluated after pressing the more intuitive Alt+Enter key combination (previously the End key).0 (previous version number was 16. CalcInput When set to 1.

the new VsIntersectionColor system variable applies to all other visual styles.dwg file. the new 3dDwfPrec system variable affects the number of facets on exported 3D DWF files.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 75 DwgCheck This system variable has two new values: 2 — Warnings appear on the command line for non-Autodesk drawings: Non Autodesk DWG. Dialog box displayed when AutoCAD 2007 opens a non-Autodesk-generated . FaceTRatio This system variable applies only to the display of 3D solids. 3 — Warnings appear in a dialog box for drawings saved by applications other than from Autodesk. Use of this file with AutoCAD software may result in stability issues. IntersectionColor This system variable now applies only in 2D wireframe view. the new VsIntersectionEdges system variable applies to all other visual styles.reSearch . IntersectionDisplay This system variable now applies only in 2D wireframe view. This DWG file was saved by a software application not developed or licensed by Autodesk. the new VsHaloGap system variable applies to all other visual styles. HaloGap This system variable now applies only in 2D wireframe view. the new VsHidePrecision system variable applies to all other visual styles. HidePrecision This system variable now applies only in 2D wireframe view. upFront.

and tables set to 0. the new VsObscuredLType system variable applies to all other visual styles.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 76 MTextFixed Previously considered obsolete by Autodesk. in 2D Wireframe mode. 2 = graphics. upFront. (Previously. the grid dots continue to be displayed. 3 — Automatically selected mode: Text. 0 = line art. OleQuality The meaning of this system variable’s options have changed: 0 — Monochrome mode. this system variable seems to have been given new life. and its text matches the size. 1 — Low graphics mode. Photographs set to 2.) SnapAngle When this system variable is set to a value other than 0. TextEval This system variable now applies only to the -Text command. ObscuredLType This system variable now applies only in 2D wireframe view. position. and 4 = high quality mode. unless the Text command is used in scripts and LISP routines. ObscuredColor This system variable now applies only in 2D wireframe view.reSearch . 2 — In-place text editor and difficult-to-read text is displayed horizontally at a legible size. and difficult-to-read text is displayed horizontally at a legible size. the new VsObscuredColor system variable applies to all other visual styles. When MTextEd = “internal”: 0 and 1— In-place text editor is used. spreadsheets. 3 = photographs. no matter the angle. and rotation of the mtext in the drawing. 1 and 2 — Multiline text editor is opened at its last position and size. When MTextEd = “oldeditor”: 0 — Multiline text editor is used. Color text and charts set to 1. the grid lines disappear from view. 2 — High graphics mode. 1 = text.

Keyboard. the program refers itself as “17. mat.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 77 Chapter 5 Alias. rp rendscr. 3dw upFront.2”.reSearch . northdir showmat setuv finish. internally.pgp file: Command Camera CTableStyle -ExportToAutocad ExternalReferences Flatshot GeographicLocation List MaterialMap Materials PolySolid RenderCrop RenderEnvironment RenderPresets RenderWin SectionPlane VisualStyles -VisualStyles VsCurrent 3dMove 3dRotate 3dWalk Alias(es) cam ct aectoacad er fshot geo. rw splane vsm -vsm vs 3m 3r 3dnavigate. rmat psolid rc fog rfileopt. north. New Aliases The following command aliases are added to the acad. and System Changes AutoCAD 2007 is the 21st release of the software.

New Terms AutoCAD introduces these new terms: Glyph — block-like image used for cameras and lights. New Startup Switch AutoCAD 2007 adds /w as a startup switch.. but it does make numerous changes.utah. Move right. Move backward. Move left.edu/~gooch/SIG98/abstract.. such as hidden-line removal. Up Left Right Down . These include: New Shortcuts Select faces. . Visual styles — named styles for visual effects.... Two workspaces are included: • 3D Modeling (new in AutoCAD 2007). Toggle Fly mode. F W A D S Tab Action Look around & turn. .. Walk and Fly The Walk and Fly window uses the following keyboard shortcuts to control movement through the model: Arrow Drag mouse ..What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 78 New and Changed Keyboard Shortcuts AutoCAD 2006 does not introduce new keyboard shortcuts. • AutoCAD Classic upFront. vertices. and edges Push and pull bounded areas Cycle through 3D subfeatures Toggle dynamic UCS Changed Shortcuts Cycle object selection Toggle coordinates Entering formulas Keystroke Ctrl Ctrl+Alt Ctrl+Spacebar Ctrl+D Keystroke Shift+Spacebar Ctrl+I Alt+Enter Function Key . Key . Bruce and Amy Gooch [www.. Named after its inventors. such as Ctrl+A. vertices.. such as the Dashboard and External References have shortcuts assigned to them. It specifies the name of the workspace to displayed...html]. F6 Previous Key (previously Ctrl) (previously Ctrl+D) (previously End) Deselect faces.cs.. and edges Ctrl+Shift Note that none of the new palettes. .reSearch . Display help window.. Gooch – a visual style that uses cool and warm color tones to make rendered views easier to see.. Move forward.

New Templates AutoCAD 2007 adds two new . or similar. Additional 2GB free disk space. upFront. trackball. acadiso3d.0 with Service Pack 1.dwt template files: acad3d. network card. plotter. Windows XP for TabletPC with Service Pack 2. and for 3D use. Other Mouse.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 79 Minimum System Requirements With the radical change to AutoCAD’s 3D capabilities. Autodesk has two sets of hardware recommendations: minimum. 512MB (same as previous release).dwg — metric 3D settings and viewpoint. 2GB 800MHz Pentium IV (up from 800MHz Intel Pentium III in AutoCAD 2006). 1024x768 True Color (same as previous release). New File Types The DWG file format has changed in AutoCAD 2007. CD-ROM drive and hard drive with minimum 750MB free (up from 500MB free space). 3. workstation-class. This means that drawings must be reversetranslated for AutoCAD 2004 .dwg — imperial 3D settings and viewpoint. with Service Pack 1 or SP2.reSearch . Printer. Internet Explorer 6. (The system requirements for the previous release are shown in brackets. AutoCAD 2007 appears to not add any new file types.2006.) CPU Minimum: Recommended for 3D: RAM Minimum: Recommended for 3D: Drives Minimum: Recommended for 3D: Graphics Board Minimum: Recommended for 3D: Pointing Device. digitizer. 128MB OpenGL. Internet access. Windows 2000 with Service Pack 3 or SP4. Operating System Windows XP Professional or XP Home edition.0GHz or greater.

There are fewer drawings in the \Sample folder.reSearch .What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 80 New Sample Drawings The help\buildyourworld folder contains 24 new sample drawings. New Objects AutoCAD 2007 adds these new object types: Camera Extruded Surface Helix Light Lofted Surface Planar Surface Revolved Surface Section Object Swept Surface upFront. There are many more texture files than before — some 338 JPG files.These are stored in the user folder C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2007\R17. Samples are illustrated below: Left: Exposed aggregate concrete Center: Carbon fibre Right: Herringbone cobblestone.0\enu\Textures\. such as a campus. kitchen (shown below). and trees. but this may change with the shipping version. AutoCAD 2007 Object Model Changes to the object model are shown in gray on the next page.

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Materials. DwfAttach and -DwfAttach — Attaches . Lights. DashboardClose — closes the Dashboard palette. regions. B BRrep — (short for “Boundary REPresentation”) deletes construction history from 3D solid bodies so that its primitives can no longer be edited.reSearch . scaling them appropriately. ConvertOldLights — converts light blocks in drawings created by older versions of AutoCAD into 2007 lights objects.dwf files to the current drawing. DwfAdjust — modifies the display of DWF underlays: contrast. displays the Select DWF File and Attach DWF Underlay dialog boxes. DwfClip — defines clipping boundaries of DWF underlays. 3D Make. arcs.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 82 Appendix A Alphabetical Summary of New Commands A AniPath — (short for “ANImation PATH”) creates animations along paths. and flat 3D faces to surfaces.Visual Styles. displays the Motion Path Animation dialog box and the Animation Preview window. D Dashboard — opens the Dashboard palette with these control panels: 2D Draw. ConvToSolid — (short for “CONVert TO SOLID”) converts polylines and circles with thickness to extruded 3D solids. ConvToSurface — (short for “CONVert TO SURFACE”) converts 2D solids. C ChSpace — (short for “Change SPACE”) moves objects between model space and paper space. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD. lines. DistantLight — places distant lights in drawings. CopyToLayer and -CopyToLayer — copies selected objects to another layer. 3D Navigate. and Render. and specifies their options (updated from the DistantLight option of the former Light command). fade. upFront. and monochrome. polylines. ConvertOldMaterials — converts material definitions from previous releases to AutoCAD 2007 materials. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD.

and so on. LayLck — (short for "LAYer LoCK") locks the layer of the selected object. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD.reSearch . displays the Flatshot dialog box. I Imprint — imprints 2D objects on the faces of 3D solids. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD. upFront. J JogSection — adds 90-degree jogs to section lines. LayMch — (short for "LAYer MatCH") changes the layers of selected objects to that of a selected object. F FlatShot — (short for “FLATten snapSHOT”) creates 2D views of 3D objects in the current viewpoint. LayFrz — (short for "LAYer FReeZe") freezes the layers of the selected objects. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD. LayOff — turns off the layer of the selected object. images.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 83 E ExternalReferences — displays the External References palette for xrefs. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD. LayOn — turns on all layers. LayMCur — (short for "LAYer Make CURrent") makes the selected object's layer current. G GeographicLocation — specifies locations by latitude and longitude. purges the original layer from the drawing. H Helix — draws wireframe spirals in 2D and 3D. purges layer from drawing. LayDel — (short for "LAYer DELete") erases all objects from the specified layer. updated from the Body | Imprint option of the old SolidEdit command. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD. and DWF underlays. city name. region. displays the Geographic Location dialog box. L LayCur — (short for "LAYer CURrent") changes the layer of selected objects to the current layer. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD. LayIso — (short for "LAYer ISOlate") turns off all layers except of the ones holding selected objects. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD. updated from the Flatten command in Express Tools. LayMrg — (short for "LAYer MeRGe") moves objects to another layer. updated from an option of the old Light command. ExternalReferencesClose — closes the External References palette. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD.

LightListClose — closes the Lights in Model palette. updated from the old RMat command. LayULk — (short for "LAYer UnLocK") unlocks the layer of a selected object. LayVpI — (short for "LAYer ViewPort Isolate") isolates an the selected object's layer in the current viewport. updated from the old Render command. LayUnIso — (short for "LAYer UNISOlate") turns on layers that were turned off with the last LayIso command. LightList — places and edits lights. and edits materials. R RenderCrop — renders a rectangular area of the drawing. Materials — manages. updated from the old RMat command. opens the Materials palette. updated from the Point option of the old Light command. arcs. updated from the Window option of the old Render command. updated from the old Fog command. RenderWin — displays the Render window. MaterialsClose — loses the Materials palette. RenderPresets — specifies the parameters for renderings. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD. circles. M MaterialAttach — attaches materials to objects by layer name. Pyramid — creates 3D solid pyramids and cones. PolySolid — converts lines. upFront. LiveSection — activates live sectioning for the selected section. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD.reSearch . displaying the interior of sliced objects. and polylines in to 3D solids with thickness. LayWalk — displays objects on selected layers. PointLight — places point lights in drawing. Loft — creates 3D surfaces and solids through lofting two or more curves. displays the Render Environment dialog box. which lists and illustrates the current and previous renderings and parameters. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD. P PlaneSurf — (short for “PLANE SURFace”) creates flat surface areas.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 84 LayThw — (short for "LAYer THaW") thaws all layers. RenderEnvironment — sets the fog options. displays the Render Presets Manager dialog box. MaterialMap — maps materials to selected objects. available as an Express Tool in earlier releases of AutoCAD. RPrefClose — (short for “Render PREFerences CLOSE”) closes the Render Settings palette. updated from the old MatLib command. displays the Lights in Model palette. applies. PressPull — presses and pulls bounded areas.

displays the Visual Styles Manager palette. Spotlight — places spotlights in drawings. VsCurrent — (short for “Visual Style CURRENT”) applies a named visual style to the current viewport. SunProperties — sets the properties of the Sun light.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 85 S SectionPlane — creates section objects independent of the 3D model. V VisualStyles — defines and edits visual styles used for renderings. 3dMove — displays the move handle on selected objects so that they can be moved in 3D space. SunPropertiesClose — closes the Sun Properties palette. updated from the Spotlight option of the old Lights command). updated from the Sun option of the old Lights command.reSearch . -ShadeMode — command-line version of the old ShadeMode command. updated from the old ShadeMode command. W WalkFlySettings — Specifies the settings for walk and fly animations. X XEdges — (short for “eXtract Edges”) creates wireframe geometry from the edges of 3D solids and surfaces. upFront. T Thicken — creates 3D solids by thickening surfaces. 3 3dDWF — exports drawings as 3D DWF files. displays the Export 3D DWF dialog box. -VisualStyles — displays prompts at the command line. 3dOrbitTransparent — changes the 3D view in realtime. an undocumented transparent command. an undocumented transparent command. Sweep — creates 3D solids and surfaces by sweeping 2D curves along paths. VsSave — (short for “Visual Style SAVE”) saves a visual style by name in model space only. as well as 2D regions. 3dFly — navigates 3D drawings in fly-through mode. updated from the old 3dOrbit command. VisualStylesClose — closes the Visual Styles Manager palette. updated from the old Section command). 3dFOrbit — (short for “3D Free ORBIT”) displays an arcball for realtime view changes in 3D. opens the Sun Properties palette. displays the Walk and Fly Settings dialog box. 3dPanTransparent — pans 3D views in realtime. renamed from the old 3dDwfPublish command. displays the Position Locator window.

What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 86 3dRotate — displays the rotate handle on selected objects so that they can be rotated in 3D space. an undocumented transparent command. upFront. 3dWalk — enters Walk mode. 3dSwivelTransparent — swivels the 3D viewpoint in realtime.reSearch . 3dZoomTransparent — zooms the 3D view in realtime. an undocumented transparent command. provides access to the Walk Mode right-click menu.

DimTFillClr — (0) specifies the background color for dimension text. CameraHeight — (0) specifies the default height of cameras. D DashboardState — (0) reports whether the Dashboard is open. upFront. DimTFill — (0) toggles background fill of dimension text. CShadow — (0) specifies the default shadow treatment for 3D objects.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 87 Appendix B Alphabetical Summary of New System Variables The default value is shown in (brackets). DIM The following new system variables (dimvars) were forgotten in AutoCAD 2006: DimArcSym — (0) specifies the location of the dimension arc symbol. DimLtEx1 — ("") specifies the name of the first extension line linetype. DwfFame — (2) determines the display of the DWF frame. DimFxlOn — (0) determines whether fixed extension lines are used.reSearch . DwfOsnap — (1) determines whether osnaps apply to DWF underlays. DimJogAngle — (45) specifies the default jog angle. DimLtype — ("") specifies the name of the dimension line linetype. DefaultLightingType — (1) toggles between old and new styles of default lighting. CMaterial — (bylayer) specifies the default material. DimFXL — (1) specifies the default length of fixed extension lines. DimLtEx2 — ("") specifies the name of the second extension line linetype. E ERState — (0) reports whether the External References palette is open. C CameraDisplay — (0) toggles display of camera objects. DefaultLighting — (1) specifies the distant lighting is on. DragVs — specifies the default visual style while creating 3D objects.

LoftMag1 — (1) specifies the magnitude of the first loft angle. I ImpliedFace — (1) toggles the detection of implied faces. GtLocation — (0) controls the location of grip tools. PublishAllSheets — (1) toggles whether all sheets are published by the Publish command. N NorthDirection — (0) specifies the angle of the sun relative to North. LoftAng2 — (90) stores the default angle for the second lofting cross section. LoftParam — (7) specifies the shape of the loft. GtAuto — (1) toggles display of grip tools. PSolHeight — (4) specifies the default height for PolySolid objects. LegacyCtrlPick — (0) determines the function of Ctrl+left pick. InterfereObjVs — (Realistic) specifies the visual style for interference objects. InterfereVpVs — (Wireframe) specifies the visual style during interference checking. P Perspective — (0) toggles perspective mode. GridMajor — (5) specifies the major grid line multiple of minor grid lines. LoftMag2 — (1) specifies the magnitude of the second loft angle. LightListState — (0) reports whether the Light List palette is displayed. O OsOptions — (3) determines when objects with negative z-values are osnaped.reSearch . LoftNormals — (1) specifies where loft normals are placed. upFront. LightGlyphDisplay — (1) toggles the display of light glyphs. LoftAng1 — (90) stores the default angle for the first lofting cross section. GtDefault — (0) controls whether 3dMove/3dRotate or Move/Rotate are the default commands. L Latitude — () stores the last used latitude.25) specifies the default width for PolySolid objects. PSolWidth — (0. M MatState — (0) reports whether the Materials window is open. Longitude — () stores the last used longitude.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 88 G GridDisplay — (3) determines how the grid is displayed. InterfereColor — (1) specifies the color of interference objects.

What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 89 R RenderPrefsState — (0) reports whether the Render Preferences window is open. VsFaceOpacity — (-60) controls the transparency/opacity of face. SolidHist — (1) toggles history for solids. such as VsHaloGap from earlier releases now apply to 2D wireframe displays only.255. VsHaloGap — (0) specifies the "halo" gap (gap between intersecting lines). negative values turn off the effect. SunStatus — (1) determines whether the sun casts light. VsEdgeOverhang — (-6) extension of pencil lines beyond edges.reSearch . VsIntersectionColor — (7) specifies the color of intersecting polylines. VsEdgeColor — (7) specifies the edge color. VsIntersectionLtype — (1) specifies the linetype for intersecting polylines. VsEdges — (1) specifies types of edges to display. VsFaceHighlight — (-30) specifies the color of highlights. ShowHist — (1) determines whether solids have history. T TimeZone — (-8000) stores the time zone. StepsPerSec — (2) specifies the speed of steps in walk mode. VsFaceStyle — (1) determines how faces are displayed. V (For the following variables. SunPropertiesState — (0) reports whether the Sun Properties window is open. VsIntersectionEdges — (0) toggles the display of intersecting edges. VsMaterialMode — (0) controls the display of material finishes. Similarly named sysvars. VsIsoOntop — (0) toggles whether isolines are displayed. VsEdgeSmooth — (1) specifies crease angle. VsFaceColorMode — (1) determines color of faces. VsMonoColor — (255.255) specifies the monochrome tint. StepSize — (6) specifies the length of steps in walk mode. VsLightingQuality — (1) toggles the quality of lighting. U UcsDetect — (1) toggles dynamic UCS acquisition. upFront. VsEdgeJitter — (-2) specifies the level of pencil effect. S ShadowPlaneLocation — (0) specifies the height of the shadow plane.) VsBackgrounds — (1) determines whether backgrounds are displayed in visual styles. VsHidePrecision — (0) specifies the accuracy of hides and shades.

VsSilhEdges — (0) toggles the display of silhouette edges.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 90 VObscuredColor — (byentity) specifies the color of obscured lines. 3 3dDwfPrec — (2) specifies the precision of exported 3D DWF files. Z ZoomWheel — (0) toggles the zoom direction relative to mouse wheel direction. VsObscuredEdges — (1) toggles the display of obscured edges.reSearch . VsState — (0) reports whether the Visual Styles window is open. VsSilhWidth — (5) specifies the width of silhouette edge lines. VsShadows — (0) determines the quality of shadows. upFront. VsObscuredLtype — (1) specifies the linetype of obscured lines.

(“Ai” is short for “Autodesk. bottom. dish. such as the “aec” commands for Architectural Desktop.” or are unsupported. Ai_Cone. Some of these commands do not operate until their . Ai_Dish. AcEtUcs-Right. and activated by the 3D command. Ai_Box. cone. Ai_Pyramid. AcEtUcs-Bottom.arx file has been loaded with the AppLoad command.”) Left: AeEtUcs-Right Right: AcEtUcs-Top AdcCustomNavigate Command: adccustomnavigate No custom applications registered AutoCAD displays the DesignCenter palette. and so on. and so on. They draw 3D mesh models indicated by their name: 3D box. and Ai_Wedge These commands have been in AutoCAD for many releases. Some of them are designed to work with other software. Some commands were written for use in AutoCAD’s menus. such as as “ink. (AeEtUcs is short for “AutoCad Express Tool User Defined Coordinate. we sometimes have to guess their purpose. a very few of these commands cause AutoCAD to crash. others are for features that are not yet implemented. Ai_Torus. Ai_Dome. Ai_Sphere. AcEtUcs-Left. System variables are indicated by their italicized names. and AcEtUcs-Top This group of undocumented Express Tool commands reorients the UCS (and its UCS icon) to the indicated face: back. From the command’s name and its prompts. Ai_Mesh. AcEtUcs-Front. Inc. still others are for features that are being tested. it is sometimes possible to discern the purpose of the command. Because they are not documented.”) upFront.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 91 Appendix C Alphabetical Listing of Commands and System Variables Undocumented by Autodesk The following commands are undocumented by AutoCAD 2007’s online help. such as the “dgn” commands.reSearch . A AcEtUcs-Back.

) Enter third Tangent spec: (Pick another object. and Ai_Tilemode1 This trio of commands allows macros to switch between model and paper space: • Ai_Fms — in model tab: switches to a layout tab.autodesk.) Enter second Tangent spec: (Pick aother object. Ai_Product_Support. • • • • Ai_Custom_Safe — www. and Ai_Training_Safe This group of commands accesses related Web pages at the Autodesk Web site. this command is an alternative to the Circle command’s 3P option with TANgent osnap. Displays the following dialog box: After user selects an option. in layout tab: activates a viewport. Ai_InvokeNfw Invokes the New Features Workshop. • Ai_PSpace — switches to a layout tab.com/autocad-support Ai_Product_Support_Safe — www. Command: ai_circtan Enter Tangent spec: (Pick an object.) Ai_Custom_Safe.autodesk. • Ai_Tilemode1 — switches to model tab. upFront. the New Features Workshop is displayed.com/developautocad Ai_Product_Support — www.autodesk. and activates a viewport.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 92 Ai_CircTan Draws circles tangent to three points. Ai_Fms.reSearch . Ai_Product_Support_Safe.com/autocad-training Web page displayed by Ai_Custom_Safe.com/autocad-support Ai_Training_Safe — www. Ai_Pspace.autodesk.

Center icon: -AecExportToAutoCAD command.”) Left icon: AecDisplayManagerConfigsSelection command. Meters Unit for length <1>: (Enter an option number..What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 93 Ai_Molc Invokes the make object layer current command. construction. Command: ai_selall Selecting objects. it is activated by Ctrl+A. Command: ai_molc Select object whose layer will become current: (Pick an object. (AEC is short for “architecture.) 10 WALLS is now the current layer Ai_SelAll The “select all” command. Inches 2. Decimal 3. Architectural 5.) “AEC” Object Enabler Commands The following commands are used by AutoCAD Archiectural Desktop (ADT) Object Enabler. -AecDwgUnits (alias: -DwgUnits) This command sets the units for inserting ADT objects into AutoCAD drawings. Right icon: AecSetXrefConfig command. This command is associated with the Make Object’s Layer Current button in the Layers toolbar.) Drawing unit display formats: 1. Fractional Linear display format <4>: (Enter an option number. 1" 1.. engineering..) Architectural linear display precision formats: 0. A related toolbar can be loaded with CUI from Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data \Autodesk \AutoCAD 2007\R17.done. Feet 3. 1/4" upFront.">: (Enter new path. It must be used with SetVar command: Command: setvar Enter variable name or [?] <TILEMODE>: _authorpalettepath Enter new value for _AUTHORPALETTEPATH <"C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Aut. 1/2" 2. Scientific 2. Command: -dwgunits Drawing units: 1. Decimeters 6. Engineering 4. Millimeters 4.cui.0\enu\SupportAecArchXOE..reSearch . _AuthorPalettePath System variable: sepcifies the path to the customized tool palette folder. Centimeters 5.

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3. 1/8" 4. 1/16" 5. 1/32" 6. 1/64" 7. 1/128" 8. 1/256" Linear display precision <6>: (Enter an option number.) Scale objects from other drawings upon insert? [Yes/No] <Yes>: (Enter an option.)

-AecExportToAutoCAD This command converts ADT custom objects to AutoCAD objects:
Command: -aecexporttoautocad File format: 2007 Bind xrefs: Yes Bind type: Insert Filename prefix: Filename suffix: Export options [Format/Bind/bind Type/Maintain/Prefix/Suffix/?] <Enter for filename>: (Press Enter.) Export drawing name <filename.dwg>: (Press Enter.)

Format option
Enter file format [r14/2000/2004/2007] <2007>:

Bind option
Bind xrefs [Yes/No] <Yes>:

bind Type option
Bind type [Bind/Insert] <Insert>:

Maintain option
Maintain resolved properties [Yes/No] <Yes>:

Prefix option
Filename prefix <>:

Suffix option
Filename suffix <>:

? option
File format: 2007 Bind xrefs: Yes Bind type: Insert Filename prefix: Filename suffix:

AecDisplayManagerConfigsSelection (alias: DisplayManagerConfigsSelection) Changes the display configuration; displays a one-item cursor menu: Standard. AecFileOpenMessage Toggles the display of a dialog box that warns about opening drawings from older releases of ADT.
Command: aecfileopenmessage Display courtesy message when opening a file from a previous version of ADT [Yes/No] <Yes>: (Enter option.)

AecFileSaveMessage Toggles the display of a warning message when saving to a previous version file.
Command: aecfilesavemessage Display courtesy message when saving to a previous version file [Yes/No] <Yes>:(Enter option.)
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AecObjectCopyMessage Toggles the display of a warning mesage when saving to a newer version file.
Command: aecobjectcopymessage Display courtesy message when copying AEC objects into a newer version drawing [Yes/No] <Yes>: (Enter option.)

AecObjRelDump (alias: ObjRelDump) Sample output:
Command: aecobjreldump *************************************************************** ********************* DATABASE = 7EB3BFD0 ********************* *************************************************************** Class: AecDbDimensionGroup Class: AecDbDoor Class: AecDbOpening Class: AecDbWindow Class: AecDbWindowAssembly PAUSE: Press <RETURN> to continue >>> (Press Enter.)

AecObjRelDumpEnhancedReferences (alias: ObjRelDumpEnhancedReferences) Sample output:
Command: aecobjreldumpenhancedreferences *************************************************************** ********************* DATABASE = 75637338 ********************* *************************************************************** PAUSE: Press <RETURN> to continue >>> (Press Enter.)

AecObjRelShow (alias: ObjRelShow) Displays data about which ADT objects are related to each other, such as a door being part of a wall.
Command: aecobjrelshow Select an entity (or RETURN for Handle): Object <AcDbBlockReference 92 > Handle of database object:

AecObjRelShowEnhancedReferences (alais: ObjRelShoweEnhancedReferences) Displays data about ADT xref objects.
Command: aecobjrelshowenhancedreferences Select an entity (or RETURN for Handle): Object <AcDbBlockReference 92 > Handle of database object:

AecObjRelUpdate (alias: ObjRelUpdate) Updates ADT objects.
Command: aecobjrelupdate Select entities to update or RETURN for all. Select objects: (Press Enter.)

AecPostDxfinFix (alias: PostDxfinFix) Fixes problems with imported ADT drawings that cannot be repaired by the Audit command.
Command: aecpostdxfinfix

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AecSetXrefConfig (alias: SetXrefConfig) Allows the same xref to be displayed several times.
Command: aecsetxrefconfig Select an external reference: (Pick one.) Override display configuration of selected xref? [Yes/No] <Yes>: Enter index of display configuration for xref: (Enter 0 or 1.)

AecVersion Reports the version number of the ADT object enabler.
Command: aecversion CompanyName: Autodesk, Inc. FileDescription: AecBase DBX FileVersion: 5, 0, 241, 0 LegalCopyright: © Autodesk, Inc. 1998-2006. All rights reserved.

“Ai” Dimensioning Commands
This set of commands are used by AutoCAD in shortcut menus. Select a dimension, and then right-click to see the following:

Ai_Dim_Textabove, Ai_Dim_Textcenter, and Ai_Dim_Texthome This trio of commands moves dimension text relative to the dimension line. (On the shortcut menu: Dim Text position.)
Command: ai_dim_texabove Select objects: (Select one or more dimensions.)

• Ai_Dim_TextAbove — moves text above the dimension line, in compliance with the JIS standard. • Ai_Dim_TextCenter — centers text vertically on the dimension line. • Ai_Dim_TextHome — centers text horizontally on the dimension line. AiDimFlipArrow Flips the direction of the selected dimension arrow. (On the shortcut menu: Flip Arrow.)
Command: aidimfliparrow Select objects: (Select a dimension arrowhead.)

AiDimPrec Changes the display precision of dimenion text. (On the shortcut menu: Precision.)
Command: aidimprec Enter option [0/1/2/3/4/5/6] <4>: Select objects: (Select a dimension.)

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(On the shortcut menu: Dim Style. 2 — moves dimension text anywhere without the leader line. Command: bgplotreceive DSD: (Enter filename of drawing set description. upFront.) 0 — moves dimension text within dimension line (including outside extension lines) and changes length of extension lines. and adds a leader line.reSearch .) Displays dialog box for specifying name of new dimension style: AiDimTextMove Moves dimension text relative to the dimension line. (On the shortcut menu: Dim Text position. Default = 20 seconds. (Short for “background plot receive.) Command: aidimstyle Enter option [1/2/3/4/5/6/Other/Save] <1>: (Enter an option.dsd files are generated by the Publish command. if necessary. ) The . 1 — moves dimension text anywhere.) BgrdPlotTimeout System variable: controls the timeout for failed background plots.dsd file to use for background plotting.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 97 AiDimStyle Stores and recalls dimension styles. B BgPlotReceive Specifies the .) Other option Displays dialog box listing names of dimension styles in current drawing: Save option Select objects: (Select a dimension. range is from 0 to 300 seconds.) Command: aidimtextmove Enter option [0/1/2] <2>: (Enter an option) Select objects: (Select one or more dimensions.

DimHorizontal. D DefaultViewCategory System variable: stores the default name for View Category in the View command’s New View dialog box.) AutoCAD displays the Drafting Settings dialog box opened to the appropriate tab (the first tab is #0).reSearch . and DimVertical The angle of dimension drawn by the DimLinear command depends on cursor picks by the user.dgn files in a manner similar to DWF underlays. upFront. • DimRotated — places rotated dimensions. DgnExport Exports the drawing as a . DgnFrame System variable: toggles the frame around the DGN image.dgn file. available later in 2006. default = 1 (on). DimRotated. These commands draw their namesake linear dimensions without regard to cursor position: • DimHorizontal — places horizontal dimensions. CAUTION: Crashes AutoCAD! This command is in the beta version only.This and the following gdncommands and system variables are meant for the MicroStation V8 DGN translator. not yet operational. default = 1 (on). and was removed from the shipping version of AutoCAD.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 98 C CrashBeta Displays the following dialog box. not yet operational. • DimVertical — places vertical dimensions. DgnOsnap System variable: toggles the osnapping of the frame around the DGN image. +DSettings Command: +dsettings Tab Index <0>: (Enter a tab number. DgnAttach Attaches . and then closes AutoCAD as if it were crashing.

255. 4 = spherical.reSearch . System variables: the following gf-related variables control gradient fills placed by the Gradient command. 0 to 360 degrees. 1 — warns if larger than 640x400. GfClr2 — specifies the second gradient color in RGB format. GlobCheck System variable: global control of dialog boxes: -1 — turns off local language.. slows down AutoCAD. EntExts System variable: controls how drawing extents are calculated (short for “entity extents”).255". as illustrated by this dialog box: GfAng — controls the angle of gradient fill. 9 = inverted curved. 0 — Extents calculated every time.153". ranges from 0 = black to 1 = white (default). 8 = crved. default = 0. default. 3 — additional information. 2 = cylindrical. 1 — Extents of every object are cached as a two-byte value (default). GfAShift — controls the origin of the gradient fill. GfClrLum — controls the level of gray in one-color gradients. 7 = inverted hemispherical. GfClr1 — specifies the first gradient color in RGB format. G GF. 0 = centered (default) or 1 = shifted up and left. but uses less memory. 6 = hemispherical. 3 = inverted cylindrical. default = "RGB 255. default = "RGB 000.000. 0 — turn off global checking (default). GfClrState — specifies the type of gradient fill.. 1 = linear (default). 2 — also reports size in pixels. 2 — Extents of every object are cached as a four-byte value (fastest but uses more memory). upFront.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 99 E EPlotExt Demand loads ePlot extensions. GfName — specifies the style of gradient fill. 5 = inverted spherical. either 0 = two-color or 1 = one-color.

320.067425 fps Flat Shaded : 0. 362. 320. 346.862150 fps Hidden Line : 1.118725 fps Command: gsb2 -------------------------------Wireframe : 0. The gstext. and GsB5 These commands run AutoCAD through benchmarks at different speeds: Command: gsb1 -------------------------------Wireframe : 1. 319.494842 fps Command: gsb3 -------------------------------Wireframe : 0.492229 fps Command: gsb5 ------------------------------Wireframe : 0. 315. GsB3.535549 seconds.237537 fps Command: gsb4 -------------------------------Wireframe : 0.618166 fps Gouraud Shaded : 0.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 100 GlyphCmd Displays the Camera Glyphy Appearance dialog box: Clicking Edit Glyph Colors button displays the Drawing Window Colors dialog box. 357.416187 fps Gouraud Shaded : 0. 320. “GS” Graphic System Commands The gs-commands appear to test the graphics board. 363. 353. GsB4.152890 seconds. GsB1.945890 seconds.982637 seconds.821249 seconds.137095 seconds.227956 seconds.210820 seconds.410047 seconds. GsAutoOrbit and GsAutoZoomPan • GsAutoOrbit — rotates 3D models about the x and y axes.047187 fps upFront. • GsAutoZoomPan — zooms 3D models in and out.266809 fps Gouraud Shaded : 0. 194. GsB2.arx application must be loaded first.reSearch .452425 seconds.657005 fps Gouraud Shaded : 2.259347 seconds.

019244 seconds. GsDolly Moves the viewpoint along an axis. y. GsBxyhidden — hidden-line removal mode. GsBxyFlat — flat shaded mode.964807 seconds. GsbYyWireframe — wireframe mode.) upFront. turns on the clipping. 54.) Command: gsclipfronton Front Clip On: (Enter on or off. Gsbxyautomated.142431 seconds. Sample output: Command: gsbxy -------------------------------Wireframe : 20. GsFrontClip and GsClipFrontOn Specifies back or front clipping plane. Gsbxyhidden. 300.) Gsclipback.078436 Gouraud Shaded : 4.222153 fps fps fps fps • • • • • • • GsBxy — rotates 3D model in all four rendering modes.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 101 Gouraud Shaded : 0.reSearch . Gsbxyg3. 147. and Gsbxywireframe Benchmark commands that rotate 3D models in a variety of rendered modes about the x and then the y axes. 36.902146 seconds. GsBxyGouraud — gouraud-shaded mode.015347 Hidden Line : 13. or z axis.) Enter Active Axis: (Specify x. Gsbxygouraud. Glclipbackon. Gsbxyflat.778861 fps ------------------------------- Gsbxy. GsBxyAutomated — CAUTION: Crashes AutoCAD. Command: gsdolly Enter Camera Dolly Distance: (Enter distance. as listed above.860473 Flat Shaded : 4.990761 seconds. GsBxyG3 — faster gouraud-shaded mode. 145. Command: gsfrontclip Enter Front Clipping Plane Position: (Enter distance.

such as Copy and Paste.) GsTestBenchmark Processes 3D model with a variety of movements and shade modes. • InkColor — specifies the color of ink. The commands work only in 2D and in the world coordinate system.arx.) “INK” TabletPC Commands The ink-related commands are meant for use with a TabletPC and the Microsoft’s gesture toolkit.330278 fps Hidden Line : 5923. • InkTransparency — specifies level of ink transparency. reports results. • InkMake — starts drawing with ink? • InkOleCreate — inserts an OLE object? • InkPenWidth — specifies the width of ink. y. Use the AppLoad command to load asdkTPCtest. or z axis. Sample result: Command: gstestbenchmark ------------------------------Wireframe : 4748.482050 ms Gouraud Shaded : 61. • InkRLine — draws ink redlines.) GsPan Pans model a given distance and along a specified axis. GsZoom Prompts for a zoom factor: Command: gszoom Enter Camera Zoom Factor: (Enter a value.) Enter Active Axis: (Specify x. • InkHilite — draws ink highlights. Command: gspan Enter Camera Pan Distance: (Enter pan distance.) Enter Active Axis: (Specify x. • InkReco — recognizes the selected ink. y. The loaded application displays the following toolbar: • InkBorderDisplay — toggles a border around the inked area. • InkGesture — activates gesture-based commands.204590 ms Wireframe : 38. upFront.948994 ms Hidden Line : 30. or z axis.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 102 GsOrbit Rotates model by a given angle about a specified axis.810531 fps ------------------------------- GsTestRegress Rotates and zooms model in 3D space with different shade modes.reSearch .784167 ms Flat Shaded : 35.597043 fps Gouraud Shaded : 2944.722749 fps Flat Shaded : 5112. Command: gsorbit Enter Orbit Angle (degrees): (Enter orbit angle.

NwfState System variable: determines whether New Features Workshop displays when AutoCAD starts. default = "AC$". range is one to three characters. • MText2_Unused and -MText2_Unused — prompts to create mtext: Command: -mtext2_unused Current text style: "Standard" Text height: 9" Specify first corner: Specify opposite corner or [Height/Justify/Line spacing/Rotation/Style/Width]: • MtProp2_Unused — prompts to select mtext. normally accessed through the View command: NodeName System variable (read-only): reports the name of the network node. 0 = no or 1 = yes (default)..What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 103 M -Mt.reSearch .2_Unused This set of commands seems similar to the MText-related commands: • MtEdit2_Unused — prompts to edit mtext. upFront. N NewView Displays the New View dialog box..

S SelectLastMode System variable: accepts a value of 1 or 0. PsProlog System variable: specifies the PostScript prologue file name. this command displays the Select List of Sheets dialog box. no fill. default = "". it displays the Publish dialog box with the drawings listed. >0 — display filled. PsQuality System variable: controls resolution of PostScript objects. 0 = no or 1 = yes (default). 2 — long text screen listings do not pause.reSearch . just as if user pressed Esc. 1 — the ^C metacharacters in a menu macro cancels grips.dsd file. 4 — error and warning messages are displayed at the command line. Second. QkSetupWiz Runs the Quick Setup wizard. operates only in paper space. Q QaFlags System variable: controls the quality assurance flags: 0 — turned off (default). specified in pixels. P PlaceView Places views in sheets. select a . 128 — screen picks are accepted via AutoLISP’s (command) function.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 104 O OSnapNodeLegacy System variable: toggles whether osnap snaps to Mtext insertion points. Command: selectlastmode Enter new value for SELECTLASTMODE <1>: 0 Regenerating model. 0 — not displayed. 75 — default value. upFront. and then click Select. +Publish First. <0 — display as outlines. instead of in dialog boxes.

and 3dZoomTransparent This quartet of commands allows specific use of the 3dOrbit command from the command line.">: V VbaPref Sets preferences for Visual Basic for Applications. must be used with SetVar command: Command: setvar Enter variable name or [?]: _toolpalettepath Enter new value for _TOOLPALETTEPATH <"C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Aut.. 3dPanTransparent.. 3dSwivelTransparent.reSearch . upFront.What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007 105 T _ToolPalettePath System variable: sets the path to the tool palette folder. Display this Options dialog box: 3 3dOrbitTransparent.

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