60 AutoCAD Tips in 60 Minutes

Lynn Allen Autodesk Technical Evangelist

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Objective:
Show you some tips and techniques that will increase your productivity and help you work smarter!

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User Interface Tips 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 13) 14) Workspaces AutoComplete (Tab to cycle) Move Model space/Layout tabs Easy Copy of Layout Tabs New! Drag and Drop to Sheet Set New! New 2D Dashboard New! Status Bar and Tray customization Anchored Palettes Clean Screen (or Ctrl 0) Taskbar to 1 Lock Toolbars Double click toolbars to float Lock/Unlock Viewport on Status Bar New! VP Scale on Status Bar New!3 © 2005 Autodesk .

Quick Customizing Tips 15) 16) 17) 18) 19) 20) CUI now customizes the Dashboard New! Drag and drop toolbars to the Dashboard New! Easier to Search and Create New Commands New! Get rid of F1! Quickly create a Tool Palette of your blocks in Design Center Customize the File dialog 4 © 2005 Autodesk .

Layer Tips 21) 22) 23) 24) 25) Layer properties per viewport New!  Control of visual properties  Easy reset to global properties Customize your Layer Columns New! Deactivate the Status Column to save time Speedy Layer State Manager Access New! Applying Layer States per Viewport New! 5 © 2005 Autodesk .

Misc. Layer Tips SETBYLAYER New! Layer Isolate now fades layers New! LAYUNISO is back New! Layer Translater (LAYTRANS)  Translates layers to a standard (dws. dwg or dwt)  Force objects to bylayer 30) LAYWALK (View layers individually) 31) LAYDEL (Delete even the most stubborn layers!) 26) 27) 28) 29) 6 © 2005 Autodesk .

Properties.TimeSavers! SCALELISTEDIT – Plot. TIFOUT 39) OVERKILL 32) AutoCAD 2006 7 © 2005 Autodesk . elliptical arcs and splines • Use to turn an arc into a circle 34) LAYERFILTERALERT (Set to 3) 35) FILTERS command 36) PEDITACCEPT 37) IMAGEFRAME 38) JPGOUT. PNGOUT. BMPOUT. Vport toolbar. Page Setup. 33) JOIN Command (Glue) • works on plines. etc. arc. lines.

New! Text wraps automatically over multiple columns New! Tab styles and paragraph line spacing control for selected lines New! New Spell Checker Improvements Multiline Attributes! New! Control the Text Sample string  (MTJIGSTRING) Click outside of the dialog box to exit command quickly Control+Enter to exit command MTEXT TEXTTOFRONT command 8 © 2005 Autodesk .Text Tips 40) 41) 42) 43) 44) 45) 46) 47) 48) Word Docs maintain spacing. font. etc.

Table Tips 49) 50) 51) AutoFill available in AutoCAD Tables Tables wrap automatically over multiple columns Insert blocks and text in same cell 9 © 2005 Autodesk .

Dimensioning tips (all new) 52) 53) 54) 55) 56) 57) Multiple Leaders  Multiple segments  Leading or trailing position on text  Options for placement of leader with respect to text MLEADERALIGN MLEADERCOllECT DIMBREAK DIMJOGLINE DIMSPACE 10 © 2005 Autodesk .

Tips in AutoCAD 2008 58) 59) 60) 61) 62) 63) Inverse Xclip Layer control for attached DWF files Create smaller PDFs with DWF PUBLISHCOLLATE – multipage PDF Import/Export DGN Recover for Xrefs 11 © 2005 Autodesk .Misc.

Keys. Keys 64)Control+R to cycle through all of your viewports 65)Control+A to select all the objects in your drawing 66)Control to cycle through objects 67)Tab to cycle through object snaps 68)Navigate through layouts with Control+PageUp and Control+PageDown 69)Hold down right mouse button to clear grips 70)Shift for more than one hot grip 71)Arrow up and down through commands 72)Control+Tab to cycle through open drawings 73)OSNAP Tracking to find the center of a box 74)M2P or MTP to find the midpoint between two points 12 © 2005 Autodesk . Keys.

Tip #75: Embed Drawings into PPT! Insert menu – Object –> Autodesk DWF Viewer Control Right click on image – Autodesk DWF Viewer Control ->Properties – Select DWF File DWF will only display when the Slide Show is playing 13 © 2005 Autodesk .

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com/trueview Pricing FREE 15 © 2005 Autodesk .autodesk. www.Tip #77: DWG TrueView (now includes True Convert) Supports viewing and plotting of DWG files. and publishing to DWF Batch converts drawings to previous releases Stand alone product – no need for ACAD to be installed Same fidelity as Save as in AutoCAD Conversion of pen widths to line weights and the addition of page setups.

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Free Download: autodesk.com/designreview 19 © 2005 Autodesk . Select sheets to overlay and click OK 1. Browse and load the DWF files 3.Tip # 79: Autodesk Design Review – Drawing Version Compare Feature Highlight additions/ deletions Select Tools > Compare 2.

freewheel.co m 20 © 2005 Autodesk .autodesk. View & Print 2D & 3D designs online without install software 4.Free Publish DWF 2. Upload & Email Link 3.Tip # 80: Introducing Autodesk Freewheel Share designs online . Utilize for drawing catalogs and archives 1.

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