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AutoCAD tip: Layer Isolate Settings

I’ve had several calls from users who have been confused about the layer isolate (LAYISO) command.

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Can’t find my English version of AutoCAD

In the new accounts download section a user must pick a language to use to download the software.  Initially they only see Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.  They must use that inconspicuous scroll bar to the right to get to English: Continue reading

Desktop Subscription: The Must Knows

As Autodesk makes the move to desktop subscription there are some things that need to be understood to make this transition easier for you.

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Bye-bye, Subscription! Hello, Autodesk Accounts!

Beginning March 13, 2015, Subscription Center will be retired and all Autodesk account (www.autodesk.com/account) will become the single destination for all customers to track and manager their products, services, and subscription benefits. Continue reading

AutoCAD Tip: Ortho on the fly

Ever been drawing freely and you suddenly need to draw a line orthogonally, but you don’t want to click on the ORTHO button in the tray and you don’t want to bother with hitting the F8 button on the keyboard?
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Can’t Access Online Map Data


In Civil 3D 2015, you are signed into Autodesk 360, have a coordinate system set, and you are attempting to access online map data, but you get this message:


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Google Earth Pro – FREE

Yes, you read it correctly! Google Earth Pro is now free:
Google Earth Pro Free

Roads and Proposals in Infraworks

In this, the second of our series or webcasts focusing on Infraworks, This is building on my previous webcast of Beginning a Project in Infraworks.  In this webcast I demonstrate how to create roads and generate proposals to share with clients.  Specifically i got through the steps of how to :

  • Create a proposal
  • Sketch a conceptual road design
  • Modify a conceptual road design
  • Add 3D model components
  • Measure the model
  • Perform a sun/shadow study
  • Perform a line of sight study
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AutoCAD Tip: Full of Sheet

Now that I have your attention. . .

I’m sure most of you out there have gone into paper space with your 24×36 (or any size) title block and have noticed that even though your sheet is the right size (say 24″ by 36″) you’re stil missing part of your title block when you plot preview:
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AutoCAD Tip: Lagging Cursor

You notice that when you move your cursor over an object it begins to lag.  You’ve enabled/disabled your hardware acceleration, but the lag remains.  If you you have xrefs in the drawing then that could be your culprit.  To over come this try creating a layer filter that excludes all the xref layers Use the name filter ~*|* as seen here:














Now set the layer filter current and your issue should subside.

Thanks to my good buddy, Tom Richardson for passing this along to me.

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