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AutoCAD Tip – Move object to origin

You’ve got an object floating in space and you’d like to move it from it’s current location to the origin (0,0).  So you activate the move command, select the object, select your basepoint, and type in 0,0, but nothing happens.  The object stays put.

Dynamic Input (command: DYNMODE  or F12) effects this behavior.  When it is on and you type 0,0 for your displacement you’re essentially telling the software to leave the object right where it is.  But when it it toggled off and you type in 0,0 you are informing the software to move the object to the origin.

Subscription Productivity Tool: Autodesk Civil Engineering Data Translator

If you’re on subscription I think and you do roadwork I think you’ll be happy to hear that Autodesk has released a new Civil Engineering Data Translator.  You can download this translator directly from your subscription account in the Product Enhancements section. Continue reading

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AutoCAD Tip: Maximize your viewport

Have you ever been working in a drawing with so many layout tabs in it that you feared having to go all the way to the Model tab just to get into model space?

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Geolocation Tab – Default on Startup

You launch Civil 3D 2015 and it always loads the Geolocation tab on startup. Many of you would rather see the Home tab on startup.  So now you must manually go into the Home tab.  It’s an annoying extra step you have to do just to begin drawing.  Well, this can be changed. Continue reading

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Decrease Design Time, Increase Profits

How many of you out there hold onto those old work stations because they “work just fine”?  I know many people who refuse to purchase newer work stations because they don’t want to spend the money.  I recently had a call from a guy who was upset because he just purchased AutoCAD 2015 and was having trouble installing it on a Windows 2000 system.  REALLY!?!?!?!? Continue reading

AutoCAD Tip: MATCHPROP works between two drawings

Did you know that you can use the MATCHPROP command between two drawing that you have open side by side?  Give it a try. It will save lots of time.

Share your knowledge with Autodesk Screencast

Have you ever had to explain to someone how to do something in AutoCAD (or any Autodesk software) and the person on the other end of the line swears that he/she is following you step by step and not getting the same results?  You then realize they’re not clicking on the same buttons you were using.  Or maybe you just want to pass along a really useful trick in the software. Continue reading

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Where am I in this world?

When you first install Civil 3D 2015 you’ll immediately notice that there is no coordinate information being displayed in the status bar.  My first thought was, “Great, they finally removed that useless X, Y, and Z information lingering in the status bar” (in all sarcasm of course).  You may have also noticed that your drawing may have a coordinate system assigned to it but that too is no longer displayed in the status bar.

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Saving Civil 3D drawings back to earlier versions. . .not so easy.

This is one of recycled posts from my old blog site (which no longer exists).  It was originally posted August 10, 2012.  I’m bringing it back because I’ve noticed that we’re beginning to get phone calls concerning this again.  Though the images are older, the content and process is still the same for newer versions of the software.   

Over the past few weeks we’ve had several calls from people who have desired to take their current Civil 3D drawing and save it back to an earlier version. The call usually comes after the user attempts to open their drawing in the earlier software. The result is usually that the Civil 3D objects appear as empty boxes in their older software. Continue reading

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Requests for Media no longer free

Back in October of 2013 I posted this blog, Where’s My Software, to assist you in navigating through the Autodesk Subscription Center website to correctly download your software or request the software to be sent to you.  There has been an update to that blog. Continue reading

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