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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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Google Earth Pro – FREE

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

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:

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

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

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.

Revit Update Release 5

I think this may be a new record… FIVE updates in a single release. You’ll find the links in the following article – however NOTE! – If you have Update Release 4 R2 you need to download the Update 5 for that specific version.

Revit 2015 Update 5 from The Revit Clinic blog

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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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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.

Install the RIGHT Revit 2015 Update 4!!!

Last week I reported the availability of Autodesk Revit 2015 Update 4 R2 – and I stated that if you are on subscription it includes a variety of new features – a list of which can be found here:

Revit 2015 Update 4 R2 – new features

However I neglected to mention one really important thing…

Make sure you are installing the CORRECT update! There are actually two – one for subscription customers, that includes all the new features, and one of non-subscription customers that doesn’t. If you are on subscription and you install the non-subscription version, you will need to completely uninstall Revit and reinstall before you can install the Update 4 R2 version for subscription customers.

As I said in the previous article, access the version for subscription customers from your subscription web site. If you are NOT on subscription, go to the normal Autodesk product update downloads page for that version.

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