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Can’t find my English version of AutoCAD

By Jason Porter

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

AutoCAD Tip: Ortho on the fly

By Jason Porter

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

By Jason Porter


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

By Jason Porter

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

Roads and Proposals in Infraworks

By Jason Porter

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

By Jason Porter

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

By Jason Porter

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.

Beginning a Project in Infraworks

By Jason Porter

We are in the process of putting together a series of webcasts discussing Infraworks.  In this webcast I demonstrate how to create a new model and import existing GIS data into Autodesk Infraworks:

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AutoCAD Tip – Move object to origin

By Jason Porter

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

By Jason Porter

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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