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AutoCAD tip: Layer Isolate Settings

By Jason Porter

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

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

MEP Fabrication courseware

By Doug Wietbrock

We’ve published our latest courseware for the Autodesk fabrication products. Fabrication ESTmep Fundamentals 2015 is intended to be used in the standard four-day instructor-led class, but can be used by almost anyone to learn the fundamentals of Autodesk Fabrication ESTmep.

This 500 page book is printed in full-color and includes exercise files to enable you to follow each lesson. Printed by Amazon’s publishing service, this book is exclusively available on our web site.


It joins our previous book, Fabrication CADmep Fundamentals 2015, as the only commercially available coursewares for these Autodesk products.


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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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Google Earth Pro – FREE

By Jason Porter

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

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.

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.

Autodesk Fabrication Fundamental Training Videos

By Lyle Janda

Autodesk has released several fundamental training videos for all of the Fabrication products. Continue reading

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Fabrication User Group Recording – Autodesk University Highlights (Dec 2014)

By Doug Wietbrock

This is the recording of the December Fabrication User Group Meeting.

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