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AutoCAD Tip: Maximize your viewport

By Jason Porter

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

By Jason Porter

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

By Jason Porter

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.

How to Remove the Units String in a Parts List in Inventor

By Dave Morse

I recently had a client ask how to remove the Units String from the MASS column in his Parts List. He was working on his Inventor drawing template and wanted to be able to format the column so that the units (lbmass, or kg) doesn’t show in each and every row (it is displayed in the header).  In this blog post, I’ll demonstrate how to accomplish this. Continue reading

Inventor Dimension Style Editing

By Dave Morse

I recently had a client asking how to make the inches marks (“) show up in his dimension style in his Inventor drawings, and make his text larger. There’s quite a bit of information involved in teaching about the Styles Editor, but I thought I would share just how to do these two things, as I think they are quite popular settings. Continue reading

Inventor Display Settings are Flexible

By Dave Morse

Autodesk Inventor’s display settings are very flexible.  By default, the settings are controlled by the Use Document Settings radio button.  This button is located in the Appearance section of the Display tab within the Application Options dialog box. Continue reading

AutoCAD 2014 Network License Issue

By Dave Morse

I recently had a client receive an Unavailable License Alert from their 2014 release of AutoCAD.  Each time the error came up they were prompted to save their work and exit AutoCAD.   Continue reading

Customer Error Reports (CER’s) –

By Dave Morse

If you’ve ever had Autodesk Inventor crash in the middle of a command, chances are it produced the Autodesk Inventor Error Report.  This, you suppose, is the portal to the great black hole in the cloud.   Continue reading

Find Your Missing Tabs in AutoCAD Mechanical

By Dave Morse

I recently had a client who was wanting to render a 3D model they had created, but couldn’t find the Render tab, so I thought I would share with everyone. Continue reading

Use the Inventor Reset Utility to fix Inventor

By Dave Morse

Have you ever found yourself perched out of a second story window with computer in hand, contemplating it’s demise because your Inventor program has stopped functioning the way you think it should?  Then, hopefully this little post will talk you “off of the ledge”.  If you are experiencing some of the following issues, then you might want to try this cool little utility which should fix that, … read on. Continue reading

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