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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:

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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

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.

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

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