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What’s New in AutoCAD 2017? Hatch Layer Enhancements

Heidi Hewett
April 13, 2016

No. 10 in the list of top new AutoCAD 2017 features. AutoCAD 2017 enhancements to the HPLAYER system variable enable you to create a new drawing layer and set it as the AutoCAD hatch layer, all in a single operation. The HPLAYER system variable was introduced, in AutoCAD 2011, so you could specify an existing layer on which you could create new hatches and fills, regardless of the current layer.

See the HPLAYER enhancement in action: AutoCAD 2017 User Interface enhancements video.

AutoCAD 2017 - Hatch Layer

AutoCAD Hatch Layer

What’s New in AutoCAD 2017? The Adventure Continues….

This is the tenth in a series of deeper dives into the top new AutoCAD 2017 features.

Next up in the What’s New in AutoCAD 2017? series: TEXTEDIT command

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Heidi Hewett

Heidi Hewett has dedicated her career to educating people on the use of AutoCAD software. She began using AutoCAD as a student in 1986 and soon after earning her B.S. in Architectural Engineering, Heidi transitioned from an Autodesk customer to an Autodesk employee. During her career at Autodesk, Heidi has held a variety of positions including Product Support Technician, Training Specialist, and Senior Applications Engineer. In her current role as the AutoCAD Technical Marketing Manager, Heidi assists the marketing team in developing and delivering technical marketing material for AutoCAD. She continues to educate Autodesk customers, partners, and employees through Webcasts, seminars, and her AutoCAD Insider blog. It is her passion for education that inspired Heidi to earn an M.S. in Technical Communication and an M.A. in Information and Learning Technologies.