Tuesday Tips

  • AutoCAD Startup Switches
    Learning
    Today’s post title takes inspiration from the classic Rolling Stones song. Some of us may remember how it was used it for an ad campaign back in the day to extol the virtues of the new Start button in Windows 95®. But, if you’re of my ilk as a long time AutoCAD geek, you might […]

  • View Transitions in AutoCAD
    Learning
    As a veteran AutoCAD user (this year marks 36 years!) I always have a few settings I change whenever I open a new version for the first time. Among my usual suspects are PICKBOX, OSMODE, and CURSORSIZE. I’ll also open the Palettes I like and anchor them in my preferred positions, left or right. But […]

  • AutoCAD Navigational Options Feature
    Learning
    While teaching a beginners AutoCAD class a while back, I was demonstrating the various navigation methods we perform with the wheel on our mouse. I won’t even describe them here since they’ve become so ingrained into our daily workflow. But it got me thinking… back when I was a beginner, we didn’t have those scroll […]

  • AutoCAD Layer Walk
    Learning
    After a brief time away, I’m happy to be back on select Tuesdays to bring you some of my favorite AutoCAD tips. Have you ever been sent a drawing from an outside firm only to feel a bit lost when you open it? It looks nice enough, lots of colors and it seems to be […]

  • Frames in AutoCAD
    Learning
    Attaching raster image files as underlays has become quite common in modern CAD departments. In fact, I’ve seen entire sheets of a document set as nothing but attached underlays with the occasional leader or text block alongside them. There’s an inherent issue with them though: their frames in AutoCAD. A frame is the visual border […]

  • AutoCAD block attributes import export
    Learning
    I have often been asked if it is possible to make changes to large quantities of blocks at one time or to export their attributes in some way out of AutoCAD. The answer lies within the Export and Import Attribute commands to quickly change and modify AutoCAD block attributes. The Export/Import Attribute commands allows a […]

  • Find and Replace in AutoCAD
    Learning
    In today’s article I have another time saving and underutilized feature within AutoCAD that I’m excited to share with you. AutoCAD actually has quite a few features—just like word processing programs—to help with writing specifications, general notes, and even labeling and multileaders throughout our drawings. One feature in particular—Find and Replace—can be a complete lifesaver […]

  • AutoCAD Offset
    Learning
    The AutoCAD OFFSET command has been around for a long time. No doubt, you’re familiar with two tried-and-true methods of creating a new entity with Offset. You can select a through point or specify a distance and direction. Even new users can probably say they’ve done it thousands of times. But, over time, there have […]

  • AutoCAD Multiple Command
    Learning
    If you’ve been following my tip articles lately both here on the AutoCAD blog and on the YouTube channel, it shouldn’t be a surprise that today’s tip covers another awesome and rather underutilized command in AutoCAD.    In today’s post we are going to take a quick look at the AutoCAD MULTIPLE command, touching on […]