Tuesday Tips

  • AutoCAD Cheat Codes
    Learning
    I once compared AutoCAD to chess in this article. I’ve also heard it being compared to a video game, and I can see that as well. I like that comparison, as there is a similarity between them you may not have thought of: cheat codes. Just like most video games have some kind of controller […]

  • AutoCAD Quick Select
    Learning
    Let’s face it, some things in life are more complicated than others. Flying an airplane is much more complex than flying a kite. Sometimes object selection in AutoCAD can get complex. Single clicks or any of the select options just aren’t enough. You might need to select all instances of an object with the same […]

  • AutoCAD Viewports
    Learning
    Remember when you first started using AutoCAD? Every action you performed was new and required some thought before you did them. Then, in time, things got easier and habits began to form. Some were good, and some maybe not so good. Today’s tip is about one of those good habits that all too often doesn’t […]

  • AutoCAD groups
    Learning
    Have your ever found yourself needing to perform multiple operations on a set of objects? Is it not a simple selection method? Maybe you just want to associate certain objects with others? You may need to visit that gray area that exists between selection sets and blocks. That would be Groups in AutoCAD. Groups can […]

  • Change Space in AutoCAD
    Learning
    Space. The final frontier. When you think about it, those sci-fi captains and commanders had it easy. They only had one space to explore. We AutoCAD users have it twice as difficult. We have two spaces to keep track of: Model and Paper. Of course, we know objects can’t exist in both at the same […]

  • Auto Number in AutoCAD
    Learning
    It’s Tuesday again, and I’m excited to share today’s tip with all of you. We’ll be taking a look at a hidden gem of a tool that’s available in the Express Tools ribbon tab of AutoCAD. As I’ve mentioned in previous Tuesday Tips articles, I like to share tools and tips that tend to be […]

  • multilines in AutoCAD
    Learning
    Does your workflow have you using the Offset command to create parallel lines often? Perhaps something like plan views of walls, or maybe an item showing a material’s thickness? Do you do it all the time? Maybe there’s a better way. Let’s take a look at multilines. Chances are you’re not even aware of them. […]

  • lock AutoCAD interface
    Learning
    It’s no doubt happened to all of us at some point. It often starts with a seemingly innocent phrase like “Here, let me drive.” You know what comes next. You sit back down once the new “driver” is finished, and all your carefully positioned and sequenced palettes and toolbars have been moved, or worse yet, […]

  • scale bars in AutoCAD
    Learning
    In today’s tip I wanted to share another one of the many great features included in the Map 3D toolset that is available with your AutoCAD subscription. As I mentioned in my last Tuesday Tip article about dynamic north arrows, AutoCAD is loaded with benefits like the addition of a wide variety of specialized toolsets […]