Autodesk 360 is a cloud-based online service is used primarily for storing and reviewing drawing files on the go. There is also AutoCAD WS, which is a web app that lets you edit DWG files online, including on mobile devices. In this post, I’ll focus on Autodesk 360.
You can add apps for specific [...]
All AutoCAD professionals have to deal with standards. But when a drawing is worked on by multiple people and revised over months or even years, standards can deteriorate quickly. AutoCAD’s CAD Standards tools let you check drawings against your standards. You can check the following in a drawing:
Layers Text styles Dimension styles Linetypes [...]
Ralph, a subscriber to my AutoCAD Tips Newsletter, sent me a drawing that he called “an embarrassment.” He wouldn’t explain the details of why he thought it was so bad, but wanted some advice about how to fix drawings that have been revised over many years.
Old system variables
Some of the issues [...]
We all make mistakes, so we all need to undo tasks in AutoCAD. Here’s a list of ways to undo actions. Please leave a comment to add to this list.
The UNDO command
Everyone knows about the UNDO and U commands. Let’s start with the U command. It undoes your last command (if possible–you [...]
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Probably my favourite entity in AutoCAD is the polyline. However, there have been a few things in the past that I’ve found somewhat annoying, [...]
In an architectural drawing, you often need to break walls to insert a door. There are many ways to do this, but here is one way:
Let’s assume that you have a simple wall 4 inches thick. You want to insert a door that is 28 inches wide. You can easily translate these numbers [...]
Sometimes you need to create a 2D profile that is a combination of the basic geometrical shapes that AutoCAD creates. While you might be able to use the PLINE command to create what you want, an easier way might be to combine or subtract simpler shapes.
For example, let’s say that you want to [...]
The ELLIPSE command is the usual way to create an ellipse — or oval — but there’s a different way that may be more intuitive for you.
Here are the steps:
Draw a rectangle. Select the rectangle. Start the PEDIT command (polyline edit). Choose the Spline option.
Now, select the oval. This is [...]
Do you create large drawings? If so, you probably spend a lot of time panning and zooming. Named views, which are pre-saved displays of part of your drawing, can help! A view can show any area of your drawing at any zoom value.
For the purpose of this tip, I’ll stick to views that [...]