My work involves a lot of measurements in order to get my quantities off the drawings and make the estimations I need. For this work I only work with AutoCAD. I strongly believe that it is more than enough as it comes with lots of good and handy tools to do the job. Although, some things still “missing” or at least it cannot cover anyone’s demand for commands.
The use of LISP and the creation of custom commands from scratch or manipulating/using what others have created can easily solve this “problem”.
I was looking for a mouse to use for CAD drawing and general use on my computer. I didn’t want to spend much money on a Blue-tooth so I decided to go corded. The M500 caught my eye and I decided to buy one. Continue reading →
AutoCAD 2018 may not came with many updates from the previous edition, but this does not mean that there are no surprises!! Like other programs out there, the 2018 AutoCAD edition has its Easter Egg! and it’s superb!!!Continue reading →
There is often the need to import and export points in AutoCAD. Despite the fact that Civil 3D has an integrated tool for this kind of work, AutoCAD doesn’t. But, don’t be disappointed or try doing this thing manually. There are some ways to import and export points from AutoCAD too, even if we have to use some DIY stuff. Continue reading →
Recently, I updated my AutoCAD from 2014 edition to 2017. Although there were other great versions in between 2014 and 2017 I decided to skip them for many reasons. But, with 2017 I was amazed.
It’s not that I use the most of AutoCAD. I don’t know yet how it performs in rendering (I think that Autodesk changed the rendering machine in a previous version) and it is something that I will find out. It is that the new version is polished and it comes with some upgrades that every drafter would appreciate. Continue reading →
Using AutoCAD with only the mouse is a NO NO. No professional does this for many obvious reasons. First of all, using only the mouse and not the keyboard makes you spend more time on a command that could be done with the press of one or two buttons. Continue reading →
Let’s say that you are in a polyline command and you just pressed on a wrong point. Don’t panic. There’s an easy solution that it doesn’t require to stop the polyline command and lets you undo. Continue reading →
This apply to objects that we want to split (and break on the split points) so at the end we get different objects. (NOTE: This does NOT apply to circle breaking due to the fact that you’ll get an error that says: Cannot create 360 degree arc)
By typing the command BR (Break) and first pressing somewhere on the object and then pressing somewhere for a second time the section between the first press (where you selected the object) and the second one, will be deleted. This is a better command for this and it is called TRIM.
Some times there is a need to rotate things in our drawing so they would be aligned with something else (for example an arrow aligned with some lines so it will indicate some kind of direction). Continue reading →