The AutoCAD Blogger Council was welcomed to the Autodesk offices in San Francisco this week to participate in several forums. Some members took advantage of the trip to arrive early and/or stay late, but many participants arrived on Sunday afternoon. We were booked into the Lodge at Tiburon, a short and scenic ferry ride across the bay to the town of Tiburon.
As mentioned previously, The AutoCAD Blogger Council was treated to a visit of the Autodesk offices in San Francisco earlier this week for a sneak preview of the soon to be released AutoCAD 2015. Thanks to Autodesk for giving us the opportunity to visit their offices and hear about AutoCAD 2015 and other things. More on those other things later, right now it's time to break down AutoCAD 2015.
Stay tuned for more information on the happenings at the 2014 Autodesk Blogger Event. We've heard some news on AutoCAD 360, the AutoCAD User Experience developement process, and some inside information from a successful VAR.
More information coming soon. Thanks to Autodesk for the invitation to their offices. Although they always treat us well, let me add the disclaimer that we will are never "told" or even asked what to say by Autodesk. In fact, they are always open to what some might call negative feedback. When you meet these Autodesk employees in person and listen to them, it becomes clear they truly care about the products they design and create. <end disclaimer>
Most people know that you can export an AutoCAD drawing file to DXF format. Unlike DWG, DXF is a documented file format that can be used to exchange drawing data with others who do not use AutoCAD. Here we are going to discuss a couple of tricks worth knowing. Back in the old days the command was named DXFOUT, and that should still work today. But you can access the DXF file format from the normal file selection dialogs that you get with the SAVE and SAVEAS commands.
Let's take a look. Below is the normal SAVEAS dialog box with the file types expanded at the bottom. There are as many versions of DXF available as there are of DWG. Your choice will depend on many factors, most important being: what version can your file receipient read?
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CAD Panacea and other AutoCAD Blogger Council members have been invited to a special Autodesk event next week at the Autodesk offices at One Market in San Francisco. The content of this event has not been made fully available to us, so we are pretty excited to see what's in store.
Stay tuned for more information next week as it is revealed to us. Meanwhile if you are ever in the San Francisco area, we highly suggest taking the free tour of the Autodesk Gallery at One Market. There are many creative exhibits to view showing what imaginative designers are creating using the latest technology. I suspect we will get another opportunity to tour the Gallery again, which will be nice because the exhibits changes every so often. We'll leave you with some photos of past trips to One Market. Read more about AutoCAD Blogger Council Event
Beginning with AutoCAD 2014 SP1 (and presumably in future later versions), drawings "infected" with the educational plot stamp will no longer plot the EDU stamp and you will not be warned about the stamp when opening the drawing.
If your delete key stops working in AutoCAD, check the value of PICKFIRST. Make sure it is set to 1.
When PICKFIRST is set to 0, selected items are ignored when you launch a command. This does not really have anything to do specifically with the delete key, but this is one of the most reported symptoms.
The value of this system variable is saved in the registry so you should only have to set it once. The GUI for changing this variable is in Options, on the Selection tab, under Selection Modes, and is named Noun/Verb selection. When this toggle is checked, PICKFIRST = 1.
If you need to import a KML/KMZ file into Civil 3D or Map 3D, you can do it using a free download from SL-King Spatial Solutions. Be sure to read the readme file because the install does require you to copy some files and edit an existing file.