AutoCAD

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.


 

Sunday evening we were treated to dinner at the iconic Sam's Anchor Cafe by Lynn Allen, where many of us finally met in person for the first time. After some minor travel delays, Shaan Hurley, one of the Bloggers long time and strongest supporters also joined us for dinner. Read more about AutoCAD Blogger Council Event 2014

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.

Since 2008, CAD Panacea has brought you a quick summary of the new AutoCAD features and here is the rundown for AutoCAD 2015. Read more about AutoCAD 2015 in two minutes

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? Read more about Exporting to DXF tips

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.

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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.



Noun/Verb selection toggle
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Do you get annoyed at AutoCAD when those little blue boxes that appear on objects and quickly start mashing the ESC key? Are these blue boxes, better known as Grips, just in your way? Let’s take a look at Grips and how you might use them to your advantage instead of causing you grief.

Grips allow you to perform many tasks in fewer steps than you may realize. The most common editing commands are built into grips for all entities, including Stretch, Move, Rotate, Scale, and Mirror. Multifunctional grips offer even more editing commands that vary depending on the object type.

Grips are located at strategic points which also vary depending on the object. So think about this for a second; you select an object and a key point on that object is already selected. You have done two things with one pick, this is what makes pre-selecting objects so powerful. Now what exactly can you do with Grips? Let’s take a look. Read more about AutoCAD Grips 101

A few years ago, we posted some info and sample code on how to create a table in AutoCAD using autolisp. That works OK, but what if you want to define a particular table style first? I ran across this post by Lee Ambrosius on creating a table style from scratch using autolisp.



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Autodesk is conducting a survey to gather feedback on AutoCAD HELP. A lot of people did not like the change to primarily online help, now is your chance to tell them. There are also questions on what kind of content you would like to see in HELP.

AutoCAD HELP Survey

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AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac

AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac are now available. This later release date, as compared to AutoCAD for Windows which is typically released in the spring, is to allow for better alignment with Apple's schedule. Some of the highlighted features in AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac include: Read more about AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac

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