AutoCAD 2008

In AutoCAD, you can assign a non-continuous linetype to a 3D polyline, but it will not display or plot.

If you need 3D polylines, and you need a non-continuous linetype, for example to represent the flowline of a ditch - there are a couple of workarounds. Both assume that you have assigned the correct linetype to your 3D polylines.

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    Autodesk University 2007 is over. There were a lot of good classes, and a couple that....well, I'll get to that later...

    Here were some of my favorites.

      This is one of the new commands in AutoCAD 2008 that is sort of overlooked, but can save you a lot of time. If you use xrefs, then how many times have you had a problem with the parent drawing crashing? You might try running AUDIT or RECOVER on the parent drawing and find there are no errors, but you continue to have problems with this drawing. Read more about RecoverAll

      Starting in AutoCAD 2008, you can now control more layer properties on a per viewport basis. You could always freeze layers per viewport, but now you can change color, linetype, lineweight, and plot style. Now the same line can be red with the hidden linetype in one viewport and green with a continuous linetype in another viewport.

      screenshot Read more about Per viewport layer control

      Since the DWF format has been gaining steam over the past couple of years, one of the requests I have seen a lot is for the ability to automatically create a DWF at the same time you save or close a drawing in AutoCAD. Starting with AutoCAD 2008, you can now do this. Read more about AutoCAD 2008 - Automatic DWF Publish

      Update on the AutoCAD 2008 trial downloads (some of these are available in the U.S. and Canada only)

      Read more about AutoCAD 2008 Free Downloads

      In previous AutoCAD versions, if you wanted to create a table that was linked to a spreadsheet, you had to either use an OLE link or use a 3rd party tool. New to 2008 is a "Data Link" feature. This almost certainly replaces OLE linked objects, and may or may not replace 3rd party tools.

      Start by creating the data link using the Data Link Manager. Click on "Create a New Excel Data Link" Read more about AutoCAD 2008 Data Links

      An AutoCAD 2007/2008 compatible version of ScriptPro has finally been released. According to Bud Schroeder, ScriptPro is the same, but it was removed from the CCSETUP.EXE install. You can download ScriptPro for AutoCAD 2007/2008 at the following URL: http://www.autodesk.com/migrationtools Read more about ScriptPro for AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD 2008

      AutoCAD 2008 adds some new features to spell checking. Read more about AutoCAD 2008 Spell Check

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