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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

Have you even run into a problem in AutoCAD (or a vertical such as Civil 3D), that you can't figure out such as a drawing behaving strange, commands not acting right, commands not working, or maybe even the whole application just won't launch? One of the first things I would suggest is to have someone new log onto your machine and launch AutoCAD under their Windows profile, essentially creating a new "AutoCAD Windows Profile". If the problem goes away when you do this, then it is probably some error or corruption in your own "AutoCAD Windows Profile". Read more about Reset your AutoCAD Windows Profile

Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013, was pulled from distribution quickly after its release. It it now available for download again, rebranded as Service Pack 1.1.  As always, be sure to download the correct version for your system (32-bit or 64-bit) and read the readme file Read more about Service Pack 1.1 is now available for AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013

Simple Linetype Definition

The AutoCAD linetype syntax is pretty simple. Referring back to Part 1, recall the linetype definition that I copied, edited, and named MY-DASHED.


acad.lin file
Looking at the definition, the first item is an asterisk, followed by the name of the linetype, then a short description, and finally an ASCII representation of the linetype. This last part is totally up to you, just get it as close as you can. Look at some of the other linetypes as a reference. Read more about AutoCAD Linetypes - Part 2

So where do AutoCAD linetypes come from? When you start up AutoCAD and start drawing some geometry and decide to change the linetype to something other than Continuous, where did they come from? How did they get there? How can you change them or add more?

To start with, there are two types of linetypes, simple and complex; both are stored in the DWG file. Simple linetypes are composed of line segments and spaces (or gaps) only. Examples include the HIDDEN, DASHDOT, and PHANTOM linetypes, as shown below. Simple linetypes are fully contained in the DWG file. If you send a DWG file to someone else, you do not have to send any external files along also in order for the simple linetypes to display correctly.
example of simple linetypes Read more about AutoCAD Linetypes - Part 1

Autodesk announced today the availability of 3 new products, all for the Mac. AutoCAD 2012 for Mac, AutoCAD 2012 LT for Mac, and AutoCAD WS for Mac.

AutoCAD for Mac was introduced last year for the 2011 version, but there quite a list of missing functionality as compared to AutoCAD for Windows. Although a similar comparison list for 2012 does not exist yet, Autodesk has filled in some of the holes by adding features like Publish, In-place Xref Editing, Layer Filters, Plot Styles, Dynamic Array, etc. Read more about AutoCAD 2012 Products for the Mac

I wonder how many people are familiar with this macro? I am pretty sure it used to be in the stock OOTB AutoCAD menus a long time ago, maybe on the screen menu?

The macro I'm talking about is one that executes the ERASE command with the single object selection, and then repeats. This can be very useful if you are working in a congested area and you need to erase some objects, and where a window or crossing selection is too risky because you might erase something by mistake.

The macro itself is *^C^Cerase single - and it is documented in the AutoCAD documentation.

The leading asterisk causes the macro to repeat, and the single option after the erase command starts means that it will let you select one object and immediately delete it. This should work in both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. Give it a try.

Animation of Erase>Single in action Read more about Erase Single Macro

I was recently alerted, by a thread in the CADTutor forums, to a change made in AutoCAD LT. The SAVE command now performs a QSAVE. If that doesn't make sense to you, take a look at this post from 2008 for more details.

Essentially, the SAVE command is supposed to save the current drawing to a different name but without changing to the new drawing. So if you are working on A.DWG and you run the SAVE command and give it the name B.DWG, then B.DWG is created as a copy of A.DWG, but you are still working on A.DWG.

AutoCAD LT Technical Marketing Manager, Kate Morrical confirmed that this change is by design and not a bug, and told me that this was actually introduced in AutoCAD LT 2011. I found it strange that this change was not implemented in AutoCAD at the same time. This could not be a wishlist item, and I do not understand what is gained by removing existing functionality. Read more about AutoCAD LT - Save command has changed

I just received a notice that AutoCAD LT 2011 is available for $850 at Amazon.com. The notice said this price is good until December 26, but on the sale page itself, there is no mention of an expiration date. I headed over to Newegg.com and they have AutoCAD LT 2011 for $860, and it looks like their regular price also, so maybe the $850 deal at Amazon is just their regular deal also. Either way, both are substantially less than purchasing AutoCAD LT 2011 from the Autodesk Store, where the price is $1200 ($1180 for download only). Purchasing from the Autodesk Store does include some free resources, but unfortunately not $350 worth. Read more about AutoCAD LT on sale?

USB Drive from Autodesk
For a limited time, purchasers of AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT from the Autodesk store will receive at no charge, a 2GB USB drive loaded with goodies from Autodesk.

The drive will include

Offer expires 03 JAN 2011, see the offer for more details. Read more about Free AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT resources when purchasing from the Autodesk Store

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