It’s a new year, and it’s time to explore using AutoCAD in new ways and help automate some of the procedures you’re used to doing and save lots of time. We’re going over how the Property Line Helper can make AutoCAD assist in the process of automatically updating your text for the Length and Angle (in Surveyors Units) of the property line.
The text is also parametrically constrained. As you rotate the angle of the text and stretch the endpoints to the proper locations, it will center itself on the line. It can also controlled for its text height by the annotation scale feature on the status bar.
Lags and delays can break down even the most resilient among us, and 30-second delays in AutoCAD are a big storm to endure in the face of tight deadlines and project workflow. These responsiveness isssues are often a result of pressing the F8 (Ortho) function key, as we’ve observed in recent cases.
The most effective fix across the board for most users was TEMPOVERRIDES, a system variable that turns the temporary override keys for the drawing ads on and off–such as Ortho mode, object snaps, or Polar mode. If you wanted to use Ortho in the middle of the Polar mode, for instance, holding down the shift key would temporally activate Ortho mode. Once the shift key is released, the Ortho mode will be turn off and it will return back to Polar functionality.
If you wanted to temporarily turn off all of the running osnaps, you could hold down the F3 key until you wanted all running object snaps to be resorted. There are also several temporary override keys that are available for specific running object snaps. The keys in the following illustration are the default keys, but you can change key assignments and add your own as needed.
While temporary overrides are very useful in everyday workflows, most people don’t use them or are even aware of them. Most users experiencing the delays when using this built-in functionality were able to fix the problem by deactivating this function by turning the OFF (0) the TEMPOVERRIDES system variable in AutoCAD.
It is always a good idea to make sure that you are running “way above” the minimum system requirements according to the Autodesk website. And always make sure to have all of your service pacts and updates installed for your software, as well as your operating system (OS).
Evolution always comes with a few hiccups, and AutoCAD 2017 is just as guilty as anything else. Have you encountered problems with your LISP routines in AutoCAD? If you have, you’re not alone. A lot of CADsoft customers have come across them recently as well. The good news is, to avoid them in the future, you just need to make sure you just need to make sure that you are setting them up properly.
3D printing is becoming a big deal, and it’s upending the entire business. AutoCAD jumped on it right away, giving designers the chance to show off their models in beautiful physical displays, just as they appear on monitors. AutoCAD 2017 ups the ante by taking things further with new ways of customizing models and readying them for print so that you’re not wasting materials during the printing process with frustrating trial and error.
AutoCAD users like us use PDF files in our day-to-day workflows, exporting them to share design content for review and importing them into our AutoCAD files as underlays to add valuable existing content to our designs without having to recreate the content. These out-of-the-box capabilities, however, have always come with some limitations.
The AutoCAD release last year included enhancements to its dimensioning capabilities, allowing users to create multiple types of associative dimensions within the same command and then place them all on a specific layer. AutoCAD 2017 takes dimensioning a step further with its tools for creating and editing centerlines and center marks, associative objects that refer to centers of holes and axes of symmetry.
One of the first changes you may notice when installing AutoCAD 2017 is the new Autodesk desktop app, which is automatically displayed after the install is complete. This new app is replacing the Autodesk Application Manager that delivers security patches and updates for all 2015, 2016, and 2017 versions of Microsoft® Windows®-based Autodesk® products.
Dimensioning has been drastically over-hauled in AutoCAD 2016! Starting with a new layer control, you can preset what layer you want dimensions to be located on regardless of the current layer. With the new DIMLAYER system variable you can also create a new layer to be used.
Have you ever had someone else use your computer, or accidentally click on something that changed the way your AutoCAD operates or behaves? Or you just simply ran a Lisp routine and some of your settings were changed and not set back by the routine? If you have, you know how pain staking and time consuming it is searching around trying to get everything set correct again.
AutoCAD 2016 now offers a Geometric Center object snap. This was the #2 item on the AUGI wishlist.
When using the Geometric Center osnap you can snap to the geometric center of Closed Polylines, including Polygons and Rectangles. The Geometric center osnap appearance on screen is similar to an 8 pointed asterisk.