A common goal for every AutoCAD user is to get the best performance out of your AutoCAD software. And some of the old tricks still hold true today–they are just done a little bit differently in the newer versions.
So, I thought I would take some time and show everyone how some of some old tricks that help AutoCAD run faster.
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.
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.
If you are like most people, the first time you opened your AutoCAD 2015 the first thing you probably did is start closing all of the palettes that popped up on your screen, (like everyone did with AutoCAD 2014 and so on) to get it back to the way old way you are used too. That’s typical human behavior. So I figure it is my job to explain what that palette you closed does. From there you can make the decision whether you think that this is something you feel could be useful in your normal everyday workflow to help communication with your Coworkers, Clients, Consultants or Contractors.
Since my last Blog was about Text features in AutoCAD, I recently got a support request from one of our clients that made us have to stop and scratch our heads for a minute on the capabilities of using the Find/Replace command with wildcards in AutoCAD. It seemed that in some cases the text would not me found and in others we would lose valuable information. So, after several trial and errors we finally were able to get the command to accomplish what the client needed (and after losing a few hair follicles along the way too!). So I thought this was a perfect time to add to last month’s Blog; so I wanted to share my findings with you…
Well, let me ask you this…
Question: What’s New in Revit 2015?
Answer: ME! (& YOU should be also!)
Wait… Before you call me a cheater and leave! I still love AutoCAD (always will) and still plan to continue Teaching, Supporting, and passing along AutoCAD’s Newest Features on this Blog! But, I wanted to invite you to CADsoft’s A Word on BIM blog as well.
That’s right BIMMERs; We CADDERs are crashing the party!
First of all, I did not say “BAD” News… Let’s just call it different than what you may be used too.
Normally I try and keep all of my blogs about new and exciting features (and I am not saying these can’t be either, once you get used to them.) But I felt I needed to bring some things right out in the open to everyone, since they have been brought to our attention from our customers. I promise there are a lot more exciting positive things that I will be covering in my future blogs.
In May 25, 1977, George Lucas gave us STARWARS… Almost 37 years later Autodesk has given us AutoCAD 2015! A version even Darth Vader himself would love.
The first thing I liked about opening AutoCAD 2015 is that they took away the Welcome Screen. =)
(…need I say more.)
In an older Blog (May 7 2012) I wrote about how AutoCAD had introduced the AutoComplete Settings which included: Auto-Append, Suggestion List, Display Icons, System Variables and the “Delay Time”. (Just in case that new feature was bugging you, until you got used to it.)
Well Autodesk did not stop there… They added so much more functionality to the command line that I am going to have to do this over a few blogs.
However, AutoCAD 2014 has made some long awaited enhancements to theirs. The big difference between is unlike the rough comparison that a certain green guy tried to explain to a donkey, the newest features in AutoCAD 2014 Layers make complete sense!