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Lynn Allen Cadalyst columnist & Autodesk Technical Evangelist. AutoCAD Tips & Tricks for Civil Engineers. The New Sheet Set Manager (SSM) organizes for You!. Simplified: Drawing organization right click plotting Transmittal sets Archiving Standards compliance

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Lynn Allen

Cadalyst columnist & Autodesk Technical Evangelist

AutoCAD Tips & Tricks for Civil Engineers


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The New Sheet Set Manager (SSM) organizes for You!

  • Simplified:

    • Drawing organization

    • right click plotting

    • Transmittal sets

    • Archiving

  • Standards compliance

  • Everyone stays in sync with the project

  • New DST file format


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Keys, Keys, Keys

  • Clean Screen (Control+0)

  • Double click on the toolbar handles to float

  • Control+R to cycle through all of your viewports

  • Control+A to select all the objects in your drawing

  • Control to cycle through objects

  • Tab to cycle through object snaps

  • Navigate through layouts with Control+PageUp and Control+PageDown

  • Hold down right mouse button to clear grips

  • Shift for more than one hot grip

  • Shift to remember distances and angles in gripmode

  • Arrow up and down through commands

  • Control+Tab to cycle through open drawings


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Everyday Timesavers

  • New OSNAP (keyboard modifier) – Midpoint between two points (M2P/MTP)

  • Zoom to Object(s)

  • Maximize Viewport

  • Revcloud – new Calligraphy Option

  • Delete Named Layer Filters

  • Right Click Customization

  • Trim/Extend Shortcut (enter to select cutting edges/boundaries)

  • ‘CAL – Geometric Calculator


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Secret System Variables

  • SYSVDLG – friendly dialog box for your system variables

  • MAXSORT – maximum number of named objects AutoCAD will sort

  • MTJIGSTRING – MTEXT sample string

  • MBUTTONPAN – Third button accesses OSNAP menu

  • OSNAPHATCH – controls OSNAPS with hatch patterns

  • PEDITACCEPT – turns off extra prompt in PEDIT

  • PLINEGEN – Tells Linetypes to traverse across vertices

  • TASKBAR – Open drawings appear on the taskbar

  • UCSFOLLOW – tells the UCS icon to change to the plan view whenever the UCS is modified

  • XREFTYPE – set attachment or overlay as default


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Bhatch Tips

  • With Bhatch, you can:

    • Assign draworder to hatch objects

    • Hatch an area with a boundary gap

    • Trim a hatch to a new boundary


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Supports a background mask

New Symbols

Click outside of dialog box to exit command quickly

MTJIGSTRING System Variable

TEXTTOFRONT command

MTEXT Tips


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Awesome Express Tools

  • Reset Dim Text Value

  • SuperHatch

  • Layer Walk

  • Burst

  • Make Linetype

  • Edittime

  • Flatten

  • Overkill (Deletes Duplicate Objects)

  • Layer Delete and Layer Merge

  • Change Space/Align Space


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Embed Drawings into PPT!


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Powerpoint Steps:

  • Insert Object

  • Right Click on Control Icon

    • DWF Viewer Control =>Properties

  • Select the DWF


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Startup switches

Target - "C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 2005\acad.exe“

/b run a specific script file

/ttemplate file

/pprofile

/vview name

/nologostarts AutoCAD without logo screen

/layoutdisplays a specific layout in a specified drawing file

/nossmturns off the Sheet Set Manager

/setdisplays a specific sheet set

For more info: look up “Customize Startup” in help file or visit www.cadalyst.com


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Easter Egg

Shift+Ctrl+pick


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AutoCAD 2005

[email protected]

www.autodesk.com/lynnallen


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