• AutoCAD workflow – tool palettes – hatch

    The AutoCAD tool palettes (ctrl+3) are a very useful storage place for all your re-usable content including blocks, drawings, commands, tools, etc. The default tool palettes will give you some idea of the ease of use of this fantastic tool. But the real power with the tool palettes is the ability to be able to customise

    AutoCAD workflow – tool palettes – hatch
  • AutoCAD workflow – sheet set manager

    The Sheet Set Manager has been around since AutoCAD 2005. It is a tool to organise and manage all the drawings in a project. It is very powerful and can streamline parts of the drawing process – but is generally not used to it’s full potential. The default Sheet Set Manager configuration has some huge time-savers: –

    AutoCAD workflow – sheet set manager
  • AutoCAD tip – line, spline or polyline?

    Creating linework is the primary method used to produce a drawing in AutoCAD. As such it is vital to ensure that your workflow produces clean and efficient linework – both for the initial creation AND for all future amendments to it. It is worth bearing in mind that the future amendments might be undertaken by

    AutoCAD tip – line, spline or polyline?
  • Project Janus – AutoCAD task research

    Firstly a big thank you to the CADsmarter members who have helped us by giving their feedback. It’s extremely helpful to get this type of feedback from AutoCAD users about which AutoCAD tasks take the most time. If you haven’t responded yet you still have time. Have you got 2 minutes to answer 2 short questions about which AutoCAD

    Project Janus – AutoCAD task research
  • AutoCAD tip – probe your drawings

    This is a very useful little tool written way back in 1993 – not by me – and it still has a place in my workflow today. I’ve used this recently on AutoCAD 2010, 2012 and 2013 and it works perfectly. If you want to use it at work, then ask your CAD manager to install it.

    AutoCAD tip – probe your drawings
  • AutoCAD tip – masking text

    This is the workflow I use for text in all my drawings. It ensures that the text will always be visible and legible. Watch the video below to see the way I do it. Just to clarify the colour 255 background mask does NOT plot. I like this method because it just works. I know that all

    AutoCAD tip – masking text
  • AutoCAD quick tip – toggle xref type

    You want to quickly toggle the xref type – from overlay to attached or vice versa Open the Xref Manager – I always use the Classic Xref Manager – and double click on the type to toggle it

    AutoCAD quick tip – toggle xref type