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Know when unwanted layers creep into your drawing with layer notification

Layers are a big issue when it comes to maintaining drawing standards. Where you work, you may have lots of rules about which layers your drawings can have.

Xrefs can be a problem for drawing standards, because when you attach an xref, its layers come along for the ride. This is especially an issue when […]

Label the scale of individual viewports

A reader asked me how to label the scale of individual viewports when they have different scales. You can use fields to accomplish this.

Here’s a drawing with 2 viewports, one on the left and one on the right. Each one uses a different scale.

Here are the steps to label each viewport:

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Autodesk 360 is a new cloud-based workflow for AutoCAD drawings

Autodesk 360 is a cloud-based online service is used primarily for storing and reviewing drawing files on the go. There is also AutoCAD WS, which is a web app that lets you edit DWG files online, including on mobile devices. In this post, I’ll focus on Autodesk 360.

You can add apps for specific capabilities […]

How to automatically display the plotting scale on your AutoCAD drawing

A reader asked me, “Can we have AutoCAD print the plotting scale on the drawing?”

Yes, you can! I’m going to assume that you have 1 viewport on a layout tab with a title block that will display the scale of that viewport.

Here are the steps:

Set the scale for the viewport. I explain […]

Get a head start with a customized template

You should always start a new drawing either from an existing drawing (Application Button, Save As) or from a template.

What is a template?

A template is just like a drawing, but when you start a drawing from a template, the template creates a clone of itself, remaining unchanged. Many people have multiple templates that […]

Cover it up with the WIPEOUT command

Sometimes you need to hide your dirty laundry. The WIPEOUT command lets you do just that. You can create a polygonal outline that is filled with the drawing area’s background color. Everything behind the wipeout is covered up.

You might cover up part of your drawing that represents unapproved designs, confidential data, or anything else.

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How to break walls to insert a door

In an architectural drawing, you often need to break walls to insert a door. There are many ways to do this, but here is one way:

Let’s assume that you have a simple wall 4 inches thick. You want to insert a door that is 28 inches wide. You can easily translate these numbers into […]

Choose a useful point style in AutoCAD

Points have many uses in AutoCAD drawings. They are used for construction purposes, to help you find a coordinate. You can find a point using the NODE object snap. Sometimes, they are used as symbols, especially the more visible point styles.

The default point style is a simple dot, but it’s hard to see. Some […]

A different way to create an ellipse or oval

The ELLIPSE command is the usual way to create an ellipse — or oval — but there’s a different way that may be more intuitive for you.

Here are the steps:

Draw a rectangle. Select the rectangle. Start the PEDIT command (polyline edit). Choose the Spline option.

Now, select the oval. This is what […]

Create a circle tangent to a line

Sometimes you want a circle to hug a line perfectly. You could try to eyeball it, but there’s a better way–the tangent options of the CIRCLE command. There are two, TTR and TTT. The TTT option is something of a secret, because it doesn’t appear as an option on the Command line. I have no […]