AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 Bible

The most comprehensive AutoCAD book around!

AutoCAD 2013 new features

AutoCAD 2013 was recently released and as usual, I’m providing a summary of the major new features so you can decide if you want to upgrade.

New file format

AutoCAD is updated every year, but only every 3 years or so do they change the file format.  A new file format means that people with earlier […]

Close AutoCAD quickly and safely — and get home earlier!

Just in time for the holidays, when you may want to rush out the door, here is a guest blog post from Paul Munford. Your family will thank you!

We’ve all done it. You are beavering away at the office, totally engrossed in the Music on your iPod in your work, when you realize […]

Keep track of what you’ve done with COPYHIST

Thanks to Tommy Holden for this tip.

AutoCAD allows you to copy the command line history window to the clipboard by using the COPYHIST command. The command line history is the window just above the command line. This way you can keep track of previous commands already executed in case you want to:

Repeat what […]

How to create a text style for a dimension

You should have at least 1 text style for your dimensions and perhaps a text style for each dimension style.

When you create a dimension style, you can create a text style from within the New Dimension Style dialog box. On the Text tab, click the Ellipsis button as shown here.

The Text Style […]

Get rid of the annoying tooltip when you hover over an object

A reader of my book, AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT Bible (the 2010 version) wrote me the following:

“Whenever the mouse crosshairs land on a line in a drawing, a small ‘window’ appears, listing


Color. By layer

Layer. Plan

Linetype. Continuous

This is extremely annoying and I can’t see how I can prevent this entirely […]

CAD portal and forum

I want to introduce you to a great resource: CADstudio and CADforum.

CADstudio is a free multi-language CAD portal (the link is to the English section) supporting CAD and GIS users, especially users of Autodesk products – both professionals and students, from all over the world. It offers offers thousands of practical tips and […]

Tips for training with multiple releases of AutoCAD

I‘m teaching AutoCAD now at the local University where I live  (Maharishi University of Management). We’re using my book, AutoCAD 2011 & AutoCAD LT 2011 Bible. (And it’s great as a textbook!) Students have downloaded the educational version of AutoCAD from Autodesk’s Educational Community website.

If it were only so simple!

Multiple releases of AutoCAD […]

AutoCAD 2012 new features!

Describes and shows AutoCAD 2012’s new features, with descriptions, screenshots, and videos. […]

Extract attributes and customize the database column headings

Attributes are labels that you apply to blocks. You can extract them to create a simple database that you can then view in Excel or place in your drawing as a table. You use the EATTEXT command.

When you use EATTEXT, the Attribute Extraction wizard starts. Page 3 of the wizard looks like this: