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Lynn Allen


Lynn Allen is the creator of Cadalyst’s popular AutoCAD video tips. She began using AutoCAD software with Release 1.4 more than 20 years ago and taught at the corporate and collegiate levels for 13 years before joining Autodesk. A sought-after public speaker with a unique comedic style, she hosted Autodesk University many times and was always one of the event’s highest-rated speakers. She has written three AutoCAD books; the latest is titled AutoCAD Professional Tips and Techniques. You can reach her at lynnallen-consult@outlook.com.


AutoCAD Video Tips: Create Smart Centerlines Video
Calling All AutoCAD Center Marks   14 May, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

Mastering center marks is easier than ever, thanks to changes introduced in AutoCAD 2017. Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she takes you through the ins and outs of creating and editing, so you can become a supreme center mark and centerline guru!

Create Smart Centerlines in AutoCAD Video
Create Smart Centerlines in AutoCAD   23 Apr, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

It’s not uncommon to add centerlines while dimensioning -- but are your centerlines smart? AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen shows you the ins and outs of associative centerlines, and explains how to disassociate and reassociate them!

AutoCAD Dialog Box Tips You Need to Know Video
AutoCAD Dialog Box Tips You Need to Know   9 Apr, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

AutoCAD 2017 added a few nice enhancements to dialog boxes with lists (like the Page Setup Manager) — but do you know about them? Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she clues you in on these handy features so you can take advantage of them too!

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ AutoCAD Cursor Badges! Video
We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ AutoCAD Cursor Badges!   26 Mar, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

Do you or don’t you need cursor badges in AutoCAD? Join Lynn Allen as she shows you the ins and outs of cursor badges, including the bizarre setting you can use to turn them off!

Become a Master of the AutoCAD Cursor! Video
Become a Master of the AutoCAD Cursor!   12 Mar, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

We stare at the AutoCAD cursor all day long — but is it really set up the way that works best for you? Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how to master all things related to the cursor, including a new AutoCAD command that completely changes its appearance. You’ll even learn a couple of ways to...more >>

Importing PDFs into AutoCAD: Data Integrity and Image Files Video
Importing PDFs into AutoCAD: Data Integrity and Image Files   26 Feb, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

In this final installment of my series on importing PDF files into AutoCAD as objects, you’ll learn about some of the bad news — data integrity — as well as find out how you can control the location of the imported raster images (PNG files).

Convert Single-Line Text to Paragraph Text in AutoCAD Video
Convert Single-Line Text to Paragraph Text in AutoCAD   12 Feb, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

So you’ve converted your SHX text to single-line MTEXT in AutoCAD (after inserting it from a PDF). But you really wish it were in paragraph format so you could modify the width, and maybe even change the numeric order or bullets! Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how easy it is to convert your...more >>

Convert SHX Text from PDF Files to MTEXT in AutoCAD Video
Convert SHX Text from PDF Files to MTEXT in AutoCAD   22 Jan, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

Let’s face it — we still have plenty of AutoCAD drawings with SHX fonts in them! Adobe PDF files aren’t quite sure what to make of SHX text; consequently, they don’t save the info needed to convert back to MTEXT when re-inserted into AutoCAD. What does that mean to you? That means your SHX...more >>

Import PDF Files as AutoCAD Objects Video
Import PDF Files as AutoCAD Objects   8 Jan, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

You asked for it, and you finally got it: The No. 1 item on the AutoCAD Wish List has been granted in AutoCAD 2017. Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how easy it is to bring a PDF file into AutoCAD and convert it to AutoCAD objects (as well as some tricks for doing so).

Convert PDF Underlays to AutoCAD Objects Video
Convert PDF Underlays to AutoCAD Objects   11 Dec, 2017
By: Lynn Allen

You know you want it: With a click of a button you can convert PDF files to AutoCAD objects. No more tedious tracing on top of PDFs to recreate objects? It’s time to celebrate!

AutoCAD Tips!

Lynn Allen

In her easy-to-follow, friendly style, long-time Cadalyst contributing editor Lynn Allen guides you through a new feature or time-saving trick in every episode of her popular AutoCAD Video Tips. Subscribe to the free Cadalyst Video Picks newsletter, and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!

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