Cadalyst Author

Lynn Allen


Lynn Allen, Autodesk Technical Evangelist, speaks to more than 30,000 users worldwide each year. She has written Cadalyst’s "Circles and Lines" column since 1993 and 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 is the host of Autodesk University and 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 lynn.allen@autodesk.com.


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!

Make Your AutoCAD Command Line Stand Out Video
Make Your AutoCAD Command Line Stand Out   27 Nov, 2017
By: Lynn Allen

Don’t settle for a wimpy command line that is difficult to see — make it bold and clear! Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how to make your command line stand out so you won’t miss a thing that AutoCAD is telling you!

Control AutoCAD Text Height with Styles Video
Control AutoCAD Text Height with Styles   13 Nov, 2017
By: Lynn Allen

Sometimes the text commands prompt you for a height, and sometimes they don’t — what’s up with that? Join Autodesk Evangelist Lynn Allen as she shows you how to control the AutoCAD text height with the Style command for maximum productivity!

Working with Navisworks Files in AutoCAD Video
Working with Navisworks Files in AutoCAD   23 Oct, 2017
By: Lynn Allen

Have you ever been asked to coordinate your AutoCAD drawings with a Navisworks file? Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how easy it is to bring a Navisworks file into AutoCAD and draw objects within the file (and avoid clashes!).

AutoCAD Video Tips: Dock Palettes for Speedy Access Video
Dock AutoCAD Palettes for Speedy Access   9 Oct, 2017
By: Lynn Allen

Join Lynn Allen as she addresses the number-one question she gets about her videos. She’ll also show you how docking palettes for easy access can save you lots of time!

AutoCAD Video Tips: Snap to Hatch Patterns and Extension Lines Video
Snap to AutoCAD Hatch Patterns and Extension Lines   25 Sep, 2017
By: Lynn Allen

If you’ve ever grabbed the endpoint of an extension line rather than the intended object, or wished you could grab the individual objects in a crosshatch pattern, then this tip is for you! Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how to manage the object snap behavior as it relates to hatch patterns and...more >>

AutoCAD Video Tips: The Undo Command Master Class Video
AutoCAD Video Tips: The Undo Command Master Class   11 Sep, 2017
By: Lynn Allen

So you think you know all there is to know about Undo? Not so fast! Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how to have ultimate control over the Undo behavior in AutoCAD, so you can customize it for maximum productivity.

Revamped Revision Clouds in AutoCAD 2016 Article
Revamped Revision Clouds in AutoCAD 2016   10 Dec, 2015
By: Lynn Allen

Circles and Lines: Unlike the old RevCloud command, the new version creates symmetrical revision clouds with easy-to-use grips for editing.

AutoCAD 2016 Introduces Smarter Dimensioning Tools Article
AutoCAD 2016 Introduces Smarter Dimensioning Tools   1 Dec, 2015
By: Lynn Allen

Do you think of dimensioning as a dreary task? With these time-saving new tools, you might start looking forward to it.

A Few of My Favorite Things In AutoCAD 2016 Article
A Few of My Favorite Things in AutoCAD 2016   22 May, 2015
By: Lynn Allen

Circles and Lines Tutorial: Learn about the hidden gems in the newest AutoCAD release.

AutoCAD Tips!

Lynn Allen

In her easy-to-follow, friendly style, long-time Cadalyst contributing editor and Autodesk Technical Evangelist 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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