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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.


Take Control of Your AutoCAD Options! Video
Take Control of Your AutoCAD Options!   5 Nov, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

The AutoCAD Options command controls so many different important elements of AutoCAD — and it can be accessed in a variety of ways (with slightly varying results). Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she shows you the many methods for accessing Options, as well as how to control the specific tab...more >>

What’s Up with That AutoCAD DEFPOINTS Layer? Video
What’s Up with That AutoCAD DEFPOINTS Layer?   22 Oct, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

We’ve all seen the DEFPOINTS layer in AutoCAD, but how did it get there? Maybe you use this mystery layer to place objects you wish to display but not plot — but what are the perils of doing so, and is there a better solution? Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she shows you the advantages...more >>

Manage All Those AutoCAD UI Boxes! Video
Manage All Those AutoCAD UI Boxes!   8 Oct, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

There are so many different user interface (UI) boxes in AutoCAD: grip boxes, apertures, object snap markers, etc. Do you have them set up for maximum productivity? Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she takes you through the various settings that manage a variety of key UI tools!

Customize Your AutoCAD Cursor Video
Customize Your AutoCAD Cursor    24 Sep, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

We work with the AutoCAD cursor all day long … so why aren’t we customizing it to work the way we want to work? Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she shows you how to modify the two parts of the AutoCAD cursor for maximum productivity!

Face Fewer Headaches with Xrefs Video
Face Fewer Headaches with Xrefs   10 Sep, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

In this final chapter in her series on reducing xref stresses, AutoCAD video tipster Lynn Allen shares two tips to help you save money on painkillers and put you on the road to stress-fee design! Watch as Lynn shows you how to make sure your hard-coded paths are changed from Absolute to Relative,...more >>

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Find a Home for Orphaned AutoCAD Xrefs   27 Aug, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

It’s never a good thing when our AutoCAD xrefs become orphans! Join AutoCAD video tipster Lynn Allen as she shows you how to easily find an xref orphan’s parent drawing in AutoCAD 2018 or higher and quickly resolve the problem.

Search and Rescue for AutoCAD Xrefs Video
Search and Rescue for AutoCAD Xrefs   13 Aug, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

Is there anything worse than broken xref links in AutoCAD? They can take hours to correct, depending on the extent of the path damage. Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen to learn some amazing shortcuts to finding and repairing broken links that will save you loads of valuable time! (Applicable to...more >>

Avoid Broken Links in AutoCAD External References Video
Avoid Broken Links in AutoCAD External References    23 Jul, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

Let’s face it: We have a love/hate relationship with xrefs! We love them when they work, but we hate them when they don’t! Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she shows you how to avoid those pesky broken links when working with external references inside of AutoCAD.

Create Paper Space Viewports from Named Views in AutoCAD Video
Create Paper Space Viewports from Named Views in AutoCAD   9 Jul, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

New to AutoCAD 2019 is the ability to easily drag and drop Named Views onto your paper space layouts. Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she shows you how to quickly insert those named views (complete with their saved layer settings) and control the various scale factors. Done properly, this...more >>

AutoCAD Video Tips: Save Layer States with Named Views Video
Save AutoCAD Layer States with Named Views   25 Jun, 2018
By: Lynn Allen

Yes, you heard that right: You can save your layer settings along with a named view. Just think of all the time you’re going to save! Join AutoCAD Tipster Lynn Allen as she shows you how to add this powerful AutoCAD tool to your arsenal!

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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