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Bill Fane


Bill Fane is a Cadalyst contributing editor, a registered professional engineer, and a retired instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where he taught mechanical design courses in AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop, Inventor, SolidWorks, manufacturing processes, and design procedures. A self-admitted recovering doorknob designer, he has written more than 200 "Learning Curve" AutoCAD tutorials for Cadalyst magazine since 1986 and claims to be a close personal friend of Captain LearnCurve. If you have questions about commands, send him an e-mail him at bill(dot)fane(at)cadalyst(dot)com.


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Going for the Record! (Learning Curve AutoCAD Tutorial)   1 Aug, 2009
By: Bill Fane

Do you often find yourself repeating the same sequence of commands over and over again? Wouldn't it be nice to repeat that sequence with just a simple mouse click?

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DoubleCAD XT vs. AutoCAD LT (Cadalyst Labs Review)   1 Jul, 2009
By: Bill Fane

Early this year, with much fanfare, IMSI/Design did something unusual. It introduced the DoubleCAD XT 2D drafting tool, taking dead aim at AutoCAD LT. Even more unusual is the price of DoubleCAD XT. It's free.

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AutoCAD 2010 (Cadalyst Labs Review)   28 May, 2009
By: Bill Fane

The times, they are a-changin' - and when it comes to new 2D parametric drawing, change can be very, very good.

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Autodesk Inventor 2010 (First Look Review)   14 May, 2009
By: Bill Fane

New Shrinkwrap feature and improved plastics and sheet-metal design tools are tied up in a nice ribbon.

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Round Up Those Wild Xrefs by Using The eTransmit Command (Learning Curve AutoCAD Tutorial)   1 Feb, 2009
By: Bill Fane

How to painlessly send someone else a drawing file that contains attached xrefs.

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A Stroll down the Xref Path (Learning Curve AutoCAD Tutorial)   1 Dec, 2008
By: Bill Fane

The third and final installment in the saga of the mighty xref.

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SolidWorks 2009 (Cadalyst Labs Review)   1 Nov, 2008
By: Bill Fane

New release has hundreds of changes; most offer speed.

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Clipping Right Along with Xrefs (Learning Curve AutoCAD Tutorial)   1 Nov, 2008
By: Bill Fane

We continue the discussion started last month about the power of the mighty xref.

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X Marks the Ref (Learning Curve AutoCAD Tutorial)   1 Oct, 2008
By: Bill Fane

Behold the power and capabilities of externally referenced files in AutoCAD.

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AutoCAD 2009 (Cadalyst Labs Review)   1 Sep, 2008
By: Bill Fane

The old standard ties on another new interface.

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