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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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I'll show you mine   1 Jan, 2002
By: Bill Fane

AutoCAD offers an assortment of basic visualization tools.

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Have you extended your object data recently?   1 Aug, 2001
By: Bill Fane

With a bit of AutoLISP programming you can attach your own data to any object in an AutoCAD drawing.

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Extend AutoCAD entity data   1 Apr, 2001
By: Bill Fane

Have you ever wanted to add some extra background information into an AutoCAD drawing?

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Explore parallel universes   1 Feb, 2001
By: Bill Fane

Long, long ago, the AutoCAD world was flat.

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Rtext automatically updates drawing text   1 Dec, 2000
By: Bill Fane

Rtext is much like AutoCAD?s Xref command, except that it works with text files.

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AutoCAD 2000's Parallel and Extend options   1 Nov, 2000
By: Bill Fane

Let's discuss the new parallel object snap in AutoCAD 2000.

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Pick points quickly with object tracking in AutoCAD 2000   1 Oct, 2000
By: Bill Fane

AutoCAD 2000 greatly simplifies and extends the object tracking mode introduced in Release 14.

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Get to the point with AutoCAD 2000's Polar function   1 Sep, 2000
By: Bill Fane

Ortho has a multitude of uses, not limited to the drawing of lines.

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Clean up your mess with the Filter command   1 Aug, 2000
By: Bill Fane

It is almost never correct to set object properties that are different from the layer on which they reside.

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Time for a change   1 Jul, 2000
By: Bill Fane

Of all the changes in AutoCAD, some of the most significant have occurred in the change functions.

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