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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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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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Mission: To understand Undo and all its variations   1 Jun, 2000
By: Bill Fane

From within a particular run of the Line and Pline commands, you can always enter the single letter U instead of specifying the next point.

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Add a new dimension to your AutoCAD text   1 May, 2000
By: Bill Fane

Create 3D text objects in AutoCAD.

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The case of the missing Sketch command   1 Mar, 2000
By: Bill Fane

Where to find and how to use it

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Make your move or copy in AutoCAD   1 Feb, 2000
By: Bill Fane

Make the most and avoid the pitfalls of these similar commands.

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Customize AutoCAD crosshatch patterns   1 Jan, 2000
By: Bill Fane

Hatch a plan by understanding how to create custom patterns.

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Batch plotting made easy in AutoCAD   1 Dec, 1999
By: Bill Fane

Write a script to take a list of drawing names, open each one, and plot it

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