Using the Function Keys to toggle on/off key settings can help you achieve super speedy status in AutoCAD. These valuable tools have been around since the beginning of AutoCAD time (back when computers were made of wood) but are still a favorite of AutoCAD gurus (both old and new).
Check out my Cadalyst Video!
I'm so excited about the upcoming BIM Workshops taking place in Omaha, NE and Orange County, CA! Here you'll find some of the top speakers from Autodesk University and RTC presenting the latest BIM technology and processes. I get to be the emcee but you can be certain I will be attending plenty of courses as well! A shout out to Carla Edwards who kicked off these great events with the desire to improve her user group's BIM expertise. Will I see you there?
Nearly all of us AutoCAD users need to generate details of our designs. If you're living in a 2D world you're probably doing extra work whenever the design changes (unless you live in a make-believe world where your designs never change!).
Creating detail views from a 3D model is SOOOO much easier. First off - they're associative so if the design changes - so does your model! Second of all - you're just grabbing a view - no need to draw a single line.
AutoCAD 2009 introduced the Ribbon to the user interface - and it was originally met with mixed reviews. Not a surprise since the early AutoCAD 2009 just didn't have the high IQ the past few releases did. AutoCAD 2015 has made a bold statement by removing the AutoCAD Classic workspace from the default setup (that doesn't mean there isn't a workaround). Now it's time for all you Ribbon Rebels (and you know who you are) to embrace the AutoCAD Ribbon! I could never give up the context sensitive ribbon now - check out my video for more info
So much of our AutoCAD life is spent documenting our designs with 2D drawing views. Did you know that if you design in 3D - AutoCAD makes it a cinch to create associative 2D drawing views? So if your design should change (not that your designs ever change!) the drawing views update automatically saving you lots of time! Dimensions update automatically - it's just all a beautiful thing.
Check out my Cadalyst video for more info (and to see how easy it all is!).
I've never had a guest writer on my blog - but one of my favorite coworkers - Dieter Schlaepfer , who is a Principal Learning Content Developer for Autodesk, and an excellent writer - kindly volunteered! Dieter is an enthusiastic fan of the Isodraft command, so here is his take on this awesome new addition to AutoCAD 2015.
2D Isometric Drawing in AutoCAD 2015 by Dieter Schlaepfer
I've always loved working with the wonderful Autodesk Canadian team - and now (after a few years) I get the chance to do it again! So if you live near Montreal or Toronto - I'm hoping you'll join me for an Autodesk 2015 Solutions event! (I'd love to see you again...)
So have you signed up yet? If you are a Revit user - you do NOT want to miss this amazing information filled conference. Add in the networking (with other Revit users who have the same challenges that you do) and the exhibit hall tailored to your industry...not to mention some very enjoyable evening activities to reward you after a day of learning and improving your skillset...and it is a conference not to be missed!
One of the handiest new features inside of AutoCAD 2015 are the new Galleries. Now when you select the Insert Tool from the ribbon - all the blocks (in the current drawing) display right there from the ribbon! There are a variety of other galleries in AutoCAD 2015 - check out my video for more information..
And have a great weekend!