Lynn Allen's Blog

Watch the AU Primer and Get the Inside Scoop!

With so many things happening in one jam-packed week at AU - it's easy to miss out on some valuable events or sessions.  Or maybe you just want to know where the party is going to be...or what our theme is this year at AU.  Do you know what you should pack?  When/where you can check into AU?  All this info and more is included in my AU 2015 Primer.

Are you getting the most out of your Offsets in AutoCAD?

The OFFSET command has been around since the VERY early days of AutoCAD - and has seen some nice advances in the past few releases. But did you know that the system variable OFFSETGAPTYPE is a crucial piece of the OFFSET puzzle?  If you're offsetting polylines...you need to check out my Cadalyst Video! 

Get More Screen Real Estate in AutoCAD (Move that Command Line!)

If you're an AutoCAD veteran - then you probably believe that the Command Line belongs in the lower left hand corner of the drawing editor.(where the AutoCAD Gods intended it to be!). 

But if you're greedy with your screen real estate - then you most certainly wish you could take those two or three lines devoured by the Command Line and free them up for your beloved AutoCAD drawing.  Am I right?

Sign up for Autodesk University and Save $500!

Time is running out to save $500 on Autodesk's premier learning and networking event!  Of all the events I attend throughout the year - Autodesk University is by far the one that outshines the rest.  If you have never been - you need to go!  If you've been before - then you know exactly what I'm talking about (and you need to go back!).  

Don't Miss Revit Technology Conference in Europe!

Whether you live locally or just need the perfect excuse for an awesome BIM-filled vacation - be sure to sign up for the Revit Technology Conference (RTC) in Europe.  This conference is carefully designed by users for users and is sure to amp up your BIM expertise.  With so many building owners and governments requiring BIM in their projects - you don't want to be left behind!

Ensure your Text is Readable in AutoCAD

I can't believe that Fall is upon us (at least those of us on my side of the world).  I'm always so sad when the days get shorter (and consequently the nights get longer).  l won't, however, miss the hot days of hovering around the fan!

The Fabulous Function Keys in AutoCAD

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!

 

BIM Workshops - Don't miss out!

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?

The Devil is in the Details

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.

Embracing the AutoCAD Ribbon!

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

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