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Two days left to register for Autodesk University Las Vegas (before the price goes up!)

Early Bird Special ends on October 20!  Register now and save $500!  I want to see you all at this amazing networking and learning event.

So have a bake sale, car wash, whatever it takes but sign up for Autodesk University now (why pay more when you don't have to!).  You'll be glad you did.

An AutoCAD Hip Tip on Rectangular Arrays

Autodesk did a major overhaul on the ARRAY command in AutoCAD 2012...then took it even further in AutoCAD 2013.

Check out my latest video on the new and improved ARRAY command (and check out everything you can do with those array grips!).  Geez - more exciting than watching Peyton Manning throwing the football...(well - that's not really true).





Autodesk University 2013 Registration is Officially Open!

Today marks the culmination of 9 months of effort to bring you a conference that will help you learn new techniques, explore new technologies, learn about the latest trends, make new business connections, and quite simply, expand your professional mind (don't we all need that?).

My First Autodesk Roadshow of Fall with Applied Software

WhileI enjoyed a nice summer with very little travel (Hoorah!), the time has come to rev the Autodesk engines back up for our first Autodesk Roadshow of the fall!  I am very excited to participate in a 3 city tour with the Applied Software folks and I certainly hope you will join me if we happen to be in your area!  We will cover AutoCAD, Autodesk 360, BIM and Manufacturing (a little bit of something for everyone).  They are even raffling off a dinner with me (whether you like it or not - you will be forced to eat with me).  : )

Autodesk University is Worldwide and coming to a location near you!

Autodesk University, which started in the US over 20 years ago, has blossomed into numerous events being held all over the world.  Let's face it - we can't all afford to make our way to Las Vegas every year!  Below you'll find a map that shows the dates and locations of all the AUs worldwide.

Note:  You'll see that some of the AUs are AU Extensions (AUx).  These are smaller events - but with just as much energy, networking and learning!

Sneak Peak at the Autodesk University 2013 Course Schedule!

Shhhhhhhh...even though registration for Autodesk University 2013 hasn't officially opened yet - the AU Blog has kindly posted a spreadsheet of the classes we can look forward to!  If you're like me and can't wait to see what tasty morsels will be served at this year's premier training event - then be sure to take a look!

Awesome new DIMCONTINUEMODE in AutoCAD 2014

We've all been there - we add on a baseline dimension only to realize that we forgot to switch to the dimension style of the original base dimension.  Ugh!  Why doesn't AutoCAD just know that we always want continued and baseline dimensions to use the same style as the base?  AutoCAD 2014 to the rescue! (all you drafting teachers can now relax at the atrocity of it all!)

Cool everyday features in AutoCAD 2014

While it's always the big features that get all the attention when a new release of AutoCAD comes out - it's the everyday features that often provide the biggest bang for your buck!  Let me give you a couple of examples:

1.  Now you can use the control key to easily reverse direction when drawing an arc.    
 AutoCAD just loves to draw arcs counter clockwise - doesn't it? Now you can help AutoCAD kick the CCW habit by simply holding down the control key.

The Value of Layer Previous in AutoCAD

I can't believe it's nearly August!  It seems as though the summer has just flown by  (but doesn't it always?). 

Changing Your Current Layer at Lightning Speed in AutoCAD

Let's face it - we are constantly changing our current layer as we draw in AutoCAD.  In fact I'm sure it's second nature to so many of you that you might not feel the need to watch my humble little video.

But watch it anyway!  (I'm so demanding!)...maybe you'll find a means to change your current layers even faster than you already can!  What have you got to lose? (Other than 3 minutes of your life you'll never get back). 


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