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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). 


Removing the 2500 object limit on the Ribbon in AutoCAD

If you've ever had an issue changing object properties from the ribbon, and you are working with a VERY large drawing - you've probably run into the 2500 object limit set by the AutoCAD Gods.  2500 objects selected?  No problem.  2501 objects selected?  Then everything goes to hell in a hand basket (and whoever came up with that phrase anyway?  Who goes to hell holding a hand basket?

But I digress...

Background mask for Dimensional Text

The AutoCAD Test Development team works hard for sure - and they've been kind enough to give me a couple of juicy AutoCAD nuggets to share with you on my blog.  This first tip was posted courtesy of Chris Miller (thank you Chris!)

If you've ever wished for a backround mask for your dimension text (very useful in tight quarters) than you're going to like this handy tip!  You can get a background mask for standard text - right?   Unfortunately it's not so easy for dimensioning (but soon you will be "in-the-know"!)

AutoCAD: Matching object layers in a Fourth of July Flash!

Sure it's easy to change objects to another layer when you know the destination layer name...but what if you don't?  You can see the objects on the desitnation layer - so you do a layer reconnaissance mission to determine the layer name.  Too much work!  Use the Layer Match tool (LAYMCH) tool to quickly change objects to the same layer as an existing object. Just select the objects you want to move to another layer - and select an object on the destination layer - it's super speedy!

HP Video Shoot

If you have ever seen one of my presentations - you know that I LOVE my HP portable workstation.  I recently participated in a (very) long video shoot for them - with a wonderful crew in the Autodesk Design Gallery in San Francisco.  If you find yourself in San Francisco - definitely add the Autodesk Design Gallery to your list of things to do - it's fascinating!

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