Transparency was on the AutoCAD wish list for many years before it was finally added into AutoCAD 2011. Transparency actually became an additional object property - much like color, linetype, etc that could be assigned to any object as well as any layer! Then it's simply a matter of setting the transparency level - anywhere from 0 to 90 (obviously you wouldn't want the value to go all the way to 100 - because that would make it invisible!)
Have you ever wanted to combine multiple layers into one? And wouldn't it just be the icing on the cake if those pesky extra layers were deleted along the way? LAYMRG to the rescue!
Check out my latest Cadalyst video on the LAYMRG command (which of course started out as an Express Tool and grew up to become a real AutoCAD command). All the greatest commands seem to have started as as Express Tools!
Not everyone gets to go to AU - but everyone can tune in and watch the classes! Whether you attended AU or not - you will find valuable presentations that are certain to increase your knowledge of your Autodesk product. Not to mention there are plenty of presentations surrounding the Cloud, BIM and Digital Prototyping!
We are all mouse wheel experts - aren't we? We use it all day long to zoom and pan in AutoCAD (as well as other programs). But did you know that with a few clever mouse wheel and key combinations you open the door to so much more functionality?
Check out my latest Cadalyst video to make sure you are getting the most out of your powerful Mouse Wheel!
And besides - this week there is a bonus - there's a puppy in my video! (and how can any resist an AutoCAD tip with a puppy in it!)
My last trip before the holidays was an Autodesk University Extension event in Dubai - and what a way to end the Autodesk year! I have spent a fair amount of time in the Middle East in my early AutoCAD days - and it's funny how I felt right back at home in no time.
Of course the fantastic, enthusiastic AUx attendees had everything to do with that! Check out this short video on AUx Dubai.
I attended 3 different Autodesk Universities this year: AU Brazil, AU Russia and of course AU Las Vegas. While I certainly loved these exciting (and quite large) events - I must admit I am also a big fan of the AU Extensions. Smaller - true - (around 400 to 500) people but just as filled with energy and enthusiasm from the attendees as the full fledged AUs!
You get...We give...and this is the perfect season for exactly that. All you have to do is open an Autodesk 360 account and Autodesk will give $1 to Engineers without Borders. Now that is a total Win-Win!
Of course not everyone can go to Autodesk University in Las Vegas...no budget for it, company won't let you go, too many projects in the office, the list goes on and on. I do find that wherever I travel though that most everyone WANTS to go to AU. No worries if you couldn't make it as most of the classes are recorded including the AU Keynote sessions, Innovation Forums and the fantastic Platinum Sponsor Technology Showcase (I'm a little biased about that one though).
OK - I admit it - you don't have to be an AU Freshman to join us for the Freshman Orientation! You might just want to be one of the smart AU attendees who wants to make sure you know all about the most popular events and activities going on at Autodesk University! Or you might want to have a chance to win one of 3 AU 2013 passes we'll be giving away.Or you just might want to start your networking early with a drink and 500 (or more) of your closest AU friends!