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Software updates: Patches and service packs   1 Feb, 2001

My December column generated quite a bit of feedback, most of it agreeing with my concerns about the fast pace of software upgrades. This month I'll discuss a related subject: how to control and manage the update patches and bug fixes that are also released rapidly. In...More>>

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LT On-line: Lesson 11   1 Feb, 2001

Xrefs: layers, loading, and logsMore>>

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Explore parallel universes   1 Feb, 2001

Long, long ago, the AutoCAD world was flat.More>>

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A New Openness   1 Feb, 2001

Release 5 of Autodesk's Mechanical Desktop, profiles no longer need to form a closed loop. In fact a profile can be as simple as a single line.More>>

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Revenge of the paper space cadets   1 Jan, 2001

In my July 2000 column, "Lost in paper space", I took on the contentious question of whether to use paper space as your standard operating procedure to set up all AutoCAD drawings. That article unleashed a flood of e-mail from both supporters (the x-ruffians) and dissenters (the paper...More>>

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To AutoLISP or VBA?   1 Jan, 2001

What's the difference between AutoLISP and VBA?I want to learn how to program AutoCAD, but I'm not sure which tool to learnfirst. Which one is better?More>>

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Back To 2D   1 Dec, 2000

Even though transferring data directly from computer 3D models to the machines that manufacture parts is becoming increasingly common, you often still need to make fully dimensioned multiview 2D drawings from your 3D solid models.More>>

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LT On-line: Lesson 10   1 Dec, 2000

Managing xrefsMore>>

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Rtext automatically updates drawing text   1 Dec, 2000

Rtext is much like AutoCAD?s Xref command, except that it works with text files.More>>

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Elegant AutoCAD customization eliminates problems   1 Nov, 2000

General-purpose CAD programs such as AutoCAD beg to be customized. AutoCAD’s out-of-the-box program menus and default settings have improved over the years, and the Express Tools add a lot of the functionality that we used to cobble together from various...More>>