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Lynn Allen


Lynn Allen is the creator of Cadalyst’s popular AutoCAD video tips. She began using AutoCAD software with Release 1.4 more than 20 years ago and taught at the corporate and collegiate levels for 13 years before joining Autodesk. A sought-after public speaker with a unique comedic style, she hosted Autodesk University many times and was always one of the event’s highest-rated speakers. She has written three AutoCAD books; the latest is titled AutoCAD Professional Tips and Techniques. You can reach her at lynnallen-consult@outlook.com.


Halloween Tricks for Scaring Your Fellow AutoCAD Users Video
Halloween Tricks for Scaring Your Fellow AutoCAD Users    28 Oct, 2019
By: Lynn Allen

‘Tis the season for a little ghostly fun! Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she shares some Halloween tricks for scaring your coworkers. Don’t worry — you can always blame it on the AutoCAD ghost!

Set Up Your Places List for Speedy AutoCAD File Access Video
Set Up Your Places List for Speedy AutoCAD File Access   14 Oct, 2019
By: Lynn Allen

You are opening files all the time — do you have your Select File dialog box set up for maximum efficiency? Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she shows you how to modify the Places list once and for all, so you can quickly access your files and get on with your drawing life!

Check Drawings Faster with MeasureGeom’s New Option Video
Check Drawings Faster with MeasureGeom’s New Option   23 Sep, 2019
By: Lynn Allen

The new Quick option in the MeasureGeom command allows you to verify angles, distances, radial values, etc. — all at lightning speed! Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she shows you how to quickly ensure your drawing is accurate with AutoCAD 2020, so you can move on to bigger and better things.

Save Time by Converting Your Images into AutoCAD Blocks Video
Save Time — and Headaches — by Converting Your Images into AutoCAD Blocks!   9 Sep, 2019
By: Lynn Allen

Working with images can be tedious and frustrating, but working with blocks is a piece of cake! Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she shows you how to convert your AutoCAD images into blocks for easy access and to save valuable drawing time.

Let AutoCAD Set Your Object Layers for You! Video
Let AutoCAD Set Your Object Layers for You!   26 Aug, 2019
By: Lynn Allen

If you are still changing your current layer when adding text, dimensions, xrefs, or hatch patterns, then you are working too hard! AutoCAD will happily do this for you with just a few minor settings. Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she takes you through the steps needed to get AutoCAD to do the...more >>

Fine-Tune the Block Palettes in AutoCAD 2020 Video
Fine-Tune the Block Palettes in AutoCAD 2020   12 Aug, 2019
By: Lynn Allen

After covering the Block Palette essentials in her previous tip, Lynn’s ready to dive deeper this time around. Join her as she covers some extra tips that will help you fine-tune your block palettes to work the way you want to work!

Meet the Marvelous New Block Palette in AutoCAD 2020 Video
Meet the Marvelous New Block Palette in AutoCAD 2020   22 Jul, 2019
By: Lynn Allen

We insert blocks all the time — there's no getting around it! Why not take advantage of the new Block Palette in AutoCAD 2020 and scratch that task off your list in no time? Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she shows you all the great features in this new tool, along with the handy Repeat...more >>

Perfect PURGE in AutoCAD 2020 Video
Perfect PURGE in AutoCAD 2020   8 Jul, 2019
By: Lynn Allen

The PURGE command in AutoCAD is a great way to keep your drawing files neat and clean. But when it comes to knowing why you can’t purge something, such as a layer, the PURGE command has been sorely lacking! Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she shows you the ins and outs of the new updated PURGE...more >>

Try the DWG Compare Tool in AutoCAD 2020 Video
Try the DWG Compare Tool in AutoCAD 2020   24 Jun, 2019
By: Lynn Allen

You’ve probably been in this situation: You’re faced with two drawings that look similar, but might not be exactly the same! How can you tell if there are any differences? Join AutoCAD tipster Lynn Allen as she shows you how to get the most out of the updated DWG Compare tool inside AutoCAD...more >>

Measure in AutoCAD Twice, Cut as Many Times as You Like! Video
Measure in AutoCAD Twice, Cut as Many Times as You Like!   10 Jun, 2019
By: Lynn Allen

You might have tried the Measure command in AutoCAD before, only to be disappointed in the outcome. You just didn’t know the secret to achieving the desired results! Join AutoCAD video tipster Lynn Allen as she shows you how the powerful Measure command can quickly place a block (or point) at...more >>



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