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Are you a CAD User that is watching the world go BIM?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Well, let me ask you this…
Question: What’s New in Revit 2015?
Answer: ME! (& YOU should be also!)
Wait… Before you call me a cheater and leave! I still love AutoCAD (always will) and still plan to continue Teaching, Supporting, and passing along AutoCAD’s Newest Features on this Blog! But, I wanted to invite you to CADsoft’s A Word on BIM blog as well.

That’s right BIMMERs; We CADDERs are crashing the party!

CADsoft’s Revit blog offers a lot expertise on Industry Tends, or in-depth Revit topics that we like to share, and was perfect for the more experienced Revit user. (Until Now!) I have been asked to contribute to the BIM Blog; but I wanted to bring something for my AutoCAD users. After careful consideration and review of the existing Revit Blog, I felt it needs a section for “New Revit Users with an AutoCAD based background” to help ease them into BIM…

…and the Bippity Boppity BIM, section was born in our Revit Blog area.


Model with a View…

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Sounds like comment you would find in real estate. That’s because people find that to be important or at the least a nice feature to have. Well, what if I said I was talking about your AutoCAD drawing area? The saying would still apply! CAD users love having the maximum amount of area to work. Unfortunately, difficulties happen with widely spread out projects or when you need to see close ups of different areas, or views in the drawing. Well, while AutoCAD have always had the capability to split the screen for quite some time now using Viewports, it didn’t offer much control in Model space. For example; if you were to divide the screen up, all of the Viewports are equal size. I remember in the older versions of AutoCAD (…back when they had an R in the name. lol) you could make model viewports inside model viewports (up to 32 of them if I recall correctly?) and then you could join some of them together to create different size and configuration on your screen. But unfortunately that was no longer the case. Then you could only do preset configurations viewports with a maximum of 4 viewports. And you were still not able to resize or join them together like before… UNTIL NOW!

Ending the Curse of the Cursor…

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Autodesk has made some enhancements to the Cursor in AutoCAD 2015. A minor improvement was the crosshair lines that used to run through the pick box have been removed to make it easier to view what you are selecting. You can still use the PICKBOX system variable or the OPTIONS Dialog on the SELECTION tab to change the size of the pick box and the length of the crosshairs in the Display tab (or the CURSORSIZE system variable) to your personal preference.


1-cursorAll of the old settings of cursor are still available, (like Aperture, Color display and so on) as well.

The major improvement to the cursor is the new Badges. 

When you are selecting with Window or Crossing you will see the Selection badges appear near the crosshairs…

Grab your LASSO and Welcome to the…

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Lasso1Being an Arizona native, I really like this new LASSO section method for a quick round up of those stray little doggies, (or entities in this case). In order to create a LASSO selection you simply start like you are going to make object selection with an automatic Crossing or Window, but instead of picking two points to make the box; when you click the first point keep the left mouse button held down (known as press and drag) and move the mouse around the selection of the objects you are selecting, then release the mouse button when are done creating the selection shape. Similar to Crossing and Window Selection methods the rules are the same. If you draw your shape in the counter-clockwise direction you will get a “windowed selection” (objects must be completely inside the lassoed area) OR drawing in the clockwise direction will make a “crossing selection” (objects can be inside or just touch the lassoed area) in order to be selected.


The Bearer of CAD News….

Friday, June 20th, 2014

First of all, I did not say “BAD” News… Let’s just call it different than what you may be used too.

Normally I try and keep all of my blogs about new and exciting features (and I am not saying these can’t be either, once you get used to them.) But I felt I needed to bring some things right out in the open to everyone, since they have been brought to our attention from our customers. I promise there are a lot more exciting positive things that I will be covering in my future blogs.

First item on the list is the “AutoCAD Classic Workspace”, Wellll… it’s simple; it’s gone. But that should not be a big surprise. The Ribbon has been the main default menu for the last 6 years. (Hence, the reason the old toolbar menu got the name “classic” in the first place.) But, if you wanted, you could rebuild your own from scratch and save the workspace. Oh by the way, the Toolbars button that was on the View tab on the Ribbon is also gone. I’m sure you saw that coming too, right?


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