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Autodesk Desktop App… New in 2017

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

One of the first changes you may notice when installing AutoCAD 2017 is the new Autodesk desktop app, which is automatically displayed after the install is complete. This new app is replacing the Autodesk Application Manager that delivers security patches and updates for all 2015, 2016, and 2017 versions of Microsoft® Windows®-based Autodesk® products.

The Autodesk desktop app is also far easier to use and allows you to see just the updates available for specific products like AutoCAD or Revit if you desire. Which makes keeping the ones you use on a regular basis, a lot easier to maintain and get alerts on software updates without disrupting your workflow. It also lets you know when new versions of the software are available for download and allows you to install from the new Autodesk desktop app. It is also subscription-aware, and delivers subscription-only updates and learning content for products under subscription.


Revision Clouds! The other Clouds… that you can actually see.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

I can’t believe it’s another rainy day here in Arizona; It’s a rare thing for the southwest desert.

So, I couldn’t think of a more fitting AutoCAD 2016 topic than to tell you about than the enhanced cloud features… Revision Clouds that is!

AutoCAD revision clouds have always been a neat little tool that everyone uses, BUT… have always been a pain to edit them after they were created… WHY YOU ASK? (Like we all didn’t know).

Just in case didn’t… The reason was once the revision cloud was created in the prior versions the end result looked like a zillion little arcs all touching endpoint to endpoint…because that’s what it was!



2This made it virtually impossible to try to even attempt any type of editing for the most part,

not only that…  your CLOUD made you feel a lot like Schleprock! (Some of you know who that is.)


And that alone, made “ERASE” the most popular command to edit a Revision Cloud!


(Then you start over and make a new one.)



Now for the Silver Lining…

In AutoCAD 2016 Revision Clouds have much for flexibility and the number of grips has been reduced based on the type of Revision Cloud you create! Revision Clouds are accessible from the Annotate Ribbon tab on the Markup panel or in the Home Tab in the Draw panel dropdown (Or REVCLOUD for you type’ers out there). During creation it offers 3 different methods: Rectangular, Polygonal and Freehand. Just like most AutoCAD options, the last one used will the default for the next time you run the command. You can also set your own default selection using the REVCLOUDCREATEMODE system variable. Also, during the creation method you can choose the following options to get the desired creation and appearance you desire.


After that when you need to edit one of them, by simply using the grips you can now adjust the boundary shape of your Revision Cloud similar to editing a Polyline, (or Object) with its grips, the same way you would normally edit the object in AutoCAD, in example a circle has a center grip and 4 quadrants allowing you to edit the Revision Cloud just like you would a circle. In addition the hover grids also add more flexibility, like adding or removing vertices.


You can control the display of the grips back to the legacy display by turning off the REVCLOUDGRIPS.

Arc Length and Style still control the appearance of the Revision Cloud, in adjusting the bumpyness along with the Normal or Calligraphy style. But the newest option enhancement is the Modify option.

Here is how it works…

If you have an existing Revision Cloud created in AutoCAD 2016 and you want to change the boundary without having to edit using the grips you can use the new Modify option to draw new revision cloud segments off the existing one, and then then remove the segment between them.


This feature was #4 on the AUGI wishlist!  It’s nice to see a rainbow after the storm!

Until next time keep your feet on the ground and your head in the REVClouds!




AutoCAD 2016 Help is on the way!

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

In AutoCAD 2016 they have extended the Help file to make it even easier to access help to related content and tools.
As before you can access the Help file from the traditional ways, typing a question mark on the command line, or the F1 function key, by using the Help button on the info center, and my favorite; hovering your cursor or a tool in the Ribbon and pressing the F1 function key to take you straight to the topic.


In AutoCAD 2016 you are automatically signed into the Help documentation when you log into you A360 account and vice-versa. Once you are in the help file you can LIKE certain topics for ease of access later. The content filter allows you to search through the User, Developer and Administrator guides to better assist you in a more content related search.


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…

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