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Monday, May 23, 2005

AutoCAD 2006: Unexplodable Block Definitions

Another very cool feature in AutoCAD 2006 is that you can create Blocks and now create Dynamic Blocks... Mark Douglas pointed out a great feature of Dynamic Blocks in his recent post: Non Explodeable Blocks. One thing Mark did not mention was that Non-Explodable Blocks do not necessarily have to be Dynamic, you can apply this to any block definition.

When creating a block definition (see the BLOCK Command's dialog box above)... you have the option to "Allow Exploding" or not.

You can use BEDIT and then change the Properties of the block to Allow or Not Allow Exploding...

This new feature will help to keep blocks as blocks, allowing them to be nested, counted, etc. Later we can get into Dynamic Blocks (very cool!!!) but for now if you have AutoCAD 2006 then make sure you check out the New Feature's Workshop under Help.

If you do not have AutoCAD 2006 (or a vertical 2006-based product) you can check out entire the AutoCAD 2006 New Features Workshop online at :

The AutoCAD 2006 New Features Workshop is now live on

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Monday, May 09, 2005


For all those who wished they could change, add scales, move the existing ones up/down the list for the viewport scales, page layouts or plotting. Then the new SCALELISTEDIT command found in AutoCAD 2006 is just for you!

SCALELISTEDIT - Controls the list of scales available for layout viewports, page layouts, and plotting. (or 'SCALELISTEDIT for transparent use....)

-SCALELISTEDIT - Controls the list of scales available for layout viewports, page layouts, and plotting (via the command line).

SCALELISTEDIT from the Format pulldown menu.

The actual Edit Scale List dialog box. This among, as well as the many others is covered in the AutoCAD 2006 New Features Workshop.

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Sunday, May 08, 2005

AutoCAD 2006 Rocks!!!

I just recently installed AutoCAD 2006 and I have to say it is awesome!!! Autodesk has done a great job with this release... when I get a chance to delve in deeper I will post more, but for now all I will say is AutoCAD 2006 ROCKS!!!

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