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Monday, February 25, 2008

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Lynn Allen's AutoCAD Tips & Tricks Videos on CADalyst

Know Your User Interface

Your user interface contains these great time-saving tools that you may not know about.

Cool Key Combinations

These key combinations will help you quickly get to the drawings, viewports, and onaps you want.

Use the F1 Key to Escape

Don't remove that F1 key; make it work to your advantage.

Rev Up Your Right Click

Here's the secret to using your mouse for Enter as well as to access shortcut menus in AutoCAD.

Easy Tangent Arcs and Lines

Create tangent arcs and lines with one click; add multiple text entries while in Dtext.

Make the Most of Dynamic Input

These quick tips show a few of the ways you can use AutoCAD's new dynamic input functionality to make your drawing life a little bit easier.

Improve Your Dtext Dexterity

Improve Your Dtext Dexterity - Tip #7

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008


CADdetails has some really great content. If you are in the AEC industry, go check it out

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

AUGI and AutoCAD Electrical

If you are not already a registered AUGI member, do yourself a favor and sign up (register) it's free and there is all sorts of good information on their site, in their forums, in their publications (AUGI World and Hot News), their online education (ATP and eLearning) and Autodesk University Handouts Archives (handouts from past AU sessions).

One article for instance in the January 2008 edition of
Hotnews (see link below, and you have to be registered to access it) is entitled: Working with AutoCAD Electrical Project Files:

AUGI HotNews - January 2008
Working with AutoCAD Electrical Project Files
Author Renata Pfeifer investigates the .wdi file and its potential for extra control over drawings in AutoCAD Electrical.

AUGI HotNews - November 2007
AutoCAD Electrical: Terminal Strip Editor Gets Update
In the newest version of AutoCAD Electrical (2008), you'll be pleased with the enhancements to the Terminal Strip Editor. Author Randy Brunette shows you all the new tools for managing and editing terminals and terminal strips within your drawings.

AUGI HotNews - October 2007
AutoCAD Electrical: Project-related Files
This month, Renata Pfeifer reviews component descriptions, *.wdd extension and ratings, *.wdr extension, which helps with keeping components consistent.

AUGI HotNews - September 2007
AutoCAD Electrical: Cable Teamwork
Columnist Randy Brunette teaches you all about representing cables in AutoCAD Electrical software.

AUGI HotNews - August 2007
AutoCAD Electrical: Project-related Files
Renata Pfeifer shows you how to organize wire color/gauge labels in AutoCAD Electrical.

AUGI HotNews - July 2007
Something New for AutoCAD Electrical
A modern, updated interface in AutoCAD Electrical 2008 provides for easy component selection and menu customization. Take a look.

AUGI HotNews - June 2007
AutoCAD Electrical: Installation & Location Codes
Renata Pfeifer examines AutoCAD Electrical. This month: installation and location codes used for selections in components.

AUGI HotNews - May 2007
AutoCAD Electrical: Compatibility Issues
Intrigued by AutoCAD Electrical but not sure you are ready to leave good ol' AutoCAD? No problem - the transition is effortless.

AUGI HotNews - April 2007
Capable, Valuable, AutoCAD Electrical
This article features quick tips and shortcuts on AutoCAD Electrical. All these little time-savers add up a nice productivity boost.

AUGI HotNews - March 2007
Meet AutoCAD Electrical
New HotNews writer Randy Brunette introduces you to AutoCAD Electrical, Autodesk's control system design software.

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