Design Feed …It’s not just for fancy chickens anymore!

If you are like most people, the first time you opened your AutoCAD 2015 the first thing you probably did is start closing all of the palettes that popped up on your screen, (like everyone did with AutoCAD 2014 and so on) to get it back to the way old way you are used too. That’s typical human behavior. So I figure it is my job to explain what that palette you closed does. From there you can make the decision whether you think that this is something you feel could be useful in your normal everyday workflow to help communication with your Coworkers, Clients, Consultants or Contractors.

Where the Wild Things Are… Using Wildcards in the FIND and Replace in AutoCAD

Since my last Blog was about Text features in AutoCAD, I recently got a support request from one of our clients that made us have to stop and scratch our heads for a minute on the capabilities of using the Find/Replace command with wildcards in AutoCAD. It seemed that in some cases the text would not me found and in others we would lose valuable information. So, after several trial and errors we finally were able to get the command to accomplish what the client needed (and after losing a few hair follicles along the way too!). So I thought this was a perfect time to add to last month’s Blog; so I wanted to share my findings with you…

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

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!

Cloud 9… or is it Cloud 360

There has been a lot of buzz going around about “Autodesk 360”, (or “Cloud Computing”) but I have found that not everyone knows what it is or what it is used for. So in this blog I just want to give out some information so you can decide if putting your head in the Cloud works better for you.

I figure the best way to explain this is a brief description and some links to some of my favorite sites that can add more information in detail. (No since clogging up the internet with duplicate information… LOL!)

To Group or not to Group… Blocks Vs Groups

Both Blocks and Groups are a collection of AutoCAD objects treated as a single object, so how do I determine when to use one over the other? The first thing you have to ask yourself is how you plan on using the objects. The main things to consider are; If you are going to need the set of objects to be (1) Used in multiple drawing (2) Include Attributes (3) Store it on a Tool Palette or Menu (4) Or be able to Search for the content, (like Content Explore… ). Then you want to use a BLOCK… If the set of objects are (1) Just for temporary use (2) Or if you need to have different variations on the set of objects (like similar design layouts…). Then you want to use a GROUP!

So what’s new with Object Groups…

Get a “Better” Grip… Multifunctional Grips

Today, I am going to point out how great the New Multifunctional Grips are… imagine a world where all you have to do to edit something is to hover your curser over it and it lists all of the relevant options that are available to you in accordance with “that grip”.  You then simply pick from that list! I know… It’s like A la Carte of CAD! And in AutoCAD 2012, the power of multifunctional grips has been extended to more AutoCAD objects, including lines, plines, arcs, elliptical arcs, dimensions, and mleaders, as well as 3D faces, edges, and vertices. Here is a look at some of the relevant options that appear depending on what grip you hover over…