Category: AutoCAD

OSNAPZ command AutoCAD

The OSNAPZ command comes in so handy at times. Sometimes when you are trying to snap from an object/point that has a Z-coordinate, the Z-coordinate can mess things up, especially when you are working in a 2D drawing and you don’t care for the Z-coordinate. For instance, you overlaid a 3D model over a plan drawing, snapping to that model… Read more →

AutoCAD for Mac 2014

So, I finally got around to upgrading to AutoCad for Mac 2014 (It’s been out since October ’13)! Not too many new features compared with the 2013 version, but overall enhancements and bug fixes, and of course OS X Mavericks support. One of the features I am happy to see included in this release is Package Drawing (known in the… Read more →

Assign a viewport override – AutoCad

“Plot Style tables are all well and good, and you get a big gold star if you’ve created your own. If you want something equally powerful, but a wee bit less technical, consider the Viewport Override columns in the Layer Properties Manager. How to Assign a Layer Color By Viewport (Viewport Override) On the Layout tab, activate the viewport in… Read more →

AutoCAD 2013 for Mac Documentation

AutoCAD 2013 for Mac documentation: AutoCAD 2013 for Mac users guide AutoCAD 2013 for Mac command reference guide AutoCAD 2013 for Mac customization guide This documentation, including Installation and Licensing, and Developer documentation can be found on the Autodesk website. Update: And also, the AutoCAD 2013 Tips & Tricks booklet by Lynn Allen: AutoCAD 2013 Tips & Tricks booklet Much… Read more →

Rotating autoCAD paperspace viewport

Sometimes, when you are working with real world coordinates for instance, it makes sense to rotate your paperspace viewport to align your drawing elements the way you want to. This is very easily done. Starting of, you have an element (or collection of drawing elements) that are rotated in modelspace, but wanting those to be aligned with your paper in… Read more →

Moving objects to 0,0,0 in AutoCAD

When drafting in modelspace, especially when you have a whole batch of drawings to be made, it makes most sense to keep the bottom left hand corner of your paper border set to 0,0,0 (x,y,z). Best practice would be to start your drawing out this way, but often that may not be possible as you are simply finishing up a… Read more →