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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-11-08 18:30:00
First post in series [AecLineworkExtend].Previous post in series [AecLineworkTrim]. I decided not to wait six years between posts on the AEC Modify tools this time. Today's featured command is the AecLineworkDivide command. This command can be accessed on the Home ribbon tab, on the Modify panel flyout or from the right-click context menu (no command active), by choosing AEC Modify Tools …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-10-30 21:10:24
From time to time, questions are raised as to what new features have been added between Release X and Release Y. I try write about the new features at the time of each release (or, at the least, the new features that interest me), but have never collected links to all of those in one place. To make it easier for …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-10-18 08:00:00
Some time ago, I purchased Renaissance Revit® - Creating Classical Architecture with Modern Software, by Paul F. Aubin. Since then, I have been struggling with finding time to work my way through the tutorials in the book. Having finally made it into Chapter 6 (of 14), and completed the Tuscan column, it occurred to me that I should write something about …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-09-16 16:09:19
I came across this somewhat older article in the Autodesk® Knowledge Network recently: Creating a New Tool Palettes Set. Written for AutoCAD® Architecture 2011, I made a mental note to look into this when I had some time, because creating additional Tool Palettes File Locations is something that I do on occasion (more often than most users, no doubt). See the …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-09-07 03:00:00
There is an issue in AutoCAD® with Object Snap Tracking when the Command: line is undocked and either Dynamic Input is disabled, or, if enabled, the Pointer Input component of dynamic input is disabled. Under these circumstances, when you acquire a point, and move the cursor to a position where you have a tracking line active, when you start to type …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-09-03 23:28:30
Long-time users of Autodesk® AutoCAD® and Autodesk® AutoCAD® Architecture are likely familiar with the HIGHLIGHT system variable, which enables/disables highlighting of selected objects. Back before grips, enabling it was the only way to visually keep track of what objects were currently selected. The 2015 release adds a new effect to both selection highlighting and selection preview - the "glowing line" - …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-09-02 16:00:27
Sometimes things "go south" and the program, or some part of it, stops working the way it is supposed to work. Trying to figure out the precise thing that is wrong can often take more time than it is worth, particularly if the issue is not one that has presented itself to you before. The usual suggestion is to run a …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-08-30 11:05:25
I do not do a lot of rendering or visualization (changing to a non-orthographic view direction and setting the Visual Style to Shaded is about as far as I usually go), but those who do may make frequent use of the Adjust Camera position dialog. Since the 2010 release, this dialog was accessible from the Render ribbon tab, on the flyout …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-08-21 06:00:00
Autodesk is starting up a series of webinars for users of their products; the first few will be of interest to AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT® users. August 21, 2014, 2:00 pm US EDT (today!) Autodesk® AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT® Webinar: ?Taking blocks to the next level: Dynamic blocks!? August 28, 2014, 2:00 pm US EDT Autodesk® AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT® Webinar: …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-08-13 12:44:32
If you have experienced the loss of the out-of-the-box tool palettes in AutoCAD® Architecture 2015, finding them replaced with the AutoCAD out-of-the-box palettes and you use the Drawing Management system (Project Navigator, etc.) and you leave the Project Navigator palette open when you close out of AutoCAD Architecture, you will want to read this post in the Autodesk Discussion Groups, by …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-07-25 16:34:51
While there can be many ways in which a 3D View can be "empty" - devoid of any visible elements - here is one that I had not thought about until coming across the issue in the Autodesk Discussion Groups. If you have done the usual checks for object visibility settings, filters, worksets, etc., and come up "empty," you may want …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-07-17 08:58:07
In case you have not seen this yet, a recent (July 2014) Microsoft Update, KB2962872, causes instability/crashes when using Internet Explorer-based features in AutoCAD® Architecture and AutoCAD® MEP, such as the Detail Component Manager, the Structural Member Catalog and the Project Browser. Read more at the following links: Up and Ready Blog Autodesk Knowledge Network Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture General Discussion Group: …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-07-12 09:42:19
Here is a quick update on this post from three years back. The InfoCenter area and Balloon Notifications button remain on the System tab of the Options dialog, but in the 2014 and 2015 releases, have moved up to the middle of the right column. I made a brief Screencast to show users at my firm how to avoid having to …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-07-06 09:37:54
The AutoCAD® Architecture AEC Modify Tools provide some handy extensions to the modification tools provided in the base AutoCAD® product. Since I have previously written about the AEC Extend tool (AecLineworkExtend command), this article will be "Part 2" and it will focus on the AEC Trim tool (actual command name, AecLineworkTrim). As you might expect from the name, the AEC Trim …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-06-04 07:44:26
Somewhat related to this previous post, is the location of the ACA.dll file. While this has not necessarily moved its location, if you were to copy the ACA.cuix and rename the copy in order to customize the copy while retaining the out-of-the-box version, you will also want to copy the ACA.dll file and rename the copy to match the name of …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-05-04 09:19:41
There is a convention for residential projects in some areas using Imperial Units for showing the width and height of a Door at the plan representation of the Door, in the format "3070", where the "30" represents a width of 3'-0" and the "70" represents a height of 7'-0". Likewise, a 2'-10" wide by 6'-8" high door would be tagged as …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-04-24 11:38:27
A minor, but useful change introduced in AutoCAD® 2015, and thereby available to AutoCAD® Architecture and AutoCAD® MEP users as well, is improved cursor graphics. The crosshairs no longer extend into the pickbox, making it easier to see what you are selecting. A number of contextual cursor "badges" have been added, as a reminder of the task at hand. A …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-04-24 11:38:27
A minor, but useful change introduced in AutoCAD® 2015, and thereby available to AutoCAD® Architecture and AutoCAD® MEP users as well, is improved cursor graphics. The crosshairs no longer extend into the pickbox, making it easier to see what you are selecting. A number of contextual cursor "badges" have been added, as a reminder of the task at hand. A …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-04-14 08:51:00
As part of the Command Preview feature added to AutoCAD® 2015, AutoCAD® Architecture 2015 includes an in-command, dynamic preview of the results of grip edits, moves, fillets, chamfers, extends and trims on Walls. For example, in the 2014 release, grip editing a Wall gives you a "ghost" of effect of the grip edit on the Wall, but nothing else. In 2015, …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-04-10 06:30:00
A means to quickly get a visual comparison of geometry changes between two different versions of a drawing is now available whether or not you are working in the project management environment (Project Browser/Project Navigator), and without requiring a parallel folder structure. The comparison is only for visual changes; changing the Door Style of a Door will not be flagged if …


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