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Annotation Scaling - How do you scale annotations in AutoCAD 2008 and prior to AutoCAD® 2008? How does annotation scaling in AutoCAD 2008 compare to traditional methods? This paper describes the general tools and procedures for implementing annotation scaling functionality in AutoCAD 2008. Annotation scaling tools; annotative objects; and working with text, dimensions, multiple leaders, hatches, blocks, and attributes are covered. AutoCAD 2008 Annotation Scaling White Paper (pdf - 283Kb)

Dynamic Blocks - With Dynamic Blocks, you can access multiple variations on a single block, dramatically reduce cumbersome block libraries, and modify block geometry during and after insertion. This series of papers explains everything from basic concepts to advanced uses for Dynamic Blocks, and provides detailed documentation for the feature.

Part 1: Dynamic Block Overview and Quick-Start Tutorial (pdf - 378Kb) | Part 2: Inventory of Block Editor, Commands, Parameters, Actions, and Parameter Sets (pdf - 566Kb) | Part 3: Advanced Features of Dynamic Blocks (pdf - 652Kb)

Sheet Set Manager - AutoCAD contains an assortment of tools that make the Sheet Set Manager extremely powerful. Some of these tools are one-click plotting and automated sheet indexes. Also, more efficient eTransmit, archiving, and publishing to Autodesk® DWF™ file specification. Use these papers to get up and running. You’ll soon see the benefits.

Introduction to the Series (pdf - 55Kb) | Part 1: Organize Your Drawings (pdf - 485Kb) | Part 2: Create a List of Sheets Instantly (pdf - 174Kb) | Part 3: Plot or Publish a List of Sheets Instantly (pdf - 88Kb) | Part 4: A Transmittal and Archiving Tool (pdf - 269Kb) | Part 5: Automating Views and Callouts (pdf - 444Kb)

 

Adding layouts to a sheet set in AutoCAD 2008 - AutoCAD 2008 let's you easily add a layout from the current drawing to the active sheet set. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, July 23, 2007.

AutoCAD LT Functionality - New functionality and many enhancements have been made to existing functionality in AutoCAD LT 2006, 2007, and 2008. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, July 20, 2007.

Animation Paths - How can you create an animation of an AutoCAD model using a path? Use the ANIPATH command. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, July 19, 2007.

Single vs. Multiple Layouts - What are the benefits of using a single layout versus multiple layouts in a drawing file? Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, July 17, 2007.

Layout enhancements in AutoCAD 2008 - Many subtle improvements that will save you time. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, July 6, 2007.

Object Tracking - Object tracking in AutoCAD is a way to "harvest" existing geometry to draw new geometry. Ward Romberger, CAD-e-Corner, June 26, 2007.

Windows Vista Support - Does AutoCAD 2006 support Microsoft Windows Vista? Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, June 20, 2007.

Palette Sensitivity - Can you control the sensitivity of Auto-hide for palettes? Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, June 19, 2007.

New Object Snaps - There are a couple of new object snaps available in AutoCAD. Ward Romberger, CAD-e-Corner, June 19 2007.

Creating an Obround or Slot in AutoCAD - The Fillet command is also a great way to create an obround shape or slot. All About AutoCAD Blog, June 13, 2007.

Camera icons - How can you hide the camera icons that are automatically displayed when he creates cameras/views in AutoCAD 2007 (and 2008)? Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, May 28, 2007.

DWF Files from AutoCAD Map 3D - When you publish to DWF, you create an electronic version of the map that can be displayed using Autodesk Design Review. Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, June 13, 2007.

Search and Replace Attribute Values - How can you globally replace attribute text? Use the FIND command, GATTE Express Tool, or the -ATTEDIT command. Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, May 10, 2007.

Annotation Scaling 106 - The process for scaling annotations in AutoCAD 2008 is quite different than in the past. Simply apply two (very logical) properties to your annotative objects. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, May 9, 2007.

Annotation Scaling 105 - Scale representation are explained. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, April 25, 2007.

Annotation Scaling 104 - Enable the Annotative property of an object. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, April 18, 2007.

AutoCAD/Excel Data Linking - How can you write the changes made in a linked AutoCAD table back to the Excel file? Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, April 18, 2007.

Workspaces in AutoCAD 2008 - The new 2D Drafting and Annotation workspace in AutoCAD 2008. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, April 17, 2007.

Annotation Scaling 103 - The Annotative property of some objects can also be applied using styles. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, April 11, 2007.

Multiline Attributes - What happens when you take a multiline attribute from AutoCAD 2008 and open it in AutoCAD 2007? Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, April 5, 2007.

Annotation Scaling 102 - You can use the Properties window to change the Annotative property of any object that supports annotation scaling. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, April 4, 2007.

Multiline Attributes in AutoCAD 2008 - You now have the ability to create block attributes with multiple lines of text in AutoCAD 2008. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, March 30, 2007.

Spell Checking in AutoCAD 2008 - Spell checking has been enhanced in AutoCAD 2008 to further automate the spell checking process. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, March 29, 2007.

Annotation Scaling 101 - Powerful new functionality for scaling your annotations in AutoCAD 2008. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, March 28, 2007.

Viewing 3D Block Definitions in AutoCAD 2008 - The block editor has been updated in AutoCAD 2008 so that you can use 3DORBIT. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, March 23, 2007.

Annotative Scaling in AutoCAD 2008 - While much has been written about the new Annotative Scaling - it's really going to be one of those things you'll need to get your hands on before you truly figure it out. Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, March 12, 2007.

Text background mask - how can you mask objects behind text? Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, March 9, 2007.

New CUI Features - Customize the Dashboard with all your favorite commands in the CUI command. The new QUICKCUI command, Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, March 8, 2007.

Xref Clipping in AutoCAD 2008 - The XCLIP command in AutoCAD 2008 includes a new option to invert the clipping area. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, March 7, 2007.

DWF Underlays in AutoCAD 2008 - DWF underlay functionality in AutoCAD 2008 has been updated to include layer controls. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, March 6, 2007.

Layer Locking and Fading in AutoCAD 2008 - In AutoCAD 2008 you can automatically fade locked layers so that they are visible yet faded in comparison to the unlocked layers. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, March 5, 2007.

Layer Notification in AutoCAD 2008 - In AutoCAD 2008, new layer tools provide more control over your drawings. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, March 2, 2007.

Layouts and Sheets in AutoCAD 2008 - In AutoCAD 2008, you can work more efficiently using layouts and sheets. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, March 1, 2007.

Set All Object Properties to BYLAYER in AutoCAD 2008 - There is a new tool in AutoCAD 2008 that enables you to quickly apply the BYLAYER property to multiple objects, including those within blocks definitions. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, February 28, 2007.

Dimension Enhancements in AutoCAD 2008 - AutoCAD 2008 offers new and enhanced dimensioning functionality, which includes automatic alignment options, dimension breaks, jogged dimensions, text placement, and tolerances. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, February 27, 2007.

Visualization in AutoCAD 2008 - In AutoCAD 2008, new and improved visualization tools enable you to produce realistic renderings with minimal effort. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, February 26, 2007.

Inserting an Excel File as an AutoCAD Table Entity - Paste Link an Excel spreadsheet into AutoCAD 2008. Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, February 26, 2007.

Working with DGN Files in AutoCAD 2008 - Now you can attach Bentley’s MicroStation V8 DGN files to your AutoCAD drawings or export DWG files to V8 DGN format. Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, February 26, 2007.

External References - A new option in the XCLIP command enables you to clip the inverse of a selected boundary. Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, February 26, 2007.

DGN Support in AutoCAD 2008 - AutoCAD 2008 includes new support for V8 DGN file format. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, February 23, 2007.

Tables from Datalinking and Data Extraction in AutoCAD 2008 - In AutoCAD 2008 you can combine the powerful functionalities of datalinking and data extraction by extracting drawing data and then linking it to corresponding data in an external file. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, February 22, 2007.

Bi-directional Excel Tables - Updated Paste Special command lets you bring an Excel file into AutoCAD and link the file. Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, February 22, 2007.

Cool New AutoCAD 2008 UI Changes - New 2D workspace, 2D Dashboard control panels, and tool palettes. Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, February 21, 2007.

Tables from Object Data in AutoCAD 2008 - In AutoCAD 2008, you can extract information from objects to use in spreadsheets or AutoCAD tables. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, February 21, 2007.

Table Datalinking in AutoCAD 2008 - In AutoCAD 2008, you can create AutoCAD table cells that link to an Excel spreadsheet. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, February 20, 2007.

Tables in AutoCAD 2008 - Table functionality has been dramatically enhanced in AutoCAD 2008. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, February 19, 2007.

Mtext in AutoCAD 2008 - The new Text panel on the Dashboard provides easy access to text-related tools including the Mtext editor, which has been updated in AutoCAD 2008. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, February 16, 2007.

Updated MTEXT command – Command includes MTEXT Column Wrap for text, more control over paragraph alignment, indentations and spacing.  Also, more Efficient Spell Checker. Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, February 16, 2007.

Multileaders in AutoCAD 2008 - New Multileader tools in AutoCAD 2008 enable you to create leaders with more control and flexibility than ever before. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, February 15, 2007.

Layer Properties in AutoCAD 2008 - AutoCAD 2008 offers many enhancements to layer functionality including a new Layers panel in the Dashboard. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, February 14, 2007.

Multiple Leaders - The new MLEADER command permits more control over leaders than ever before. Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, February 14, 2007. 

Annotation Scaling in AutoCAD 2008 - New and improved functionality in AutoCAD 2008 enables you to annotate your drawings with greater flexibility and efficiency than ever before. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, February 13, 2007.

Customize the Layer Manager - Control the display order of the layer property columns by dragging and dropping the column headings. Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, February 13, 2007.

New Layer Options - The shortcut menu allows you to create a new layer that is frozen in all viewports. Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, February 13, 2007.

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