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Lesson 4 – Quick Select & Properties

You can use Qselect (quick select) to automatically find objects that match specific criteria. when you use this tool you normally select objects first and thenselect an edit command to use (e.g. Move) or you can select the objects using this tool, invoke the desired edit command and then use the Previous selection set. Filter criteria are Applied to the Entire drawing by default but the default automatically changes to Current selection if you invoke Qselect when objects are already Read More...

Lesson 3 – Creating & Using Groups

Selection sets are normally temporary but it is possible to Group objects together into a more permanent selection set. Groups can be unnamed but it is practical to assign new groups a name to remind you what each group represents. if a group has a name you can enter G at the “Select objects” prompt to specify the name of the group you wish to select. you can practically think of groups as named selection sets. With <Group On> you can Read More...

Lesson 2 – Selection Cycling

It is not always possible to place your pickbox over only one object (the one you want to select) when objects are close together. if you left-click with your pickbox over more than one object AutoCAD normally selects the youngest object but this might not be the object that you actually want to select. use the selection cycling feature for more control over which object you select with the pickbox if objects are close together. For example, suppose you wanted Read More...

Lesson 1 – Basic Tools Review

The default mode for selecting objects (e.g. in edit commands) is to use your pickbox to select objects one at a time. use the pickbox when you must select only a few objects. if you must select more than a few objects you should be using amore effective selection tool than this. You can change the pickbox size on the Selection tab of the Options dialogue box use a smaller size when drawings are crowded. increase the size if you Read More...

Lesson98- Working With Plot Styles

You do not have to use plot styles in AutoCAD. if your plotter can output objects as they appear on-screen (and if this is what you want) then plot styles are not required. you may want to change some object properties at Plot time (only) and this is what plot styles were designed for. Monochrome Plot Devices Many output devices (e.g. laser printers) produce output using only black ink or toner (i.e. monochrome). if you try to send color output to these monochrome devices your Read More...

Lesson97- Overriding Page Setups In Plots

You can pick the Plot button in the Page Setup dialogue box on the current layout but you can also use the Plot command directly. using the Plot command directly gives you more options such as temporarily overriding page setups & plotting multiple tabs. You can temporarily override page setups when you use Plot directly by unchecking the Save changes to layout box. or, if you prefer to save changes back to the page setup you can leave the Save changes to Read More...

Lesson96- Saving & Restoring Settings

You will probably work with only a few combinations of sheet sizes and drawing scales if you are like most other AutoCAD users. you can increase your productivity in AutoCAD 2000 by saving and restoring your common page setups by name. you can then import named page setups that are saved in other drawings without having to open those drawings. practice saving and restoring settings In this exercise you will work with 6 simple drawing files which document the 6 unique pieces of Read More...

Lesson95- Page Setup For Layouts

Using Layouts for plotting requires a different approach for drawing scale (compared to plotting from the Model tab) you Insert a title block (or import a layout with a title block) at the 
same size that the title block should be in final plots (full scale). then you create viewports on the PAPER to display your model from that layout. you control the drawing scale for viewports by adjusting the view magnification in each viewport on a layout. 
when layouts have been created Read More...

Lesson94- Page Setup For The Model

You will probably encounter drawings that have been set up to Plot from the Model tab (even if you use layouts in your drawings). these drawings normally have a title block inserted into the model 
at a scale that is inversely proportional to the drawing scale. for example, if the drawing scale is 1:48 (1 /4”=1’) the title block would be inserted into the model at a scale of 48. when you plot using the intended plot scale (e.g. 1:48) the title Read More...

Lesson93- Adding New Plot Devices

You can select installed plot devices to use on a Layout (or the Model) when you use Page Setup but you must have a *.pc3 file for the desired device before you can select it as the device to plot to. All *.pc3 files are stored in the AutoCAD2000\PLOTTERS folder by default & new pc3 files can be made with the Add-A-Plotter Wizard you can open the Windows Control Panel and double-click on the Autodesk Plotter Manager to open this folder. or you can use Read More...

lesson92- HDI & ADI Plotter Drivers

Before ADI ® (Autodesk Device Interface) drivers have been the standard for plotting and other devices for many AutoCAD versions and this approach has satisfied AutoCAD users in the DOS and early Windows environments. however, the time has come to adopt a more efficient and standard approach for communicating with output devices. Now AutoCAD 2000 uses HDI ® (Heidi Device Interface) drivers as 
a replacement to the traditional ADI plotter drivers. HDI features permit a modern graphical user interface that is more consistent with the Windows Read More...

Lesson91- Creating Non-Rectangular Viewports

You can draw non-rectangular viewports directly with straight edge segments using the Vports Polygonal option. You can also draw a 2D closed shape on the PAPER above a viewport and use this object to clip the viewport. for example, you could draw a CIRCLE on the PAPER above a VIEWPORT and Copy the CIRCLE & VIEWPORT to the side. then you could clip the copied VIEWPORT using the copied CIRCLE to create a new detail view (DETAIL B shown Read More...

Lesson90- Using DesignCenter To Import Layouts

You have already seen how you can import a layout from a template drawing file with little effort. you can also use DesignCenter to search for layouts in any 
closed (or open) drawing to drag & drop into the active drawing. in the next exercise you will use DesignCenter to import a layout 
(that you created) into a different drawing. then you will modify the imported layout to generate a 3D Model 
layout for this sundial model. you will see how you can Read More...

lesson89- Freezing Layers In Specific Viewports

You can Freeze layers in some viewports while leaving them Thawed at the same time in other viewports. first make the desired viewport the active viewport (the MODEL 
button will be in the status bar) then use the Layer command. select the desired layers to Freeze in the current viewport 
(ONLY) and check the Freeze in active viewport box. if you check Freeze in new viewports the selected layer(s) will be 
automatically frozen in any viewports you create after that time. practice freezing layers Read More...

Lesson88- Managing Layout Tabs

You can quickly generate many layouts in the same drawing so you must learn how to Delete layouts Copy layouts Move layouts Rename layouts Delete Right-click on the desired layout and select Delete to delete the selected layout(s) from the active drawing. you are asked to verify that you really want to permanently delete the selected layout(s). Use your <Shift> and <Ctrl> keys to select more than one layout tab to Delete (or perform other operations) at the same time. you can also pick Select All Layouts from Read More...

Lesson87- Setting & Locking Viewport Scale

The standard approach is to Plot layouts at a scale of 1:1. you have already set up your A Size – Portrait layout to use a Plot scale of 1:1 (see step 6 on page 10). you must set viewport display magnification (scale) relative to paper space so viewports Plot at the required drawing scale. Zoom Scale One way to precisely set a viewport display magnification is to use the Scale option of the Zoom command. make the desired viewport the current Read More...

Lesson86- Creating Rectangular Viewports

You can use Vports to create a variety of viewport configurations in paper space or model space. this is particularly useful to set up top, front, right and Isometric viewports for mechanical 3D applications. each viewport can also have a different UCS which makes it 
easier to create parts in 3D. the utility is also useful to set up several viewports at the same time for 2D applications. You will probably create single viewports most of the time. the Viewports toolbar has a Single Viewport Read More...
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