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1 AutoCAD Tips & Tricks for Civil Engineers Lynn Allen Cadalyst columnist & Autodesk Technical Evangelist

2 2Autodesk Confidential Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 The New Sheet Set Manager (SSM) organizes for You! Simplified: Drawing organization right click plotting Transmittal sets Archiving Standards compliance Everyone stays in sync with the project New DST file format

3 3Autodesk Confidential Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 Keys, Keys, Keys Clean Screen (Control+0) Double click on the toolbar handles to float Control+R to cycle through all of your viewports Control+A to select all the objects in your drawing Control to cycle through objects Tab to cycle through object snaps Navigate through layouts with Control+PageUp and Control+PageDown Hold down right mouse button to clear grips Shift for more than one hot grip Shift to remember distances and angles in gripmode Arrow up and down through commands Control+Tab to cycle through open drawings

4 4Autodesk Confidential Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 Everyday Timesavers New OSNAP (keyboard modifier) – Midpoint between two points (M2P/MTP) Zoom to Object(s) Maximize Viewport Revcloud – new Calligraphy Option Delete Named Layer Filters Right Click Customization Trim/Extend Shortcut (enter to select cutting edges/boundaries) CAL – Geometric Calculator

5 5Autodesk Confidential Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 Secret System Variables SYSVDLG – friendly dialog box for your system variables MAXSORT – maximum number of named objects AutoCAD will sort MTJIGSTRING – MTEXT sample string MBUTTONPAN – Third button accesses OSNAP menu OSNAPHATCH – controls OSNAPS with hatch patterns PEDITACCEPT – turns off extra prompt in PEDIT PLINEGEN – Tells Linetypes to traverse across vertices TASKBAR – Open drawings appear on the taskbar UCSFOLLOW – tells the UCS icon to change to the plan view whenever the UCS is modified XREFTYPE – set attachment or overlay as default

6 6Autodesk Confidential Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 Bhatch Tips With Bhatch, you can: Assign draworder to hatch objects Hatch an area with a boundary gap Trim a hatch to a new boundary

7 7Autodesk Confidential Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 MTEXT Tips Supports a background mask New Symbols Click outside of dialog box to exit command quickly MTJIGSTRING System Variable TEXTTOFRONT command

8 8Autodesk Confidential Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 Awesome Express Tools Reset Dim Text Value SuperHatch Layer Walk Burst Make Linetype Edittime Flatten Overkill (Deletes Duplicate Objects) Layer Delete and Layer Merge Change Space/Align Space

9 9Autodesk Confidential Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 Embed Drawings into PPT!

10 10Autodesk Confidential Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 Powerpoint Steps: Insert Object Right Click on Control Icon DWF Viewer Control =>Properties Select the DWF

11 11Autodesk Confidential Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 Startup switches Target - "C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 2005\acad.exe /b run a specific script file /ttemplate file /pprofile /vview name /nologostarts AutoCAD without logo screen /layoutdisplays a specific layout in a specified drawing file /nossmturns off the Sheet Set Manager /setdisplays a specific sheet set For more info: look up Customize Startup in help file or visit

12 12Autodesk Confidential Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 Easter Egg Shift+Ctrl+pick

13 13Autodesk Confidential Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 AutoCAD 2005


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