Group Objects in AutoCAD (When you need them Separated!)

Group objects in AutoCAD, When and How?

Have you ever tried to modify multiple objects together and still have the option to edit those individually? Of course, you have and the solution most likely was making a Block? AutoCAD can do that differently by using GROUPS! How are Groups different than Blocks? Using Groups we can edit the object and that won’t … Read more Group Objects in AutoCAD (When you need them Separated!)

I forgot to send it! Never again, with eTransmit!

How many times have you forgotten to send a referenced drawing, .ctb file, font or image? I personally a lot, of course after that there is an angry call from a client who can’t see the attached files or images. It is very depressing to make such a mistake especially for young professional. There is … Read more I forgot to send it! Never again, with eTransmit!

Block vs Xref FIGHT! When and what to use?

Block or Xref what should we use? Blocks and Xrefs they look so similar if a person is new to AutoCAD. However there are a lot of experienced users who are so used to blocks that they don’t even try to learn what an Xref is. The main difference between Block and Xref is that … Read more Block vs Xref FIGHT! When and what to use?

Open or Edit In-place? How to edit our Referenced drawing?

Our journey across Xref possibilities continues with one little task many of drafters would neglect and won’t spend time to learn more about it, but I personally think it is important to know When and How to edit your referenced drawings. Of course as most of the things in AutoCAD, editing can be done in … Read more Open or Edit In-place? How to edit our Referenced drawing?

Additional EXTRAS with Xrefs! What options do we have?

We already know why Xrefs are so useful but let’s take a deeper look at what additional Extras they offer. Layers First and one of my favourite “Extras” is freedom to change reference’s layers in current drawing without affecting the reference drawing. When we open Layer Properties we see all layers coming from references with xref’s … Read more Additional EXTRAS with Xrefs! What options do we have?

Xref – choosing our Path Type

We discussed What is Xref? Why should we use it? And learned First step of How to attach Xref? It is time to continue learning how to use Xrefs effortlessly. Another important setting of External References is Path type. It is important to choose it wisely to minimize some confusion later on. Now upon inserting an Xref we are … Read more Xref – choosing our Path Type

Xref Attach or Overly? What is the difference?

As we continue to tear apart those Xrefs we come across Reference type. As promised in  Using Xref first step! How to attach Xref? we will look at two different reference types we have – Attachment and Overly. Attached external reference Attached will mean that referenced drawing (for example “A.dwg”) will be part of current drawing (for … Read more Xref Attach or Overly? What is the difference?

Using Xref first step! How to attach Xref?

In the previous post about Xrefs we talked about the definition of external references and what are they used for. Here we will learn how to properly attach an Xref and what are the different options. How to attach Xref? Before we attach drawing we need to have it, so in this example we will use … Read more Using Xref first step! How to attach Xref?

What is Xref? Why should we use it?

Since I am using Xrefs in almost every project I think that Xrefs deserve special attention, so in next few posts, I will try to explain everything you need to know about them. In the first post, we are going to look at What exactly is a Xref. Xref or external reference is drawing file … Read more What is Xref? Why should we use it?

I can’t see my Xref! Discover X-ref fade control.

Let’s explore X-ref fade controls! Hello again! Today we will look at X-refs and especially how to make them better visible in our model. I like to work with lots of X-refs and sometimes I have to look at something or clock at a specific point, but I can hardly see anything.This is due to … Read more I can’t see my Xref! Discover X-ref fade control.