Use your own TEMPLATE! (Create your own CAD standards!)

Why do I need a template? The Title says it all, use your own Template! I hate when we at the office receive drawing with only one layer – Layer 0, Aahhh it can’t be worst (well for example if coordinates are wrong or local it could be..). Sometimes we will receive a drawing with some … Read more

How to Assign Elevations to Feature line from Existing Surface.

Feature lines in AutoCAD Civil 3d are one of the most powerful objects in the software. They are very similar to normal 3d Polylines, but we have an extended number of tools to play with. Have you ever wondered how to quickly add elevations to a line/polyline/feature line automatically directly from a Surface? Surely I … Read more

Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts in AutoCAD!

Many people like to use a keyboard to enter commands, that’s because it saves lots of time. However some commands are difficult to remember, but in AutoCAD, you can create your own keyboard shortcuts, or edit existing ones. For example, I use C for COPY, R for ROTATE, RVC for REVCLOUD. The first method – Change … Read more

Trim and Extend like PRO!

Trim and Extend at the speed of light! Today I am going to share with you a little trick that I really like using! Trim and Extend are both very, very useful commands and drafters usually use them several times a day! They accelerate drafting speed significantly, can you imagine having to trim 5 lines … Read more

How to Bring all Text to Front in AutoCAD! (With 1 Command!)

Is it possible to Automatically Bring all Text to Front? The text is one of the most important things in our drawings. Text objects are Text, Mtext, Leaders, Dimensions, etc. It is so annoying to put dimension then draw some lines and then another dimension and in the end, all those lines, hatches cross your … Read more

Lighten up Xrefs in AutoCAD! (Quick Xref Fade options!)

In Today’s post, we will look at External references. More particularly how to make Xrefs more visible in our AutoCAD Drawings. The trick is hidden in the Xref Fade control options which we are exploring below. As previously said I like to work with lots of X-refs. Often times I am searching for a specific … Read more

AutoCAD Selection Method problem? (Select Command First then Objects)

Aaah, there are so many things that can go wrong with AutoCAD just because we are in a hurry and sometimes hit the wrong buttons… In this example we will look at what makes our program behave unusually – you pick a line hit the Del button and nothing happens? , When you double click … Read more

Enter name of drawing? Uninstall AutoCAD? (Easy Solution!)

Enter name of drawing to open? Have you ever faced this issue – when you hit Open AutoCAD shows you this message Enter name of drawing to open <.> ? Bet you have, unless you are new to AutoCAD. The first time I saw this I had uninstalled the whole program and then installed it again.. … Read more