Saturday, December 30, 2006

New AutoCAD 2007 3D CADclips

Now offers Full REVIT Video Downloads for only $29

Thanks to Shaan Hurley for posting these CADclips on his blog.

Thanks to for posting these CADclips on their site.

And a very BIG 'THANKS' to Autodesk for making 3D so easy to use !
In my personal opinion "AutoCAD 3D is now a Trainers dream".

Below are 32 hot new CADclips to help you easily learn all the cool AutoCAD 2007 3D Tricks.
Did you like these ?
CADclips Announces - All 80+ AutoCAD CADclips are Now Free !

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

DWG TrueView and TrueConvert

Did you know that Autodesk released two great, free applications to view and plot DWG files as well as to Convert DWGs from version to version ! Formats available from R14 to 2007.

DWG TrueView and DWG TrueConvert

* There is a bug when using cut and paste after using TrueConvert and here is the fix. TrueConvert Fix (copy a new acdb17.dll file over)

* Also, at the bottom of that same hotfix page is a utility to find effected files that have been converted.

TrueView Zooming issue:
When you were zooming out in DWG TrueView, you reached a point where you could not zoom out any farther. In the status bar, you saw the following message:
Already zoomed out as far as possible.
To zoom out farther, switch between the Layout and Model tabs once to force a regeneration of the drawing.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

From AutoCAD to SKetchUp to AVI in 90 minutes

You may have to click and hold the play button to play the clip.

I know. It's corny, but it's amazing what you can do in a few minutes.

Well I am a little late getting on the SketchUp band wagon but since I heard it works so well with AutoCAD solids I had to try it out.

Two words > BLOWN AWAY.

I am a great 3D guy from way back and quite enjoying all the ammenities that AutoCAD 2007 offers for 3D. Then to top it off I can instantly import my DWG solid models into SketchUp.

Once in SketchUp (download for free) I add the trees, benches, people, background buildings and then create a fly by annimation.

Up to that point I was just playing around but now I have actually come up with a use for it.

I created this cheesy video below as a sample to a client but I think that it's usable !

I went from AutoCAD solids, to SketchUp and created this video all inside of about 90 minutes.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Dedicated CAD Job Search Engine

I have found a great new, much required website
completely dedicated to CAD Job search for both Staff and Employers !
They have asked me to critique the site and aside from some of the minor mis-placed Autodesk terminologies, I have tried it out and it works great.
We need a site like this and I'm sure it will grow.
Give it a look see. It's free and you can go ahead and post your information or browse the current jobs and talent available.
It appears to be US oriented but I am hoping it goes global scale or at least up here to Canada.
They are out of San Fran. and I'm sure they welcome your comments.

Monday, August 14, 2006

XREF Tidbit

I recently stumbled across (by mistake) and interesting AutoCAD XREF trick that I was unaware of. In fact it provides an instant solution to a problem I do come across now and again so I thought I would share.
The tip is with regards to changing and Attached Xref to an Overlayed Xref and visa versa. My guess is that 90% of AutoCAD users are unaware of this tip.

The tip is:

In the XREF dialog box if you double click the word Attach or Overlay in the'Type' column (as seen above) you can actually toggle the xref from being Attached to being Overlayed, and visa versa. This can help eliminate a Circular Xref error. This click behaviour in a dialog box is unusual for AutoCAD, and I don't think it would even occur to an experienced AutoCAD user to try this.

So now I will start double clicking in other dialog boxes and see what other treasures lie within.

As most experienced AutoCAD users know, an attached Xref WILL travel forward with the host file if it is further Xref'd but an Overlayed Xref will NOT travel forward with it's host file if it gets further Xref'd.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

FREE CAD Integrated Live Online Training - Test Drive

We are scheduling a FREE Test Drive of the exciting new CADILOT (CAD Integrated Live Online Training) System. See this posting for more information >

This CADILOT class will be held on Thursday, May 18, at 3:00 pm MDT.

The topic will be 'A REVIT Demo'. The objective of this class will be an exercise of how the new CADILOT system works and maybe learn some REVIT along the way as well.

Only room for 10 people, so the first 10 people to email me at and title the message "CADILOT Thursday" will get in.

* If you cannot make this scheduled time, fear not just email me with the message title "CADILOT - RAIN CHECK PLEASE" and I will put you on the list for the next Freebee.

You will receive an email invitation that looks like this. (You have to accept a security certificate and away we go.)

Please join my meeting at Call: Dial (xxx) xxx-xxxx, then enter access code xxx-xxx-xxxMeeting ID: xxx-xxx-xxxGoToMeeting(TM)Online Meetings Made Easy

The future of CAD Training has arrived - Thank You !

C A D I L O T - CAD Interactive Live Online Training ( coming soon !

New Online 'Fully Interactive' CAD Training Available - The future is here and we are ON IT !

That's right, sit back at your desk, in board room, on a boat, in a park, in a hotel or, on a bus.....and watch how it's done. LIVE and Interactive ! Get to know me.

One on One or in a Group.

Ask questions and get your answers right then and there. We can record the session so no need to panic. How about scheduling a few sessions ahead of time on your availability.

Through the magic of CITRIX and thin client technology anyone in the meeting can be given control of the mouse and control of the SOFTWARE. This means we can pass the mouse back and forth ! This technology has been around for years but not to this level of simplicity .

DG CAD is all setup to provide you with live 'Online Conference Style' training.

It's instant, it's easy, it's fully interactive and it's very effective !

We do this in the same way people have been doing live conference meetings for some time now but with better technology and faster internet.

We are setup through and it's so simple it's funny.

You instantly see our screen on your screen and we talk over the speaker phones. Then if you want the mouse control can you have it !

Email us to setup your sessions ! >

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Make Paper Space view Black and White !

Thanks to CADDIGEST for posting this tutorial !

I remember way back when there was a way to make your paper space view look monochrome, black and white or more like the plot preview. Somewhere along the line I upgraded my software and seemed to have lost just exactly how this is done. Occasioanlly I would spend a couple minutes looking around but could never get it back.

Well I finally figured it out, again and thought there must be others in the same position !

The trick is you MUST to go through the Page Setup Manager dialog box then into a particuar page setup. If you go straight into the plot dialog box the option is not available. Yet another reason to always use the page seup manager

The check box in question is in the upper right side and it's called "Display Plot Styles" ?? Ok. I suspect most people either don't know what the option does or they don't even see it.

Either way I prefer to set this option 'On'. See the images above and below.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

'AUGI Training Program' announces new FAST TRACK

The 'ATP' has announced it's new 'Fast Track' online training program for the busy worker. One topic, one week...One happy camper.
Just learn it. ATP Fast Track

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Grip Tricks Tutorial

Even experienced AutoCAD uses may not know all the things you can do with grips.

These two tutorials explain it all.

Hard copy PDF Grip Tricks - PDF

Video CADCLIP Grip Tricks - Video

(right click and 'save target as..' to download the files)

Suggest an AutoCAD Tutorial

Please feel free to suggest an AutoCAD related tutorial by using the comments link below or email me.

3 more Video CADCLIP Tutorials

Below are 3 links to more free video tutorials.

Right click ANY tutorial link and 'save target as..' to download the files.

Use Fields and Tables to Calc. Areas
Intro to Autolisp With Color Tricks
Dynamic Blocks – Stretch

Miss out on the New Features of ACAD 2004 / 2005 ?

Well, AutoCAD 2007 is out and maybe things are moving too fast for you to keep up?
Below are links to Video Tutorials on the New Features that came with AutoCAD 2004 and 2005.
Many features get added but who has the time to read up on it?
Now you don't have to. Sit back and watch.
The 'Sheet Set' features are a MUST KNOW and it's all explained below. Enjoy!

Right click ANY tutorial link and 'save target as..' to download the files.

AutoCAD 2005
Lesson 1: Sheet Set Overview
Lesson 2: Sheet Set Wizard
Lesson 3: Sheet Sets - Resource Files and Views
Lesson 4: Viewports, Callout Bubbles, and View Adjustments
Lesson 5: Sheet Sets - Select Selections, Archive, eTransmit, and Publish
Lesson 6: Sheet Sets - Lists and General Summary
Lesson 7: Tool Palettes

AutoCAD 2004
Lesson 1: Installation and Interface
Lesson 2: Tool Palettes and Design Center
Lesson 3: Mtext, Purge and Attribute Extraction
Lesson 4: Publish, Express Viewer and ETransmit
Lesson 5: CAD Standards and Style Toolbar
Lesson 6: Xref, Reference Manager, Xopen, Refedit, CTRL 0,1,2,3
Lesson 7: Presentation graphics, True Color, Gradient Fills, Shaded Viewports and Draworder
Lesson 8: Express Tools, Revcloud, undo / redo, Associate Dims, Pedit
Lesson 9: Password Protection and Digital Signatures

5 Free AutoCAD 2006 Dynamic Blocks Video Tutorials

Dynamic blocks allow you to creat one block that has many built in variations and great flexability.
You can Grip Dynamic blocks and stretch them without exploding or redefining.
You can have one single block that can display as a tree or a car or a bolt or a north arrow or what ever you want.
If you are not creating and using dynamic blocks you are working too hard!
Go through the 5 Video Tutorials below and you too will be part of the new technology of Dynamic Blocks.

Right click ANY tutorial link and 'save target as..' to download the files.

Lesson 1: Overview
Lesson 2: Stretch - Array - Align – Flip
Lesson 3: Point Parameter - Stretch - Rotate – Flip
Lesson 4: Lists - Lookup Parameters – Lookup Actions – Rotate
Lesson 5: Visibility Parameters – Linear Parameter – Scale Action

17 Free AutoCAD Level 1 Training Videos

Did you know that you can get AutoCAD training completely free and never leave your seat !
Just go through the Video Tutorials at the links below and you'll be rock'n..

Right click ANY tutorial link and 'save target as..' to download the files.

Lesson 1: Introduction and Concept
Lesson 2: Drawing Setup and Scale Factor
Lesson 3: Layers and Linetypes
Lesson 4: Draw Model Objects
Lesson 5: Lab 1a Floor Plans
Lesson 6: Snap, Grid, Object Snaps, Object Snap Tracking, Polar Tracking, Coordinates, Flip Screen and Help
Lesson 7: Annotation Fundamentals (annotation vs model objects)
Lesson 8: Selection Sets (window, crossing, fence, previous, add, remove...)
Lesson 9: Editing (copy, move, erase, rotate, scale, stretch, mirror, extend, trim)
Lesson 10: Editing 2 (pedit, fillet, chamfer, offset. array, break, explode)
Lesson 11: Palettes, Toolbars and Menus
Lesson 12: Managing Views
Lesson 13: All about grips
Lesson 14: Placing Text, MText and using the Help menu
Lesson 15: Placing Dimensions and Leaders
Lesson 16: Cross Hatching and Color solid fills
Lesson 17: Setup a Printer and all the Plot settings

Saturday, April 15, 2006

AutoCAD Training

Stay tuned for all kinds of AutoCAD related Training information.