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Unformatted text preview: AutoCAD Lynn Allens Tips and Tricks For Using AutoCAD 2008 Software New D Workspace If you are using only 2D AutoCAD commands, why not use the new 2D Drafting & Annotation workspace? This capability displays powerful 2D tools on the Dashboard. D Dashboard Control Panels New 2D control panels provide easy access to layers and include controls for annotation scaling, text, dimensions, multiple leaders, tables, 2D navigation commands, object properties, and block attributes. When you select a tool from the Dashboard, the corresponding tool palette also displays, where applicable. User Interface User Interface Tool Palettes When you drag geometry to an inactive tool palette, it is automatically activated for easy placementjust give it an extra second to switch. A new Specify Image option on the shortcut menu makes it easy to assign an image to any tool. The location of tools on a tool palette is now saved in the tool catalog (and the profile), making it easier to share your tool palettes with others and maintain the same look and feel. Use TPNAVIGATE to set a tool palette current at the command line (for programming purposes). Clean Screen Use the Clean Screen button located in the lower-right corner of the screen to turn off everything except for the status and menu bars and the command window. This feature comes in handy when showing files to a client and you need to quickly clean up your interface. User Interface Controlling Toolbar and Tool Palette Placement Anchor your palettes to the left or right side of the drawing area for quick access. Palettes roll open or closed as the cursor moves over them, keeping them out of the way. You can easily stack several on each side of the screen for maximum productivity. Simply right-click the name bar, and choose Anchor Left or Anchor Right from the shortcut menu. Layout Tab Improvements Rename a layout by double-clicking the Layout tab. Reorder layouts with a simple drag-and- drop. Use the Ctrl and Shift keys to select multiple layouts for dragging and dropping. Hold down Ctrl while dragging to create a copy. Drag layout tabs onto the active sheet set to add a new sheet, or select Import Layouts as Sheet from the shortcut menu. User Interface Annotation Scaling If youve found getting the proper scale factors per viewport to be frustrating and confusing, then youll love the new annotative scaling! No longer do you need to create multiple sets of text and dimensions on multiple layers. Now you create one set of annotative objects (such as text, dimensions, balloons, blocks, attributes, and hatches), indicate the desired actual plotted size, and it magically displays at the correct size....
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2010 for the course EGN 1006 taught by Professor Divo during the Spring '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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