With AutoCAD 2014, the ARC command has a simple-but-needed improvement. By default in AutoCAD, arcs are created counter clockwise. With 2014 you can control the creation of arcs to be clockwise or counter clockwise by simply holding the CTRL button.
See below for a more detailed look:
Simply opening the Arc tool’s flyout, there isn’t any obvious, visible change.
The direction that arcs are created are controlled in the UNITS dialog box
Although the new ARC direction option is available in all of the various arc tools, the most practical and obvious uses of the new ARC direction option are found in the ARC options shown below.
In the picture below, the upper arc that is being created shows the default ARC direction. The lower arc shows the new ARC direction option by hold the CTRL button during the command
There are times when an image needs to be included in a drawing. For example, a client logo that needs to be part of the title block. It would be better to convert the logo into a block object by tracing over the image in AutoCAD and applying hatching as needed. But there are some logos that are not so simple and therefore using an embedded image is preferred.
If you have dragged and dropped the image into the drawing or used the OLE method, you realize that file is being referenced and therefore the separate picture file needs to be included when you send the file to the client.
Today’s tip shows how to bring the picture into a drawing so that it is not a reference and is therefore one less file to have manage…
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- Navigate to the picture file
- Right click on the file and select “edit”
- You could also open the picture in from the Windows Paint program
- Select either the whole picture by using Ctrl + A or select a portion of the picture by dragging a window over the area you would like to insert into your drawing.
- Copy the selected picture either using Ctrl + C or by clicking the Copy button
- To paste the image in AutoCAD, use the command PASTESPEC or click the “Paste Special” button found on the Home tab > Clipboard panel > Paste drop down list > “Paste Special”
- Accept the default option of “Paintbrush Picture” in the Paste Special dialog box
- Click OK
- Place the picture in the drawing and specify the scale
(In this example, the image is placed in paperspace)
- Verify that the image is not an XREF by entering XR <enter> or XREF <enter> in the command line
This tip was tested and works with Windows Explorer and Google Chrome (and Microsoft Excel…)
To create a list of drawings, either for yourself or for a client, these steps can help save some time.
- Navigate to the folder in Windows Explorer
- Copy the folder location
- Paste the folder location into Google Chrome and press enter
- Note: I have not tried this with Firefox. I did try it with Internet Explorer and when I hit enter, it would open the folder location…
- Highlight the files as they are displayed in the browser and copy
- Paste the copied list of files into Excel in the upper left corner.
Note 1: After the initial spread sheet is created, you can add to this list by adding to the bottom row of the spreadsheet.
Note 2: You have 2 choices when Pasting the content
- “Keep Source Formatting” will also create a link to the individual files (could be handy)
- “Match Existing Formatting” will keep the formatting as simple text
After pasting the content into Excel, you may need to clean up some columns and rows… But this will save some time instead of manually creating a drawing list.