I know that a lot of you won't be able to make it to Autodesk University this year, so I'm happy to help spread the word about a new alternative -- AU Virtual.
AU virtual provides some of the best of AU content, delivered right to your desktop. We'll be streaming over 50 virtual sessions live over the web, plus product clinics where you can get answers to questions from experts on a variety of topics. (Full session listing.)
If you're already a member of AU Online (and why not, it's free), you can attend any keynote or product clinic absolutely free.
If you want more, $99 gets you an AU Virtual Premier Pass. The Premier Pass includes all the keynotes and clinics from the Free Pass, plus the 50+ virtual sessions I mentioned earlier, where you get to interact with other attendees as well as with the presenter. The Premier Pass also includes post-conference on-demand access to recordings of over 350 classes from AU 2009, for viewing at your leisure.
Even better, if you're a Subscription customer, the Premier Pass is free. And everyone who registers for AU in Vegas gets 4 free Premier Passes to share with friends, so that's one more way to get to AU Virtual for free.
And in case you need one more reason to register, if you sign up for an AU Virtual Premier Pass by November 13, 2009 you'll be
entered in a drawing for a full pass to AU 2009 or AU 2010 in Las Vegas
(your choice)—a US$2,395 value!
Still have questions? Check out the AU Virtual home page, the FAQ, and the comparison of AU On-Site and AU Virtual.
Hope to see you in Vegas, or at least in cyberspace!
I'm pleased to share the news that AutoCAD LT 2010 is now officially supported on Windows 7, which launched today. No patch required.
Excerpts from the press release:
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Oct. 22, 2009 — Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, has announced support for Windows 7. Effective today, Autodesk will support customers using nine products including AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD LT 2010 and the Autodesk Inventor 2010 family of software, on Windows 7.
Windows 7 offers many powerful new features and functionality that will benefit Autodesk customers, including full support for 64-bit computing, Windows search and improved performance. Multi-touch support has also become a core capability of Windows 7, and Autodesk is developing new software to take advantage of this technology. At the Windows 7 media launch event, Autodesk will demonstrate Project Cooper, a preview of new technology for simple drawing and drafting that has been engineered to take advantage of the multi-touch capabilities of Windows 7. The Autodesk Project Cooper Technology Preview is now available for free download at www.autodesk.com/projectcooper.
Normally, when you select a block or external reference, you only get one grip, at the insertion point. (You'll also get grips for unlocked attributes, but these days I hope they're the exception rather than the rule.)
If for some reason, though, you want more grips, set GRIPBLOCK to 1. Then you'll see all available grips, just as if they were regular objects in the drawing. You can't do anything with these grips, besides the standard "move" action, and if you have a lot of blocks (or a few complicated ones) they can clutter your display pretty quickly.
But knowledge is power, right? And now you know one more way to control grip display in AutoCAD LT.
I apologize for the posting hiatus -- assuming you noticed, of course. ;-) A combination of logistic and technical difficulties put my computer out of commission for the last few days. But now I'm up and running again, and back to posting as usual.
I got a comment from Murray Clack on the last post about saving changes to layout, and wanted to make sure it didn't get lost by just sitting in a comment thread. (And now that's one more post I don't have to write on Plot Previous.)
Let's say you just plotted the drawing but you forgot to check the
"Save changes to Layout" check box. Simply start the plot again, and
from the "Page Setup" pull-down menu, select "Previous Plot". This will
reassign the previous plotting parameters Check the "Save changes to
Layout" check box, and then click the "Apply to Layout" button (next to
the OK button). Now you can simply click the Cancel button (so you don't re-plot the drawing) and the plot setup has been applied
to the Layout.
It's nice to be able to reset the Save Changes option without plotting the drawing twice -- a good use of Plot Previous.
When you want to create a dimension showing the angle between two lines, the obvious method is to pick first one, then the other.
But what if you want to dimension the reflex angle instead -- the angle greater than 180 degrees? When you pick lines, the dimension shown is always less than 180 degrees, no matter where you move the mouse.
Instead, before you pick any lines, press Enter to bring up the "specify vertex" option. Then you can choose the vertex and the endpoints of each side of the angle. Now, when you move your mouse, you'll see that the two angles available are the interior angle (as in the first image) and the reflex angle.