You may have heard by now that the Array function has seen a major upgrade in AutoCAD LT 2012. (I’ll have a post with the details soon.) But it also turns out that Array wasn’t content to stay in its own corner – it had to expand into Copy too.
You can find this new option after you select your objects and pick your base point like always. But before specifying the second point, enter A instead.
Then you can enter the number of items in the array, and see a live preview of what the results will be. You can finish the array by either clicking to set the spacing between objects, or by using the Fit option to specify the total length of the array.
It’s a little hard to tell in the image above, but the line on the right is the original, and the 7 to the left are the arrayed copies.
The result of this kind of array is a bunch of separate objects. They’re not associative like the other new kinds of array. But it can still be quicker than using the regular multiple copy or offset commands.