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AutoCAD Dynamic Blocks

by Jorge Fernandez on Jun 19, 2017

I'm sure everyone wants to eliminate repetitive design in our workflows. Sometimes this process is difficult, sometimes even needing custom coding of software. Other times you don't necessarily need to go as far as coding and programming, and you just need to fully leverage the power the software comes with "out of the box". One such tool is Dynamic blocks. Dynamic blocks in AutoCAD contain rules that allow a user to configure parameters to change the appearance of the block reference when it is inserted into drawings. Such function allows users to define custom properties and manage drawing content to further enhance and speed up workflow.

In this session of Autodesk Virtual Academy, we cover Dynamic Blocks, how to create them, and associate specific parameters to define sizing, arrays, and visibility states. 

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Topics: Autodesk AutoCAD, AutoCAD 2017, 2D, AutoCAD 2018, AutoCAD Dynamic Block, Dynamic Block, AutoCAD Block

AutoCAD Help: How to Customize AutoCAD ViewCube

by Daniel Hwang on Feb 14, 2017

Have you ever found yourself working in AutoCAD only to be bothered by the ViewCube in your drawing space? Or Maybe you'd just like to momentarily remove it to help edit a current design.

It seems most people fall under one of two categories:

  1. Those who want nothing more than to get rid of the ViewCube
  2. Those who have never noticed it before until it got in the way of their drawing, and now want nothing more than to get rid of the ViewCube

Joking aside, the ViewCube is available for all AutoCAD users by default and is helpful for keeping your drawings “upright.” However, it's more useful for those that work in a 3D drawing environment, and not so much for 2D drafters. If that’s you, I’m going to show you how to get rid of that ViewCube – or if you’re feeling up to it, how you can make it larger.

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Topics: Autodesk AutoCAD, autocad, AutoCAD 2017, ViewCube, AutoCAD ViewCube

Autodesk Virtual Academy: Panel Design in AutoCAD Electrical

by Nigel Ambayec on Oct 14, 2016

Are you forced to guess on enclosure sizes or missing components from schematics? Are requisitions processed with incorrect tags and part numbers?

Panel Design in AutoCAD Electrical allows you to eliminate costly errors with dynamically linked tagging and manufacturer-driven component footprints. Join us as we take a look at how to navigate this tool.

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Topics: AutoCAD Electrical, autocad, AutoCAD 2017, Panel Design

Autodesk Virtual Academy: Factory Design Utilities

by Rick Garvey on Jul 13, 2016

This past Autodesk Virtual Academy covered Factory Design utilities and the workflows inside of AutoCAD and Inventor. So we're going to go over just a few of the highlights from the first half of the session. To find out more you'll have to check out the video for yourself on the KETIV YouTube channel.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Factory, Factory Design Suite, AutoCAD 2017, Autodesk Inventor 2017

How to Download Your Autodesk Software

by Bryce Ochoa on Apr 14, 2016

In the past weeks we have covered a lot of info for the new 2017 products such as new features, updating LMTools, and generating new Network License files. Now it's finally time to go over how to get your hands on the new 2017 software so you can try it out for yourself.

To start you (the user) need to first make sure that you have been granted access to the new software by your Autodesk Account administrator or Contract Manager. Once your Contract Manager has gone in and made the necessary changes you will receive an email notifying you that there has been a change to your account. For info on how to give users access follow this link.

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Topics: Tech Tips, AutoCAD 2017, v2017, Autodesk Inventor 2017, Download Software, 2017

Generating Network License Files - Made Easy

by Bryce Ochoa on Apr 11, 2016

With the release of the new 2017 Autodesk products comes a to-do list that needs to be completed before you can finally play around and use your new products. For network license users, this means you'll need to update your Autodesk Network License Manager (LMTools) and generate a new Network License file. In this post we'll go over a new and easy way to generate Network License files using Autodesk's new Network License File Generator. For info on updating your LMTools click here.

To start, sign-in to your Autodesk Account at manage.autodesk.com. Once you've signed in, it brings you to the Management screen where you can see your current Autodesk products.

Under the 'Products & Services' tab is a section titled 'Quick Links' where you'll find the 'Generate Network License File' link. Click this link to begin the process.

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Topics: Autodesk Network Licensing, Tech Tips, AutoCAD 2017, v2017, Autodesk Inventor 2017, Network License Manager, 2017, Network License File, License File

Updating Your Network License Manager for 2017

by Bryce Ochoa on Apr 7, 2016

With Autodesk's 2017 product line rolling out, everyone is excited to start using their new software. However, for those of you on Network Licenses, there are a few things that have to be taken care of before you can use your 2017 products.

If you currently have Network Licenses in place you must:

  1. Update your Network License Manager (LM Tools) to version 11.13.1.2 or newer
  2. Give your Network License Service a new name

We'll show you everything you need to download, install, and configure the newest version of LM Tools to get you working on 2017.

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Topics: Autodesk Network Licensing, AutoCAD 2017, v2017, Autodesk Inventor 2017, Network License Manager, LM Tools, 2017

What’s New in AutoCAD 2017

by Fred Ortiz on Mar 21, 2016

Earlier today, Autodesk announced the release of AutoCAD 2017 and now we can take a look at the new features available in this latest version. Michael Mizuno, Autodesk’s Senior Product Manager, explains some of the most exciting changes and updates coming to AutoCAD 2017 in the video below.

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Topics: Autodesk AutoCAD, AutoCAD 2017, v2017, AutoCAD 360 Pro, What's New

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