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Mark Calloway

How to Rotate a Viewport in AutoCAD

How to Rotate a Viewport in AutoCAD
In AutoCAD would you like to be able to rotate your viewports in paper space without having to rotate your drawing in model space as well. This can save you time and help keep model space free and tidy of having multiple copies of identical drawings at different angles. This can quite easily be achieved in a few simple steps. To rotate the viewport, we will be using the commands “VPROTATEASSOC” &a...
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Simon Locke

Autodesk Revit News - Dynamo Player Included in Revit 2017.1

Autodesk Revit News - Dynamo Player Included in Revit 2017.1
The ability to use and re-use your Dynamo scripts is now even easier with the introduction of the Dynamo Player included in the Revit 2017.1 update. This tool allows you to easily apply previously created routines into subsequent Revit projects. Once you have updated to 2017.1 you will find the Dynamo Player on the manage tab next to Dynamo. Upon selecting the Dynamo Player, the following dialogu...
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Justin Taylor

Revit Doors for Clash Detection

Revit Doors for Clash Detection
Here’s a short and sweet little Revit tip. Have you ever needed to determine whether a door once opened will cause issues with other building objects, services or even furniture when space panning? Whilst you can see the leaf and swing in a plan view, this isn’t always adequate. A simple way to add the entire leaf opening volume to a door is by adding a rectangular extrusion to in the door family....
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Steve Shepperd

Working With PDF Files in Windows 10

Working With PDF Files in Windows 10
Windows 10 is a great update with many enhancements and new features but some users have reported difficulty opening, printing and deleting PDF files. A new feature of Windows 10 is the new Microsoft Edge web browser which adds the ability to open PDF. The Microsoft Edge browser is enabled by default replacing the aging Internet Explorer, although Internet Explorer 11 can still be found on the Win...
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Stuart Smith

Autodesk Inventor Tip – Automate Drawing View Scale in Title Block on all Sheets

Autodesk Inventor Tip – Automate Drawing View Scale in Title Block on all Sheets
With every release of Inventor there is a myriad of new features introduced and some that get overlooked. For those that are still entering scale manually on drawings sheets in Inventor 2016+ you should know drawing view scale has been enhanced to support multiple sheets! If you would like to know how to setup scale in your title block and for it to be driven by model view placement read on! How t...
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Stephen Lowe

How to Ping a Website or IP Address

How to Ping a Website or IP Address
The Ping command allows you to test connectivity between your computer and another network node. This node can be another PC, a Server or even a website. The results that you get from Ping will help to highlight any issues you may be suffering. In windows to open a command prompt click start and type CMD, this should narrow the list of programs to include an item called “Command Prompt”, if you cl...
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Andy Vockins

How to Synchronise your Windows Settings in the Cloud

How to Synchronise your Windows Settings in the Cloud
If you ever need to work on another PC or laptop, have you ever wished you could have the same settings you are already familiar with on your main computer? In Windows 10 you can synchronise your personal settings to a Microsoft Account to back these up and to allow you to sign in on another computer and keep your familiar setup. This includes any theme you have set, Internet Explorer settings, In...
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Andy Garbett

Inventor Tip - Accidental Change to Document and Recovering an Old Version

Inventor Tip - Accidental Change to Document and Recovering an Old Version
How to revert back if you have already saved the Part or Assembly File Hello everybody. I think at some point in our lives we’ve all experienced that horrible moment when we realise that we have changed something on a part or assembly, and re-creating it is going to be a bit of a pain. What’s worse is when you realise you can’t simply hit the undo button as you did this a few days ago and have sav...
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Nial Ball

Creating a User Defined Stair Tread in Advance Steel

Creating a User Defined Stair Tread in Advance Steel
Advance Steel’s stair macro is extremely powerful and also has a wide range of options to choose from which may not be immediately obvious. A couple of questions frequently asked are: “What is the purpose of tread types 22, 23 and 24? When I use Tread Type 24 why does the ‘Tread Dimension 1’ property list ‘User defined treads’?” There are 21 predefined tread types in the Advance Steel stair macro ...
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Stuart Smith

Autodesk Inventor Tip – Speed Up Working Large Assembly Drawings With Fast Open

Autodesk Inventor Tip – Speed Up Working Large Assembly Drawings With Fast Open
When working with large assembly drawings do you find yourself waiting and waiting for a drawing to open and all you wanted do is a quick print, change a dimension position or add dimensions and text? If it rings true, you haven’t used Fast Open! How does Fast Open help? Fast Open will enable you to open a drawing without loading any model files associated to the drawing reducing loading time to s...
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