With regard to Civil 3D Cogo Points, you probably know that the point labels include a "Dragged State", the properties of which take over when you drag the point label away from the point location.

    Read more about Civil 3D Cogo Points: Sub-Item Grips

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Registration is ongoing for AU2012 and you have about a week to get in for the discounted price. Starting October 15, 2012, the price of the 3-day conference pass will increase by US$500.

If you are attending, are you an AU seasoned veteran or a first timer? Either way, check out the resources below.

If you can't make it to Nevada, do you know about AU Virtual? AU Virtual 2011 had "Over 10,000 people from 100 countries ....registered and viewing classes on AU Virtual", according to #AutodeskU

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Even though we are in the era of the Ribbon, you may still want to use certain toolbars. Here are 3 ways to access toolbars

  • If you have ANY docked toolbar visible, right click in an empty toolbar area (but not on a visible toolbar), and from there you can choose a toolbar from the menu that appears. Each loaded menugroup will be listed
  • If you do not have any docked toolbars but your Ribbon is enabled, go to the View tab on the Ribbon and find the User Interface panel, then the Toolbars dropdown. Choose the toolbar you want here.
  • Lastly, you can use the command line method, using the -TOOLBAR command (note the leading hyphen). When you use -TOOLBAR, you must know the exact toolbar name you want to make visible, but this command has many options. You can dock the toolbar or make it floating. If you make it floating, you can specify the exact location using screen coordinates. If you accept the defaults location (0,0) the toolbar will appear in the upper left corner of your primary monitor. If you want to specify a different location, be aware that the values increase as you move left and down. So if you specify a location of 300,500, the toolbar will be placed 300 pixels to the left and 500 pixels below the upper left corner of your primary monitor.


Of course the power of the -TOOLBAR command is that you can script this using a menu macro or lisp routine to place multiple toolbars exactly where you want to. If you watch the prompts on the -TOOLBAR command, you'll see that you can hide toolbars also, so it's possible to setup some shortcuts to show and hide various toolbars - which should be quicker than switching workspaces. Read more about Showing and Hiding AutoCAD Toolbars

42% (95 votes)
58% (129 votes)
Total votes: 224

UPDATED 05 OCT 2012: This was one of the more popular polls from a few months ago. A recent blog post by Shaan Hurley made me revisit this poll. If you have not voted - please add your opinion!


I'm fairly receptive of new things in AutoCAD. Even if I do not adopt something new, I can generally find a reason for why things change. This one though, I still don't get. I can read the words much faster than I can figure out what the little icons mean. I've tried and tried, but this is still one of the first things I change on a new install. What do you think, ICONS or TEXT?

Read more about AutoCAD Status Bar: ICONS or TEXT?

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Total votes: 76

Where is your AutoCAD Command Line?  Did the new command line in AutoCAD 2013 make you change? Read more about Where is your AutoCAD Command Line?

Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013, was pulled from distribution quickly after its release. It it now available for download again, rebranded as Service Pack 1.1.  As always, be sure to download the correct version for your system (32-bit or 64-bit) and read the readme file Read more about Service Pack 1.1 is now available for AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013

Although Autodesk Revit is not a tool I use, I did want to pass on some news that hit the Revit world recently. Autodesk Revit LT was announced this week. This is a simplified application designed to help small AEC firms transition to a BIM workflow with a cost-effective tool built on the Revit platform.

Below is some basic information from Autodesk. Please visit the home page for Revit LT for more details. Read more about Autodesk announces Autodesk Revit LT 2013

Registration is now open for Autodesk University 2012, to be held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, November 27-29, 2012. Registration costs will increase on October 15, so sign up early.


Choose from more than 800 classes and labs organized in 21 tracks, 10 PowerTracks, 6 Innovation Forums, and 1 Symposium. If traveling is not an option for you, consider AU Virtual, which is free to all AU members and includes hundreds of various classes in multiple languages.

Follow the conversation on Twitter #AU2012. If you are already signed up, make sure to check your class schedule every now and then for changes. During the conference, consider taking one of the many Autodesk Certification exams for FREE. Certifications are offered for AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Inventor, Revit Arch, 3DS Max, Maya, Moldflow, and Alias. Check the link above for more info.

You can also find more info at the AU Facebook page, and you can RSVP while you are there on the event page. Last but not least, check out the AU videos on Youtube.

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Service Pack 1 (yeah, it looks like "updates" are back to being named "service packs" again) for AutoCAD 2013 is available for download. Pay particularly close attention to the readme file because this SP introduces some new system variables and a new startup switch for disabling lisp and other startup functions.

Be sure to download the correct 32-bit or 64-bit version.

AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 1 Read more about AutoCAD 2013 SP1 is now available

Generally speaking, in AutoCAD you either select one or more entities and choose a command -or- you choose a command and then select one or more entities. When you are finished with the command, AutoCAD returns to the previous state where nothing was selected. I have noticed a different behavior in Civil 3D when working with C3D objects. When you select an object and perform certain commands (such as properties), when you are done the object remains selected. Read more about Working with Selected Civil 3D Objects : Are they Selected or not?



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