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Greg Benson-Shettle is an Autodesk Certified Instructor at Graitec UK Limited with more than 20 years experience of creating CAD drawings for client projects with a focus on goal based collaboration, delivering quality solutions Greg has been an Autodesk Certified Professional for Revit and AutoCAD since 2012.

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AutoCAD Answers - Hatching Spaces with Broken Boundaries

AutoCAD Answers - Hatching Spaces with Broken Boundaries
Hatch in AutoCAD has historically been a challenge. Over the years it has improved tremendously but occasionally it can be problematical, especially when working with drawings from unknown origins. In a recent training session for an architectural practice using AutoCAD for Mac, hatching was a constant issue because in the content of source drawings, areas that should have been wholly contained h...
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AutoCAD Answers - How to set the New Button to open your template

AutoCAD Answers - How to set the New Button to open your template
In this guide, we will look at how to assign your company template to open just by clicking on the New File icon. With default, out of the box, AutoCAD, clicking on ‘new’ will open a generic template directory that comes with AutoCAD, ideally, it would be useful if it either opened your company template directory, if you have several different templates or just open your company template. Here’s h...
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How to make AutoCAD Layer States display as a list

How to make AutoCAD Layer States display as a list
AutoCAD Layer States are a very useful layer management tool for those layer heavy drawing files. Layer states offer the opportunity to group layers together into logical collections such as Building Envelope, Building Services, Structural Detail, Lighting or Furniture layout. Once set, to turn on and off large groups of layers to display just what we want to see becomes a one-click operation, sav...
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Fixing Shared Parameter File Gone Bad

Fixing Shared Parameter File Gone Bad
In a recent technical support call one of our clients was having a real scheduling issue where selected parameters reported information from some families but not others even though all families had the same available parameters! How could this be happening, he was tearing his hair out and up against a deadline. This problem was the result of badly used Shared Parameter files in the families that ...
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Where Is My Residential Template? Missing Content in Revit 2018

Where Is My Residential Template?  Missing Content in Revit 2018
Oh no! my content has gone missing! Actually, no! The Revit 2018 start-up Project menu has been simplified but the Residential Template is still available, here is how to load it. The templates menu is customisable; many practices will add their own Revit template or replace the default set with one of the many others that come with Revit How to customise the menu Click on the File tab, (in 2018...
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Rotating Model Space in AutoCAD Lt

Rotating Model Space in AutoCAD Lt
In this video, I give 3 great tips for rotating the contents of AutoCAD in Model space when using Lt. How to use Model space viewports. Rotating a Model space viewport. How to save your custom named viewports. This is a follow up to my previous post that explains how to rotate paper space layout views. We will be using some tools from the View Ribbon and then adding a toolset that you may n...
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Autodesk 2018 Product Updates & Add-ons

Autodesk 2018 Product Updates & Add-ons
Where can we get software updates & those handy extensions? The 2018 products are available and there are services update available already, so here we will show where you can them from and as a bonus, in the same location we can find the Autodesk Product Extensions. It’s all on Account; the Autodesk Account. 1. Log into your Autodesk Account. 2. Go to the Management tab. 3. On the Products &a...
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3 Great Viewport Tips - Rotate a View, Viewport visual Aid and Magic Text

3 Great Viewport Tips - Rotate a View, Viewport visual Aid and Magic Text
In this blog and video, I give 3 great tips for rotating the contents of AutoCAD viewport when using Lt. How to Rotate a viewport -The settings you need to change. A Viewport Visual Aid - Instantly see which viewports are rotated. Magic Text - Keeping text readable even after rotating. How to rotate Viewport contents in AutoCAD Lt At the Command prompt, enter VPROTATEASSOC. Set the value to 1....
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Revit Depth Cueing - Graphic Display Options

Revit Depth Cueing - Graphic Display Options
Autodesk Revit has a good set of tools that will help us prepare the presentation of architectural designs on a view by view bases. Once a style of presentation has been created we can even save that style as a template that can be applied to other views within a project, but that’s a story for another day. The tools we have are various ‘Graphic Display Options’, these are available in a couple o...
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Revit tip - Make your Revit Callouts look the way you want

Revit tip - Make your Revit Callouts look the way you want
During training sessions, I have the privilege of working with talented design professionals who know what they want when it comes to design presentation. Consequently they will ask challenging questions to achieve their goals, and the answer to this one, ‘How do I customise the look of the Callout frame?’, is worth sharing. The immediate question is how to make the corners square? We have an answ...
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