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Working for Graitec UK Mark has provided over 4 years of Autodesk support and in the current role of 2nd line AEC Engineer provides support for manufactures and architects using Autodesks suite of software including but not limited to AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor & Civil 3D. Additional areas of expertise also include installation, deployment and licensing of Autodesk software as well as auditing existing systems for license compliance.

Mark Calloway

How to Install the Subassembly Composer for Civil 3D

How to Install the Subassembly Composer for Civil 3D
The AutoCAD Civil 3D install package comes with a number of sub-components which can be included to add additional functionality. Installing these Sub-Components is very easy and can be added during the initial Civil install or can be installed at a later date after the program has already been installed. One of the most common Sub-Components I get asked about is the Subassembly Composer for Civil...
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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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How to Stop AutoCAD from Freezing When You Press F8

How to Stop AutoCAD from Freezing When You Press F8
Are you having an issue when running AutoCAD on Windows 10 whereby if you press the F8 key AutoCAD will freeze for a while. AutoCAD will eventually become responsive again but only after waiting 5-10 minutes. This issue is caused by the Windows 10 Anniversary update and can affect all versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD based products. Unfortunately, this is not a fault with your AutoCAD so we are wai...
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How to Set Sheet Size in AutoCAD

How to Set Sheet Size in AutoCAD
In paper space the default sheet size is A4 but what if you want the sheet to be A3? We can easily change the sheet size in paper space to any size support by your plotter. Here we have the default sheet on AutoCAD when we start a new drawing: We are currently on Layout1 but we will name this to A3 as this will be our A3 sheet. To change the sheet to A3 we will need to go to the “Page Setup Manag...
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Industry Collection Suite Download & Activation

Industry Collection Suite Download & Activation
How to Download & Activate your New Industry Collection SuiteWith the new Industry Collections you only need to download and install the individual applications you want. The new Industrial Collection Suites includes a much more comprehensive range of applications than ever before but there is no need to spend all day downloading and installing the full suite. If you only want to use Autocad o...
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Importing and exporting AutoCAD tool palettes

Importing and exporting AutoCAD tool palettes
Here is how to import and export your tool palettes in AutoCAD. Exporting Tool Palettes • In the AutoCAD command line type “CUSTOMIZE” and hit enter. • This will open a window called “Customize”. In the left hand column your palettes will be listed, right click the palette you want to export then click “Export...” from the menu. • This will then ask you where you want to save the exported tool p...
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How to see what Network licenses are being used and who is using them

In the Autodesk Network License Manager (LMTools) it is possible to create a snapshot to see which licenses are in use, on which computers and by which users. To do this you will firstly have to open LMTools, this can be found on the computer or server running your licenses. Once open navigate to the tab called “Server Status”, this should be 4th from the right. Clicking this tab will present you...
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How to Stop Room Fills going to the Wall Centre Line

How to Stop Room Fills going to the Wall Centre Line
In Revit you might come across an issue with room fills going to the wall centre line despite the room boundary being the wall face, this can be the result of two settings which might need changing. Color Scheme Location The first setting to check is the “Color Scheme Location”, this can be found in the properties for the plan you are having the issue on under “Graphics”. If this is set to “fore...
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Revit - How to Hide Common Lines in Walls

Revit - How to Hide Common Lines in Walls
In Revit when dimensioning it can be easy to select a common line inside a wall like the plasterboard and not the inside face, especially if you have scale that makes distinguishing between the lines difficult. The below two images are of the same wall, by changing the scale the plaster layer is now hidden in the lines but the two lines still exist making it indistinguishable to which one you coul...
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How to Import Multiple DWG Blocks to the Tool Palette

How to Import Multiple DWG Blocks to the Tool Palette
This guide is how to add multiple blocks saved as DWGs to the Tool Palette in a few simple steps. 1. Open the Design Center (Ctrl+2) 2. Navigate to the folder containing your blocks 3. Right click on the folder containing the blocks you wish to add to the Tool Palette and click “Create Tool Palette of Blocks” This will now create a new Tool Palette in the name of the folder that you have just a...
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