CADDManager on October 12th, 2011

As some have commented, there may not be a need to learn hand lettering, mechanical pencil manipulation or how to use a protractor, but there are some things that I think were matured during the hand drafting and document preparation days that should not be forgotten. Here is what I think should not be lost.  […]

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CADDManager on October 10th, 2011

All of this hands-on method of drafting may soon (or already) be a thing of the past.  All of the methods that assisted in the proper training and development of the designers mind may be slipping away due to no longer needing them in today’s high tech world of advanced tools.  This small section of […]

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CADDManager on October 7th, 2011

My biggest fear in bringing this topic us is to be thought of as a curmudgeon, a Luddite or an old school voice crying over the bygone days.  I am not – but first a little history lesson. The Luddites were a social movement that advocated the destruction of the mechanized looms that were revolutionizing […]

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CADDManager on October 6th, 2011

Way back when, when all the drafting functions were done with a mechanical pencil in hand there were many talents that a drafter had to develop in order to make plans readable.  The artistic flavor of their lettering was developed over time.  The twist of a pencil to make consistent line weights was an artistic […]

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CADDManager on October 3rd, 2011

“I come to praise drafting and not to bury it.”  Not exactly the reversal of a quote you may expect in a Shakespeare play, but appropriate for our context. I was recently cleaning out my parent’s garage after my father passed away.  There was a lot of “junk” that just never got thrown away as […]

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Final look at the Plot and Publish Tab. Specify Plot Offset Relative To Specifies whether the offset of the plot area is from the lower-left corner of the printable area or from the edge of the paper (PLOTOFFSET system variable).  Depending on your plotter you may have to fiddle with these setting. Printable Area Specifies […]

Continue reading about AutoCAD 2011 Options Dialog-Plot Publish Tab-Final Plot settings

Next we move to General Plot Options on the Plot Publish Tab. The first option is to either leave the Paper Space size as set int he drawing or to set it to the plotter sizes.  I keep it as the Drawing defines it.  I may use the plot device if I get files from […]

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CADDManager on April 19th, 2010

The Plotting and Publishing Tab comes next.  The AutoCAD 2010 Dialog box for this tab is exactly the same so I am now calling this series the 2011 Options Now we move into the area of Plotting and Publishing. Here you can set the default settings for new files, Plot to file settings, Auto Publish […]

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CADDManager on April 19th, 2010

First we come to the Default plot setting for new drawings. You can set the default output device from the drop down list of available devices.  This really only effects drawing that have not been opened or saved in 2000 format and beyond.  This dialog will find any PCS files or setups found on your […]

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