Have you ever had an object in a xref that you wanted to copy to your drawing? Instead of opening the xref and copying an pasting the entities you want to move from the reference file to the drawing, you can use NCOPY and directly copy the objects without opening the file. The same applies for Blocks!

It works just like the Copy command, except it places the object on your current layer. It’s a great way to get linework from a referenced file or block into your current drawing.


Perfect Revision Clouds

Everyone should know how to draw a rev cloud in AutoCAD, but did you know that you don’t have to freehand it?

If your like me and don’t like to free hand it, then I’m going to show you how to convert an object into a rev cloud.

To start, draw an ELLIPSE, CIRCLE, RECTANGLE, or a POLYLINE around an object you wish to rev cloud.

Next start the Revision Cloud command then press O for OBJECT then select the object you drew.

Quick Tip:
If your not satisfied with the arc length simply double click the rev cloud and select DECURVE, then change the arc length and select the object again.


Create PDF’s or DWF’s Automatically

Did you know that AutoCAD can create PDF’s or DWF’s automatically upon saving or closing?
This is a nice option to have, because it can be tedious to update the PDF/DWF every time we make changes. And we often forget to do it.

To setup this feature, go to OPTIONS > Plot and Publish > Enable “Automatic Publish” > then click on “Automatic Publish Settings

plot and publish

In the Auto Publish Settings you can change the options to suit your needs.

Auto Publish Settings

You can auto-publish on Save and Close as well as get a prompt before the publishing.

The location for the PDF files can either be the drawing folder, a sub-folder relative to the drawing folder or any other specified folder.

Other settings are if you want to include Model, Layouts or both, creation of single-sheet or multi-sheet files, inclusion of layers, lines merge control and so on.

The AUTOPUBLISH command can also be used to specify some of the settings on the command line.


Trim / Extend

Did you know that TRIM and EXTEND are two parts of one command, even though you can activate them separately?


When using Trim, hold down the Shift key and you’re in Extend mode; the current Cutting edges temporarily become Boundary edges. The converse is also true: in Extend, hold down Shift to Trim.

Nearest Edge

When in the TRIM or EXTEND command If you simply hit Enter when prompted to select Cutting or Boundary edges, ALL entities become edges, even entities within Blocks and Xrefs.

Implied Edge

Edge mode allows you to Trim/Extend to implied edges. Implied edges are boundaries that would intersect your entities if the boundaries were long enough.

There are several ways to activate this feature:

1. Set system variable EDGEMODE = 1

2. When either command is active, press ENTER to activate nearest edge
When prompted with the following press E :
**(This will also set the system variable EDGEMODE to 1)**

Projection Mode

Projection mode controls how trimming and extending behaves with 3D entities that don’t actually intersect, but appear to intersect, in various projections.

The setting projection mode is stored in the system variable PROJMODE and has the following values:

0 – True 3D mode (no projection)
1 – Project to the XY plane of the current UCS
2 – Project to the current view plane

This is activated by pressing ENTER when the TRIM or EXTEND command is already activated, and pressing P