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Avoid clunky AutoCAD angle format for data entry; 27d46’45″ for 27 degrees, 46 minutes, 45 seconds for example or worse, converting to decimal degrees.  Would you like to use the number pad to key-in angles in DD.MMSS format? Continue reading »


I created a 10 min. video describing how to convert a .pdf file to an image then aligning the image in AutoCAD 2014. Using Raster Design 2014 the image is exported with a world file created during the export process.

PDF to Georeferenced Image

Remember to visit the Video Codecs page if you are unable to see the video.


Using FDO in AutoCAD Map 2009 and above you can add transparency to an image.

Thanks to Greig Richardson for his blog post


We have been patiently waiting for a service pack for AutoCAD Civil 3d 2012 and it has arrived. Updates for AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map 3d are included.

Click HERE to visit the download page. Check out the README file to see what has been updated.


I have DTEXT in a title block. I edit the text and it disappears. Regen gets it back but you cannot do anything with the text afterward.

Change the TEXTED system variable to 1. This changes the editor to the old style editor. Wait for a service pack to fix this bug.
Run AUDIT on the drawing.
If the TEXTED variable is already set to 1 an AUDIT seemed to correct the problem if it persists.


Just a quick reminder of a feature that has been available for a long time in AutoCAD Map 3d.  You can apply a polygon label from object data.  This movie file has the details.

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The site has an excellent “How To” on Adding the Quick Launch folder to the Taskbar in Windows 7. You can pin applications to the Taskbar in Windows 7 but soon find the Taskbar cluttered and disorganized.  Read on to see you can enable the Quick Launch folder in 2 easy steps.

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I ran some tests on Civil 3d 2011.  Here are the system configuration comparisons.

AST-2 Alienware M15x 6Gb RAM and Intel Core i7 Q 840 1.87Ghz

AST-3 Alienware M15x 8Gb RAM and Intel Core i7 Q 740 1.73Ghz

Passmark: AST-2 1467.5
Passmark: AST-3 1443.5
AST 2 had a 6-10% better performance in all categories except Large RAM was -31% was used to benchmark the performance of both computers.

Now for the Civil 3D test results.

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