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AutoCAD 2011 New Features
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Understanding the new visibility controls


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AutoCAD 2011 New Features

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Understanding the new visibility controls

The more geometry you have in your drawing, the more things tend to get in the way when you work. To help make our lives easier, AutoCAD 2011 gives us a new Isolation tool that lets us focus on specific entities, no matter how busy our drawing may get. On my screen I have an architectural example. This is an elevation view of a single-family home. This drawing has a fair amount of line work. Let's see if we can make some changes, while also simplifying what we see on screen. I am going to start out by zooming in on the front door. And since my changes involve this geometry, I would like to isolate it in my view.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 28s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 14m 2s
    1. Adapting to the updated Drawing window
      4m 4s
    2. Introducing the Navigation bar
      5m 28s
    3. Accessing the web-based help system
      4m 30s
  3. 27m 36s
    1. Understanding the new visibility controls
      3m 5s
    2. Selecting objects that have similar properties
      3m 24s
    3. Creating new geometry based on existing objects
      2m 20s
    4. Making selections when entities overlap
      4m 11s
    5. Applying transparency to objects
      5m 44s
    6. Controlling text alignment within linetypes
      8m 52s
  4. 16m 38s
    1. Automating the creation of geometric constraints
      5m 35s
    2. Applying constraints to text rotation
      3m 8s
    3. Using the updated Parameters Manager
      7m 55s
  5. 38m 40s
    1. Streamlining hatch creation
      5m 56s
    2. Editing hatch objects dynamically
      4m 36s
    3. Editing polylines using multifunctional grips
      6m 14s
    4. Creating splines using fit points or control vertices
      10m 30s
    5. Editing splines using intuitive grip menus
      8m 17s
    6. Using the JOIN command to connect contiguous geometry
      3m 7s
  6. 18m 56s
    1. Exploring the updated 3D working environment
      6m 50s
    2. Simplifying the creation and editing of solid models
      5m 59s
    3. Introducing new tools to edit mesh models
      6m 7s
  7. 1h 25m
    1. Introducing surfaces
      2m 50s
    2. Understanding associative surfaces
      7m 9s
    3. Creating composite models using surfaces and solids
      9m 3s
    4. Producing a smooth blend between surfaces
      7m 20s
    5. Trimming and extending surfaces
      10m 55s
    6. Projecting geometry onto a surface
      5m 29s
    7. Filleting the edge between two surfaces
      6m 37s
    8. Creating offset and network surfaces
      8m 45s
    9. Pushing and pulling surfaces into freeform shapes
      10m 52s
    10. Analyzing surface continuity
      6m 15s
    11. Assembling the composite model
      10m 40s
  8. 22m 2s
    1. Introducing the new Materials Browser
      6m 10s
    2. Applying materials to an assembly
      6m 2s
    3. Customizing render materials
      5m 17s
    4. Creating a high-resolution image
      4m 33s
  9. 16s
    1. Goodbye
      16s

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AutoCAD 2011 New Features
3h 46m Intermediate Apr 21, 2010

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In AutoCAD 2011 New Features, instructor Jeff Bartels highlights productivity and creativity enhancing additions to the AutoCAD toolset. This course covers improved functions for selecting and creating geometry, updated modification tools for hatches and polylines, simplified parametric constraint tools, and the new dynamic surface modeling techniques for creating complex shapes. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Applying transparency
  • Maintaining text readability within linetypes
  • Automating geometric constraints
  • Streamlining hatch creation
  • Using control vertices to create splines
  • Exploring the updated 3D workspace
  • Creating surfaces using the Blend, Patch, or Network tools
  • Trimming and extending surfaces
  • Working with the new Materials Browser
  • Customizing render materials
Subjects:
CAD 2D Drawing 3D Drawing
Software:
AutoCAD
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Understanding the new visibility controls

The more geometry you have in your drawing, the more things tend to get in the way when you work. To help make our lives easier, AutoCAD 2011 gives us a new Isolation tool that lets us focus on specific entities, no matter how busy our drawing may get. On my screen I have an architectural example. This is an elevation view of a single-family home. This drawing has a fair amount of line work. Let's see if we can make some changes, while also simplifying what we see on screen. I am going to start out by zooming in on the front door. And since my changes involve this geometry, I would like to isolate it in my view.

To do that, I am going to come down to the new Isolate Objects icon and click. And I'll select Isolate Objects from the menu. And we will then click right here and make a window selection around this geometry and right-click. And notice AutoCAD has isolated that geometry on my screen. It's not doing this by turning off layers. Notice if I open up the layer control, all of my layers are still turned on. AutoCAD is physically hiding all of the other geometry in this file. Well, now that my drawing is simplified, let's make some changes.

I am going to zoom in and we'll correct our door hardware. I am going to launch the Trim command. I'll make a crossing window and select these lines, right-click, and I'll remove this extra line. When I am finished I'll hit my Escape key. Let's back up and I'd like to make another change. I would like to reduce the height of these windows. I'd like to change them from four panes down to three. But before I do that I would like to hide this door handle hardware, such that it doesn't get in my way.

Once again I'll come down to my Isolate Object tool. Notice it's now red. Whenever you see the red light bulb, you know that there is geometry being hidden in the current file. I'll click the icon. And this time instead of isolating objects I would like to hide some objects. So I'll select Hide and I'll make a window selection around this hardware and right-click. And that geometry has been added to the other hidden geometry in this drawing. To modify my windows, I am going to use the Stretch command. I will then make a crossing window around the bottoms and I'll right-click.

And I would like to stretch them from the endpoint right here to the endpoint there. And finally we will practice good form. I do have some extra line work here. Let's launch the Erase command and I'll click one time on each of these entities to remove the extra line. When I am finished, I'll right-click. Let's back up a little bit and now that I am done making my changes I am going to come back down to my Isolate Objects tool and we will select End Object Isolation. And AutoCAD will restore all of the hidden geometry to my screen.

Now if you like using this command try accessing it from the right-click menu. Notice if I right-click I can come down to Isolate and all of my isolation options are right here. Remember that Object Isolation will isolate geometry independently of the layer settings. Using this tool is a great way to simplify your geometry, such that you only see the entities necessary to accomplish your task.

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