Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Move/Copy/Rotate, part of AutoCAD: Express Tools Workflow.
- [Instructor] We're starting a new chapter now in the AutoCAD Express Tools workflow and we're going to be looking at Modify Objects. So this is the Modify panel in the Express Tools tab on the ribbon, and we've got a new drawing, 04_Modify.dwg, you can download that from your Lynda.com Exercise Files to follow along with the video. Now the first command we're going to look at is Move/Copy/Rotate, and that's up here in the Modify panel, Move/Copy/Rotate, and this is a very cool one.
You select the object, in this case my rectangle there, and I right click to confirm, and I pick a base point that I want to work from, let's use that object snap there. Now you'll notice I've got lots of different options. I can move, so if I click on Move, that will move it like so, if I do a Copy, that'll copy it using that point as the base point, if I then right click again I can Rotate, and you'll notice I'm rotating the original there like that, I can scale from that point, making it bigger and smaller. You'll notice it's going crazy there, let's make it just 1.5 times the size, and then as you can see, I can change the base point, so I can pick a different base point now, like so, and then if I do a move now, I can see it's moving from that different base point.
And then if I just undo, it takes me back each step, as you can see, and as I undo, it takes me back and back, and I just keep going further back, like so. If I exit, like that, it goes back to the copy option there. So what I'm going to do is remove that one just by erasing it, so I'll just do a quick Delete on the keyboard there, and we're back to where we were before. So you can see that Move/Copy/Rotate gives you that good option on the right hand click on the mouse to do lots of different things. It's very similar to if you use the grip edit in AutoCAD, if you click on a grip and then right click and use the grip editing tools as well.
But it's just one of those little commands allows you to do lots of different things at the same time very quickly and very easily.
- Using Explode Attributes, Replace Block, and List Properties
- Exporting and importing attributes
- Converting block to XREF
- Copying, extending, and trimming nested objects
- Working with Arc-Aligned Text and Modify Text
- Masking and unmasking text
- Modifying using Stretch Multiple and Extended Clip
- Changing layouts with Align Space, Synchronize Viewports, and Merge Layout
- Using Super Hatch
- Resetting text and modifying text
- Importing and exporting dimension styles
- Working with Xdata