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As I get more into 3D—I know, I'm just a little late to that party—I'm finding more and more fun stuff. I'll soon have a collection to put on my own Panel on the Ribbon! I think you'll find the following to be a fun collection of insights and it even includes a wonderful improvement I found in AutoCAD 2014!
…Without a default ‘floor’, use Ground Shadows, then experiment with some Visual Style buttons
…For the macro-minded, learn how to repeat a favorite
…When you inherit a drawing with Annotative text, there's a Need-To-Know rotation setting
…Options for selecting objects, including a really great improvement in A2014
Keep in mind that Autodesk has a YouTube channel in case you want to find more out about the new fleet of products available.
Here's to greater productivity for us all!
Last month we covered adding dimensions to 3D objects, this time let's add some text to the drawing while it's in a 3D view. It's easier than you might imagine.
Set the desired 3D view.
On thepanel, click UCS, World. This will retain your view position, but simply puts the UCS back to the World Coordinate System position; the default. For those of you who are typers, that would be UCS, then V for the View option.
Now — and this is the key to the activity — on thepanel, click View. This sets the UCS to be parallel to the surface of your screen.
Set the desired layer and text style, then launch either Mtext or Single Line text and add your notes!