Are you tired of the jagged diagonal lines in AutoCAD? AutoCAD 2016 to the rescue! The LINESMOOTHING variable smooths out lines (including those with lineweights) and curves at any zoom level.
Simply select the new “High quality geometry” option in the Graphics Performance dialog (easily found on the Status bar).
NOTE Hardware acceleration must be turned ON.
Set LINEFADING to 1 to automatically fade geometry as you zoom into super-dense drawings. Control the amount of fading with LINEFADINGLEVEL.
TIP If your hardware doesn’t support High quality geometry (isn’t DirectX® 11-capable), try using the Smooth line display for better graphics performance.
Right-click on a file tab to access the Close All Other Drawings option (or use the CLOSEALLOTHER command).
Enjoy better control of the target point when you turn off “Enable Orbit Auto Target” from the 3D Orbit right-click menu. Then you can click and hold the cursor to specify the pivot point.
A small spherical icon will display to indicate the pivot point.
The Section Plane tool, which creates a cutting plane through 3D objects, now works on point clouds.
Choose between a simple cutting plane, a slice (new), or a bounded or volumetric area for your section object type.
Slice generates a thin cut through the model with parallel front and back section planes. It has a thickness property (but no jogs allowed!).
The new contextual Section Plane tab is filled with more section plane controls, including a Live Section toggle, the ability to add jogs, generate section blocks from solids, and extract section lines from point clouds.
Lynn Allen, Cadalyst columnist and worldwide Autodesk Technical Evangelist, speaks to more than 30,000 users each year. For the past 23 years she has written a column in Cadalyst magazine called “Circles and Lines” and is the voice behind Cadalyst’s “Tips and Tricks Tuesdays.” Lynn started using AutoCAD software with Release 1.4, over 25 years ago, and got her start by teaching at the corporate and collegiate level for 12 years. A sought-after public speaker with a unique comedic style, Lynn has served as the Autodesk University host for more than 10 years and is always one of the highest-rated speakers. Her latest book is entitled AutoCAD Professional Tips and Techniques.
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