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Autodesk University 2018 and a QAT AutoCAD Tip

November 11, 2018

I am off to Las Vegas again to present at Autodesk University 2018. I have been fortunate enough to have my proposals selected and have the opportunity to present again at the conference. I will be teaching and lab assisting as well as attending classes just like everyone else. I learn so much by teaching and the networking with my friends and peers is something I cannot explain. This time of year is a special time for me to connect with the industry find out what is new, what I am doing right, and what I should be doing. An all inclusive learning experience.

I am very excited about all 3 classes I am presenting. I really don’t have a favorite (OK, maybe I do). I am ready and have been for some time now. I have been practicing on the weekends and nights and recording the sessions. I need to do this to be prepared. Something always happens but I always look at this as a learning opportunity for all. If a command or a piece of code does not react the way you want to – then fix it and show your team (or audience) how this is done. I approach my work sessions as I do these at AU.

I have recently been added to a CAD Manager Panel which is an honor to sit next to some of the best in the business. I am the new guy to the group and honored to be there.

This class is about the experiences of a panel of diverse CAD managers who are widely respected as leaders in their field. Hear their unique perspectives and solutions to challenges faced by CAD managers from organizations of all sizes and backgrounds. Topics include understanding CAD standards, keeping up with rapidly changing technology, managing users, communicating with management and other nontechnical people, budgeting, and much more.

How about a CAD Tip before I go?

Let’s discuss the Quick Access Toolbar in AutoCAD or as many refer to it as the QAT. I had fun writing an article about the Quick Access Toolbar which can be found published in AUGIWorld November 2016. Seems like a long time ago but all of the principals still apply. This bar can be customized per workspace and can be very helpful to you while you work in different disciplines.

The Quick Access Toolbar is a customizable toolbar that contains a set of commands that are independent of the tab on the ribbon that is currently displayed. You can move the Quick Access Toolbar above and below the ribbon. Let’s review what I wrote and I have attached a video describing how you can create several different QAT’s linking those to alternate workspaces. Using the CUI (customizable user interface) you can create several QAT’s and attach those to different workspaces to help keep you productive in your workflow.

Check out this Screencast on how to add the layer combo control bar  to your QAT and give it a longer length.

That’s all for now.  I hope you enjoyed this post and have a great weekend wherever in the World you may be.

Until next month….or after AU…..or after the holidays……Sam

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