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01 April 2008
AutoCAD 2009 Drawing Tool Buttons          

New to 2009 is the default icon mode for the drawing tool buttons. You know what these are, the SNAP GRID ORTHO POLAR OSNAP, etc. buttons down in the status bar. They take up less room as icons, but you will need to figure out what each one does.

Out of the box, they look like this:

 Drawing Tools as Icons

If you right click on any button, you will get this menu:

Context menu for drawing tools

Uncheck the Use Icons item to restore the previous TEXT buttons, like this:

status2

Polar Tracking, Object Snap, and Object Tracking include a context menu to quickly change settings without having to open a dialog.

New to this bunch of tools is the QP, or Quick Properties button. Heidi Hewett has put together a nice article on Quick Properties.

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Comment from: Anonymous StykFacE
Date: April 1, 2008 at 11:25:00 PM CDT  

I wonder why they feel the need to make changes to this feature? I don't see where this accomplishes anything but maybe a few pixels of space.

I feel that certain things do need to change over time to make a program better. But changing icon looks is kind of pointless to me.

Just my $0.02 is all. :-)


Comment from: Blogger Kenneth
Date: May 13, 2008 at 9:21:00 AM CDT  

Thanks for that cool tidbit of info. Autodesk just loves changing things and not publishing the ways to change it back to the old style. These are the perfect example.

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