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AutoCAD Text Vs QuickNotes Text: Try It Now!

Key Features:


      • No Typing Required: This feature eliminates manual note entry by providing a library of pre-defined notes covering common drawing annotations. Users select and insert notes with a few clicks.

      • Automatic Formatting: Ensures consistency and saves time by automatically handling text style, text height, layer placement, and leader line formatting.

      • Customizable Notes: This feature allows users to create and store custom notes for frequently used annotations, aligning with company standards and project-specific requirements.

      • Flexible Leader Options: Offers a variety of leader line styles (straight, curved, splined) and attachment points (specific entities, intersections, or free placement) for precise note placement.

      • Streamlined Workflow: Simplifies adding notes, reducing time spent on repetitive tasks and manual formatting.

      • Enhanced Consistency: Promotes standardized note appearance and formatting across multiple drawings and projects, improving overall drawing quality and readability.

      • Note Reuse saves time and effort by allowing notes to be saved and reused in different drawings or projects, eliminating the need to recreate common annotations.

      • Improved Accuracy: Reduces the risk of typing errors and inconsistencies in note content, leading to more accurate and reliable drawings.

    Overall, QuickNotes offers significant benefits to AutoCAD users:


        • Increased productivity by accelerating note addition.

        • Enhanced drawing quality through consistent formatting and professional appearance.

        • Reduced errors and improved accuracy in note content.

        • Streamlined workflows for a more efficient drawing creation experience.

      Quick Notes App

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      AutoCAD Wipeout Command: Try It Now!

      Are you new to the AutoCAD Wipeout command and feeling overwhelmed by all the command options and how to use them? Fear not! This blog post will guide you through the essential AutoCAD wipeout command, a handy tool for keeping your drawings clean and clutter-free. If you need to add wipeouts to arcs, circles, polylines with arcs, or non-closed polylines, check out the AutoMask Wipeout App at the bottom of this post.

      What is a Wipeout?
      Imagine you’re working on a detailed architectural drawing. Unnecessary elements like dimensions, text annotations, or unwanted geometry might distract from the main design. A wipeout acts like a digital eraser, masking these elements with the current background color, essentially hiding them from view.

      Getting Started with Wipeout:

      There are two main ways to access the wipeout command:

      • Ribbon Menu: Locate the “Annotate” tab on the ribbon. In the “Markup” panel, you’ll find the “Wipeout” button.
      • Command Line: Alternatively, type “WI” (the short alias for wipeout) into the command line at the bottom of your AutoCAD window and press Enter.

      Creating a Wipeout:

      Once you’ve initiated the wipeout command, AutoCAD will prompt you to specify points.

      Command: WIPEOUT
      Specify first point or [Frames/Polyline] :

      Click around the perimeter of the area you want to hide, following your desired shape. Each click defines a corner point of the wipeout boundary. Double-click or press Enter to finalize the shape.

      Understanding Wipeout Options:

      While creating a wipeout, you will see the options [Frames/Polyline]. Frames are essentially the outline of the wipeout boundary. We will discuss the Polyline option in an upcoming post. Here’s a breakdown of your options:

      • On: This makes the frame visible, clearly distinguishing the hidden area from the rest of the drawing.
      • Off: The frame disappears, leaving only the hidden area visible. This can provide a cleaner look.

      Editing Wipeouts:

      Just like any other AutoCAD object, wipeouts can be edited after creation. Select the wipeout, and grips will appear at each corner point. Drag these grips to modify the shape. You can also use the “Properties” palette to adjust the fill color or assign the wipeout to a specific layer for better organization.

      Wipeouts: Your Drawing’s Best Friend:

      Mastering the wipeout command is a valuable skill for any AutoCAD user. It helps you present clear, concise drawings by hiding unnecessary clutter. So, the next time your drawing feels overloaded, remember the wipeout – a simple tool that significantly impacts your design communication.

      Wipeout has a lot more to offer, so stay tuned for the next post.

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      StoreFront2D Added To App Store

      SoftDraft’s StoreFront2D has been added to AutoCAD Mechanical_English as Featured Apps.
      Autodesk App Store Team.

      If you draw storefronts in plan or elevation views, then this app will definitely save you lots of time. This is a command line driven app that allows you to add a continuous string of storefront single / double doors or windows just by typing the dimensions.

      Dimensions are placed on the layer “DIM” and the StoreFront lines are placed on the current layer.

      StoreFront App – Software Plugins For CAD – Product (

      StoreFront 2D

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      Carbon Steel Buttweld Fittings 2D App Try Now!

      buttweld pipe fittings 2D

      Carbon Steel Buttweld Fittings 2D App has been added to AutoCAD_English Exchange Store as Featured New Apps.

      The SoftDraft CSBW-2D App, also known as the Carbon Steel Buttweld Fittings 2D Imperial App, is a tool designed to revolutionize the way you create 2D piping drawings.

      Pipe Spool Feature: This unique feature allows you to draw a pipe spool with two selection points and selected start and end fittings. This feature alone can save many hours of pipe drawing time.

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      Base Mounted Pumps 2D Now Available!

      Base Mounted End Suction Pumps

      BMESP 2D now available in the AutoCAD Exchange Store and on the SoftDraft website.

      With the BMESP 2D App, you’re equipped to design various 2D end suction pumps tailored to your needs by plugging in different manufacturers’ dimensions. You just need to input the specific dimensions for each pump. With BMESP 2D, you can save your pump measurements for later and pull up the specs in another drawing when you need them.

      Base Mounted End Suction Pumps 2D‘s versatility shines through by letting you position the discharge on the left, dead center, or at the far end to suit varied setup needs. The app also caters to a broad selection of suction and discharge sizes, from 1/2″ to 42″. Besides its versatility in handling suction and discharge sizes ranging from 1/2″ to a massive 42″, the app also packs a variety of flange ratings, perfect for crafting precise 3D models of end suction pumps with ease.

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      Pumps 3D App

      Pumps 3D App

      Pumps 3D App has been added to AutoCAD_English Exchange Store as Featured Paid Apps.

      The Pumps 3D application is a comprehensive digital tool that seamlessly integrates three distinct pump types—Base Mounted End Suction, Horizontal Split Case, and Vertical In-Line—into a singular, user-friendly platform. For those with more specialized needs, there’s also the option to acquire individual apps tailored for each specific pump model.

      Pumps 3D

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      QuickBrick App: The Best Solution For Brick Coursing In AutoCAD

      Brick Coursing App for AutoCAD

      QuickBrick App is now available in the AutoCAD Exchange Store and on the SoftDraft website.

      Brick Coursing for Wall Sections

      QuickBrick is for creating brick coursing using a variety of brick types, joint selections and wall thicknesses. Five different brick types include Standard, Engineer, Economy, Norman and Utility. Seven different joint types include None, Struck, Concave, Flush, Weathered, V-Shaped, and Raked.

      QuickBrick™ Includes:

      • Brick types include Standard, Engineer, Economy, Norman and Utility
      • User Specified Air-Space Cavity
      • User Selected Layers for Brick, Brick Hatch, and Joint Hatch
      • Various Joint Types Include None, Struck, Concave, Flush, Weathered, V-Shaped, and Raked
      • Different Joint Types may be set for the Left and Right side of the Brick
      • Brick Start Options include Full Joint, Half Joint or Brick
      • Brick End Options include Joint or Brick
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      CMU Factory App Try It Now!

      Architects, builders, and designers can create Concrete Masonry Units (CMU) blocks in Plan view with the help of CMU Factory, a robust software program. Users can design unique and customized CMU blocks to match their specific project demands with this application’s wide range of options for each end condition and face condition.

      CMU Factory’s ability to offer several preset selections for various concrete masonry unit sizes is one of its primary strengths, giving customers a multitude of possibilities to choose from to meet their project requirements. Additionally, the application gives users the freedom to add additional options to these preset settings, giving them the ability to construct a fully customized set of block sizes and configurations.

      Users can quickly and simply create accurate, to-scale drawings of their concrete masonry units with CMU Factory. Users may easily change and refine designs in real time with the application’s user-friendly features and intuitive interface. This allows users to experiment with alternative configurations until they get the ideal outcome.

      In conclusion, CMU Factory is a vital resource for anyone tasked with designing blueprints for the positioning of CMU blocks. Its extensive feature set, pre-made choices, and adaptability make it a highly effective and versatile software tool that can help users save time and effort during the design process.

      CMU Size and Placement Options:

      • Width Options: 2″/3″/4″/6″/8″/10″/12″/16″
      • Height Options: 4″/5″/8″/12″/16″
      • Length Options: 4″/8″/12″/16″/24″
      • Placement Options: Lower Left/Lower Right/Top Left/Top Right
      • Layer Selection from Layer List

      CMU Hatch Pattern Options:

      • Hatch Pattern
      • Hatch Scale
      • Hatch Angle
      • Hatch Layer Selection from Layer List

      CMU Core/End/Face Options:

      • Core Options:Solid/1 Core/2 Cores/3 Cores
      • Left End Options: Stretcher/Corner/Corner Sash/single Bullnose/Double Bullnose
      • Right End Options: Stretcher/Corner/Corner Sash/single Bullnose/Double Bullnose
      • Face Finish Options: Smooth/Split
      • Face Options: 1-7 Score/2-8 Ribs

      CMU Joint Options:

      • Joint Type:
      • Joint Layer Selection from Layer List
      • Add Left End Joint Toggle
      • Add Right End Joint Toggle

      Restore from List of Saved CMU Presets

      Save CMU Selections to Restore List for Faster Selection.

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      U-Bolts 2D App for AutoCAD Try It Now!

      U-Bolts 2D AutoCAD App

      The U-Bolts 2D App is now available in the AutoCAD Exchange Store and on the SoftDraft website.

      U-Bolts 2D App plugin for Autodesk® AutoCAD®  creates U-Bolts both Standard and Light Weight around pipes of various sizes.

      U-Bolt sizes start at 1/2″ and go through 36″ and are modified by the user adding or removing sizes as required in the external data files.

      The selected size is also modified using the different parameters for the U-bolt within the dialog.

      At placement time a material thickness is specified by moving the cursor and selecting a point for the required distance.

      Select two points for the material thickness and rotation angle and the U-Bolt is added.