Using Drawing Recovery Command

I know all of us AutoCAD users, has experienced losing our drawing files when a program system failure came unexpectedly. Or sometimes when a power failure or a software problem happens right in the middle of doing our work. And because it is too sudden, most of the times we haven’t saved our drawings.

So in order to avoid losing much of our work, we tend to use Automatic Save so that even we forget to save our work, the AutoCAD automatically save it for us, albeit it only saved some of it from the time frame we had set.

Some years ago, when I’m just using the previous version of AutoCAD notably the  AutoCAD 2002 (this version has the most program error I had encounter), when this system error unexpectedly happen and the AutoCAD shutdown unexpectedly. I used to look for my automatically saved drawing ($) on temporary folders using the window explorer.

So now if you are using latest version of AutoCAD, just as I am using the not so latest AutoCAD Architecture 2008. Recovering our drawing is not that  complicated anymore. Because this version of AutoCAD has this command, DRAWING RECOVERY.


This command, recovered our drawing automatically for us. After a system failure, or the AutoCAD program failure unexpectedly came, the Drawing Recovery Windows Manager will open the next time we start AutoCAD session. The Drawing Recovery Windows display the list of all drawing files that were open. However unsaved drawings that are open at the time of an unexpected failure are not tracked by the drawing recevery manager. So it is always safe that we always save our drawing from time to time, even if we had set Automatic Save for file precautions.

If happens that you close the Drawing Recovery Window,  before recovering all files tha you want to recover, you can always access Drawing Recovery command at all times by accessing from the Files pulldown menu, then Drawing Utilities, then Drawing Recovery. Or at the command prompt, type DRAWINGRECOVERY.

Free AutoCAD Downloads

autocadlogoAutoCAD is a Computer Aided Design software application, intended use for design, 2D and 3D drawing and widely use by Architects, Draftsmen and Engineers. AutoCAD is developed and sold by Autodesk Inc.

As an AutoCAD Draftsman myself I know the capability of this software, for a couple of years using this software, I can say I’m already an advance user of this software. However, being an advance user it doesn’t mean I know all aspects of AutoCAD. With the yearly updates of AutoCAD,  it’s imposible for us user’s to be an expert with the software specially if you don’t own one.

But, do you know that we can own an original AutoCAD software? albeit only a trial version of it. But it’s better than nothing, this trial version works just like the original version.

Anyway, just head to the site of Autodesk, or click here and they will allow you to download their products for free and you can use it for 30 days. After it’s expiration, you should uninstalled it in your PC, or buy a original one from their authorized seller if you still want to use their products.

photo above is the new logo of AutoCAD 2009

Using Change Text Case (TCASE)

Another great routine addition, that I had recently discover in AutoCAD Express tools, that I think will also be useful to us AutoCAD user, is the command Change Text Case. Change Text Case, changes the case of any selected text, mtext, attributes and dimension text.


AutoCAD Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts, same as the command aliases can make our drawings finish much faster. Thats why it is best for us AutoCAD drafters, architects or whatever your profession is, as long as you are using AutoCAD on your work. You should know these keyboard shortcuts I’m trying to say.

So here it is, the default keyboard shortcuts of AutoCAD.

Clean Screen CTRL+0

AutoCAD and Microstation Terminology

AutoCAD and Microstation are both CAD (Computer Aided Design) applications with some similarities, but both are using different terminologies.

And one obvious difference to these two CAD applications is the way a user using it. In AutoCAD, a user can key-in a command by typing it in a command prompt. But in Microstation a user mostly use these CAD applications by clicking on the icons.

Anyway, just look the table below it explain the many different terms that are used in AutoCAD and its counterpart the Microstation.

Microstation to AutoCAD terms:

Accusnap Snap Drafting tool for automatic snap

Working with Grips

Grips are small bGripsoxes that appear on a certain points of an objects selected by a selecting with a pointing device. Just by dragging these grips you can perform any operations, such as stretch, move, rotate, scale, mirror and as well as copy. With grips you can combine command and object selection and therefore you can modify your drawings more quickly.

Just select the objects you want before entering a command, and from then on you can manipulate the objects with the cursor. By default grips are always turn on, but you can always turn it off if you prefer not to use grips, just by typing command grips at the command prompt, and enter 0 for the new value.

To use grips, select a grip to act as basepoint for the action. Then select one of the grip modes and hit the enter key or right-click to see all the available options. From then just select what action you want to perform.

What exactly is AutoCAD?

While searching the net and using the keyword AutoCAD  the yahoo search got back at my search, a site containing a clueless questions of the meaning of AutoCAD and the used of it. 

What exactly is AutoCAD? and what is it used for?, where can I find it useful?.

A question, which of course has their answers, coming perhaps from an AutoCAD practitioner himself/herself or a professional that has a first hand experience of the wonder of AutoCAD.

Well auto-cad (automated computer aided design) is a very powerful tool and very useful if its relevant. Engineers and architects use it a lot. You can obviously get a bootlegged copy of it cheaply but the real deal will set you a back a good few quid!, but I’ve used it and its a complex software but very useful if you’re in the field. You should download a demo and see how u get to grips with it.

So there you have it, an answer coming I think from a user who has benefited the use of AutoCAD. Well I can contribute some answers to give some more enlightment but I just thought this links has a more complete and detailed answer about the AutoCAD.

Cad blog

Just decided to open up a new blog focusing or at least, will try to focus on the subject matter that i spend a decade of my life with, and that is the complex realm of autocad, the design and drawing tools most architects and draftsmen alike uses. This blog will also serve as a chronicle of a day to day exploration, discoveries and past experience of mine being a Pinoy autocad practitioner.