Select Similar in AutoCAD

You can right-click on an object in AutoCAD and pick Select Similar to select all the objects in a drawing with shared, or similar, properties.  You can also enter SELECTSIMILAR at the command line.  However, you might be wondering what AutoCAD considers “similar”.  This is controlled in the command settings.  Enter SELECTSIMILAR at the command […]

Which Mapping Products Are “Better”, ESRI’s Or Autodesk’s?

I’ve heard the question many times, and I’ve heard a lot of answers. “ESRI’s products make inaccurate maps”, claim some AutoCAD users, while some ArcGIS users feel that “AutoCAD ruins our coverages”.  In reality, BOTH families of products are excellent for certain tasks, and not so good for others, but the gap is closing and […]

Converting & Tracking Map Coordinates

If you are using Civil 3D or Land Desktop, it includes a version of Autodesk MAP, which provides a number of methods for dealing with digital maps from multiple coordinate systems. In addition to a wide variety of advanced import and export features, MAP 3D also provides the ability to convert coordinate systems through queries, automatically converting […]