How can I align mulitiple objects - centre, right, vertical, horizontal etc (like in illustrator, etc?) Also how do I stretch/skew grouped objects, like you can with single shapes (i.e. a box)? Also is there a way to make autocad stay on a tool instead of reverting back to the crosshairs (al la illustrator, photoshop etc.) as having to select the same tool repeatedly over and over when drawing is really slowing me down.
Yes, AutoCAD is not Illistrator, but rather different application.
- There is ALIGN command in AutoCAD, but it works in a different manner, then align tool in Illustrator.
- And there is no SKEW tool in AutoCAD (although it is long awaiting feature). For now you can use only some tricks: as 3D rotating the geometry you want to "skew" and publishing to PDF, then you can convert PDF to DXF (using Inkscape) or to DWG (using Illustrator) and bring data back to AutoCAD.
- You can "stretch" geometry: create block from objects you want to "stretch" and insert it with different X and Y scale factors (you can then explode block)
- As you use command line to communicate with AutoCAD, you can not "stay" inside some command as you can in Illustrator or in Archicad, but you can repeat last command you just used by hitting Enter or Spacebar, this could help to accelerate your workflow.
I am having problems with the 3d align tool. When I select my destination points the objects move in unexpected ways. perhaps I don't understand the tool but I keep pouring over turorials and videos and I can't seem to understand why I can't align. Thanks for your help.