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Amidst drastic budget cuts, DraftSight's Mark Lyons from The Lyons' Share offers Nevada’s drafting students a timely CAD solution.

Nevada has been hit hard by the recession, recording some of the highest foreclosure and unemployment rates in the nation. Massive cutbacks across grades K-12 and state university budgets have Board of Regents officials warning of an educational “Doomsday” for “The Silver State.” Read the full story.

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The Lyons' Share Video Tip - Mouse Gestures

Properties Pallet Icon Labels
Have you ever wondered what those icons are in the Properties Pallet? You can hover your cursor over the icon and see the tooltip, but did you know you can show the labels for these icons? Right-click your mouse while your cursor is in the Properties Pallet and choose “show Icons and labels”. This will add the descriptions to all of the icons in the pallet.

Function Keys
Often overlooked is the use of Function Keys in DraftSight. Using the Function Keys, or “hot keys” allows you to quickly activate a command in DraftSight.

Here is a list of standard Function Key settings: F1 – Help, F2 – Command Window, F3 – Esnap Toggle, F5 – Isoplane Toggle, F7 – Grid Toggle, F8 – Ortho Toggle, F9 – Snap Toggle, F10 – Polar Toggle and F11 – Etrack Toggle.

Remember, the Function Keys are at the top of your keyboard, and you simply need to press the key to activate.

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Trim Command
The Trim Command is one of the most commonly used functions within DraftSight. It’s also one of the most misunderstood. Follow along with this video to understand the proper way to use the Trim Command.

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The Lyons’ Share: Exploring the Use of RichLines and Tables

Join us for an upcoming Webinar hosted on our Facebook page to learn how to customize your tables and then include them in your files.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 26th, at 6:00 a.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. GMT

Summary: Learn how to:

  • Define your own custom RichLines
  • Implement RichLines into your drawings
  • Include tables in your files
  • Customize your tables

This Webinar is a continuation of the Webinar entitled “Creating Your Drawing Settings and Drafting Styles.”

Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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