There has always been a way of adding areas of polylines up in AutoCAD as far back as I can remember but it was always hard to remember with lots of areas which were included.

Not any more. AutoCAD has subtly added a new feature (I like these sort of improvements) where it now highlights the areas added.

Area –> A (for add) –> O (for Object), gets you to the add mode for areas and this is what you get, a nice green highlight when the object is selected. Ah, that was satisfying!

Area Add Mode
Area Add Mode


A while back I noted that the new array system is overtly complex. I have since then reviewed this and have a reformed opinion. The new array system is extremely useful and has some neat features. Array along a path is awesome, and replacing an object within an array is great, this allows for “holes” to be cut into the array or changes made but the rest of the array still works.

The arrays are now dynamically editable and move as a cluster. So before my bricks could be created as a dynamic block with an array modifier, now I just create a dynamic array. Its quicker and simpler!