AutoCAD FIELDS are extremely useful.  In previous newsletters we have discussed some of the more complex uses, such as in block attributes.  However, you can easily use them at the command prompt with the FIELD command.  Here is an example of an auto updating plot stamp.

Enter the FIELD command.

Scroll down the list on the left and select PlotDate.

Choose the way you want the date to appear in the center.

Choose the [OK] button to place the field in the drawing.

Complete placement which is similar to the Mtext command.

Note that initially, this field will appear as four dashes, but it will be automatically updated by AutoCAD every time you plot!

Take a few minutes to review some of the other field names on the left, the use of fields can greatly expand the capabilities of your drawings!

You may open a drawing and find what has been described as a “black daisy” in the viewport that you can’t get rid of.  This is the AutoCAD GeoMarker and it’s controlled by the GEOMARKERVISIBILITY variable.  Simply enter that at the command prompt and enter a new value of 0.