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AutoCAD is a computer-aided drafting and design program that is the industry standard for a wide variety of 2D and 3D work. AutoCAD 2008 features several improvements over previous versions, but the core functionality and workflows have remained consistent for years. Users who have any of the more recent editions of the software will find AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training to be a valuable resource. Instructor Jeff Bartels has taught and used AutoCAD for a decade, and in this course he focuses on the difficult to master concepts that matter most to professional AutoCAD users. Exercise files accompany the course.
Welcome to the AutoCAD 2008 Essentials title. My name is Jeff Bartels and I have been an AutoCAD user and instructor since the days when AutoCAD was a DOS-based application. AutoCAD has been my passion for more than a decade. By day, I use AutoCAD to produce large scale civil engineering plan sets and by night, I teach AutoCAD courses at local colleges and work with students just like you. It is truly an honor to act as your personal trainer and take you step-by-step through this industry standard CAD drafting program. As we work together to complete these tutorials, don't worry if you don't have the 2008 version of AutoCAD.
Even if you are using an older release of the program, this training will still work for you. You see, AutoCAD's interface and core functionality hasn't changed much in the last several years. Don't get me wrong, each new release of AutoCAD has added fantastic new improvements. The good news is the basics have stayed the same. This means that even if you're using an older version of AutoCAD, you'll still be able to do much of what we cover in this title. So if you have always wanted to learn AutoCAD from the ground up, this is your perfect opportunity. Well, we have got a lot of things to talk about and a lot of learning to do.
So let's get started.
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