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AutoCAD WS Essential Training
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Adjusting user preferences


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AutoCAD WS Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Adjusting user preferences

One thing AutoCAD is known for is having a completely customizable interface. In keeping with that tradition, AutoCAD WS also offers some options to control the look and feel of the application. In this lesson we'll make some adjustments to the user preferences. We'll start by looking at the command line. This tool is movable. I can click and drag it from its default position and place it anywhere I like on screen. That being said, changes to the command line are only applied to the active session. So if I close the Editor and return, the command line will revert back to its original position.

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AutoCAD WS Essential Training
2h 23m Beginner Nov 19, 2012

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This course covers the basics of AutoCAD WS, focusing on workflows and collaboration that will help you and your team work more efficiently with this cloud-based CAD application. Author Jeff Bartels explains how to use the mobile and browser versions of the app, how to upload files and folders, and how to access and review drawing content. The course also shows how to perform standard markups, edit geometry and annotations, and plot to both PDF and DWF formats. A dedicated collaboration chapter demonstrates how to share drawings and use the Timeline feature to keep track of a drawing's version history.

Topics include:
  • Creating an AutoCAD WS account
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Viewing and editing drawings
  • Taking measurements
  • Redlining desired changes
  • Accessing and sharing drawings remotely
  • Editing annotations
  • Creating and inserting blocks
  • Plotting drawings to PDF or DWF
  • Incorporating aerial underlays
  • Practicing real-time collaboration
Subjects:
Architecture CAD
Software:
AutoCAD WS
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Adjusting user preferences

One thing AutoCAD is known for is having a completely customizable interface. In keeping with that tradition, AutoCAD WS also offers some options to control the look and feel of the application. In this lesson we'll make some adjustments to the user preferences. We'll start by looking at the command line. This tool is movable. I can click and drag it from its default position and place it anywhere I like on screen. That being said, changes to the command line are only applied to the active session. So if I close the Editor and return, the command line will revert back to its original position.

On my screen I have a drawing that represents a catch basin detail, and I'd like to zoom in on the ends of these rebar segments. I'm going to launch the Zoom Window command to do that. I will then click two points to define a rectangle, and then we'll look at another user preference. If I visit the View tab, right here in the middle is a Units Precision menu, and it's currently set to four decimal spaces. This setting controls the precision of any dimensions you create.

It also controls the display of measurements. For example, I'm going to drag this slider down, and I'll change the current precision to six spaces to the right of the decimal. I will then click the menu again to close it. Then on the Home tab, I'm going to open the Measure panel and launch the Distance command, and I'll select the endpoint of each of these Rebar segments. And you can see the measurement is given to 6 decimals. I'm going to do a Zoom Extents when finished.

Now just like the command line, your Units Precision will also revert back to its original value if you close and reopen the Editor. Let's go back to the View tab, and we'll look at the Set Background Color feature next. Using this button we can change the background color of some of the interface items. As an example, I'm going to change the Model space background color to gray. I'll click OK. This background is now saved with the application, so even if I log out and log back in, this color will remain until I actively change it to something else.

To change this back, I'm going to reopen the tool, I'll make sure Model space background is selected, and then I'll come down and choose Restore Defaults and click OK. There's one more setting I'd like to show you, it's called View mode. View mode is used to control the appearance of your geometry. To demonstrate this, I'm going to open the Layouts menu first, and I'll select the Layout tab that's been set up for this drawing. I will then open the View mode menu. From here I can select As CAD model, which is what we're seeing now.

I can also select Grayscale. This will display the drawing colors as shades of gray. Probably the most interesting setting is As Plot. Using this option, we can view the drawing using the Plot Style settings. It's as close to a plot preview as you can get. Note that the drawing needs to have a plot style associated with it, and the plot style must be available to use the feature. I'm going to click to close this tool. I will then open the Layouts menu and return to Model space. Notice that we can still see the pen settings. This is something that you can't do with a full version of AutoCAD.

Now, the View mode setting is saved with each individual drawing. So if I choose to save this file, this View mode will be active the next time the drawing is opened. At this point, I'd like to put things back the way they were. So I'll reopen the View mode menu and change it back to As CAD model. When it comes to customization, AutoCAD WS stays true to the AutoCAD tradition and allows each user to tailor the interface to meet their needs.

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