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AutoCAD Essentials with Jeff Bartels is a multi-part series that takes a more modular approach to this massive program, used for everything from 2D and 3D CAD design, drafting, and modeling to architectural drawing and engineering projects. This first installment includes a lengthy tour of the interface, from understanding the concept of model space to customizing the AutoCAD preferences and working with dockable palettes. The second half of the course show how to manage your drawings, including getting the most from the mouse and many shortcuts, creating time-saving templates, and plotting from either model space or in a layout.
Hi, I'm Jeff Bartels. Welcome to AutoCAD Essentials 1: Interface and Drawing Management. We'll start by walking through the many components of the interface. I'll show you how the tools are organized and how you can customize their arrangement onscreen. We'll also take a look at the user preferences such that we can personalize AutoCAD to match the way we like to work. We'll learn how to take advantage of AutoCAD's help functionality in the event we have questions while working with the program. Next, we'll talk about file management, so we'll spend some time learning how to navigate our way around in an existing file.
Finally, I'll show you how to create your own worksheets by plotting drawings to a measurable scale. Whenever you're ready, follow me and we'll get started.
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