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Customizing AutoCAD

Customizing AutoCAD provides you with in-depth training on CAD. Taught by Jeff Bartels as part of th… Show More

AutoCAD 2009 Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Customizing AutoCAD

Customizing AutoCAD provides you with in-depth training on CAD. Taught by Jeff Bartels as part of the AutoCAD 2009 Essential Training
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  1. 3m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Introduction to this course
      1m 31s
    3. Using the example files
  2. 22m 7s
    1. Understanding the model space
      1m 31s
    2. Using the ribbon
      3m 14s
    3. Using the menu browser
      2m 52s
    4. Using the command line
      1m 46s
    5. Activating the toolbars
      1m 41s
    6. Leveraging dockable palettes
      2m 53s
    7. Reading the Status bar
      1m 41s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 24s
    9. Customizing AutoCAD
      4m 5s
  3. 20m 30s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 37s
    2. Exercising mouse functions
      2m 11s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regenning
      5m 5s
    4. Working in a multiple-document environment
      3m 21s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 25s
    6. Saving time with templates
      3m 51s
  4. 18m 19s
    1. Drawing lines
      3m 32s
    2. Maintaining accuracy with the Ortho and Polar modes
      6m 21s
    3. Drawing circles
      4m 53s
    4. Activating the heads-up display
      3m 33s
  5. 16m 1s
    1. Defining units of measure
      5m 44s
    2. Drafting with architectural units
      4m 50s
    3. Working with metric units
      5m 27s
  6. 19m 47s
    1. Understanding Cartesian coordinates
      5m 33s
    2. Maintaining accuracy with object snaps
      9m 59s
    3. Automating object snaps
      4m 15s
  7. 22m 6s
    1. Drawing rectangles
      4m 44s
    2. Drawing ellipses
      5m 10s
    3. Organizing with hatch patterns
      8m 21s
    4. Drawing polygons
      3m 51s
  8. 22m 46s
    1. Moving and copying elements
      6m 18s
    2. Rotating elements
      5m 5s
    3. Creating offset lines
      6m 16s
    4. Erasing elements
      1m 54s
    5. Undoing and redoing actions
      3m 13s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Selecting elements with windows
      4m 38s
    2. Removing elements from selections
      3m 13s
    3. Using key-ins
      3m 35s
  10. 55m 6s
    1. Trimming and extending elements
      6m 11s
    2. Creating fillets
      4m 53s
    3. Creating chamfers
      4m 55s
    4. Creating patterned copies with arrays
      6m 45s
    5. Creating mirror images
      4m 53s
    6. Stretching elements
      4m 54s
    7. Scaling elements
      5m 47s
    8. Leveraging grips
      6m 50s
    9. Exploding elements
      3m 41s
    10. Joining elements
      6m 17s
  11. 23m 56s
    1. Understanding layers
      2m 48s
    2. Organizing with the Layer Properties Manager
      8m 34s
    3. Using layer control
      3m 49s
    4. Understanding the ByLayer property
      5m 23s
    5. Using the Layer Previous command
      3m 22s
  12. 42m 53s
    1. Annotating with single-line text
      3m 54s
    2. Justifying text
      6m 43s
    3. Creating text styles
      7m 24s
    4. Annotating with multi-line text
      5m 40s
    5. Editing text
      3m 30s
    6. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      4m 48s
    7. Inserting symbols
      5m 36s
    8. Correcting spelling errors
      5m 18s
  13. 26m 9s
    1. Creating dimensions
      7m 11s
    2. Creating dimension styles
      6m 4s
    3. Inserting callouts
      7m 7s
    4. Modifying dimensions
      5m 47s
  14. 14m 6s
    1. Using the Distance command
      3m 14s
    2. Modifying elements with the property changer
      5m 54s
    3. Using the quick calculator
      4m 58s
  15. 25m 18s
    1. Creating and inserting blocks
      9m 37s
    2. Leveraging blocks
      5m 25s
    3. Redefining blocks
      3m 35s
    4. Building your block library
      6m 41s
  16. 56m 18s
    1. Creating quick plots
      7m 36s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 21s
    3. Using layouts pt. 1: Choosing paper size
      4m 37s
    4. Using layouts pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      4m 20s
    5. Using layouts pt. 3: Cutting viewports
      8m 49s
    6. Importing layouts
      5m 7s
    7. Calculating scale factors
      3m 54s
    8. Sizing model space text
      7m 34s
    9. Sizing model space dimensions
      5m 39s
    10. Scaling linetypes
      3m 21s
  17. 9m 27s
    1. Saving in other formats
      2m 34s
    2. E-transmitting drawings
      3m 8s
    3. Plotting to the Design Web Format
      3m 45s
  18. 16s
    1. Goodbye

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Customizing AutoCAD
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Customizing AutoCAD provides you with in-depth training on CAD. Taught by Jeff Bartels as part of the AutoCAD 2009 Essential Training


Customizing AutoCAD

AutoCAD is a very customizable program. The amount of flexibility we have, can easily be seen in a sheered number of available User Preferences. Let's take a look at where we can go when we want to change the way AutoCAD behaves. To make changes to AutoCAD, I'm going to go into the Options dialog box. We can find that inside the Menu Browser. I'm going to come up and click, we will come down to Tools. and then I'm going to come over. and we will grab the slider, and we will go all the way to the bottom of the menu, and select Options. This brings up our Options dialog box on screen, and we can see that this is divided up into tabs. If I click each tab heading, I can jump to that tab. Notice Setting after Setting after Setting.

Now we are not going to go through all of the Settings obviously in the session. We are going to talk about some of the essential changes I'd like you to make, some things that would make things easier for you as a beginner. If you have any questions in the future about the other Settings, you can simply place your cursor over a Setting, and AutoCAD will give you more information in the form of a tool tip. If you'd like even more information, you can always hit your F1 key to go to the Help feature. The first change I'd like to make, involves the background color of model space. If I moved outside the dialog box, we can see that the background color of model space is yellow. Now, it's always been black; 2009 is the first released where model space was changed to yellow. In my opinion, black gives as much better contrast between our layer colors, and makes things a little bit easier when we draft.

So I'm going to make that change. I'm going to change the background color. I can do that by going to the Display tab and clicking. We are going to come down to the Colors area and click, and in the Drawing Window Colors dialog, I'm going to go up and select, 2D model space, which is already highlighted. I can come over and select the Uniform Background, which is also highlighted, and we will come over in the Color area. We will click the drop down, and we will select Black. At any point if you want to restore AutoCAD to its Factory Settings, you can click Restore all contexts. Now that I have made that change, I'm going to come down and click Apply and Close. At this point I'm going to come down and click OK and save my changes, and dismiss the dialog, because I want to show you one more thing I want to change. Watch this, as I move my cursor over my geometry, look at that, as I pass over something, it highlights on screen. That can be confusing for a beginner because as you move around you are kind of getting a light show. I'd like to turn that feature off.

To do that, once again we are going to go back to Options, I'm going to go to Menu Browser, Tools, we will come all over down to the bottom of the menu, and select Options. That specific feature is located on the Selection tab. Let we click the Selection tab, and we are going to go to the Selection Preview area, and I'm going to remove the check from When no command is active. That will prevent those entities these from highlighting when I pass over them. I'm going to do one more thing, let's go into Visual Effect Settings. This area controls how the entities are highlighted. Right now I will set to Both, Thicken and Dash. I'm going to set this to Thicken. Now even if I do select an entity, or if I do hover over an entity when a command is active, it's just going to pop up a little bit on screen. It's not going to be quite so aggressive. When I'm finished making my Setting, I'm going to come down and click OK.

Lastly, I'd like to go the User Preferences tab. I'm going to come over to the Window Standard Behavior area, and let's click the right click Customization button. In the interest of making sure that your set up matches mine, I want to make sure that our dialog boxes have the same settings. Now these are all set to Shortcut, Shortcut, Shortcut. This happens to be the default, so unless you have changed yours, our settings should already be the same. When I'm finished, I'm going to click Apply and Close, and I'm going to come down and click OK to save the changes that I have made, and return to model space. At first glance the Option's dialog box may seem a little intimating, however, as you continue to use the software, you will begin to recognized the relationship between the Commands, the interface and the User Preferences.

Soon, changing your Settings will become second nature.

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