AutoCAD 2011: Migrating from Windows to Mac
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AutoCAD 2011: Migrating from Windows to Mac

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Customizing the Tool Sets palette

One of the things that makes AutoCAD so versatile is its ability to be customized. Not only can we edit the menu system, we can also customize the tool Sets palette. This means we have full control over which tools are available in the workspace, and where they're located. In this lesson we're going to learn how to modify the tool Sets palette. To customize the palette, I'll start by opening the tools menu. I'll come down to the Customize and I'll select Interface. This brings up the Customize dialog box, from here I'll select tool Sets button, and on the left side of the dialog box is a listing of every single AutoCAD command.

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2h 45m Beginner Oct 29, 2010

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AutoCAD 2011: Migrating from Windows to Mac with Jeff Bartels covers the fundamental differences between the 2011 Mac OS X version of AutoCAD and the venerable PC edition, allowing designers to leverage existing AutoCAD skills and easily transition to the new environment. This course runs through both a typical 2D and 3D design workflow, covering its workspace, tools, customization options, and strategies users can apply working in a mixed Windows and Mac environment. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Adjusting preferences
  • Customizing the interface
  • Opening and managing drawings
  • Constructing a 2D drawing
  • Creating and inserting block references
  • Building a library using the Content Manager
  • Making references to external files and images
  • Plotting drawings
  • Creating a model in 3D space
Subject:
CAD
Software:
AutoCAD AutoCAD for Mac
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Customizing the Tool Sets palette

One of the things that makes AutoCAD so versatile is its ability to be customized. Not only can we edit the menu system, we can also customize the tool Sets palette. This means we have full control over which tools are available in the workspace, and where they're located. In this lesson we're going to learn how to modify the tool Sets palette. To customize the palette, I'll start by opening the tools menu. I'll come down to the Customize and I'll select Interface. This brings up the Customize dialog box, from here I'll select tool Sets button, and on the left side of the dialog box is a listing of every single AutoCAD command.

On my right I can see my three tool Sets. I'm going to click the arrow to open the Drafting tool Sets and from here I can see all of the groups inside that set. If I click an arrow next to a group name or AutoCAD will show me the commands inside that group. Adding commands to a tool Sets is as easy as dragging and dropping. As an example, let's add a Fence Selection to this selection group. To do that I first need to find the Fence Selection command over here in this list. Rather than dragging up about I'm going to click in the search field and I'll type fence, as you can see AutoCAD filtered the list and there was only one command that contain that word.

I'm going to click hold and drag, and I'll place this in this selection group, when I'm finished I'll click apply and if you watch right up here, we can see that commands have been added to the tool Sets. Now to remove a command from a tool Sets, I'm going to right-click on it and I'll select Delete, and I'll click Apply. Now just for a second let's talk about worst case scenario. If you were to delete something important, don't worry you can always come over and click the reset to default button to restore your AutoCAD interface to a factory fresh condition.

I'm going to click the arrow to close this tool Sets, and let's talk about how we can create our own custom tool Sets. To do that I'll click the add Button, I'll select Add tool Set, and I'm going to call this custom and I'll click Return. If I open the tool Set I will find a generic group name. I'm going to click twice on this to get access to the text, and I'm going to call this my favorites, and I'll press Return.

Now let's add some commands. First I'm going to clear my previous search, and I'll drag over 3D Align. I'll drag over 3-D continuous Orbits and I'll grab a few more of these. When I'm finished, I'll click Apply and OK to close the dialog box. And if I click the fly out at the top of the tool Sets palette, I can select my new tool Set, and I have access to my favorite commands.

As you can see when it comes to our interface AutoCAD gives us complete control over the tools we have on our screen. This means no matter what we may be designing, all of our standard tools can be within easy reach.

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