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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.
AutoCAD is one of the most customizable programs in the world and the Mac edition is no exception. In this lesson we're going to learn how to customize the interface by making some changes to the pull down menus. As you can see AutoCAD interface has several menus to choose from and we can use these to access the majority of the commands. Now it's important note that AutoCAD is used by many different people to do many different things and this configuration of menus might not be the most efficient for all types of work, fortunately these menus can be customized to meet anyone's needs.
To modify the menu system I am going to move up to the tools menu, I will come down to customize, and I will select interface. This brings up the customize dialog box or I have full control over the Commands, menus and tool Sets. I am going to select the menus button and on the left side of the dialog box I can see a listing of every single AutoCAD command. On the right I can see all of the menus. Adding a command to a menu is as simple as dragging and dropping. Watch this.
I am going to click to open the file menu and we can see a listing of the commands in that menu as well as some dividers. I am going to reach up and open the file menu in the interface and noticed that they look about the same. To add a command to this menu, I will select the command from the left and I'll drag it into the menu. I can then move up or down to select its location and then I'll release the mouse button to place it, when I'm finished I will click Apply.
Now if I open the file menu I can see my new command, if I like to remove a command from a menu I can right click on it and select Delete, and I will click Apply. Once again will open the File menu and we can see the command has been removed. I am going to click this arrow to close the File menu and let's assume would like to make our own custom menu. To do that I will move down and click the Add button then I will select Add menu. I'm going to call this mymenu and I'll press Return.
I can then drag this menu up or down to change its order in the interface. Once again I'll click Apply and we can see the new menu at the top of the screen. All right let's add some commands to this menu. I click Hold and drag this command over. Now that I have added my first command I can click this arrow to open the menu I will drag over a few more as an example. If you'd like to add a separator between commands you can right click select Insert Separator.
This separator acts just like another command I can drag this up or down to adjust its placement. When I finish making my changes I will click Apply and Ok and if I open the new menu, you can see I have access to my selected commands. So no matter what type of design work you may be doing, rest assured that you never have to sacrifice efficiency by customizing AutoCAD interface, you can make sure the commands you use most are always within easy reach.
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