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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels
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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding model space
      3m 44s
    2. Accessing AutoCAD's tools
      3m 2s
    3. Leveraging dockable palettes
      3m 1s
    4. Monitoring the Status bar
      1m 28s
    5. Understanding the anatomy of a command
      2m 14s
    6. Customizing AutoCAD's preferences
      3m 13s
    7. Accessing help
      3m 38s
    8. Saving a workspace
      3m 13s
  3. 19m 42s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 2s
    2. Understanding mouse functions
      2m 44s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regenning
      4m 24s
    4. Working in a multiple-document environment
      2m 39s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 29s
    6. Saving time with templates
      4m 24s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Constructing lines
      2m 20s
    2. Locking angles with the Ortho and Polar modes
      4m 49s
    3. Drawing circles
      4m 10s
    4. Activating the Heads-Up Display
      3m 16s
  5. 14m 48s
    1. Defining a unit of measure
      6m 28s
    2. Constructing geometry using architectural measurements
      4m 6s
    3. Working with metric units
      4m 14s
  6. 23m 45s
    1. Understanding the Cartesian coordinate system
      4m 53s
    2. Locking to geometry using object snaps
      7m 42s
    3. Automating object snap selection
      7m 26s
    4. Using temporary tracking to find points in space
      3m 44s
  7. 19m 30s
    1. Drawing rectangles
      4m 56s
    2. Drawing polygons
      3m 4s
    3. Creating an ellipse
      5m 9s
    4. Organizing with hatch patterns
      6m 21s
  8. 29m 46s
    1. Making geometric changes using the property changer
      3m 38s
    2. Moving and copying elements
      4m 28s
    3. Rotating elements
      3m 48s
    4. Trimming and extending geometry
      5m 10s
    5. Creating offsets
      6m 16s
    6. Erasing elements
      2m 46s
    7. Undoing and redoing actions
      3m 40s
  9. 11m 52s
    1. Selecting objects using windows
      3m 46s
    2. Adding and removing from selections
      3m 43s
    3. Using keyboard shortcuts
      4m 23s
  10. 51m 12s
    1. Creating fillets
      3m 52s
    2. Creating chamfers
      3m 51s
    3. Copying objects into a rotated pattern
      4m 20s
    4. Copying objects into a rectangular pattern
      4m 58s
    5. Stretching elements
      4m 4s
    6. Creating mirrored copies
      2m 12s
    7. Scaling elements
      5m 0s
    8. Leveraging grips
      7m 20s
    9. Exploding elements
      5m 47s
    10. Joining elements together
      3m 44s
    11. Editing hatch patterns
      6m 4s
  11. 32m 19s
    1. Understanding layers
      2m 43s
    2. Creating and adjusting layers
      7m 20s
    3. Using layers to organize a drawing
      9m 17s
    4. Changing popular settings using the layer control
      3m 30s
    5. Understanding the BYLAYER property
      3m 37s
    6. Restoring previous layer states
      3m 42s
    7. Using existing geometry to set the current layer
      2m 10s
  12. 37m 43s
    1. Creating single-line text
      3m 11s
    2. Justifying text
      5m 18s
    3. Controlling appearance using text styles
      6m 10s
    4. Annotating with multi-line text
      5m 10s
    5. Editing text
      4m 32s
    6. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      3m 29s
    7. Incorporating symbols
      5m 28s
    8. Correcting spelling errors
      4m 25s
  13. 28m 37s
    1. Creating general dimensions
      4m 13s
    2. Creating continuous and baseline dimensions
      2m 13s
    3. Controlling appearance using dimension styles
      4m 57s
    4. Modifying dimensions
      6m 6s
    5. Creating multileaders
      2m 53s
    6. Controlling appearance using multileader styles
      3m 23s
    7. Modifying multileaders
      4m 52s
  14. 25m 19s
    1. Inserting blocks
      4m 34s
    2. Creating blocks
      6m 41s
    3. Leveraging blocks
      5m 39s
    4. Redefining blocks
      3m 1s
    5. Building a block library
      5m 24s
  15. 13m 50s
    1. Querying a drawing using rollover tooltips
      2m 9s
    2. Taking measurements using the Distance command
      3m 2s
    3. Modifying properties using the Quick Properties tool
      4m 25s
    4. Automating calculations using the Quick Calculator feature
      4m 14s
  16. 36m 6s
    1. Creating quick plots
      6m 4s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 48s
    3. Choosing line weights
      4m 32s
    4. Creating a layout, pt. 1: Choosing a paper size
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a layout, pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      2m 29s
    6. Creating a layout, pt. 3: Cutting viewports
      6m 9s
    7. Reusing layouts
      4m 3s
    8. Organizing layouts
      4m 19s
  17. 16m 49s
    1. Using the Annotative property to automatically size text
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Annotative property to automatically size dimensions
      4m 34s
    3. Using the Annotative property to automatically size multileaders
      3m 58s
    4. Changing the scale assigned to annotations
      4m 4s
  18. 6m 56s
    1. Saving drawings to other formats
      2m 27s
    2. Plotting to the Design Web format
      2m 15s
    3. Plotting to PDF
      1m 20s
    4. Sending drawings via email
      54s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

Video: Editing text

Computer drafting is all about being able to make changes. Fortunately, one of the easiest things we can edit in AutoCAD is our text. As an example, let's make some changes to the text in this detailed drawing. I'm going to start out by zooming in on this title, and let's say this title is incorrect. It should say CONCRETE DRIVEWAY APRON detail. To edit this text, I don't have to know any special commands. All I have to do is double-click on it. This selects all of the text. I'm going to click to place my cursor right here and then I'll click, hold, and drag to select these characters, and I'll press my Delete key to erase them.

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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training
6h 48m Beginner Jul 30, 2010

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Join Jeff Bartels as he covers the most important features of this industry-standard drafting and design application in AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training. This course begins with a tour of AutoCAD's interface and the tools used to create basic shapes. It then focuses on the methods used to modify and refine geometry while emphasizing accuracy and good habits to build a solid design foundation. The course covers using layers, line types, and colors to organize a drawing file and explains how to efficiently annotate a design and prepare it for final output. Throughout the title, Jeff shares industry techniques used in production and reinforces concepts using practical examples. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding model space
  • Working in a multiple-document environment
  • Organizing drawings using layers
  • Creating basic geometry
  • Configuring units for architectural, civil, or metric work
  • Incorporating blocks (symbols) into a working file
  • Maintaining accuracy with coordinates and snaps
  • Creating annotations that automatically size themselves
  • Moving and copying elements
  • Transferring data between drawings
  • Preparing standardized layouts with title blocks
  • Sharing drawings
Subjects:
CAD 2D Drawing 3D Drawing
Software:
AutoCAD
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Editing text

Computer drafting is all about being able to make changes. Fortunately, one of the easiest things we can edit in AutoCAD is our text. As an example, let's make some changes to the text in this detailed drawing. I'm going to start out by zooming in on this title, and let's say this title is incorrect. It should say CONCRETE DRIVEWAY APRON detail. To edit this text, I don't have to know any special commands. All I have to do is double-click on it. This selects all of the text. I'm going to click to place my cursor right here and then I'll click, hold, and drag to select these characters, and I'll press my Delete key to erase them.

I will then click down on this end, I'll add a space, and I'll type DETAIL. When I'm finished making my changes, I'll click on screen to deselect the text. Notice that AutoCAD is looking for another text object. AutoCAD always assumes you want to edit more than one. Let's take a look at this N.T.S . This stands for Not to Scale. Since AutoCAD is already looking for text, I only have to click this once, and let's type this out, NOT TO SCALE. Now, as a side note, this is a single-line text object, as is my title.

You may be wondering how I underlined this, because when we create single-line text, we don't see all of the same formatting options that we have when we create multi-line text. Let me show you how to do this. If you'd like to underline single-line text, click, hold, and drag to select the characters you'd like to underline, and then press Ctrl+U. This is a standard Windows function. Now that I'm finished making my changes, I'll click on screen. To let AutoCAD know that I'm done editing text, I'll press the Esc key to exit the command. I'm going to zoom out a little bit, and let's pan the drawing down, and we'll make some changes to this multi-line text.

Once again, I don't have to know any special commands. All I have to do is double-click. This brings back the text editor. From here, I'm free to change my text or any of these settings. I'm going to change my subbase from 4 inches to 6 inches. I'm going to click, hold, and drag to select this text. Then I'll come up to the Ribbon and I'll click the Color fly-out and I'll change this to red. Then I'm going to click on this diamond, and I'll drag this to the right to adjust my column width. When I'm finished making my changes, I'll click on screen to close the editor.

Now, one important note, we can also edit multi-line text with grips. If I click to select this, notice I get three grips. If you hover over a grip, AutoCAD will tell you what it does. This grip controls my MText Location. So, if I click to select this, I can use it to move this text object. I'm going to click to move it right here. I can use this grip on the right to adjust the column width. I'm going to click to select this and I'll drag my column width over to here. Let's back up a little bit. There's one more grip left. This guy controls the column height.

Now, if I click this and pull down, it doesn't make much difference, because I don't have enough text to fill that column. But if I push this up, AutoCAD will start another column. Now, anything I type here will automatically flow into the second column, and I get a few more grips. This guy controls the width of both columns, and this guy controls the distance between the columns. You'll probably notice there's another grip at the bottom of this column. If I click this and push it up, AutoCAD will start another column. Imagine the possibilities. Now, I don't need three columns here.

So, I'm going to click this grip, I'll pull this down, so I only have one column. Then I'll click this grip, and I'll drag the column width over, so it fills my detail. When I'm finished making my changes, I'll press the Esc key to deselect the text. We can also edit our text objects using the Property Changer. If I select this and come over to the Property Changer, I'm going to click-and-hold on this slider and drag it down. Notice that I have multiple text settings inside this text group. I can use this fly-out to apply a different text style to this text.

I can also change its justification or the text height or rotation. I can adjust the Line space factor. Right now, this is set to 1. This means it's single-spaced. I'm going to set this to 1.5, and I'll hit Enter. Notice the difference. Maybe I'd like to tighten up the distance between my text a little bit. I'm going to click Line space factor, and I'll change this to 0.85, and I'll hit Enter. Make sure and explore all of the settings in the Property Changer. You'll be surprised how much control you have over your text. Now that I'm finished making changes, I'm going to move my cursor outside the palette and let it collapse.

Then I'll press Esc to deselect my text. As you can see, if you have to edit any aspect of your text, height, style, location, or contents, AutoCAD gives you multiple ways to make your changes quickly and easily.

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Q: Despite following the tutorials, I am having trouble in AutoCAD Architecture 2011. I cannot copy basic line drawings of simple architecture from one file to another. I tile two AutoCAD documents open simultaneously and click on a geometry, let go, click again and hold and try to drag to the second document, but to no avail. What could be causing the problem?
A: There are a few possible solutions. At the command line, type "PICKFIRST" and press Enter. Make sure this variable is set to 1. If the value is set to 0 instead of 1, this would result in the problem described. Having PICKFIRST set to 1 (normally the default setting for "vanilla" AutoCAD) allows you to select an object first, and then launch an editing command (like Move or Rotate or Erase). Thus, you can work in both directions. Launch the Editing command first and then select objects, or visa versa. 
If PICKFIRST is not the issue, the problem might be something native to AutoCAD for Architecture, as there are some differences between that version and plain AutoCAD. Don't forget, you can also move geometry from one drawing to another by using Copy/Paste. Simply select your geometry and right-click, select copy, then click in your other drawing, right-click, and select Paste. Note that the Copy/Paste options are also available on the Home tab of the Ribbon. Copy/Paste should work regardless of your PICKFIRST setting.
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