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In AutoCAD 2011: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets, Jeff Bartels shows AutoCAD users how to become more efficient power users, reducing the amount of time it takes to accomplish a task, increasing profit margins, and strengthening marketplace competitiveness. The course covers everything from shortcuts used in geometry creation, to program customization, to real world solutions to common problems. Interface customization, block and reference management skills, and express tool usage are also covered. Exercise files are included with the course.
A great way to keep your CAD skills current is to subscribe to some of the AutoCAD related blogs and Twitter feeds available on the Internet. Many of these sites are industry-specific, meaning you can find helpful tips and advice related to the fields of architecture, civil engineering, or mechanical engineering. The best part is if you find a site that you like, you can probably follow that site from within AutoCAD itself. In this lesson we are going to learn how to use AutoCAD to follow a blog or Twitter account. I am going to start by visiting a web page and I can do that without even leaving AutoCAD.
I am going to type browser and I'll press Enter and at the prompt I'll type the URL of the site I'd like to visit. As an example, I'll type twitter.com/ jeffbartles and I will press Enter. This opens my default Internet browser and takes me to the web page. Now this page happens to be my personal twitter account. This is a place where I regularly post AutoCAD related tips and shortcuts.
When you find a Twitter account or a blog that you're interested in, you need to look for this icon. This represents that the page is available as an RSS feed. RSS stands for Release Simple Syndication and it's a Web protocol that's used for distributing web content that's updated frequently. To add this site to AutoCAD, I'm going to right click on the hyperlink and I'll select Copy Shortcut. I will then close the browser and inside AutoCAD I will click the Communications Center icon and then I will click the Info Center Settings icon.
From here, I'll select RSS Feeds and then I will click the Add button. I will then right-click inside this field and I'll paste my shortcut. I will then click Add and AutoCAD tells me my RSS feed has been successfully added. Let's close this and if we look right here, we can see this check represents that the information from this feed will display in the Communications Center. I can also come down here and see that AutoCAD is going to display the last five entries.
Let's click OK. From now on, I can follow this Twitter account by simply clicking the Communications Center icon. And I can see the last five entries right here. In fact, each of these entries is a hyperlink. if I click this AutoCAD will take me directly to the web page. Take a few minutes and search the Internet for blogs, Twitter accounts, or web sites that are associated with your type of work. If you find a valuable resource, look for the RSS icon. If the site has an RSS feed, you can have instant access to that resource from within AutoCAD.
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