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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.
As you can see I am currently sitting at my desktop. To launch AutoCAD I will move down and click the icon on the dock. Let me mention that I am working with a fresh install of AutoCAD, so I am being greeted with the Getting Started screen. On the left side of this dialog box are several videos that you can watch to give you a general overview of this new version. Beneath the videos are some additional resources you can use in the events you have questions. I would strongly encourage you to come back later and review this information.
You may find some of it to be very helpful. Now I'd rather not have this dialog box pop-up each time I launch AutoCAD, so I am going to remove this check and then I will click the red icon to close the dialog box. Any event you want to bring this box back, you can do that by opening the Help menu and selecting Getting Started Videos. When you launch AutoCAD for the first time, you'll notice that the Mac version of the AutoCAD looks very different than the Windows version. You see the Mac version is designed to have a similar look and feel to other popular Mac applications.
Notice the vertical tool palette, much like what you would see in Adobe Photoshop or InDesign. Likewise, there is no ribbon in this version. Instead AutoCAD stays true to the Mac platform using the standard pull-down menus. If I had to describe the new interface in one word, it would be minimalist. There has been a great deal of thought, put into packing the most functionality into the smallest amount of space. As we work through this title, I am going to make sure that you are just as comfortable using AutoCAD in this environment as you are working with your current version of AutoCAD.
Well, now that we have the application up in running, we are ready to experience a truly ground breaking version of AutoCAD, one that was designed especially for the Mac. In our next lesson, we will dive head first into the new interface by learning how to access our tools.
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