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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.
In this lesson, I'd like to talk about the concept of a workspace. A Workspace is a saved configuration of tools on our screen. While we're not going to be doing a lot of screen customization in this title, it's an important concept for you to know. In the event, the tools and menus you see on your screen, don't match mine, you will know exactly where to go to make the appropriate changes. First of all, a workspace is nothing more than a means to save the way our tools that are displayed on the screen. AutoCAD comes with several preinstalled workspaces. If I move up to the Quick Access Toolbar, I can click this fly-out to open up the Workspace menu and we can see workspaces for 2D Drafting.
I have a couple here for 3D Drafting. And I have one called AutoCAD Classic. If I select this one, AutoCAD will restore my interface to the way it looked back in the days of AutoCAD 2008. Let's open up the Workspace menu again. This time, I'll select the 3D Modeling workspace. When I do, we can see that the Ribbon panels and tabs are consistent with 3D Drafting. I'm going to open up the menu one more time and let's return to the 2D Drafting & Annotation workspace. Let's add a component to our interface. I'm going to bring up the Properties Palette.
To do that, I'll click on the View tab. Then I'll come down to the Palettes Panel, and I'll click the Properties icon. Now that my palette is on-screen, I'll click and hold on the Title Bar, and I'll drag this guy to the left-side and release. That docks it to my interface. Finally, I'm going to move up and click the Minimize button such that this guy takes up the least amount of space. Now that I've added this component, let's save the workspace. To do that, I'll click the Workspace fly-out. We'll open up the Workspace menu and I'll select Save Current As. Then we'll give our Workspace a name. I'm going to call this Jeff's 2D Drafting Workspace, and I'll click Save.
If we look right up here, we can see that is now the name of the current workspace. Now that I've selected my workspace, if I open up this menu and select any other workspace from the list and then come back to mine, AutoCAD will remember the configuration of tools on my screen. We can see our Properties Palette right here. Notice that AutoCAD even remembered which tab was current on the Ribbon. Now let's take this concept even further. In order to bring up the Properties Palette, I had to go to the View tab. Right now, if I wanted to draw some geometry, I'd have to go back to the Home tab to get access to the Draw tools.
If I click and hold on the Draw Panel, I can drag this out into Model space. Now this panel is always going to be available, regardless of the tab that's current on my Ribbon. If you're someone who has dual monitors, consider dragging some of these panels onto your second screen. A saved workspace will also save the location of any floating panels. To return a panel to the Ribbon, I can move my Cursor over it and then I'll click this icon on the upper right corner. Finally, since my Home tab is current, I'm going to save this change to my workspace.
Let's open up the menu one more time. I'll select Save Current As. I'll choose my workspace from the menu and I'll click Save. And we'll overwrite the original. Now that I have saved my workspace, I can select any other workspace from this menu and when I return to mine, AutoCAD will remember the tools I like to have on-screen.
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