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AutoCAD Essentials with Jeff Bartels is a multi-part series that takes a more modular approach to this massive program, used for everything from 2D and 3D CAD design, drafting, and modeling to architectural drawing and engineering projects. This first installment includes a lengthy tour of the interface, from understanding the concept of model space to customizing the AutoCAD preferences and working with dockable palettes. The second half of the course show how to manage your drawings, including getting the most from the mouse and many shortcuts, creating time-saving templates, and plotting from either model space or in a layout.
It's a safe bet that you'll probably never create and complete a finished drawing in a single session. In most cases, construction drawings will be revised and fine-tuned many times before they are considered finished. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to save an AutoCAD drawing. On my screen I have a drawing that I've been working on. Let me mention that this drawing has not been saved yet. We can see that by looking at the top of the screen. This file still has the Drawing1 title. Now, let's assume this drawing is in a state where I'd like to have it reviewed by a client, so I'd like to save the file.
One way to do that is by opening the application menu and I can come down and click Save. From here I can choose a destination folder and file name for this drawing. I'd like to save the file inside the Exercise Files folder, so I'm going to use the shortcut I created earlier. I'll jump into the chapter_02 directory, and I'm going to call this drawing 05_gasket. Notice that by default the file will be saved using the current release. If I open this flyout, I could select an older AutoCAD version.
This is a nice feature in the event the client I'm working with is not using a current version of AutoCAD. In fact, maybe my client isn't using AutoCAD at all. Maybe they're using a different CAD package. If that's the case, I could also save my drawing as different formats of DXF. DXF stands for Drawing Exchange Format. In the event the CAD package cannot open a DWG, it can usually open a DXF. I'm going to leave this set to the current release, and I'll click Save. Notice we can see the updated file name here at the top of the screen.
Once your AutoCAD drawing's been saved, future saves can be done in a single click. If I wanted to save this drawing again, I could open the application menu and choose Save. Likewise, I can also use the Save option here in the Quick Access Toolbar. By clicking that icon, I have just updated the file. In the event I wanted to save a copy of this drawing with a new name or as a different AutoCAD release, I would use the Save As option. Save As can also be found in the Quick Access Toolbar, as well as in the application menu.
Using the Save As tool, once again I can choose a new destination folder, file name, and format for this drawing. As you can see, using the Save or Save As options, we can easily store drawings such that we can return to it later. Or we can share our file with someone else, even if they're using a different CAD software than we are.
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