AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training
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Spell-checking


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AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Spell-checking

You may have the best design concept in the world, but if your CAD drawing is riddled with spelling errors, your clients may have a hard time taking it seriously. Fortunately, AutoCAD provides a full-featured spell checker to help protect us from misspelled words. Let's take a look at the spell checker. We are going to open a drawing. We are going to look inside the Chapter 11 folder inside our Exercise Files directory, and I'm going to come all the way to the bottom of the list and we are going to open up drawing number 8, the Spell Check drawing. I will highlight that guy and click Open to bring him up on the screen.
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  1. 3m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Introduction to AutoCAD
      1m 29s
    3. Using the exercise files
      52s
  2. 23m 16s
    1. Modelspace
      2m 21s
    2. Toolbars
      3m 24s
    3. Pulldowns
      3m 36s
    4. AutoCAD's command line
      1m 46s
    5. Dockable palettes
      3m 23s
    6. The Status bar
      2m 59s
    7. Saving your workspace
      2m 12s
    8. Essential settings
      3m 35s
  3. 19m 8s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 1s
    2. Mouse functions
      2m 2s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regen
      5m 11s
    4. The multiple-document environment
      3m 24s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 34s
    6. Using templates
      2m 56s
  4. 16m 37s
    1. The Line command
      3m 17s
    2. ORTHO and POLAR modes
      5m 45s
    3. The Circle command
      3m 27s
    4. The Heads-Up display
      4m 8s
  5. 15m 51s
    1. Defining units of measure
      6m 13s
    2. Drafting with architectural units
      5m 1s
    3. Drafting with metric units
      4m 37s
  6. 20m 52s
    1. Cartesian coordinates
      5m 50s
    2. Object snaps
      10m 27s
    3. Automating object snaps
      4m 35s
  7. 23m 33s
    1. Rectangle
      4m 22s
    2. Ellipse
      6m 0s
    3. Hatch
      8m 34s
    4. Polygon
      4m 37s
  8. 23m 28s
    1. Move and Copy
      6m 45s
    2. Rotate
      5m 6s
    3. Offset
      6m 1s
    4. Erase
      2m 6s
    5. Undo and Redo
      3m 30s
  9. 12m 38s
    1. Windows and crossing windows
      4m 49s
    2. Removing from selections
      3m 44s
    3. Using key-ins
      4m 5s
  10. 1h 4m
    1. Trim and Extend
      6m 55s
    2. Fillet
      5m 3s
    3. Chamfer
      6m 36s
    4. Array
      8m 2s
    5. Mirror
      6m 54s
    6. Stretch
      5m 51s
    7. Scale
      5m 19s
    8. Grips
      7m 37s
    9. Explode
      4m 17s
    10. Polyline edit
      7m 48s
  11. 26m 8s
    1. Layers
      3m 32s
    2. The Layer Properties Manager
      9m 8s
    3. Layer control
      4m 30s
    4. The ByLayer property
      5m 27s
    5. The Layer Previous command
      3m 31s
  12. 43m 16s
    1. Single-line text
      3m 47s
    2. Text justification
      7m 3s
    3. Text styles
      7m 31s
    4. Multi-line text
      6m 30s
    5. Editing
      3m 24s
    6. Bulleted and numbered lists
      4m 7s
    7. Symbols
      6m 19s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 35s
  13. 29m 0s
    1. Creating dimensions
      8m 36s
    2. Dimension styles
      6m 39s
    3. Callouts
      6m 42s
    4. Tweaking dimensions
      7m 3s
  14. 14m 53s
    1. The Distance command
      4m 17s
    2. The Property Changer
      6m 31s
    3. The Quick Calculator
      4m 5s
  15. 25m 10s
    1. Creating and inserting blocks
      10m 16s
    2. Using blocks
      5m 47s
    3. Modifying blocks
      4m 8s
    4. Building your library
      4m 59s
  16. 48m 45s
    1. Quick plots
      6m 42s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 37s
    3. Layouts pt. 1: Choosing paper
      3m 23s
    4. Layouts pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      3m 13s
    5. Layouts pt. 3: Cutting a viewport
      6m 18s
    6. Layouts pt. 4: Reusing layouts
      4m 16s
    7. Scale factors
      4m 0s
    8. Sizing modelspace text
      7m 17s
    9. Sizing modelspace dimensions
      4m 48s
    10. Sizing linetypes
      3m 11s
  17. 10m 1s
    1. Drawing compatibility
      3m 5s
    2. E-transmitting
      3m 12s
    3. Saving to the Design Web format
      3m 44s
  18. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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AutoCAD is a computer-aided drafting and design program that is the industry standard for a wide variety of 2D and 3D work. AutoCAD 2008 features several improvements over previous versions, but the core functionality and workflows have remained consistent for years. Users who have any of the more recent editions of the software will find AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training to be a valuable resource. Instructor Jeff Bartels has taught and used AutoCAD for a decade, and in this course he focuses on the difficult to master concepts that matter most to professional AutoCAD users. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Opening, viewing, saving, and sharing drawings
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Mastering drawing fundamentals and specialized commands
  • Defining units of measure and controlling accuracy
  • Making primary modifications and major changes to a drawing
  • Organizing layers and reusable content
  • Annotating and dimensioning
  • Plotting with layouts
  • Sizing linetypes, modelspace text, and dimensions for a plot
Subject:
CAD
Software:
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Author:
Jeff Bartels

Spell-checking

You may have the best design concept in the world, but if your CAD drawing is riddled with spelling errors, your clients may have a hard time taking it seriously. Fortunately, AutoCAD provides a full-featured spell checker to help protect us from misspelled words. Let's take a look at the spell checker. We are going to open a drawing. We are going to look inside the Chapter 11 folder inside our Exercise Files directory, and I'm going to come all the way to the bottom of the list and we are going to open up drawing number 8, the Spell Check drawing. I will highlight that guy and click Open to bring him up on the screen.

Now, let's make the assumption I'm working on a paving plan. I need to repave this parking lot. Now, I certainly don't have all of the information necessary for a paving plan, but I do have a parking lot and I have a fair amount of text. Let's use AutoCAD to check this drawing for spelling errors. If I want to spell check a drawing, I'm going to come up to my Tools pulldown and I'm going to select Spelling. This will bring up my Check Spelling dialog. If I look at the top, this is where I can select where I want AutoCAD to look for spelling errors.

Currently, it's set for the entire drawing. I don't always have to check the entire drawing. If I click the dropdown, I could limit my search to Model space or to the current layout if I wish or if I come down at the very bottom, I could spell check selected objects. Take a look at this little button, it's grayed out right now. If I select the Selected objects option, notice this little button pops up. This is my Select Text Objects button. From this button, I could click and I could select the specific text items that I would like to spell check.

In this case, I would like to spell check the entire drawing. So let's click the dropdown and we'll set this to Entire drawing. Now that I have told AutoCAD where to check, I am going to come over and click my Start button. When I do, AutoCAD will pan and zoom around the drawing and search for spelling errors. Now technically speaking, it's not necessarily a spelling error. It's just a word that AutoCAD does not recognize as being part of your current dictionary. The nice thing about AutoCAD panning and zooming to that area is that I can see that word in relation to the other words around it.

Let me move my Check Spelling dialog up here. Now, AutoCAD has found a word that was not in the dictionary preform. That is obviously a spelling error. If I come down, I can see AutoCAD has a suggestion perform, which is correct. If this is not in fact the correct word, AutoCAD gives me several other choices that I can select from. I'm going to leave the perform suggestion. Now, if I move to the right, here is where I can select how I want to deal with this misspelled word. I can click the Ignore button to skip this instance.

I can click the Ignore All to skip all instances of this misspelled word. I can also change this specific instance. Or I can change all and change every instance of this misspelled word. I'm going to click Change All. When I do, AutoCAD fixes the word and then it finds another one. Let me slide my Check Spelling just a little bit more to the left. Necessary, this guy is obviously misspelled. Once again, I'm going to come down and click Change All. AutoCAD has found another word. This word happens to be Superpave.

Now, Superpave is a brand name so this is not a misspelling. In this case, I'm not going to go with the suggestion. I can either ignore this instance of the brand name or I can ignore all instances. Instead, I'm going to add this word to my dictionary. This way, this word will never come up as a spelling error again. Let me click Add to Dictionary and AutoCAD will move on. Alright, AutoCAD has found another spelling error or another questionable spelling. I've got a callout that should read stop sign. I've obviously spelled it wrong.

Now, you don't want to always blindly click Change All because sometimes the computer grabs the wrong word. In this case, I can see that its suggestion is actually wrong. It should be the next guy down. I need to select Sign, that's what I want to swap this guy out with. And I'm going to click Change All. Now, I'm seeing that AutoCAD is spell checking the street name. Now, this street name happens to be spelled correctly. There is nothing wrong with this. It's not significant enough that I am going to add it to my dictionary. So in this case, I'm just going to click Ignore just to skip right pass this word.

Alright, I'll get just finished spell checking with document. Let me click OK and then we can click the X to close the Check Spelling dialog. Using a spell checker with an AutoCAD eliminates the need for us to have a dictionary close by while we draft and gives us the peace of mind of knowing that we are creating the highest quality construction document possible.

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