AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training
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AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training

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The Stretch command is often misunderstood by AutoCAD users because at first glance, it appears to be selecting more than what we intended. When it comes right down to it, the Stretch command is nothing more than an endpoint mover. We are going to take a look at the Stretch command. I'm going to come up and click my Open icon. And inside the Chapter 9 folder within the Exercise Files directory, I'm going to come down and go to the number 6 drawing, this is our Stretch demonstration. I will highlight that drawing and click Open to bring him up on 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:
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Software:
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Author:
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Stretch

The Stretch command is often misunderstood by AutoCAD users because at first glance, it appears to be selecting more than what we intended. When it comes right down to it, the Stretch command is nothing more than an endpoint mover. We are going to take a look at the Stretch command. I'm going to come up and click my Open icon. And inside the Chapter 9 folder within the Exercise Files directory, I'm going to come down and go to the number 6 drawing, this is our Stretch demonstration. I will highlight that drawing and click Open to bring him up on screen.

Now, this drawing is currently set to architectural units. I know that because I created the drawing, but I can prove it to you in case you don't believe me. I can come down to Format and select Units. Yes, in fact, that is architectural. Let me click OK. I've got a rectangle on my screen. Let's say I would like to make this rectangle 3 inches longer. I'm going to do that by using the Stretch command. To launch the Stretch command, I'm going to come over to my Modify toolbar and click the Stretch icon. When I do, AutoCAD is asking to me select objects. If we look at the command line, we can see that we are supposed to select our objects to Stretch by using a crossing window.

OK, let's do that. I would like to stretch my rectangle three units to the right. So I'm going to click off in space, I will click once and I will make a crossing window around these endpoints. The Stretch command is an endpoint mover. So even though I'm using a crossing selection, the only part of my entities that's going to be changed are the endpoints that fall within the selection. Let me click to finish my window. Notice the entire rectangle highlights. Let me right-click to finish the selection.

Now, AutoCAD is asking me to specify base point just like the Move command. I'm going to move up and I'm going to use the endpoint right here. I've got a running Object Snap, so I will left-click. Notice, as I move my cursor, I'm stretching that rectangle and the only part that's really being adjusted are the endpoints that fell within that selection. Now, I would like this to be somewhat accurate, so I'm going to come down and click my Ortho button. Now, I can take and pull this guy to the right, type in 3 inches and hit Enter.

I'm going to back up. We are going to look at another example. Let me pan down. Let's stretch to this rectangle. I would like this guy to be 3 units longer as well. Once again, I'm going to come over and launch my Stretch command. So as the command comes up, AutoCAD is asking me to select objects. Once again, I'm going to use a crossing window. I'm going to click right here. I'm going to create my window around the endpoints that I want to move. And then, I will click to finish my window.

Notice, half of my screen is highlighting. Let me right-click to finish the selection. Even though all of that geometry is highlighted, the only parts that are going to be affected are the endpoints that fell within the selection. So AutoCAD is asking me to specify base point. Once again, I will grab the endpoint of the rectangle right here. As I move my cursor, notice that only the endpoints are being affected. So I'm going to take and pull in this direction and I'm going to type in 3 inches, Enter. I have just stretched that rectangle.

Let's try and use the Stretch command in a practical example. I'm going to back up a little bit and will pan over. I'm going to zoom in on this geometry. Let's say I'm a furniture designer and I've just finished creating this entertainment center and I would like to create a matching bookshelf. Well, I don't want to go through and redraft any geometry. I'm going to convert this entertainment center into a bookshelf using the Stretch command. First thing first, I don't need these components anymore so I am going to hit my Erase button and I will erase my components.

Let me select these guys and we'll get rid of them. Let me right-click to finish the selection. I don't need this divider, let's get rid of that. I'm going to click Erase and I will do a nice crossing window across my divider which selects those entities. You know what, I also don't need my drawer handles or the divider between the drawers, I'm going to create a crossing window right around here, this will select all of those entities. Let me finish the window by clicking and then I will right-click to finish the selection. Alright, let's use the Stretch command to create a bookshelf.

I'm going to come over and launch the Stretch command by clicking the Stretch icon in the Modify toolbar. AutoCAD is now asking me to select objects. I'm going to move to the upper right and click, and I'm going to pulldown to the lower left and create a crossing window around this geometry. Let me click to finish the window. I will right-click to finish my selection. And I want to stretch this geometry from the endpoint right here and we will bring it over to the endpoint right here.

Now that we have got the outer part of our bookshelf finished, let's finish the shelves themselves. I'm going to launch the Stretch command one more time, select Objects. I'm going to make a nice crossing window around the ends of the shelves. Let me finish the window by clicking and then I will right-click to finish the selection. Alright, now it's time to specify my base point. I'm going to zoom in a little bit. I would like to stretch this from the endpoint right here, so I will click and wherever I would like to place this, I'm going to use a perpendicular Object Snap.

I would like to stretch them such that they end up perpendicular to this vertical line. So let me come over and click my Perpendicular icon. And then, we will come back, I will put my cursor on the line and click. If we look at the Stretch command as an endpoint mover, it makes much more sense when selecting our entities and modifying our geometry. As you can see, if you can successfully use the Stretch command, you can make significant changes to your drawings in absolutely no time.

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