In this video, author Shaun Bryant shows you the application menu in AutoCAD Architecture.
- [Instructor] We're starting a new chapter now in our AutoCAD Architecture Essential training. We're going to be looking at using the interface. Now you may think to yourself, hang on a moment, we did that in the previous chapter. Well, we did briefly. What I'm going to do in this using the interface chapter is take you through each individual element of the interface, and go into it in a lot more detail. Show you the settings, all the ways that each individual element works so that you know how to drive AutoCAD Architecture effectively and productively.
So, we've got a drawing open. It's that good old Floor Plan.dwg file. Again, you can download that from the exercise files on the website, and use it accordingly to follow along with the videos in this chapter. Now, the first part of the interface that we're going to look at in detail is the application menu, and that's on the top left corner of your AutoCAD Architecture screen. So the big, red A just there. Now you'll notice there's two As. There's a red A, which stands for AutoCAD. There's a little black A, which stands for Architecture, and should go AutoCAD Architecture.
Click on the little flyer arrow, and there's our application menu. Now, you may look at it and think, well, that's a bit boring. Well, it is. It's a boring menu, and it's a boring menu because it does all the basic boring stuff that you need it to do, but the good thing is, is all the boring stuff is in the one place. It's in the application menu. Now the good thing is, you've got things like your New. If I hover over that, you can see you've got different elements. You can crack a new drawing or a new project. I can Open a new drawing or project and so on.
I can Save, I can Save As, I can Export, I can Publish, I can Print, I've got Drawing Utilities, and I can Close as well. I can close the current Current Drawing, All Drawings, or All Project Drawings. Now the benefit you've got is as you hover over each element on the left hand side, you get various options available to you in that little window pane on the right hand side, so if I went back over Drawing Utilities, I can do my Drawing Setup, I can set up my Drawing Properties, I can Purge unused named items, I can Recover a damaged file, I can Audit a file and so on.
So the whole idea is that the application menu gives you all of those basic tools that you need to work with AutoCAD Architecture. Now, let me just come up to the top here, though. You'll notice there's some settings. I can go here, Recent Documents. These are my Recent Documents. Or I can just go different documents, like that, and the one Open Document that I've got open, is my Floor Plan.dwg. If I go back to Recent Documents, there's all the recent ones that I've opened. Hence, the Recent Documents at the top of the list.
I can search for commands, I can go in there and I can type in something like line, for example, and it finds all the instances of that word, line, in all of the tools available to me in AutoCAD Architecture. So if I just backspace that and clear that, when it's empty, takes me back to the application menu screen. Few more settings I want to show you briefly. If I look here, it's By Ordered List. That's the default setting. I can go By Access Dates, which sorts them by date, so there's Today, or Older. I can go By Size, file size.
I can By Type of file. I might have different file types. Most of the time, though, you are going to just do it By Ordered List. I can have different size icons, I can have Large Icons, I can have Small Images. I can have Larger Images of the files I've been using. That one there, the Larger Images, is really useful because it actually shows you a little thumbnail of what the file actually looks like. I'm just going to jump back to the default of Small Icons again. The other benefit I have there is if I've got a file that I use all the time on a project, I can pin it open.
Now why would I pin it open like that? I'm not actually pinning it open so it's an open file in AutoCAD Architecture, but I'm pinning it so it's open here in this list, and it means that it's always there to be opened if I need it, because this list updates depending on the previous bunch of files that I've opened, Recent Documents, basically, and you can see there, that one will always be there in the list, so I've pinned it into the list. If I unpin it, as this list updates, as I open and close different files, it'll disappear, but if it's pinned, it'll always be there.
Last but not least in the application menu, you can jump down into your AutoCAD Architecture Options. These are all of your settings that you're using in AutoCAD Architecture right now. So things like where your files are stored, what your Display settings are, how you Open and Save. You'll notice when I save, I always save as an AutoCAD 2018 dwg. I might save back to an older version of the file, but be careful with that, because you've got compatibility issues between older versions of AutoCAD Architecture, so I'm using AutoCAD Architecture 2018 right now, so I should really be using AutoCAD 2018 dwg files.
Plotting and Publishing, all my settings are there. My System settings are there. Things like Graphics Performance, my graphics card. Current System Pointing Device is my mouse. Any User Preferences that I might want to use, any Drafting settings. 3D Modeling settings, my Selection settings, how I select objects. I've got AEC Editor there. That's all my settings for editing AEC information out of AutoCAD Architecture. Moving along, you'll also notice I've got AEC Content there, so it's using my UK content, because obviously, I'm in the UK using metric.
I can change that. There's my Project Defaults there, my location path, my template files I might use, and so on. You've also got things like a Bulletin Board for your project, that allows you to see information about the project. Object Settings, as you can see there, all different settings, my auto-snap radius, my Space Settings, between associative spaces, and as I move along, I've got my AEC Dimension settings as well, which are in my Dimension styles in AutoCAD Architecture, so there are a lot of stuff in that application menu.
I'll just click on Cancel there 'cause I don't want to change any of my options settings, but in the application menu, that's how you get to what I call the internal workings of AutoCAD Architecture, the under the hood stuff that you need to set up before you start working with it in the Options, but also, all of those what I call regular, boring-type commands that you get with any Windows-based application, are also in the application menu as well.
In this course, author Shaun Bryant takes you through the tools and techniques used by professional architects to build amazing structures with AutoCAD Architecture 2018. Learn how to lay out simple floor plans with wall objects, which automatically form clean joints, and add windows and doors that intelligently cut wall openings. Discover how to create stairs and railings, floors and ceilings, and roofs. Find out how to add furnishings, fixtures, lights, and textures to bring your designs to life. Shaun also shows you how to create views and sheets, complete with schedules and tags, and prepare your documentation for printing.
- Adding and modifying walls
- Creating wall openings
- Working with custom and standard column grids
- Ceiling plans
- Stairs and railings
- Floors and roofs
- Furnishings and fixtures
- Setting up projects
- Creating views
- Annotating a drawing
- Adding schedules and tags
- Creating details
- Cameras, lights, and rendering
- Plotting your project sheets