- AutoCAD for Mac is laid out using three main component types. These include the menu bar, the floating palettes, and the drawing window. The menu bar is similar to many other applications in Mac OS X. Under the application menu we'll find things like About AutoCAD, Preferences, and quitting the program. From left to right, we'll find things like File, Edit, and similar to what we would find in other applications. Each is fairly descriptive of the tools beneath. So if I want to insert a PDF let's say, I'll go over to Insert and I'll find PDF Underlay.
If I want to dimension the length of an arc, I'll go under Dimension, and scroll down til I find Arc Length. Around the perimeter are the tool palettes. These include things like the layers palette, the properties inspector, the status bar, the command line, and the tool sets palette. There are others and they're controllable here under Tools and Palettes. Of these one of the most important is the command line down here in the lower left corner. This is how AutoCAD communicates with us, and how we talk to AutoCAD. So make sure you're always looking down there.
The center of the screen is the drawing window. This is the largest drafting table ever. It's capable of detailing things as small as a paperclip and much, much smaller to an entire city and even larger. Take a few minutes and familiarize yourself with the space, palettes, and windows.
- Accessing palettes
- Changing preferences
- Opening and saving files
- Working with views
- Creating basic geometry: lines, ellipses, splines, and more
- Selecting, moving, copying, and scaling geometry
- Working with layers
- Using gradients
- Creating blocks and dynamic blocks
- Working with references
- Creating layouts
- Annotating drawings
- Plotting and sharing
- Starting in 3D
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Interface
2. File Management
4. Basic Geometry
5. Geometry Tools
6. Modifying Geometry
8. Advanced Objects
11. Plotting and Sharing
12. 3D Basics
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