With its redesigned interface, AutoCAD for Mac 2017 has a new take on tool sets. They are easier to edit and have a style reminiscent of the ribbon, while still being very familiar.
- [Instructor] Where AutoCad for Windows has the ribbon, AutoCad for Mac has tool sets. Personally, I actually like the tool sets over the ribbon but it's a completely personal preference. I do actually find the ribbon rather useful, especially the concept that the same screen real estate can be changed to accommodate my specific tasks. However, I like the fact that AutoCad for Mac placed the tool sets on the sides of the screen. With almost every display being a wide screen display now, I'd rather keep my tools and my pallets on the sides of my screen, rather than taking up the limited vertical space that I have.
In 2017 AutoCad for Mac has revised the tool sets with the rest of the interface. Aside from matching the anesthetic of the interface, they've moved the annotation tools from their own tool set to the drafting tool set. So now instead of three tool sets, we have two, drafting and modeling. These tool sets start out in a wide mode, but they can now be condensed here to give you a little bit more screen real estate which is great when you are working on a laptop. Also, we can now easily control which tools are actually present in each one of the panels using the gear here.
I can check or uncheck any of the tools that I like in order to streamline the panel. If I want a little more focus, I can even collapse the panels to focus on the tool panels that I want to use. Lastly, I can reorder the panels. Let's say I want dimension up here at the top. All if have to do is click and drag. This means I can reorder the panels into whatever best works for my workflow. I think this makes altering the tool sets an even easier prospect than before, and hopefully this helps out your workflow just a little bit.