Creating layers and managing them easily is an important part of working in AutoCAD. Create new layers and set properties like color, line type, and line weight.
- [Instructor] Layers are an important part of any drawing file, and AutoCAD for Mac is no exception. We actually have a similar pallet to the Windows version to manage our layers in AutoCad for Mac. Prior to 2017, this is a dockable pallet. After 2017, it's a separate pallet, which I can activate here under the menu item Window. This palette allows me to create new layers by clicking here in the lower left corner. And now I can alter the properties of the layer just like I'm used to, including things like color, line weight, and line type.
I can load additional line types by accessing the AutoCAD line type file and selecting the line types I want to add. Just like the Windows version I can add multiple line types at a single time. All I have to do is hold down the Command key and select multiple line types, and click add. From here, I can also manage my layer states, as well as creating layer groups. I love this feature as I can quickly turn on or off groups of layers in a single click by grouping them together first.
I can put all of my hardware in one group, or all my interior and exterior doors into a single group and control them together when I need to. I also have some control over the layer properties palette itself, including how my layer groups are displayed, and which columns I want to see in the palette. Fortunately all of my layers and my layer states work without issue from AutoCAD for Windows to AutoCAD for Mac, and back again. Once my layers are set, I can close the palette, and I can control them over here in the layers panel.
It's a very similar panel to the layers panel of the Windows ribbon. I can make layers current, and control them including matching them, isolating them, turning them on or off, as well as access to my layer states. So, once I create my layers, I can manage and work with them exactly how I'm used to.
- Getting comfortable in the AutoCAD for Mac interface
- Managing files in the Finder
- Saving files
- Setting up 2D layers
- Working with 2D layouts and paper space
- Using external references
- Using the Sheet Set Manager (aka the Project Manager)
- Printing in AutoCAD for Mac
- 3D modeling
- Customizing AutoCAD for Mac
- Understanding renamed and missing features