AutoCAD 2011: Migrating from Windows to Mac

with Jeff Bartels
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AutoCAD 2011: Migrating from Windows to Mac
Video duration: 0s 2h 45m Beginner


AutoCAD 2011: Migrating from Windows to Mac with Jeff Bartels covers the fundamental differences between the 2011 Mac OS X version of AutoCAD and the venerable PC edition, allowing designers to leverage existing AutoCAD skills and easily transition to the new environment. This course runs through both a typical 2D and 3D design workflow, covering its workspace, tools, customization options, and strategies users can apply working in a mixed Windows and Mac environment. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Adjusting preferences
  • Customizing the interface
  • Opening and managing drawings
  • Constructing a 2D drawing
  • Creating and inserting block references
  • Building a library using the Content Manager
  • Making references to external files and images
  • Plotting drawings
  • Creating a model in 3D space


- Hi, my name is Jeff Bartels and I'd like to welcome you to the AutoCAD 2011 Migrating from Widows to Mac title. AutoCAD 2011 marks the first time in 15 years that AutoCAD's been available as a native Mac application. This means that AutoCAD users are no longer locked into the Windows platform. They can now create and edit their designs within a Mac environment. My goal in this title is to show you how easy it is to work with the Mac version using your existing AutoCAD skills. I will also make sure that you're comfortable with the new workspace and tools, such that you can start designing on the Mac without any loss in productivity.

We'll start by exploring the new streamlined interface, and walk through the new and redesigned palette choices. Next, we'll talk about file maintenance options and learn how to access our files using Mac tools like Finder and Cover Flow. We'll explore program functionality by running through many of the commands involved in a typical 2D workflow, stopping along the way to talk about any differences in dialogue boxes or interface components. If you're someone who designs in 3D, we'll be exploring some of the 3D functionality as well, focusing on general tools for creating models and photorealistic renderings.

Finally, we'll talk about ways to customize the application itself, by creating our own menus and tool sets. After completing this title, you'll have the tools necessary to migrate your AutoCAD workflow from a Windows environment to the Mac. So, if you're ready to make the switch, follow me and we'll get started.

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