Join Jeff Bartels for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the updated Ribbon, part of AutoCAD 2010 New Features.
The ribbon interface was enhanced in AutoCAD 2010 to give us faster and more consistent access to our tools. I am going to start up by selecting the Annotate tab, and notice that several of my panels contain a small arrow. If I click the arrow, AutoCAD will give me access to settings that are related to the tools on this panel. So in this case, the arrow brought up my Dimension Style Manager. If I click this arrow, it brings up the Table Style Manager. If I go back to the Home tab, I can click the arrow on the Properties panel and it brings up my Property Changer.
The ribbon is also context-sensitive now, meaning that it will automatically show you the tools related to the objects you select. For instance, let me zoom in a little bit. I have got some text here. I am going to double-click to edit this text. Notice I have a new tab on my ribbon with tools that are related to text editing. I am going to hit Escape to deselect this, and this screened back geometry that we see is an External Reference. I am going to click to select this. Once again, my ribbon is now populated with tools for editing External References. I will hit Escape.
This is an image, and now I have tools that will allow me to edit my image. This means that you never have to go searching for tools anymore. Your tools, quite literally, will come searching for you. Let me show you my favorite ribbon update. I am going to click, hold, and drag on this Draw panel, and I am going to drag it out in the model space and release. Now, if I switch tabs, notice the panel stays on screen. Panels that are dragged out in the model space are called Sticky panels, because they'll stay visible even if you change tabs.
That means if you're someone that has dual monitors, you can take the panels that you use most, and you can drag those on to your other screen. And no matter where you're at in your ribbon, you'll always have access to your tools. Now, to return a panel to the ribbon, I'll place my cursor over it, and when it expands, I will click this icon in the upper right corner. And if I go back to the Home tab, I can see my panel went right back where it came from. As you can see, the enhancements to the ribbon in AutoCAD 2010, not only make your tools easier to find, they also let you keep the tools you use most on your screen, where they are only one click away.
- Creating geometric relationships between entities in a design
- Adding variables and expressions to dimensional constraints
- Importing and exporting PDF files
- Taking measurements using the MEASUREGEOM feature
- Creating a 3D conceptual design with freeform mesh models
- Using AutoDesk Seek to find drawing content
- Using dynamic grips to modify non-associative hatch