Join Jeff Bartels for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing the Application menu, part of AutoCAD 2010 New Features.
In the upper left corner of our interface is a big red letter A. In AutoCAD 2009, this was called the menu Browser. In 2010, it's been renamed the Application menu. If I click and open this, we can see that it contains standard file maintenance tools, very similar to what you would find in the original File menu. Notice I can create a new drawing or open a drawing. I can save my drawing or export it. I can print, publish or send my drawings via email. I can also access my drawing utilities.
This is where I can find the Recover and Purge commands, as well as Audits and my Drawing Units. By configuring the Application menu in this way, it makes AutoCAD similar to several other popular Windows based applications. Now as long as my Application menu is open, let's open a couple of drawings. I am going to come down to Open and you know what? We don't have to come over and select drawing. If I just click on Open, that will do the same thing. We are going to go inside the chapter_01 folder, inside the Exercise Files directory, and I would like to open these two drawings.
I am going to select 03_cap_lock, and I am going to hold my shift key and select 03_wrench, and I will click Open. All right, I now have two drawings open in my interface. Let's return to the Application menu. Once again, I'll come up and click, and let's take a look at the top of the menu. Right up here, I've got a search area that I can use to find commands. This comes in very handy, especially when you start using the ribbon. It always seems there's a couple of tools that you have difficulty finding. To locate a tool, we can come right here. If we enter the tool's name, for instance, I am going to type 'plot', AutoCAD will tell me where I can find this tool.
Notice it's in the Quick Access toolbar, right here. It's also located in the Application menu. Plot is also available on the Ribbon, and it's in the Output Tab. So this is very handy if you have difficulty finding your tools. As a courtesy, each of these is a Hyperlink. If you want to launch the command, you can simply click. And in this case, AutoCAD has launched the Plot command for me. Let me close this. I am going to return to the Application menu and let's take a look at these two buttons. By default, Recent Documents is pressed.
This gives me access to the last nine drawings that I've worked on, and I do have some flyouts at the top. I can control how this list is ordered. I can order them By Date, or Size or Type. Date is nice, especially in a working environment when you're filling out your time sheet. What did I work on today? What did I work on yesterday? What did I work on last week? I can change how these drawings show up in the list, by using this flyout. Right now, I am using small icons. I can also have large icons or large images if I like. Notice that each of the drawings contains a pushpin.
If I click this, the drawing will always remain in the list. That means if you work on the same drawing for two weeks in a row, it's very easy to open. You can go right to the Application menu and select it, and when you're finished working on that drawing, you can simply click and pop the pin back out, and that it will drop off the list with your other older drawings. This other button gives me access to my Open Documents. If I click this, it will show me the drawings that are currently open in my interface, and I can click on these file names to jump between drawings. The new streamlined Application menu gives us easier access to our standard file maintenance tools, and it makes AutoCAD's menu structure similar to several of the other Windows applications we use everyday.
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