Join Jeff Bartels for an in-depth discussion in this video Synchronizing the interface, part of AutoCAD 2009: Annotation.
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The first thing I would like to do before we get started is to synchronize our AutoCAD environments. This will help ensure that what you see me do on my screen will work the same way on your screen. Now, I'm currently working with a default installation of AutoCAD 2009. So at this point, my screen may look a little bit different than yours. The goal is to set up our workspaces such that they are reasonably identical. So, I'm going to be asking you to make some changes such that your system matches mine, but I believe in the do-no-harm principle. So, at each point along the way, I'm going to give you the opportunity to save your current setup.
Let's start with our workspace. A workspace is a saved configuration of all the tools that we see on screen. If you would like to save your current workspace, you can come down and click this gear and select Save Current As from the menu, and in this case, I'm going to call this my original workspace and I'll click Save. If you have done that, you have saved your current workspace and at any point in the future, if you would like to return to it, you can come back down and click this gear and just select your workspace from the list. This is a stock workspace that's installed with AutoCAD 2009. Let me select this and at this point, our screens should look reasonably identical.
Now, I would like to make a couple of minor modifications to this workspace. One thing I'm going to do is remove these two icons down at the bottom of the screen. These guys represent our Model Space tab and our Layout tab. We don't need these. So, I'm going to come over and click this flyout and then I'm going to come up and remove the check from Layout and Model and then I'll remove those icons from my Status Bar. Now, we are going to be using the Property Changer frequently in this title. So, I'm going to being up my Property Changer by hitting Ctrl+1 on my keyboard, and then I'm going to place my cursor over this mask then I'm going to right-click and we'll select Anchor Left such that he stays on my screen.
At any point if I need him, I can simply hover over this margin and he will open up and I have access to the settings. One more palette we'll be using frequently is the Layer Properties palette. Let me turn mine on by clicking this icon in the Layers panel. Once again, I'm going to right-click over the mask and I'm going to select Anchor Left such that this guy is on my screen all the time. As you can see the top of my margin now controls my properties and the bottom of my margin controls my Layer Manager. To make these guys take up a little less space, I'm going to right-click in the margin and select Icons only. This reduces both palettes down to a single icon in my interface.
All right, now that I finished my workspace changes, let's save this workspace. I'm going to come down and click the gear. We'll select Save Current As and we'll call this Lynda workspace, and I'll click Save. This way you can always come down and click this gear to flip between your original and the new workspace. Let me hit Escape to clear the menu and now I would like to talk about our settings. To access our settings, we are going to bring up our Options dialog box. To do that, I'm going to right-click in the middle of the screen and I'll select Options from the menu. This is the place where we go to adjust all of the settings that control the way our AutoCAD functions and if I click through these tabs, we can see there is literally hundreds of settings available.
Now, once again, I'm going to be asking you to make some changes. Before I do that, I'm going to give you the opportunity to save all of your current settings. That is what this Profiles tab is for. Let me select Profiles and if you would like to save your current settings, you can come down and click Add to List. I'm going to call this my original settings and I'll click Apply and Close. At any point in the future, if you would like to restore your settings, you can simply come back to the Profiles tab, select your settings from the list and click Set Current. Now, since we are going to be making changes, I'm going to select Unnamed Profile such that our changes affect this profile and the first place I would like to go is the Display tab.
I would like you to come down and click the Colors button. This is the dialog box we can use to change some of the color properties of our interface items in AutoCAD. I would like to change the background color of model space. Now, by default, those options are already highlighted. We just need to come down and click the Color flyout and I would like to set this to Black. Having a black background in model space gives us much better contrast between our layer colors. Let's click Apply and Close. Notice we can see the change happen right out here. Let's go to the Selection tab. I would like you to come down to the Selection Preview area and remove this check when no command is active. This setting causes AutoCAD to highlight our entities just by placing our cursor over them and that can be a little bit confusing especially if we get into a drawing with a lot of line work. This way my objects will only highlight when there is an active command.
Let's click Visual Effect settings. This controls how our objects highlight. I'm going to set this for Thicken only and I'll click OK. I want to make one more change. It is on the User Preferences tab. I want you to come down and click the Right-click Customization button and make sure that all these guys are set to Shortcut, Shortcut, Shortcut. Now, these settings happen to be the defaults. So, if you have never gone into this dialog before, your settings already match mine. Now, when I'm finished, I'll click Apply and Close and we'll click OK. With our settings taken care of, we can be certain that your AutoCAD should now function just like my AutoCAD and we are ready to take a look at the tutorials. Let's get started.
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