Join Jeff Bartels for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Initial Setup to create a customized workspace, part of AutoCAD 2010 New Features.
When we first launched AutoCAD 2010, we see a new dialog box called Initial Setup. AutoCAD uses this to find out a little bit about how we'll be using the program, and based on how we answer these questions, AutoCAD will customize the content and workspace to match the type of work that we do. On this first screen, I get to select my industry. What will I be using this software for? The answer that I give will determine the default content I see on my tool palettes, and it will also determine the content I see if I visit autodesk.com.
For the purposes of this title, I am going to select Other (General Design and Documentation), and I'll click Next. On the next page, I can see some additional tools. If I hover over these, AutoCAD will show me a preview and give me a little bit more information. If any of these interest me, I can put a check in the box, and AutoCAD will add these tools to my interface. Essentially, what we're doing right now is building a custom startup workspace. For this title, once again, I'm going to un-check all of these, and go with the default, and I am going to come down and click Next.
Finally on this page, I get to specify my drawing template. Do I want to use the AutoCAD 2010 default template, or maybe I'd like to select an Office template on my network. Then again, maybe I would like to specify my template based on the type of work that I do. If I click this flyout, I can choose between an Imperial or Metric template. I'm going to go with the default, and then I'll click Finish. If we look right down here in the lower right corner of the interface, we can see that we have a new workspace now called Initial Setup Workspace, and this is based on how we answered our questions.
Now for the purposes of this title, I feel it's important for our screens to be as similar as possible, and I don't know how you answered your questions when you first loaded your software, so what I'd like you to do is click this flyout and select the 2D Drafting & Annotation Workspace. This is a stock workspace that's installed automatically with AutoCAD. You can always return to your current workspace later, but for now, if we are both using this workspace, our screen should be reasonably identical. One more thing. I'm sure you've noticed that the background color of model space has changed from a bright yellow, in AutoCAD 2009, to this off-white color now, in 2010.
I'm going to be honest. I'm still not sold on the brightly colored background. In my opinion, some of the layer colors are too hard to read over a white background, and when I'm doing production work, I need this much contrast between my colors and my background as possible. So, I'm going to be a maverick, and I'm going to change the model space background color to black. To do that, I'm going to right-click and select Options, and then I'm going to go to the Display Tab, and I'll come down and select Colors, and fortunately, the element I want change is already selected, 2D model space, Uniform background.
I am just going to come down and click the Color flyout and set this to black, I'll then click Apply and Close, and OK. Now that we are in the software and our workspaces are synchronized, we're ready to move on and look at the improvements that have been made to AutoCAD 2010.
- 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