With today’s focus on smaller, healthier portions of food, Americans are being urged to avoid the Super Size Meals available at many fast food restaurants. If we should not order more than we need to eat, then shouldn’t training be the same?
If you have never used AutoCAD and find yourself in need of opening, perhaps a very small amount of editing, and plotting a drawing someone sends you, then why should you have to sit through two or more days of training on the intricacies of using the full features of AutoCAD just as someone who is going to create a fully detailed drawing of a space station? The point is that you shouldn’t.
You probably have purchased, or are considering purchasing, AutoCAD LT. If you’re purchasing the 2006 version, then you don’t need to know (and don’t want to know) about all the options of entering data on the command line with absolute, relative, and polar coordinates. Since the 2006 version of AutoCAD (and the Autodesk line of products) is designed for more “heads up” design, there’s almost no need for the command line at all.
With that in mind, I’m writing materials for a new class. This class will be aimed at new users who only need limited functionality with AutoCAD. It’s not intended for new users who need to cover all the commands and utilize the full product.
This will be taught with AutoCAD LT 2006.
Fast Track to Using AutoCAD 2006
Topics to be covered include:
Your Workspace – Setting your workspace to work comfortably.
o Display Options
Drawing – Very basic draw commands with OSNAPS using direct distance entry and no command line.
o What’s the difference between a line and polyline?
Modify – Very basic modify commands and how to use selection methods
Layers, Text & Dimensions – Very basics for understanding existing information and doing limited text or dimensioning.
o What are layers and how do I control them?
o Add or modify text
o Add basic dimensions and leaders
Open, Save & File Types
o What kind of files can I open?
o File organization and where to save your drawings
o Is my drawing in model space or paper space and why does it matter?
o What kind of files can I save?
o Printing to a laser or inkjet printer
o Plotting larger drawings
o How can I send the drawing to someone else?
o Using the DWF Viewer, DWG Viewer, or DWF Composer