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AutoCAD 2011 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

AutoCAD has grown more complex over the years, in part to keep up with the increasing complexity of the design and drafting processes that AutoCAD 2011 is intended to serve. It’s not enough just to draw [more…]

AutoCAD 2010 Drawing Scale and Limits Charts: Feet and Inches

AutoCAD 2010 helps you design nearly anything you can think of, but you do have to recognize some limits. The following table shows limits for drawing scales from 1/16 of an inch to 3 inches to a foot: [more…]

AutoCAD 2010 Drawing Scale and Limits Charts: Millimeters

You work to scale when you design using AutoCAD 2010. And because you work to scale, the boundary of a project depends on the scale you’re using and the size of the paper you’re going to print it on. The [more…]

How to Set Up the AutoCAD 2010 Drawing Functions

Using AutoCAD 2010 enables you to do amazing things if you just set it up right before you get started. The following table shows AutoCAD commands in both the ribbon application and classic menus and describes [more…]

Keyboard Shortcuts for AutoCAD 2010

The keyboard shortcuts in AutoCAD 2010 let you accomplish tasks at the press of a key or two. The following table shows some of the most-used AutoCAD commands and their shortcut keys: [more…]

AutoCAD 2010 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

AutoCAD 2010 is both powerful and complex. Setting it up to conform to the standards you want is the first step in using it. Whether you work in inches and feet or millimeters, you have to know the size [more…]

AutoCAD 2012’s Top Keyboard Shortcuts

Over AutoCAD’s 25-year existence, the one input method that’s remained constant is typing into the command line. Most experienced AutoCAD users find typing command aliases and entering Ctrl+key combinations [more…]

AutoCAD 2012 Drawing Setup Roadmap

Drawing setup in AutoCAD 2012 can seem a little complicated before you get used to it. The following table lists ten fundamental AutoCAD setup commands in the order you probably use them, explains what [more…]

AutoCAD 2012's Drawing Scale and Limits Chart: Feet and Inches

It's not a bad idea to set limits for your AutoCAD 2012 drawing. Limits in AutoCAD represent the rectangular working area that you'll draw in, which usually corresponds to the paper size. Setting limits [more…]

AutoCAD 2012’s Drawing Scale and Limits Charts: Millimeters

It’s not a bad idea to set limits for your AutoCAD drawing. The limits represent the rectangular working area that you’ll draw in, which usually corresponds to the paper size. Setting AutoCAD's limits [more…]

AutoCAD 2012 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

AutoCAD has grown more complex over the years, in part to keep up with the increasing complexity of the design and drafting processes that AutoCAD 2012 is intended to serve. It’s not enough just to draw [more…]

AutoCAD 2013 Drawing Setup Roadmap

AutoCAD 2013's drawing setup can seem complicated at first. The following table lists ten fundamental setup commands, what they do, and various ways to find them. [more…]

AutoCAD 2013's Top Keyboard Shortcuts

Since AutoCAD came into being more than 25 years ago, the one input method that’s remained constant is typing into the command line. The following table lists useful keyboard shortcuts. [more…]

AutoCAD 2013's Drawing Scale and Limits in Feet and Inches

In AutoCAD, setting limits correctly lets you display the drawing grid over your working area, among other things. The following table lists the dimensions for different paper sizes at different drawing [more…]

AutoCAD 2013's Drawing Scale and Limits in Millimeters

If you prefer to work in millimeters when using AutoCAD 2013, you still want to set your limits correctly. This allows you to display the drawing grid over your working area, among other things. Here are [more…]

AutoCAD 2013 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

It’s not enough to draw nice-looking lines anymore. If you want to compete in the AutoCAD realm, you need to carefully organize the objects you draw, their properties, and the files in which they reside [more…]

AutoCAD 2014's Drawing Scale and Limits in Millimeters

If you prefer to work in millimeters when using AutoCAD 2014, you still want to set your limits correctly. This allows you to display the drawing grid over your working area, among other things. Here are [more…]

AutoCAD 2014 Drawing Setup Roadmap

AutoCAD 2014's drawing setup can seem complicated at first. The following table lists the fundamental setup commands you should use to set up your drawings, what they do, and various ways to find them. [more…]

Top Keyboard Shortcuts in AutoCAD 2014

Since AutoCAD came into being more than 25 years ago, the one input method that's remained constant is typing into the command line. The following table lists useful keyboard shortcuts for AutoCAD 2014 [more…]

AutoCAD 2014's Drawing Scale and Limits in Feet and Inches

In AutoCAD, setting limits correctly lets you display the drawing grid over your working area, among other things. The following table lists the dimensions for different paper sizes at different drawing [more…]

AutoCAD 2014 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

It's not enough to draw nice-looking lines anymore. If you want to compete in the AutoCAD realm, you need to carefully organize the objects you draw, their properties, and the files in which they reside [more…]

Check AutoCAD 2014 System Requirements

If your work is mostly or entirely 2D — and therefore, this applies especially for LT users — AutoCAD 2014 runs adequately on pretty much any recent computer that runs Windows 8, 7, or XP. On the other [more…]

The History of Rendering in AutoCAD

In the computer graphics world, rendering is the process of illuminating a set of 3D objects with one or more imaginary lights and then creating a more-or-less realistic picture of the results. [more…]

Ten (Or So) Differences between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT are quite similar but not identical. In this extra Part of Tens are the ten (okay, eleven) most significant differences between the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT programs. [more…]

AutoCAD 2014 Status Bar Icons

AutoCAD's status bar appears at the bottom of the AutoCAD screen. It displays ― and allows you to change ― several important drawing modes, aids, and settings that affect how you draw and edit in the current [more…]

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