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AutoCAD 2000 Basics
Setting Up AutoCAD

01-Intro to AutoCAD
02-Setting Up the Display Properties
03-Confining AutoCAD's Colors
04-Auto Saves Etc....
05-Getting to Know AutoCAD
06-AutoCAD and its Areas

The Basics of AutoCAD

07-The Menus
08-The Toolbars
09-The Drawing Area
10-The Status Area
11-The Command Prompt
12-The Command Structure
13-The Smart Menu

The Basics of Setting up a Drawing

14-The New Command and the New Drawing Wizards
15-Setting Units
16-Setting Drawing Limits

The Basics of Drafting

Coordinate system and Absolute Coordinate System
Relative Coordinate System
Polar Coordinate System
Direction and Distances
Ortho Tracking and Polar Tracking with Direction and Distances
How to Select and Un-Select
Layers and How to Use Them
Getting Around in Your Drawing Using the Zoom and Pan Commands
Grips Selection

Basics Drawing

The Basic Line
Contraction Line
Poly Line
Insert Block
Make Block
Point and Its Sub Commands
End of Drawing Tools

The Basic Modify Commands I.E.

Match Properties
Edit Hatch
Edit Poly Line
Edit Spline
Edit Text
Copy/Multi Copy


Intro to Annotation
Using Single Line Text
Spelling Checker
Setting Up Text Style
Liner Dimension
Aligned Dimension
Ordinate Dimension
Radius Dimension
Diameter Dimensions
Angular Dimensions
Base line Dimensions
Continue Dimensions
Leader Dimensions
Tolerance Dimensions
Oblique Dimensions
Align Text
Dimension Styles
Setting Current Dimensions Style
QDim Dimensions
Tolerance Dimensions

The End Product

What is a Layout
How to Use a Layout
How to Set up a Layout / Viewports and Layouts
Making Single Viewport
Making Polygonal Viewport
Making Viewports Out of Closed Shapes
Clipping Viewports
Setting Up Viewport So They Don't Plot
Using Layers in Viewports
Setting Dimension Text to Self Scale to the Layout
Using Pen Settings and Making Pen Settings
Plotting and Printing
Last Word on Pen Tables and Plotting

Setting Drawing Limits

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When working with CAD we always operate with the real-world sizes of the objects we are designing.

Format > Units
Calls up the Units Control dialogue box (illustrated) – select Decimal units with 0 precision and Decimal Degrees with 0.0 precision and then click OK.

Format >Drawing Limits
Executes the Limits command - this is the command that defines the drawing size, in this case, in model space - notice that AutoCAD prompts you, on the Command line, to specify the lower-left corner of drawing limits.

To accept the suggested value of (0,0) as the coordinates of the lower-left corner of the drawing area - note that AutoCAD always displays suggested values in angle brackets.

20000,15000 >Enter
To specify the upper-right corner coordinates – this represents the largest drawing area that we expect to need for this drawing - we can always change it later if necessary.

Having set the drawing limits, we now need to instruct AutoCAD to display the whole of that area on the screen. At the present moment, it is only displaying a small portion of the drawing area (about 420 x 297 units out of 20000 x 15000!) because that is the default metric drawing size when AutoCAD is shipped. You ought to check that by moving the mouse pointer around the drawing area, noting the coordinate position displayed in the status area. To display the whole sheet, proceed as follows: [Standard.Zoom All] Issue the command Zoom with the option All - check out the Command Window to see the way AutoCAD prompts you as you enter this command and then enters the response by itself!! Button Tools can be programmed to execute several commands, including all the necessary responses in order to perform quite complex operations.

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