View our AutoCAD tutorial below, or watch one of the many videos on our AutoCAD tutorial page for step-by-step lessons. These videos are for AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD Civil 3D users.
When using AutoCAD, it’s important to know the basic commands. The majority of the commands in AutoCAD are in the same location on the keyboard as on a standard PC keyboard. In AutoCAD LT, you can use any standard PC keyboard.
Note: AutoCAD LT uses the same commands as AutoCAD but with a reduced menu.
Many commands are available in the default installation of AutoCAD. Most of the basic commands are in the following groups:
“Drawing” Group of Commands
The following commands are in the Drawing group:
Transform Coordinates Off
“Typing” Group of Commands
The following commands are in the Typing group:
Ctrl + F
Shift + Arrow
“Modeling” Group of Commands
The following commands are in the Modeling group:
API – Application Programming Interface or Application Programming Description. The ability to control or access software from another software program. For example, the OpenMP API is used to control the Advanced Micro Devices’ programming model implementation of parallel programming.
Application – An organized software system. Includes everything from the user interface to the operations. The term is used in software development for any collection of software, optionally related to a particular client, server, or environment. The application must often be programmed by the client.
Autoload – An “Autoload” is a form of dynamic-scoping, in which code is loaded into a program based on a condition in the program. It is an alternative to using Include files, or to using compile-time import statements.
Autopilot – Autopilot is an application-software combination of features that can control an aircraft or ship autonomously to fly or navigate a predefined course.
Automated Inspection (AI) – The use of robotics to automate the manufacture of a product.
Automated Traffic Management (ATM) – The use of fixed wireless links to remotely control traffic lights.
Auto-tile – An autotile is an object or a collection of objects that automatically generates or auto-generates a tile or tiling view from a 3D model.
Autotracker – An autotracker is a program that is connected to GPS (Global Positioning System) and it shows a map of that area that you are driving. Autotrackers are sometimes known as road watch or road companion.
AutoView – AutoView (sometimes spelled AutoView) is a set of design tools developed by Autodesk that allow users to create, view, and manage BIM models. The AutoView design suite is intended to provide the design and construction industry with a single integrated set of solutions for BIM implementation, design, project management, and construction data management and exchange. It is no longer supported since the release of Autodesk Fusion 360 in 2017.
Authoring – The process of creating a content. The creation of an object in a software program.
Authoring layout – The creation of a content layout, which is a special type of content for a specified topic.
Authoring space – The workspace that is used to create content. Authoring space should be thought of as a container and not as a specific
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## Share Autodesk products
Autodesk Share was developed to provide users an easy way to share their CAD drawings and to collaborate with others in their work. In Autodesk Share users can:
Share work drawings with others on their network
Open and edit shared drawings
Save shared drawings for others to open and edit
Create and edit content (text, drawings, etc)
**Be aware that once you share a CAD file, it’s very difficult to delete the shared files. Autodesk will not delete any shared files.**
Autodesk Share is part of the Autodesk subscription service and the initial version of the application became available in early 2011.
• Import new objects in AutoCAD that are not supported in your current version of AutoCAD and add them directly to your drawings with the Export To feature, without having to export to a new file first.
• Draw AutoCAD objects by selecting the objects and using your cursor to drag.
• Drawing methods that produce dynamic results: A box can be quickly drawn around a set of two or more previously selected objects; a line can be quickly drawn from a starting point to an ending point; a polyline can be drawn from a starting point to multiple ending points; and many other methods.
• Easily convert objects and editable text to paths or shapes and also edit paths and shapes.
• Draw curves, circular objects, lines, curves, rectangles, freehand drawing, and all predefined AutoCAD objects.
• Save and export objects in a variety of formats.
• Draw with multiline text and edit text with line formatting.
• Adjust the background and foreground color.
• Fix data encoding and perform general data edits.
• Create and edit drawings by using predefined drawing templates.
Extend Draft-Based Features:
Easily create basic drawings, such as a box and a label, and easily change the appearance of drawings without having to create each change individually. (video: 6:40 min.)
• Draw a box and give it a title.
• Add a label and adjust its appearance.
• Add a dimension and change its appearance.
• Import and convert your own drawings into a new drawing by using the Import From and Export To features.
• Change the appearance of drawings by using dynamic elements such as frames, backgrounds, and font styles.
• View drawings on a touch screen.
Advanced Freehand Drawing:
Use common drawing tools and techniques to create drawings that look professional.
• Draw with the pen tool, straight lines, and curves.
• Draw with a straight line or create a line that snaps to a path.
• Draw with a Freehand tool.
• Start and finish drawing on a path.
• Create a circle, ellipse, or polyline.
• Draw with text or edit text.
• Draw with a text box or edit text.
• Adjust text style, color, and font size.
• Add drawings to
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* DirectX SDK version 9.0A or later
* Shader Model 3.0 or later
* Visual C++ 2010 Express Edition
* 64-bit operating system
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