Courses are concise and contain many tutorials that are laid out in a suggested order. However students can start with any course or tutorial to meet job demands. Courses are grouped into libraries that provide a systematic approach to learning that helps ensure users can apply the data they learn on real-world projects. Below are descriptions of each AutoCAD course available.
AutoCAD 2013 Essentials Upgrade Library
What’s New in 2013? — Part 1
Students are taken through updates to tools and commands in AutoCAD 2013. One of the most anticipated enhancements in AutoCAD 2013, are changes made to the Command Window. Students are shown how to maximize the use of the floating window, enter commands faster, assign transparency, review lines of history (of commands) and select command line options with a mouse.
What’s New in 2013? — Part 2
This course continues to highlight changes found inside AutoCAD 2013. Students quickly learn about interface changes, tool enhancements and some new functions. Sample files are included and students are encouraged to follow along as they explore what’s new with AutoCAD 2013.
AutoCAD 2013 Essentials Beginner Library
The Application Window
This course provides an in-depth look at using the Application Window, one key area of the AutoCAD 2013 drawing environment. Students learn how to effectively use the Quick Access Toolbar, interact with the Application Icon functions, as well as using Autodesk Exchange productively, to search for and find great support documents.
AutoCAD 2013 uses a Ribbon interface, a compact but powerful way to organize tools, commands and functions. With an introduction to the entire Ribbon area, this course discusses what is a workspace, illustrates how to switch between workspaces delivered with AutoCAD, as well as how to build your own personal workspace. It also highlights the Quick Access Toolbar and how to add tools to get AutoCAD working more productively.
This course continues with the exploration of AutoCAD 2013, uncovering the power of the AutoCAD Ribbon. Students learn the different parts that define the Ribbon and see how to use each part effectively. Students are taught how to build their own personal Workspace, plus how to add to and customize the Quick Access Toolbar. These are necessary steps to master the AutoCAD drawing environment, while continuing with the quest of becoming the ultimate power user.
The Drawing Window
This course introduces how to work with the AutoCAD drawing environment, with a focus on working inside the Drawing Window. It shows how to open multiple drawings, how to switch between project files, as well as how to use Window tools to control what gets displayed inside of the Drawing Window.
More Drawing Window
This course continues to show how to work with the Drawing Window. It starts by describing the differences between Model and Paper Space. It also goes over what Layouts are and how to add more or remove as required. Also has material on how to plot and publish your drawings.
The Command Window
This course offers an inside look at the AutoCAD Command Window. It starts with an overview on the different parts and continues into the process of manually entering commands. Learn how to properly read AutoCAD prompts, select an option from a list, use the proper prefix when necessary and look inside the ACAD.PGP to know what command aliases are ready for use.
The Status Bar
This course introduces the Status Bar, a thin row of icons used to enable functions that assists in the drawing process. With a basic overview on the overall Status Bar area, the focus turns to the first series of tools along the left side. Students learn how to productively use Object Snap, Object Snap Tracking, Polar Tracking, Dynamic Input, Quick Properties and Selection Cycling modes.
More Status Bar
This course continues to present the Status Bar tools located along the bottom of the AutoCAD window. Learn how to productively use the Quick View functions, including generating thumbnails of all open drawings, creating new drawings or layouts, as well as printing models or layouts. Understand the power of using an Annotation Scale, how to reload external references, isolate or hide objects and how to view your drawing with minimal clutter on the screen.
Basic Drawing Setup
This course starts with an introduction to setting up a new, empty AutoCAD 2013 drawing. Students learn how to select the proper Drawing Units, define Limits, create Layouts and add new Layers. Once these settings are discussed, the new drawing is saved as an AutoCAD template, ready to be used.
This course provides the first look at the drawing process. It begins with a strong overview on how to work with Layers and continues to discuss the tools for adding Lines, Polylines, Arcs and Rectangles to any drawing.
More Drawing Objects
This course continues to look at the drawing process. It begins with a strong overview on how to work with the tools for adding Circles, then, it covers the tools for adding Arcs to any drawing.
AutoCAD 2013 Essentials Intermediate Library
The Application Window
This course provides an in-depth look at using the Application Window, one key area of the AutoCAD 2013 drawing environment. Students learn how to effectively use the Quick Access Toolbar, interact with the Application Icon functions, as well as using Autodesk Exchange productively to search for and find great support documents.
This course introduces the use of Object Snaps or Osnaps, which are used to locate precise points on existing entities. Students learn how to work with the different Osnap settings, as well as how to effective build and use Running Osnaps. The most commonly used Osnaps are discussed, along with complete instructions for properly using the Object Snap Tracking mode.
More Object Snaps
This course continues by teaching students the remaining Object Snaps or Osnaps that can be used during the drawing process. It reviews different ways to locate and use intersecting points, draw perpendicular or parallel to an existing line and use other snaps to locate single points.
Other Drawing Objects
This course course focuses on simple objects following a similar procedure to drawing lines circles and arcs (covered in the previous library of courses). These additional simple objects include the ellipses, splines, construction lines, rays, points and polygons. The course comes complete with a multi-discipline set of sample files, helping the student learn how to draw these objects with step-by-step video instructions.
Other Complex Objects
This course focuses on Complex Objects following a similar procedure to drawing lines circles and arcs. Complex objects are more challenging and include the Hatch, Gradient, Boundaries, Regions, Wipeout and Donuts. The course comes complete with a set of sample files for every lesson, enabling students to learn how to draw these objects along with step-by-step video instructions.
The Options Dialog
Every time AutoCAD is started, default settings are put into motion when a new empty drawing is opened. This course introduces the Options dialog box. Key AutoCAD settings used to optimize the drawing experience are presented as External and Internal options, used to assign project folders, declare where to save print files, control tool tips, save Profiles and more.
This course presents the tools and workflow necessary to manage drawing sessions. Students learn important tasks, such as how to manage the drawing the moment it is opened, recover from mistakes and group specific commands when running the Undo and Redo commands. Then they see how to create backup files, save as DWG or other formats, as well as how to restore drawing files and protect them with a password.
This course introduces the three different ways coordinate values are entered when drawing in AutoCAD — Absolute, Relative and Polar. Students review the associated lesson videos, and then continue to work through three different step-by-step exercises. An expanded version of the third lab is provided as a printable PDF file, perfect for those wanting to master bearing angles.
More Precision Drawing
This course continues to present ways to draw precisely. Students quickly learn how to work with different modes, such as Object Snap Tracking, Polar Tracking and Dynamic Input as ways to increase drawing production and accuracy. The course continues with discussions about working with a user coordinate system (UCS), including how to create and save a custom UCS, move the UCS origin point, rotate a UCS, as well as align the window to match the active or current UCS.
This course introduces the concept of pre-selecting objects before any command is activated. Students explore several ways to select one or more objects, as well as how to work with the grips or squares that appear on top of the selected entities. They learn how to perform basic functions using grips, or more specific editing tasks determined by the type of object selected.
All About Groups
There are two types of groups found inside AutoCAD — temporary and permanent. Exploring the concepts for both types, this course presents how temporary groups are created, as well as how they are used in production. For more permanent groups, students learn how to assign a name, identify the group, add objects to and remove objects from a group.
This course introduces the concept of selecting objects by choosing a single object or using selection windows. Students learn how to use the various options available when a command enters the Selection Mode. Fourteen options are explored in detail.
This course presents how AutoCAD drawings are organized using Layers, a digital version of transparent sheets and the most productive way to work. Students learn why drawing objects should be placed on individual layers and are then exposed to the process of creating new layers and assigning and managing properties, as well as moving existing objects between different layers.
This course continues to discuss how to manage layers inside AutoCAD. Students learn how to set different layer states by picking associated objects, as well as how to lock layers to preserve the objects that reside on them. Additional functions are presented to help manage the list of layer names, select just the objects that reside on a layer and adjust layers to meet specific standards.
Common Modify Tools
This course provides details on how to edit and change existing objects inside a drawing. Students learn how to modify objects using the Rotate, Stretch, Scale and Mirror functions. The Copy commands, used to duplicate existing objects, are also covered and demonstrated.
More Modify Tools
This course continues to explore additional Modify tools. Students learn how to work with specific power tools, such as Trim and Extend, which are use to change the length of existing objects or ensure they intersect other entities. In addition to the Trim and Extend tools, other more obscure tools are also discussed, enabling students to meet every drawing modification challenge they encounter.
This course presents how drawings are displayed inside the AutoCAD environment. Students begin with an introduction to the display area and the basic Zoom tools used to pull the drawing details closer or push them further away. Then the Zoom options are explored, both how to use them and what are the benefits.
Other View Tools
This course continues to show how to work inside the AutoCAD Display Area. Students learn how to save and work with Named Views, as well as manage Views by performing tasks such as renaming, restoring and adjusting what gets displayed. Discussions then turn to the concept of using Viewports inside Model Space and Paper Space.
This course introduces how Blocks or symbols are used in an AutoCAD file to speed up the drawing process, reduce the file size and minimize the impact when changes are required. Students will learn how to create and manage Blocks, work with Block properties and explode them to individual objects.
AutoCAD 2013 Essentials Advanced Library
This course provides additional instructions for working with Blocks. Students learn how to create, clip and nest Blocks, as well as how to add parameters to features in order to create a Dynamic Block. After exploring other tools to manage, edit and enhance existing symbols, the course offers best practices for building successful Blocks.
This course introduces the power of using References, also referred to as Xrefs, during the design process. Students learn how to attach external files to the open drawing, the advantages of using references and how to move, copy, unload, resolve and detach references. They experience firsthand how the open drawing updates the changes made to references, as they occur.
This course continues to discuss tools and functions designed to work with references. Students learn additional ways to modify how references are displayed, such as changing clipping boundaries, fading references and plotting with transparency. Advanced functions, including how to edit, bind and add references to Working Sets are fully demonstrated.
Overlays and Underlays
This course continues to explore AutoCAD’s reference tools and functions. It starts with a presentation on the advantages of setting reference attachments to Overlay, what this means and how to it’s done. Students learn how to attach non-DWG files, such as TIF and PDF files, as underlays and generate DWF, DWFx, JPG, PDF and PNG files from any existing drawing.
This course explores several additional files that can be attached as underlays. Marked as special because AutoCAD can also create these files, students learn how to setup printers to generate web-friendly images, work with multi-page PDF documents and DGN files. Common tasks are explained with plenty of examples.
Hatch and Patterns
This course provides an in-depth look at the Hatch and Pattern tools used in AutoCAD. Students learn the differences between hatches, patterns and fills, as well as how to create, review and modify associated settings. Specific lessons on how to work with boundaries, align patterns and apply transparent fills come with sample files to follow along.
Annotate Your Drawing
This course discusses the different ways drawings are annotated or documented to provide required details and information about designs. It begins by showing the different ways to add text to a drawing, as well as how to use the on-screen editor. Students then learn how to perform complex tasks, such as placing leader lines with notes, spell checking and replacing text. Finally, demonstrations on how to link objects to drawings, websites and documents complete the course.
This course introduces the concepts and tools used to divide the drawing area into Viewports. Students learn how Viewports work inside Model and Paper Space, with details on creating, managing and adjusting them for the different spaces.
This course provides additional details on working with Viewports inside Paper Space. Students learn how to adjust Viewport boundaries, including how to add vertices, clip areas, align Viewports and more. The course then continues with how to control what is displayed inside a Viewport, from adjusting references to highlighting detail areas.
This course provides an introductory look at the AutoCAD dimension objects. It starts with an overview on named Dimension Styles and several key settings, including the Annotative option. Students learn the basic techniques for drawing both horizontal and vertical dimensions.
This course discusses the AutoCAD Dimension tools. Students learn the various ways linear dimensions are drawn, along with examples of using the Continue and Baseline functions. Turning attention to non-linear dimensions, the course continues to show how to place Radial and Angular Dimensions, as well as master the Quick Dimension tool, destined to become a tool of choice.
This course presents the tools used to modify or change existing dimensions. Students learn how to use Grips, access popup menu tools, link dimensions to objects, as well as switch Dimension Styles. Then enhancement tools are introduced, allowing students to add special features to dimensions, such as a center mark, jogline, tolerances and gaps.
This course introduces printing inside the AutoCAD drawing. Students learn how to work with the Page Setup Manager to define default print settings, preview the drawing and then submit the print request. Key print settings are discussed, such as choosing paper sizes, assigning print scale and setting print orientation.
This course presents AutoCAD printing at its best. Students are introduced to Page Setup templates, used to reduced setup time for new drawings. Lessons continue to discuss what Plot Styles are and how to work with them, as well as determining what to do with attached underlays. Then the focus shifts to printing, where students learn how to print 3D files, publish multiple sheets and manage printers.