AutoCAD 2014 Libraries and Courses Descriptions

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 2014 Update Essentials — What’s New Library
AutoCAD 2014 Essentials Beginner
AutoCAD 2014 Essentials Intermediate
AutoCAD 2014 Essentials Advanced Library

AutoCAD 2014 Update Essentials — What’s New Library

Interface Changes
This course introduces the new release of AutoCAD 2014. Students begin by reviewing the process of installing the software on their computer. After activating their license, they take an initial look at the AutoCAD interface changes, including drawing tabs, the drawing format and Autodesk 360°.

The Command Line
This course provides an overview to the AutoCAD 2014 Command Line enhancements. Students learn how the AutoCorrect, AutoComplete and Adaptive Suggestions work. They understand how to use the Mid-string Search function and ways to search for tips on using a specific tool or function. And they see how easy it is to edit and use program parameter files (.pgp file).

Drawing Enhancements
This course introduces the first set of drawing enhancements found inside AutoCAD 2014. Students learn how to control the direction arcs are generated, as well as using the Fillet and Chamfer commands with Polylines and adjusting dimensions. The course then shows how to use the Geolocation tools to add a connection to the drawing and the real world.

More Drawing Enhancements
This course continues to review enhancements found inside AutoCAD 2014. Students learn various ways to select objects, preview drawings and layouts, adjust References, as well as take advantage of previews offered with the Array commands. The course presents enhancements made to some of the dialog boxes, along with details for importing SketchUp (SKP) files.

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AutoCAD 2014 Essentials Beginner

The Application Window
This course provides an in-depth look at using the Application Window, one key area of the AutoCAD drawing environment. Learn how to effective use the Quick Access Toolbar, interact with the Application Icon functions, as well as productively use the Autodesk Exchange to search and find great support documents.

The Ribbon
AutoCAD 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 are Workspaces, illustrates how to switch between those 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.

More About the Ribbon
Continuing with the exploration of AutoCAD, this course presents additional details about the Ribbon menu. Learn the different parts that define the Ribbon and how they work. See how to build a personal Workspace and add tools to the Quick Access Toolbar.

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 About the Drawing Window
This course begins with a basic introduction to creating a new drawing and assigning drawing units. Students learn how to work with Model Space, save changes, undo mistakes and create backup files. They also see how to create and modify sheet layouts, insert a Viewport and assign a scale. Finally, the course demonstrates various ways to push a drawing out for others to view, whether on paper or inside a web browser.

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 About The 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.

Set Up a Drawing
This course starts with an introduction to setting up a new, empty AutoCAD 2014 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.

Drawing Objects
This course provides the first look at the drawing process. Students are introduced to layers and how they are used to manage drawings. They learn how new objects are always created on the current or active layer. The course then continues, providing details for creating Lines, Polylines, Rectangles and Polygons.

Other Drawing Objects
This course presents the various ways Circles and Arcs are created inside AutoCAD. Students learn how to properly read the menu labels, as the icon and text for each tool reveals what steps are required to create a Circle or Arc. There are additional tips on how to quickly produce multiple circles and arcs, why the Copy command may still be faster, how to access the Object Snap Override menu and why the CTRL key could be a game changer.

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AutoCAD 2014 Essentials Intermediate

Use Object Snaps
This course introduces the use of Object Snaps or Osnaps, which are used to locate or snap to precise points on existing entities. Students learn how to work with the different Osnap settings, as well as how to effectively build and use Running Osnaps, a list of active snaps. The most commonly used Osnaps are discussed, along with complete instructions for properly using the Object Snap Tracking mode.

More About Object Snaps
This course continues to discuss 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.

More Drawing Objects
AutoCAD offers tools to create simple and complex objects. This course focuses on simple objects, tools that are as simple to draw as lines, circles and arcs. These include the Ellipse, Spline, Construction Line, Ray, Points and Polygons. With a multi-discipline set of sample files for every lesson, students learn how to draw these objects through step-by step tutorials.

Other Complex Objects
This course focuses on Complex Objects, which are more challenging. These include Hatch, Gradient, Boundaries, Regions, Wipeout and Donuts. With a multi-discipline set of sample files for every lesson, students learn how to draw these objects through step-by step video instructions.

The Options Box
Every time AutoCAD is started, default settings are put into motion as 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.

Drawing Sessions
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. 

Start Drawing Precisely
This course introduces how coordinate values are used inside AutoCAD in order to accurately create objects. Students learn about the drawing environment, the Coordinate Display area, Drawing Aids, as well as how to properly setup Drawing Units. The course continues to discuss how to enter precise values – Absolute, Relative, Polar and Bearing Angles.

Draw on Examples
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 About Precise Drawings
This course continues to discuss ways to draw precisely and productively. 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 demonstrates how to work 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.

Measure Objects
This course introduces the Measure tools, used to verify the existing object lengths, angles and areas in order to ensure the values meet the required drawing specifications. Students learn how to work through each function, how to invoke the command and select points or objects to measure, as well as review the measurement data that is presented.

Get the Grips
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.

Group with Meaning
There are two types of groups that can be created within AutoCAD. A temporary and a permanent group. This course explores the concepts and advantages to grouping objects in both modes. Examples are presented displaying 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, and add or remove objects from the group.

Select Objects
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, with insights on when to use them.

Build on Layers
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, assigning and managing properties, as well as moving existing objects between different layers.

More About 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.

Modify Your Drawing
This course reviews the most common tools used to modify existing drawing objects. Students learn how to work with the Copy, Move, Rotate, Stretch, Scale and Mirror tools, including how to identify the objects to change. Using a template of various objects, each step is fully demonstrated with tips on using the tool effectively and productively.

More Modify Tools
This course continues the presentation of the remaining Modify tools. Students learn how to perform specific tasks, such as resetting object properties or redefining current space, editing hatch and arrays, align, break, join and reverse objects, as well as copying nested and deleting duplicate objects. Then the course presents the various tools that control the order objects are displayed on the screen.

Control Your Window
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 remaining Zoom options are explored.

More 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.

Start Using Blocks
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. Learn how to create and manage Blocks, work with Block properties and explode them to individual objects. Learn how to increase access to saved Blocks through the AutoCAD interface and how to view existing Blocks using DesignCenter.

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AutoCAD 2014 Essentials Advanced

Explore Advanced Blocks

This course provides additional instructions for working with the advanced features supported 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.

Start Referencing

Axiom has just released a new course, AutoCAD 2014 Essentials Advanced 302 — Start Referencing! 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.

Make References Work

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.

Use 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. Then 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.

More About Underlays
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 solid examples.

Add Hatch, Fills and Patterns
This course provides an in-depth look at the Hatch and Pattern tools used in AutoCAD. Students learn the differences between Hatch, 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.

Open Viewports

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.

More About Viewports
This course provides additional details on working with Viewports inside Paper Space. Students learn how to adjust Viewport boundaries, including adding vertices, clipping area, aligning Viewports and more. Then discussions turn to controlling what is displayed inside a Viewport, from adjusting references to highlighting detail areas.

Dimension Fundamentals
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.

Modify Dimensions

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.

Start Printing
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.

More About Printing

This course presents AutoCAD printing at its best. Students are introduced to Page Setup templates, which are 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.

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