AutoCAD 2011 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 2011 Essentials Beginner Library
AutoCAD 2011 Essentials Intermediate Library
AutoCAD 2011 Essentials Advanced Library


AutoCAD 2011 Essentials Beginner Library

The Application Window
Gives an in-depth look into using the Application window, a key area of AutoCAD 2011’s drawing environment. Learn how to:

  • Use the Quick Access toolbar.
  • Interact with application commands available from the Application icon.
  • Use the InfoCenter to find support documents.

The Ribbon
Introduces the entire ribbon area, workspaces and provides more information on the Quick Access toolbar. Learn how to:

  • Build and switch between workspaces.
  • Add tools to the Quick Access toolbar.

More Ribbon
Continues to uncover the power of the AutoCAD ribbon. Learn how to:

  • Build your own personal workspace.
  • Further customize the Quick Access toolbar.

The Drawing Window
Introduces working with the AutoCAD drawing environment, with a focus on the drawing window. Learn how to:

  • Open multiple drawings at the same time.
  • Switch between open drawings.
  • Use drawing window tools to control what portion of the drawing is displayed inside the drawing window.

More Drawing Window
Gives more information on working with the drawing window including the differences between model and paper space, what a layout is and how to add more layouts (sheets) as required. Learn how to:

  • Plot and publish your drawings.
  • Remove unwanted layouts.

The Command Window
Offers an inside look at the AutoCAD command window. Learn how to.

  • Use the proper prefix when necessary.
  • Search for and select keyboard shortcuts through the command window.
  • Determine which keyboard shortcuts are ready for use.

The Status Bar
Introduces the status bar, a thin row of icons used to enable functions that help with the drawing process. Learn how to:

  • Enable and disable drawing modes or functions using the status bar.
  • Use drawing functions such as object snap tracking, dynamic input, quick properties and selection cycling.

More Status Bar
Further explains the Status Bar tools located along the bottom of the AutoCAD window. Learn how to:

  • Use Quick View functions, including generating thumbnails of all open drawings, creating new layouts, as well as printing models or layouts.
  • Use the Annotation Scale tool.
  • Reload external references.
  • Isolate or hide objects.
  • View drawings with minimal clutter on the screen.

Basic Drawing
Introduces users to units, limits, layouts and layers. Learn how to:

  • Set up a new, empty drawing.
  • Create and save a drawing as an AutoCAD template.
  • Create a new drawing using a template.

Drawing Objects
Provides the first complete look at the drawing process. Learn how to:

  • Work with layers.
  • Use tools for adding lines, circles and arcs to drawings.

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AutoCAD 2011 Essentials Intermediate Library

Other Drawing Objects
Introduces drawing objects, such as ellipses, splines, construction lines, rays, points, polygons, hatches, gradient fills, regions, wipeouts and donuts. Learn how to:

  • Draw these objects through step-by step video instructions.
  • Create dynamic boundaries using the Hatch tool.

Manage Sessions
AutoCAD 2011 has configurable settings that control AutoCAD’s drawing environment. Learn how to:

  • Modify environmental settings to help you optimize your AutoCAD drawing environment.
  • Control the drawing session including creating backups, grouping commands, autosave and more.

Precision Drawing
Introduces using absolute, relative, polar and surveyor unit values for precision drawing. Step-by-step labs show how to productively draw inside AutoCAD. Learn how to:

  • Extract the exact location of any point in a drawing.
  • Enter values for precision drawing.

More Precision Drawing
This tutorial continues with even more ways to increase drawing production and accuracy. Learn how to:

  • Use object snap and polar tracking.
  • Harness the power of the “User Coordinate System”.

Measure Objects
Introduces the measure tools used to verify the existing lengths, angles and areas in order to ensure the values meet the required drawing specifications. Learn how to:

  • Use each of the measuring tools.
  • Select points or objects to measure.

Object Snaps
Introduces using Object Snaps (or OSnaps) during the drawing process including how to define “running” OSnaps. Learn how to:

  • Use point filters to precisely place objects.
  • Use several of the most commonly used OSnaps.

More Object Snaps
This tutorial continues to discuss the remaining OSnaps that can be used during the drawing process. Learn how to:

  • Locate and use intersecting points.
  • Draw perpendicular or parallel to an existing line.

Selecting Objects
AutoCAD requires that existing objects be identified before applying a function. Learn how to:

  • Use grips and the concept behind them.
  • Select and unselect objects in different ways while in the selection mode.

Everything Layers
This tutorial presents how to work with layers to organize drawing objects in an AutoCAD drawing. Learn how to:

  • Create, rename, delete, control and purge layers.
  • Use advanced commands or tasks for handling layers and the drawing objects contained in them.

Modify Objects
This tutorial covers how to make changes to existing objects using AutoCAD’s modify, extend and trim tools. Learn how to:

  • Use copy, rotate, mirror and array commands.
  • Make changes to existing objects using AutoCAD’s modify tools.

View Your Drawing
This tutorial discusses the available tools used to control what is displayed inside the AutoCAD window. Learn how to:

  • Use the various zoom tools.
  • Use more advanced AutoCAD view functions.

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AutoCAD 2011 Essentials Advanced Library

Working Blocks
This tutorial introduces the process for creating, modifying and using blocks inside AutoCAD Drawings. Presenting the lesson at three levels — basic, intermediate and advanced — students quickly learn how to effectively create blocks, as well as inside tips to increase day-to-day production. Learn how to:

  • Use blocks to reduce drawing size and make changes easier.
  • Setting up and using block libraries.

Using References
This tutorial introduces the power of using references during the design process as an effective way to display the objects in other drawings without having to redraw them or insert them as blocks. Learn how to:

  • Automatically display external references.
  • Control what portions of reference files display.
  • Edit references in place.

Overlays and Underlays
This tutorial explores the AutoCAD reference overlay feature and how to attach non-DWG files as underlays to the open drawing. Learn how to:

  • Generate a variety of file types from existing drawings.
  • Attach TIF and DGN files to drawings.

Annotate Your Drawing
This tutorial discusses the different ways drawings are annotated or documented to provide required details and information about the design. Learn how to:

  • Draw hatches and patterns and adjust hatches in existing objects.
  • Link to drawings, websites and even Microsoft Office files.

Open Viewports
This tutorial introduces the concepts and tools used to divide the drawing screen into viewports including how it works differently between model and paper space (the drawing area you use to setup prints or plots of your drawing) as well as advantages of using viewports. Learn how to:

  • Work with both model and paper space and the differences between them.
  • Use viewport to be faster and more productive when drawing.

Dimension Your Drawing
This tutorial is for those students who need to create drafting and detailing sheets. Learn how to.

  • Create dimension styles and drawn basic dimensions.
  • Edit and modify dimensions using various methods.

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