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ARTICLES & HOW TO
Linetypes - Pt 1 - classifying linetypes, loading, creating them in AutoCAD, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea
Creating a Block Without Creating a Drawing File - AutoCAD tip, Gil Cordle, CAD Clues
Creating Custom Hatches in AutoCAD - Robert Levy, Hagerman & Company, Inc.,
Dimension Across Viewports - replace default dimension text with field referencing length of object in AutoCAD LT, Kate Morrical, LT Unlimited
Managing and Sharing DWG Drawing Files - using file sharing over network connection, sheet set manager, data management applications, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes
Taking Advantage of 2012 Grip Options on the AutoCAD Platform - using grips on line, dimensions, Jarod Schultz
Quickly Switching Between Drawings - quick view button on status bar shows thumbnails of all opened drawings, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes
A-rray of Sunshine - tips on using associative path array command in 2012, Lynn Allen, Cadalyst
How to Lock The User Interface - by clicking little padlock icon down in system tool tray, Paul Munford, AutoCAD Tips Blog
Understanding Basics of Dimension Style Settings - maintaining dimension style using DDIM command in AutoCAD, Erhan Toker, Daily AutoCAD
Using the Context Ribbon for Creating New Arrays in 2012 - editing array using parameters, helps in specifying array dynamically, CADforum... Since version 2012 SP1 you can also use the old way of creating arrays with the ARRAYCLASSIC commans.
When Rotating Objects, Use NEWS - enter N, W, S to rotate object 90, 180, 270 degrees respectively, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes
Legal Licenses of Design Software - buying options, getting 'used' software not advisable, Applying Technology to Architecture
Hardware for the CAD Professional
Choose the Best Display for Your CAD Work, Pt 1: Where to Start - don't cut short display budget, buy largest display allowed in budget, consider resolution, brightness, response time, Art Liddle, CADspeed
Choose the Best Display for Your CAD Work, Pt 2: Getting the Most for Your Money - view display closely, personally before buying, spend extra money to buy good display, fine-tuning display with software-based utilities, Art Liddle, CADspeed
How to Configure a Workstation for CAD - consider system requirements for primary CAD app, factors like CAD-optimized GPU, data security, connectivity, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst

Professional Online CAD Training by Art Whitton
For 11 years Art Whitton has offered the best online CAD tutorials and training for new and experienced users. The lessons are adapted from a four level course he developed for new CAD users. Originally, the tutorials were designed for Release 14 and have now been updated and adapted for LD Assistant or AutoCAD 2010. These tutorials will work flawlessly for LD Assistant or AutoCAD 2012. Art's approach has always been to teach the commands in their context and in a natural progression.
CAD LEVEL 1 - Beginners Click here
INTRO TO DRAWING & MODIFYING, MORE MODIFYING COMMANDS - OSNAPS, ACCURATE INPUT, SELECTION SETS, MODIFYING COMMANDS, MODIFYING COMMANDS, LAYERS / DIMENSIONING / TEXT / SCALE, DIRECT DISTANCE ENTRY AND OBJECT TRACKING, CHANGING THE PROPERTIES OF OBJECTS, CHANGING THE PROPERTIES OF OBJECTS, ZOOMING AND PANNING AROUND A DRAWING, ORTHOGRAPHIC PROJECTION and SECTION VIEWS
CAD LEVEL 2 - Intermediate Click here
PLANNING A PROJECT - OFFICE FLOOR PLAN, INTRODUCTION TO BLOCKS - CREATING AND INSERTING, ALIGN AND ROTATE , ATTRIBUTES - NON-GRAPHICAL INFORMATION, HATCHING - FILLING AREAS, WORKING WITH TEXT, WORKING WITH POLYLINES, LAYOUT TABS and PARAMETRIC CONSTRAINTS
CAD LEVEL 3 - Advanced Click here
INTRODUCTION TO 3-D, VIEWING 3-D OBJECTS, BASIC WIREFRAME MODELS, LINE THICKNESS, WORKING IN 3 DIMENSIONS, VIEWING 3-D OBJECTS, BASIC WIREFRAME MODELS, LINE THICKNESS, REGIONS AND 3-D FACES, MORE ABOUT EXTRUDING & LOFTING, REVOLVED OBJECTS, ADDING MATERIALS, PRIMITIVE SOLIDS, BOOLEAN OPERATIONS, CHANGING FROM THE WCS TO THE UCS, MAPPING MATERIALS, CREATING NEW MATERIALS and EXTRA PROJECTS AND A TUTORIAL


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