Autocad ribbon

by Design Workshop Sydney

The Autocad interface changed dramatically with the 2009 release in an attempt to make it more familiar to Windows 7 users, in particular the introduction of the Autocad ribbon. We explore all the main features of the interface and functions in our Autocad 2d courses.autocad-ribbon
With the introduction of the ribbon (shown here image right), Autocad’s user interface was improved dramatically, making the program more efficient and easier to navigate. The functionality, however,  is much the same.
Instead of the vertical side toolbars for creating and modifying objects, all of the tools are organized into a series of tabs and drop-down lists (under the arrows). Toolbars are basically sets of button tools by which we can open, save and print files, create and modify geometry, create layers and text, externally reference other drawings and symbols.
When you pass the cursor over a tool a highlighted tool-tip will appear. A short description of the tool will also appear in the Status Bar. Click once to choose a tool. Note that when you use a toolbar button to initiate a command, you may still be required to type a response or option  on the bottom Command line. For example, when you choose the Line or Circle tool, the Command Line will ask for data like “where do you want to start the line from?” or “what is the radius of the circle?” Information must then be entered on the Command Line or in the Dynamic Input box beside your cursor.
All of the above applies to the Windows interface; the interface for the Macintosh version, which was only released in 2011, has retained the pre-2009 PC interface. This will no doubt change in future releases for Mac.
More information on all features of the program can be found at the AutoDesk website. And see many examples of our clients’ work on our Facebook page.
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