AutoCAD 2002 Bible

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As a result, AutoCAD is the most flexible drafting program available, applicable to all fields. AutoCAD’s support for languages other than English, including those using other alphabets, is unparalleled, making AutoCAD virtually without serious competition abroad. As a result, AutoCAD is used in all fields and in more than 150 countries.

In This Chapter

Getting acquainted with AutoCAD

Starting AutoCAD

Creating a new drawing

Using the AutoCAD interface

Creating your first drawing

Saving your drawing

Closing a drawing and exiting AutoCAD

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Through a high level of technical innovation and expertise, Autodesk has created a program with unequaled features and capabilities, including 3D surface and solid modeling and visualization, access to external databases, intelligent dimensioning, importing and exporting of other file formats, Internet support, and much more.

Autodesk has developed what it calls a virtual corporation. This “corporation” includes programmers who create software designed to work with AutoCAD (called third-party software), dealers (also called resellers) who provide technical support and training specific to a user’s field, and an education network that provides training and courses to more than one million users each year. This setup provides a strong network of support to users throughout the world.

The major disciplines that use AutoCAD are:

♦    Architectural (also called AEC for architectural, engineering, and construction)

♦    Mechanical

♦    GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

♦    Facilities management

♦    Electrical/electronic

♦    Multimedia

However, AutoCAD has many other lesser-known uses, such as pattern making in the garment industry, sign making, and so on.

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