Getting started on AutoCAD for MAC – Part 1


I recently ran an AutoCAD for MAC Essentials and Advanced 2D course.  Working solely on the PC version for my entire career in the Autodesk Industry I had to up skill myself firstly on a MAC (which wasn’t too difficult as my wife works solely on a MAC and I am always being asked to do technical support for her)

So the first issue I had was where do I find a MAC to practice on.  I asked my wife and she said no!! Keep your grubby PC paws off my MAC.  Okay, lets go for plan B.  From what I have read about AutoCAD for MAC the interface is the one that many AutoCAD old timers will recognise.  You get your drop down menu (file, edit, modify etc ).  You get your tool bars but in addition you get something that looks like the new ribbon (it sits on the left hand vertical side, and it changes according to what you change the “workspace” to.  For example draughting will have all the commands to create and modify geometry like line, circle, trim and fillet.  Annotate will have all the commands for dimensioning etc.

I started off on AutoCAD Release 14 many years ago and it had the drop down menus and tool bars so I thought this was going to be a piece of cake.  Boy was I wrong.  I have become so accustomed to the new Ribbon that I was very rusty starting out.   I remember that the 2 main drop down menus I used to use was Draw and Modify.   So that is where I would start.

What is the next step?

Find out in Getting started on AutoCAD for MAC – Part 2