1

Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT

In This Chapter

arrow Determining what AutoCAD can do for you

arrow Opening AutoCAD

arrow Creating your first drawing in AutoCAD

arrow The complete picture

arrow The difference between pixels and vectors

arrow Comprehending the Cartesian Coordinate System

arrow The DWG file format

This chapter helps ease you into using AutoCAD to create engineering drawings and how to get started. Although it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed the first time you see AutoCAD, rest assured that you don’t need to learn all of the controls that you see in the default environment to be an efficient user of the program.

After a brief introduction of the program, we show you just how easy it can be to use AutoCAD with an exercise. The exercise is followed up with some key concepts that you should understand when ...

Get AutoCAD 2014 For Dummies now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.