The Grand Tour of AutoCAD 2014
In This Chapter
Touring the AutoCAD 2014 screens
Going bar-hopping: Title bars and the status bar
Unraveling the Ribbon
Practicing with palettes
Discovering the drawing area
Using online help
Over the years, AutoCAD’s interface has undergone many changes, ranging from a simple text menu down the right side (still the second-fastest way of using AutoCAD) to drop-down menus, toolbars, the Dashboard (which only survived two releases — 2007 and 2008), tool palettes, and, for now, the Ribbon menu.
Like the rest of this book, this chapter is written for someone who has used other Windows programs but has little or no experience with AutoCAD. Here and throughout the rest of the book, we show you how to do things by using AutoCAD’s implementation of Microsoft’s flavor of the year of its Fluent User Interface (or FUI; pronounced “foo-ey”). AutoCAD has always ...