Chapter 1

Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT

IN THIS CHAPTER

Bullet Launching AutoCAD

Bullet Creating your first drawing in AutoCAD

Bullet Seeing the complete picture

Bullet Understanding the difference between pixels and vectors

Bullet Comprehending the Cartesian coordinate system

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 the controls that you see in the default environment to be an efficient user of the program.

After a brief introduction to the program, I take you through an exercise to show you just how easy it can be to use AutoCAD. The exercise is followed up with some key concepts that you should understand when using AutoCAD, including how it differs from most other computer applications.

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