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About AutoCAD

AutoCAD is a full-featured software package for computer-aided design (CAD). AutoCAD allows you to draft 2- and 3-dimensional drawings and models. AutoCAD is available under UNIX, and under Windows in the ITS Userlabs.

Before using the software on UNIX, you will need to source the setup files. You can source these setup files at a UNIX prompt, or you may add a few lines to your .login file that will source the setup files at login.

To source the setup files at a UNIX prompt use the command source /usr/usc/autocad/default/setup.csh.

To source the setup files at login, you must add the appropriate lines to your .login file:

These lines can also be found in the file /usr/usc/autocad/default/README.USC.

Starting AutoCAD

On a UNIX workstation, you can start AutoCAD by typing acad at a UNIX prompt. AutoCAD creates a number of files in your home directory that store information about your AutoCAD session. Note, that because of AutoCAD resource requirements it will not run on the time-sharing hosts, e.g., aludra.

After using AutoCAD you should expect to see the following files in your home directory: acad.cfg, acad.ini, and acad.err.

On a Windows computer, after logging in, click on Class Applications on the LabLaunch menu bar. Select AutoCAD 2000.

To quit AutoCAD, you can type quit at the command prompt, or select Quit from the File menu.

The AutoCad Display

Normal AutoCAD operation uses two windows. The window in the foreground is called the AutoCAD Graphics Window. This window has four main components: the drawing area, the pull-down menus, the AutoCAD menus, and the command area. Most AutoCAD commands can be issued in one of three ways: from the command area, entered at the Command: prompt, from the pull-down menu, or from the AutoCAD menu.

Behind the Graphics Window, you will find the AutoCAD Text Window. This window keeps a record of the commands you have issued. It is simply a text window that acts in the same way as the command area. The text window is useful when examining the output of a command when it is more than a few lines long, or when you need to look at the commands you have previously entered. You can select the text window by clicking on it to bring it to the foreground.

Last updated:
February 04, 2011

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