A 2D and 3D design and drafting application
AutoCAD is probably the most popular and widely used of the CAD packages. Like other CAD programs is offers 2D drafting and 3D modelling functions.
AutoCAD is a large and deep program functionally. Basic 2D drafting, which is its primary use, in reality occupies only a small section of the functionality of the software over all. There is much to explore here. However, a good beginning lies in its primary functions:
AutoCAD's primary outputs include:
AutoCAD is considered relatively easy to use. The graphic interface is agreeable to work in with a high level of customisation available (background colour etc). This is normally achieved through API (Application Programme Interface ) which include AutoLISP, Visual LISP, VBA, ObjectARX and .NET.
AutoDesk offers manual for purchase from their site. However, the Library usually has these also, as does the Make Lab office. Alternatively, PDFs and DOCs of the manual can be found online. Try here and here.
First published Mon. 1 Feb. 2010