Preview the User Interface: AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac

Uploaded by Autodesk on 27.03.2012

After startup, you’re presented with a drawing window, the Tool Sets palette, and the status
bar. These make up the user interface. The drawing window contains the drawing area,
which is the largest component of the user interface. This is where you create and modify
objects to represent your design. In the upper-left corner of the drawing area
are the buttons to close, minimize, or maximize the drawing window.
To the left of the drawing window is the Tool Sets palette. The Tool Sets palette organizes
commands and tools into tool sets like Getting Started, Drafting, and Annotation. Click the
Tool Set button to select a different tool set.
For example, the Getting Started tool set contains tools used to create basic and complex
2D objects such as lines, arcs, polylines, and splines, while the Annotation tool set
contains tools for creating and modifying dimensions and text.
Some of the icons on the tool set have a flyout indicator. Click and hold the icon to display
related commands. Tools are organized into tool groups. An arrow
appears next to a tool group if additional tools are available. Click the arrow to display
the entire tool group. To keep the tool group expanded, click the lock icon.
At the top of the screen is the menu bar. The AutoCAD LT menu, displayed in bold, contains
options specific to the application. The menus to the right are used to perform tasks related
to the current drawing. There are a number of palettes available to
help make you more productive. All palettes can be opened or closed from the Tools or
Window menu. On any palette, click the button in the upper-right
corner to collapse all palettes to an icon state. Each icon represents one of the open
palettes; clicking on the icon displays the associated palette. To show as palettes, right-click
and select Show as Palettes. In the upper-left corner of each palette are
buttons to collapse or expand the palette. You can also double-click on the title bar.
Click the Close button to close the palette. In the lower-left corner of the drawing area
is the UCS icon, which displays the positive directions of the X and Y axis. The coordinate
of the crosshair cursor is displayed in the lower-right corner of the current viewport.
Dynamic input, which is enabled by default, displays command prompts and input next to
the cursor. The status bar displays layout and view tools,
common drafting aids, and annotation scaling tools.