David Anderson, holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a partner in ADA Architect Inc. in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The Referentia Learning System for AutoCAD
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by David Anderson

The Referentia Learning System is a flexible and efficient method for new users to gain insight into the complex world of AutoCAD. It is also a valuable resource for experienced drafters who need to review little used procedures and commands.

The "Learning System" guides the user through the material by the use of Tutorials, Concepts and Fast Answers. The opening screen (Fig. 1) graphically illustrates these available choices. New users are encouraged to review the "Using the Referentia Learning System" section (Fig. 2) for information and hints on how to use the program. This is an extremely well presented and important step if one expects to derive the maximum benefit from the training CDs.

In the Introduction to AutoCAD 2000 CD, the Tutorials (Fig. 3) section contains lessons that teach basic skills and techniques that provide the foundation for the more sophisticated and advanced concepts taught in the Getting Productive in AutoCAD 2000 course. Some examples of the lessons covered are as follows:

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Introduction to AutoCAD 2000:
a) Navigating the AutoCAD Interface
b) Viewing Drawings with Zoom and Pan
c) Correcting Mistakes
d) Creating, Dimensioning, and Modifying Objects
e) Editing Object Properties
f) Revising a Floor Plan - Exterior Walls
g) Creating Multiple Views with Tiled Viewports
h) Using Layers for Workplace Consistency
i) Adding and Modifying Simple Text
j) Creating and Modifying Linear Dimensions
k) Plotting a Simple Drawing

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Getting Productive in AutoCAD 2000:
a) Creating Reusable Objects Using Wblocks
b) Creating Coordinated Sheets Using Xrefs
c) Using Text Styles
d) Using Dimension Styles for Workplace Consistency
e) Inserting Standard Sheet Borders
f) Using Floating Viewports to Compose a Drawing
g) Laying Out Views of a 3D Model
h) Working with Plot Style Tables
i) Working with Selected AutoCAD Express Tools
j) Creating a Custom Toolbar
k) Loading and Running AutoLISP Routines

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