How Does It Work?

Whatever you want to call it, here’s how it works…

  1. Using a web-conferencing service (yours or mine, it doesn’t matter), we connect my computer to yours. You can now see my screen and can either connect that computer to a projector, or just follow along as you are.
  2. Call me or use the VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) that some web-conferencing services provide.
  3. That’s it! All attendees will receive a workbook covering the topics presented, and off we go!

Customized Content

What do you want to learn about?

The Ribbon? Xrefs? Layouts and Titleblocks? Tool Palettes? 3D?

You can pick and choose from the topics listed below, take a look at the summaries on the Training Topics link, or just ask one of your talented associates what drives you bonkers about AutoCAD. You name it and I probably have a lesson or two on it.

Two-Hour Sessions

Optimizing AutoCAD for Designers

Creating, Editing, and Configuring the Drawing Template
Master Drawing [for use with the button on a Tool Palette] Editing the list of Hot Keys [ACAD.PGP] Identifying Important Variables [especially the PICK variables] Launching AutoCAD
Adding Templates

Practical Applications for Layer States

[Applies to both AutoCAD + CAP Designer]
The Layer States Manager
Layer States in Model Space vs. Paper Space
Using Layer Walk to Create a Layer State
Layer Freeze Settings
Exporting and Importing a Layer State
Updating an Existing Layer State

Text Options for Model and Paper Space

Mtext Editor Features
Optimum Variables for Editing
Converting to the Other type
Annotative Text Issues
Special Characters
Michael’s Lisp Routines for Room and Key numbering

Dimensioning for Designers

Dimension Styles
Adding a Linear Dimension
Modifying the Dimension Text Position and Value
Modifying the Size of the Dimension Elements
Adding an Aligned Dimension
Using the Continue Dimension for Existing Dimensions
Adding a Leader with Text

Tool Palettes 101 – Basics & Blocks

The Tool Palette Interface
Creating Palette Groups
Making a New Palette
Copying Tools from Other Palettes
Exporting the Tool Palette
The Block Source
Creating a Palette of Blocks

Tool Palettes 201 – Commands & Macros

Dimensions on a Palette
Text on a Palette
Hatch on a Palette
Revcloud on a Palette
Layouts on a Palette
Master Drawing on a Button
Aligning the UCS on a Button

Tool Customizing 101

Exporting AutoCAD’s Settings
AutoCAD’s Backup Menus
Introduction to the Customize User Interface [CUI] Creating a Toolbar
Understanding the Files for the Custom Toolbar
Exporting and Importing the Custom Toolbar

Drawing Clean Up Techniques

What to do with Xref Drawings You Receive
Cleaning up Drawings from Architects
Dealing with Improperly Scaled Drawings
Finding Mystery Objects & Text in ‘Outer Space’
Purging Layers that Won’t Purge
Finding Blocks that Have No Geometry
Modifying Colors to ByLayer
Making Drawings Plot in Monochrome
Finding Objects on Top of Each Other

Four-Hour Sessions

Creating Accurate Floor Plans

Loading and Using Dline
Using Dline for Interior Walls
Using Xline (Construction Line) for Interior Walls
Using Dline to Create Door Openings
Trim and Extend and the Extend Option
Stretch for Wall and Door Relocation
Placing Interior Columns Using ‘From’ and ‘Otrack’
Placing Walls in Line with Existing Geometry Using Extend
Generating Area and Perimeter Takeoffs for the Floorplan
Room numbering with OBJNO
Creating a Dynamic Door Block
Creating a Dynamic Window Block
Sizing Existing Floorplans that are NOT 1:1
What to do with Metric Floorplans

All Things Angular

Understanding the User Coordinate System
Orienting the UCS with UCS >Align
Squaring the Drawing with PLAN
Returning the Drawing to the World Coordinate System
Naming the UCS and Saving Named Views
Using Align to Place Furniture Along Walls
Squaring Skewed Workstations with Rotate Reference
Orienting Existing Workstations to be Parallel with a Wall
Placing Furniture in Line with an Angled Wall using Extend
Placing or Editing Using Polar Tracking
Using Otrack with Orthogonal or Polar Settings

Learning About Layouts

Adding Layout Tabs to the Drawing
Configuring the Layout tab for the Device
Naming, Moving, and Copying Layout Tabs – “New & Improved!”
Adding Layouts from Another Drawing Using DesignCenter
Modifying the Layout’s Configuration
Aligning Objects in Multiple Layouts

The AutoCAD Workbench, Final Edition

Fourteen years in the making, The AutoCAD Workbench, Final Edition is a collection of 340+ ‘How-To’ exercises, over 160 Gold Star tips, and topical insights with hundreds of figures and illustrations designed to make you more productive with AutoCAD. Easy-to-follow steps give you practical examples to guide you through a broad array of commands and applications.

You have a life, The AutoCAD Workbench will help you get it back!

“If you’ve experienced a training session with Michael, you know how invaluable his lessons are. If not, his books are the next best thing! Easy-to-follow, easy-to-use and not dumbed down in a way that makes you feel like you aren’t ‘getting’ it. I love Michael’s style and love his books! A definite ‘must -have’ for either the novice or veteran CAD user.
Victoria B. – Senior Project Designer

“I’m self-taught, and this was a GOLD MINE for me!”

AWBF Spiral-bound Book + PDF version: US$ 30.00
Best Value!

A Bit About the Author: Michael E. Beall

Michael E. Beall is the owner of CAD Trainer Guy, LLC in Shelbyville, KY. Mr. Beall provides customized, hands-on, application-specific training on all versions of Autodesk® AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT® products, Autodesk Revit® Fundamentals, CAP Designer, 20-20 Worksheet, and Visual Impression. All seminars can be presented either on-site or as a webinar.

Michael has been presenting CAD seminars to the A&D community, facility departments and the contract furniture industry since 1982 and on AutoCAD since 1990. A popular speaker, Michael has presented at numerous trade shows, and for several years at Autodesk University. At AU
2013, he won the coveted ‘Speaker Award’ for his Hands‐On Lab, ‘Click My Ride: Customizing AutoCAD for How You Work’. All the content from his AU sessions are in the Final Edition. Over the last 35 years he has trained on 6 continents, 11 countries, 41 states, and Guam.

As an Autodesk Authorized Author, he authored two volumes of Autodesk Official Training Courseware, and has authored or co-authored five titles published by New Riders Publishing, including the popular ‘Inside AutoCAD’ series.

Mr. Beall received his B.Arch from the University of Cincinnati/DAA in 1978. You will also find AutoCAD tips, and assorted productivity files over on the Downloads page.

Additional AutoCAD insights can be found at Michael’s Corner Archive on CADTutor.net from which this book was inspired.

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