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AutoCAD 2004


01-AutoCAD and Architecture
02-The GUI and Windows
03-Customizing the Interface
04-Drawing Lines
05-Starting a New Drawing
06-Saving a Drawing

Practice Drawing

07-Drawing Straight Lines
08-Modify Commands
09-Zoom Commands
10-Pan and Zoom Features
11-Selecting Objects/Entities
13-Develop Drawing Style

Creating an Architectural Drawing - Method A

14-Sketch File
15-Format Units and Point of Origin
16-Drawing Exact Length Lines
17-Save and Offset Lines
18-Copy Lines and Object Snap
19-Using Object Snaps
20-Save and Trim Command
21-Trim and Undo
22-Fillet Command
23-UCS Icon and Distance Command
24-Circle and Move Command
25-Line and Trim Command
26-Drawing Comments and Close File

Printing a Drawing - Part I

Basic Printing Features
Review Printing and the Scale Factor

Creating an Architectural Drawing - Method B

Common Steps and Regen Command
Modifying Lines
Extend Command
Mirror Command
Rotate Command

Introduction to Layers

Drawing a Kitchen Table
Introduction to Layers
Creating Entities and Layers
Layer Properties
Modifying Entities and Layers
Polar Tracking and Mirror Command
Express Tools: Layers
List Command and Layer Standards

Drawing with Layers and Linetypes

Creating a Sketch and Drawing a Kitchen
Creating Layers
Drawing Techniques
Continue Drawing and Modifying
Drawing the Window
Drawing the Door
Drawing the Cabinets
Drawing the Refrigerator
Drawing the Sink
Drawing the Stove


Formatting the Linetype
Modifying Lines
Autosave Feature and Closing the Drawing

Hatch Patterns

Adding a Hatch Pattern to the Floor
Adding a Hatch Pattern to the Walls
Modifying a Hatch Pattern
Using Snapbase when Hatching

The Architectural Scale Factor

What is the Scale Factor?
Calculating the Scale Factor - Three Methods
Calculating the Scale Factor - Two Methods
The Scale Factor Chart


Preparing a Sketch and Formatting Text
Drawing Text Using the Scale Factor
Modify Text Location
Object Snap Tracking
Text Properties
Dtext and Mtext


Anatomy of a Dimension
Formatting a Dimension Style
Entering Values for Dimension Style
Entering Values Continued
Drawing Dimension Lines
Editing Dimension Lines
Continuous Dimensions
Creating a New Dimension Style
Dimensioning Tips

Creating Blocks and Wblocks

What are Blocks and Wblocks?
Creating a Block
Inserting a Block
Redefine a Block
Creating a Wblock
Inserting a Wblock
Purging Block Definitions
Using DesignCenter to Insert Blocks/Wblocks


Creating Polylines
Creating a Border Using Polylines
Adding Text
Stretch Command

Model Space and Paper Space

Purpose of Model Space and Paper Space
Composing the Final Drawing - Model Space
Composing the Final Drawing - Paper Space
Psltscale System Variable

Printing a Drawing - Part II

Printing the Final Drawing Using Plot Styles
Printing Options
Model Space and Paper Space Printing


Final Words on AutoCAD

UCS Icon and Distance Command

CAD Tutorials: AutoCAD 2004 for Architects - Main Page

In AutoCAD , there are two coordinate systems: a fixed system called the world coordinate system (WCS), and a movable system called the user coordinate system (UCS). In the WCS, the X axis is horizontal, the Y axis is vertical, and the Z axis is perpendicular to the XY plane. The origin is where the X and Y axes intersect (0,0) in the lower-left corner of the drawing. You define a UCS in terms of the WCS. Virtually all coordinate entry uses the current UCS.

Moving the UCS can make it easier to work on particular sections of your drawing. Rotating the UCS helps you specify points in three-dimensional or rotated views. Snap, Grid, and Ortho modes all rotate in line with the new UCS.

You can relocate the user coordinate system using any of these methods:

  • Move the UCS by defining a new origin.
  • Align the UCS with an existing object or with the current viewing direction.
  • Rotate the current UCS around any of its axes.
  • Restore a saved UCS.
  • Once you have defined a UCS, you can name it and then restore it when you need to use it again. The Prev option of the UCS command sequentially restores up to 10 previous coordinate systems used in the current session. If you no longer need a named UCS, you can delete it. Also, you can restore the UCS to be coincident with the WCS.

    To define a new UCS origin

    1. From the Tools menu, choose New UCS. Then choose Origin.
    1. Specify a point for the new origin.

    The 0,0,0 coordinate is redefined at the point you specify.


    To determine the relation between two points, you can display the

  • Distance between them
  • Angle between the points in the XY plane
  • Angle of the points from the XY plane
  • Delta, or changed, X, Y, and Z distance between them
  • To calculate a distance and angle

    1. From the Tools menu, choose Inquiry. Then choose Distance.
    1. Specify the first and second points of the distance you want to calculate.

    AutoCAD displays a brief report on the command line.

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