Exploring the CAD Interface

Exploring the CAD Interface

For CAD beginners, the first step towards an advanced level is to learn the CAD software interface. Only when we get familiar with the interface, can we use the software more efficiently and save time.

Based on the using habit and various work requirements of different users, GstarCAD has provided several workspaces, which is also known as the user interface. Users can switch between different interface styles such as 2D Drafting, GstarCAD Classic, as shown in the following picture.

We are going to start with the basics of “2D Drafting” interface, the layout of the interface is as follows:

* Quick Access Toolbar

Some commonly used tabs such as New, Open, Save, Save As, Plot, Undo, and Redo are displayed in the Quick Access Toolbar, as shown in the following picture,

Users can also customize the Quick Access Toolbar to delete or add functions.

* Ribbons

CAD ribbon is used to organize different tools into a group containing buttons that allow users to access various tools.

* File Tabs

The file tabs show the names of CAD drawing files. And when multiple drawing files are opened, users can switch between those files by clicking the file names. What’s more, users can right click on the tab to save or close the file, as shown in the following picture.

* Graphics Windows

It’s an area where users can create, display and edit CAD drawing. In theory, it’s a virtual 3D space that can’t be bigger enough or smaller enough.

* Command Line

Unlike Microsoft Word or Photoshop software, commands of CAD software can be executed by entering command name or shortcuts and users will be prompted to do the next. As a beginner, we may forget the command, just click on the icon in the Ribbon area and then pay attention to the prompts in the command line which shows clearly the parameters and changes of the command, helping us complete our command.

* Status Bar

The Status Bar could show users the current coordinates of the cursor and also contains some commonly used tools such as Snap Mode and Grid Mode which could be switched on or off very easily.

* Properties Panel

The Properties Panel shows the properties of the graphics and some properties can be directly edited in this panel. The Properties Panel can be switched on or off using CTRL + 1.

After installing CAD software, users need to take a closer look at the interface before starting drawing. Move the cursor over the icons and see the prompts at the bottom of the screen will help a lot.

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