Our tour of the user interface has so far been limited to the New Tab that displays after starting AutoCAD. Opening or creating a drawing will dismiss the NewTab interface and load a vast assortment of tools in addition to the drawing you selected. To load this interface, click the Start Drawing tool on the Create page.
The collection of tools displayed after creating or opening a drawing is called
a workspace, and AutoCAD includes several designed to match the type of work you’re doing. Most of this book uses the default Drafting & Annotation workspace,but Chapters 16 and 17 (which focus on 3D) use the available 3D workspaces.
The standard workspaces found within AutoCAD are as follows:
Drafting & Annotation Utilizing the Ribbon, this workspace (shown in Figure 1.3)is considered the default AutoCAD workspace. Unless otherwise specified, this is also the workspace used throughout this book.
3D Basics Provides the core tools needed to get started with 3D modeling in
AutoCAD (for AutoCAD users only—3D features are not included in AutoCAD LT).
3D Modeling Provides the complete set of 3D modeling tools found in AutoCAD,including materials via the Materials Browser (for AutoCAD users only—3D features are not included in AutoCAD LT).
AutoCAD verticals such as AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD Civil 3D build
on the standard workspaces outlined here and introduce discipline-specific
tools in tandem with those found in the standard version of AutoCAD discussed in this book. Although any AutoCAD vertical can be used to complete the exercises in this book, I recommend using the AutoCAD vertical (for example,Architecture or Civil 3D) as an AutoCAD application shortcut to start AutoCAD and maintain parity with this book.