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==''Getting started''==
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==Table of contents ==
If you are new to Computer Aided Design (CAD) you might find it useful to get used to some of the 'CAD' language (terminology) and concepts first -
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=== Introduction ===
take a look here: http://wiki.librecad.org/index.php/CAD_Concepts
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:[[LibreCAD Quick Start Guide/Getting Started|Getting started]]
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:[[LibreCAD Quick Start Guide/How to get LibreCAD|How to get LibreCAD]]
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:[[LibreCAD Quick Start Guide/Starting LibreCAD|Starting LibreCAD]]
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:[[LibreCAD Quick Start Guide/LibreCAD Screen|LibreCAD Screen]]
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::Coming soon: [[LibreCAD Quick Start Guide/Customizing LibreCAD|Customizing LibreCAD]]
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:[[LibreCAD Quick Start Guide/Creating Your Own Template|Creating Your Own Template]]
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::Coming soon: [[LibreCAD Quick Start Guide/Starting to Draw|Starting to Draw]]
  
- of course you can always 'skip' this and re-visit that section later!
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=== User guides ===
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: [[LibreCAD_version_2,_users_Manual/Guide_-_by_Bob_Woltz|Users Manual/Guide by Bob_Woltz]]
  
==''How to get LibreCAD''==
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LibreCAD is a free Open Source CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux and is available from:
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[http://librecad.org/cms/home.html librecad.org].
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==''Starting LibreCAD''==
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==''The face of LibreCAD - what do we see?''==
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When we first start up LibreCAD, the first thing we see is the GUI (the Graphical User Interface).
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[[File:Wiki_,_What_do_we_see.png‎|600px]]
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What is this? I here you say. OK - lets take a look. The LibreCAD user interface (GUI) is where we find the main drawing area (model space), the main tool menu, the main CAD tool bar, the status bar, command line etc...
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==''Making yourself at home'', ''setting up your LibreCAD environment''==
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====''Modifying the visible aspects of LibreCAD''====
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'''Resizing the drawing area'''
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[show screenshot, highlight scroll bar borders]
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The drawing area is basically an infinite two-dimensional space where the elements of the drawing are generated. The visible portion of the drawing area can be made larger or smaller by dragging the border to the right of the right scroll bar or the border below the bottom scroll bar. This effectively also changes the size of the displayed toolbars to the right and bottom of the drawing area.
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'''Docking and undocking toolbars'''
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[show screenshot, highlight a toolbar grip]
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Each toolbar has a small grip at one end which can be used to move the toolbar or dock/undock it. Also, if you right-click on any toolbar, the shortcut menu lets you select which toolbars are currently visible.
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====''Modifying your preferences for the entire application''====
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'''"Appearance" tab'''
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'''"Paths" tab'''
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'''"Defaults" tab'''
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====''Modifying your preferences for the current drawing''====
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'''"Paper" tab'''
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'''"Units" tab'''
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'''"Grid" tab'''
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'''"Dimensions" tab'''
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'''"Splines" tab'''
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==''Creating your own Template''==
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====''How to save''====
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==''Starting to draw'' (Creating Entities)==
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====Exercise 1 ''Snapping along with Lines''====
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====Exercise 2 ''Adding some layers''====
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====Exercise 3 ''Changing things''====
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====Exercise 4 ''Adding details''====
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====Exercise 5 ''Creating and using Blocks''====
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====Exercise 6 ''How to print''====
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Latest revision as of 20:21, 25 April 2015

Table of contents

Introduction

Getting started
How to get LibreCAD
Starting LibreCAD
LibreCAD Screen
Coming soon: Customizing LibreCAD
Creating Your Own Template
Coming soon: Starting to Draw

User guides

Users Manual/Guide by Bob_Woltz