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    New to Auto CAD

    Hello everyone,
    My new venture is to learn AutoCAD (where do I begin)? I am very happy that I found "CAD EVERYTHING".
    I have an Interior Design Degree and specialize in Kitchen & Bath Designs, so now I want to further my education and learn AutoCAD. I also found "My CAD Site" to learn, it is a wonderful tutorial site and free!
    Any helpful advise would be great
    thank you

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    Welcome to CAD Everything Donna. Your name seems familiar. Did you just reply to a thread recently?

    When it comes to learn AutoCAD there are several options which include, but are not limited to...

    1) Self-teaching with the aid of an aftermarket book and/or online tutorials.
    2) Basic and advanced classes at an authorized AutoCAD training center (typically a reseller of AutoDesk products).
    3) AutoCAD tutorials on CD or DVD.
    4) Online classes. Ex. - The CAD Institute (Murray State College).
    5) College classes. Ex. - Introduction to AutoCAD class at a local community college.
    6) Tutor (usually someone who has been working with AutoCAD for a while).
    7) Technical school. Ex. ITT

    Like I said, there are numerous ways to learn. Choose the one that works best for you.

    Personally speaking, I am basically self-taught but along the way I have taken advantage of attending class at an AutoDesk training facility (for AutoCAD Electrical), taking an online class at the CAD Institute (AutoCAD in 3D), attending community college (three AutoCAD related courses including Mechanical, Architectural and 3D) plus buying/reading any number of books with companion CD's (ex. -AutoCAD 2004 Bible by Ellen Finkelstein). And I have also visited the MyCADSite as well as a handful of others.

    Hope some of this may be of value to you. Questions? Just ask. That's what we're here for.

    Good luck and welcome.
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    Thank you Kyle

    Hi Kyle and thank you
    That is kind of what I thought so I will continue my studies and this is a wonderful resource for me! O look forward to viewing more questions!
    Donna

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    Questions? You got them....we answer them. Simple as that. Bring it on Donna! LoL
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    CAD and Chief Architect?

    I will!
    ok so actually I do have another question, so what is the difference between CAD and Chief Architect?

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    Well I hadn't seen Chief Architect before but it looks like the answer is fairly simple.

    C.A .is a package for drawing architectural building plans, no doubt it has specialised tools and parts libraries for building design.

    AutoCad is a general draughting programme for drawing anything.
    You can draw building plans, groundworks, engineering components, piping layouts, electrical diagrams, anything whatsoever.

    Eg. in Autocad you could draw all the parts you need to build a vacuum cleaner or even an aeroplane, I doubt you could use Chief Architect for that.
    On the other hand you can, and many people do, draw building plans in AutoCAD.
    Im intelligent enough to know that I dont know everything; but I'll tell you all about it anyway.

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    I can see why you are looking at Chief Architect as it is advertised as being one of the best programs for interior design. They even have a product specifically called Chief Architect Interiors. It retails for $2,010 U.S. and there is a free trial download available.

    I think the main difference between AutoCAD and Chief Architect as far as you are concerned would be that CA ships with a full library of components (cabinets, appliances, etc.) whereas AutoCAD doesn't. If you decided to stick with AutoCAD you would have to assemble your own library, from manufacturer websites, or consider buying a library from a 3rd-party provider. You can find 2D and 3D symbols/blocks for free at many websites but this would require a fair amount of effort and since the sources would be varied so would the quality.

    In my opinion you might be better off using Chief Architect.

    Did you already buy AutoCAD?

    Would you have to share your drawings with anyone else like an architect for instant? I only ask because I would be concerned about the file formats that Chief Architect can open/import and save/export to.
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    Checking the Chief Architect website I see they offer a rental option as well for $199 U.S. per month.
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    Hi Kyle,
    No I have not bought any, I just did not know what the difference was, thank you for clarifying the difference. I am going to stick with Auto CAD for now, Then I can move on to learn CA.
    Thank you!!!!
    Donna

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    Hello NukeCad,
    Thank you for the info now I understand the difference!
    Donna

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