RE: AutoCAD Tutorials

Subject: RE: AutoCAD Tutorials
From: "David Berg" <dberg -at- dmpnet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 14:32:49 -0600



> Well ... you could go to Engineering School :-{).
>
> The AutoCAD tutorials are difficult to use, because (guess what!) AutoCAD
> is difficult to use. Takes years to become thoroughly proficient
> with it.

Two or three years ago I started to take the lab portion of an AutoCAD
(version 14) course so that my university would give me credit for the ol'
pen and pencil drafting course that I took 20 years ago. (Has anyone else
ever tried etching a drawing on painted Mylar? I remember all too well using
the point of my compass to scratch out the curves for the cross-section of
an airfoil.)

After a couple of weeks I concluded that the:

* The AutoCAD interface was somewhat counter-intuitive and outmoded (I
guessed it was that way to stay kinda close to the interface for antiquated
versions)

* My instructor was rigid and seemingly taking the least possible intuitive
approach to teaching the software. She desperately needed a course in
learning theory.

* That I really didn't need the course all that bad.

I bailed out in time to get a partial refund and I have no regrets. I had
too many other things going on at the time to worry about AutoCAD at the
time. I'm convinced that AutoCAD would greatly benefit from a ground-up
redesign by a usability expert.

Just my 2 cents. I'd find a simpler package to learn. Even if your company
has to buy something else, that will probably be cheaper than to pay you to
learn AutoCAD.

David Berg
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