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If you need help, I'll think you'll find what you need at one of these sites.
3DCADTips - a large site devoted to 3D tips for AutoCAD and other CAD programs. However, it includes 2D tips and tutorials as well.
3DCADTutorials - This site is not only about 3D or about CAD, but it has a lot of tutorial and tip content. Use the Applications list on the right, or the search feature, to find what you need.
AutoCAD Advice - Offers 3D tutorials with lots of helpful images, and a nice selection of tips.
AfraLisp - a nice site for AutoLISP routines and info. Some VBA material, too.
AutoCAD Exchange - AutoCAD Exchange is a complete AutoCAD resource, on Autodesk's web site. It includes the existing discussion groups, a social media component, tips, videos, Ask the Expert sessions, even humor. You can share your own content and AutoCAD tips.
AutoCAD Insider is Heidi Hewett's excellent blog of AutoCAD tips and techniques. Heidi works for Autodesk and has the ability to explain complex features clearly and thoroughly. Highly recommended.
Autodesk Labs is a place for new and emerging technologies. You can find some interesting software, all free. For example, the Navigation Tool for AutoCAD lets you navigate back and forward, like the Back and Forward buttons in your browser. It tracks what you're looking at in AutoCAD, so if you pan to another area of your drawing, you can click the Back button to go back to your previous view. It works with AutoCAD 2008 and 2009.
AutoCAD Support - AutoCAD Support home page at Autodesk.
AutoCAD Product - AutoCAD Product home page at Autodesk.
AutoCAD Tip of the Day - Lots of cool AutoCAD tips that you'll find helpful in your everyday work.
AutoCAD Users Group International (AUGI) - When you join, there are many resources, including a newsletter, connections to local groups, and opportunities to learn more about AutoCAD.
Best CAD Software - FindtheBest.com's page on CAD software compares prices and features.
Beth's CAD Blog - Beth offers lots of tips on AutoCAD and AutoCAD MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing).
Better Than Nothing - Leonid Nemirovsky's site has lots of great, free AutoLISP routines and tips.
Between the Lines Blog - Shaan Hurley created Autodesk's first blog, containing official information from Autodesk on all its products, information about all sorts of CAD information, and Shaan's ramblings about his unusual vacations.
Beyond the UI - Lee Ambrosius is an AutoCAD wizard and documents the history of new commands.
CAD2Design - A wide-ranging site on all things CAD-related, with channels for each software. This is the AutoCAD channel. "Refreshing AutoCAD news, articles, tutorials, videos, and more."
CADALOT is a British site that covers a wide range of CAD-related information. There's a draft document on "How to Draw" that I think is unique, a number of downloads, a good FAQ page, a "Tips 'n' Tricks" page, and more. Some of the AutoCAD content is old, but there is a very new Revit Structure section. You can get a good education here.
CADALYST magazine - recent and upcoming conventions, web links, tutorials, lots of AutoLISP code. Free AutoCAD training course to new subscribers.
CAD Block Exchange Network - A free CAD block library created by users.
Users are encouraged to contribute their own content.
CADblocos - A thorough site for CAD blocks, hatches, AutoLISP routines, and links from Brazil, in Portuguese.
CADClips - Over 45 hours of video lessons on AutoCAD, ADT, and Revit. (Since each lesson is well under an hour, there are a lot of lessons.) For example, there's an excellent selection of 3D lessons for AutoCAD 2007 (and later).
CAD Corner Canada - AutoCAD LISP routines, blocks, details, text styles and hatch patterns. Also a forum. You'll find something useful here.
CADdepot - An extensive file download library and online discussion groups.
CAD Forum - 1.500+ free CAD tips and tricks for AutoCAD, Inventor, Civil 3D, Revit, etc., a discussion forum, a CAD blocks library, CAD utilities, and other CAD resources. Also available in Czech and German.
CADDManager.com is a site for CAD(D) managers, of course. It includes articles on best practices, CAD standards, a blog, surveys, and more.
CAD-Manager.com is the Web site of Robert Green, the well-known writer of the CAD Manager column in Cadalyst magazine. He's also a consultant and an author. His site has easy links to his excellent articles, code examples, CUI (customize user interface) tutorials, and more.
cad nauseam - Steve Johnson's detailed blog about AutoCAD and its features, with his strong opinions included!
Cadopolis is a portal that is a combination of a CAD store, a forum, and links. It has a large selection of CAD-related shareware.
CAD Panacea is R. K. McSwain's blog on all things AutoCAD
cadpanel for cad professionals - A wide-ranging site from Aliresa Parsai, including tips, AutoLISP and VBA routines; excellent and complete 2D and 3D tutorials; many CAD books (including mine); free hatch patterns, material library, and drawing samples; plus his own 3D Modeling e-book.
CADTALENT - People often e-mail me about jobs and here's a place to look. Employers can post jobs and job seekers can post resumes. They have over 12,000 jobs and over 7,000 resumes posted as of today.
CADTutor - free help and tutorials for AutoCAD. Includes an image bank of free vector and raster images.
CAD-users from exUSSR - Site for helping Ukrainian and Russian CAD-users.
CADUZER - A blog on AutoCAD, Revit, 3D Studio Max, and architecture-related topics.
CADwire.net is a daily collection of articles, reviews, and news on CAD. This important resource is an very thorough collection of content. (A number of my tips end up here.) It's also nicely organized by discipline.
CCNtv is your CAD TV fix, complete with commercials. But it's fun to watch CAD news in video format. Watch the home page video, then click Broadcast Archives for more.
Daily Autocad - A daily blog with in-depth articles on all levels of expertise.
DotSoft - A leading developer of productivity add-ons for AutoCAD. I've included many of the free ones on the CD-ROM of my book.
Draftsperson.net is an Australia-based site that offers free AutoLISP routines, tips, tutorials (including a series of AutoLISP lessons), over 400 free blocks, a list of bugs, a forum, and more.
HowToAutoCAD - How To Use AutoCAD - Will Forty's blog to help you master AutoCAD.
HyperPics - A great site for tips and tutorials on AutoCAD (over 100). Lee Ambrosius, the author of the site, is a thorough expert on AutoCAD.
In the Dynamic Interface - Mark Douglas' blog on AutoCAD includes his very creative solutions to interesting problems.
JefferyPSanders.com The Ultimate AutoLisp Tutorial - This site offers free AutoLISP tutorials, ranging from beginner to advanced to extreme.
JTB World Blog - Jimmy Bergmark's blog has all the technical info you need about AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, and programming AutoCAD.
Lazy Drafter - A blog by Todd Shakelford with lots of little tips for making your AutoCAD life easier.
Lispwiki - Wiki (editable website) for AutoLISP, VBA and other code for AutoCAD. You can find lots of free stuff here and share your own code.
LT Unlimited - A blog on AutoCAD LT by Autodesk Technical Marketing Manager Kate Morrical. As you know, LT includes many of the features of AutoCAD and this blog will help you whichever program you use.
Lynn Allen's Blog - Lynn Allen is Autodesk's AutoCAD and Inventor "evangelist." She's always fun and informative.
The Mad Cadder - Tips and news on AutoCAD, Revit, and BIM.
Mistress of the Dorkness (aka Melanie Perry) blog - A fun, rambling blog relating to CAD, facilities management, and CAD products used for facilities management. A good read.
Moss Designs - Elise Moss' site offers free downloads, lots of tips, and tutorials.
myCADsite.com - A site offering free tutorials, now updated to AutoCAD 2008. They start at the beginning and go through 3D. The advanced topics are really intermediate topics. The tutorials are clear and complete.
Novedge Pulse Latest News is a constantly updated collection of news feeds from relevant blogs and sites on CAD. You'll find both news about the CAD industry as well as software-related content. (My blog is here, too.) The display is very well thought out and attractive. You can vote for your favorites.
RobiNZ CAD Blog - The New Zealand maven talks about AutoCAD and Revit.
Rockmaster's CAD Resources - Jason Foster's blog, Rockmaster's CAD Resources, emphasizes good CAD practices and offers easy-to-understand tips. He makes available VBA routines that he writes to speed up common tasks. I especially like the Best Practices tab at the top where you can quickly find all his posts on that topic.
TenLinks.com. This site contains more CAD content that you can imagine, with tips, articles, and news relating to many CAD software programs. It also covers CAM and CAE. Click the AutoCAD link for the top ten AutoCAD sites and much more.
The CAD Geek is a blog specializing in CAD management and standards. It covers AutoCAD, as well as Civil 3D and Map 3D. However there are many tips that anyone who works with AutoCAD can use.
University of New South Wales - UNSW has placed some of its AutoCAD courses on its Web site, updated for Release 2000 — and free.
MadMimi e-mail: Sign up for this easy-to-use online e-mail service. It's also very reasonably priced. Excellent technical support and statistics!
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