"First time CAD user"?-- I would start with just viewing the videos provided with the program
and the Rip Fowler basic videos on YouTube
; you will always know it's a Rip Fowler (formerly[?] of TurboCAD/IMSIDesign; turbotech
on these Forums) tutorial video by his pleasing voice and speaking rhythm.
First thing you want to do is know how to draw a Line, Polyline, Rectangle, Circle, and similar basic drafting objects; and the meaning of and how to utilize the basics of CAD-- Snaps and Layers.
Then see if you get the hang of it and get hooked.
I was a "first time CAD user" back in 2000, when I was a Framing(carpentry)_Contractor/small-time_General_Contractor; I can still remember how it feels to be completely new and unknowing about CAD (but extremely curious and determined). It helped me that I had 4 years of pencil&paper drafting years back in high school; self-teaching in CAD 2D (with the help of this Forum and its predecessor), I tended to go about it as similar to those pencil&paper techniques-- habits I still tend to utilize in 2D CAD drafting.
It's definitely a good idea on your part to start with somewhat mastering 2D before moving on to 3D.Remember this important thing, before moving to 3D: Never
Toggle your Selector Tool to 3D. Just NEVER
, until you understand what that does. Doing so is the cause of what I see as the most common and reported frustration on these Forums by new Users (whom often tend to give up and go away...
Enjoy the videos! I did and still do. -Alvin
« Last Edit: August 27, 2019, 11:42:33 AM by Alvin Gregorio »
(mostly Residential Architectural 2D; no formal CAD Training; intermittent TurboCAD user since yr. 2000 [ver6.5])
---TurboCAD: V21PP; V20.2PP; V19DL; V11.2Pro; Windows-7-Pro/64-bit; Intel-Core-i3 CPU; 2.27ghz; 4GB RAM; Intel HD Graphics (CPU based)