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Chapter 1. Working with the Interface > The AutoCAD 2000 Interface

The AutoCAD 2000 Interface

Although AutoCAD Release 14 was the first release to ship as a Windows only software product, only now has AutoCAD been capable of taking full advantage of what that environment has to offer. With a complete Windows interface, labeled as a "Heads-Up Design" environment, the AutoCAD 2000 interface has a totally efficient feel and look to it. Much emphasis has been given to enabling the user to access all the commands from the screen, similar to the way any of the Microsoft Office software products work. This permits the user to concentrate on the drawing, thus minimizing keyboard dependence.

AutoCAD initially adopted the Microsoft Windows interface sometime after AutoCAD Release 12 was introduced to the market. At that time, the program was offered as an option with what was then considered the standard Microsoft DOS (MS-DOS) operating system. Many of the commands were available only by typing them from the keyboard. Since accepting the Windows interface standards, however, each new release of the software has been getting closer to total compliance with those standards. With AutoCAD 2000, the transition to Windows is now complete.


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