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Hitchhiker’s Guide to AutoCAD Basics: Getting Started with Getting Started

Heidi Hewett
May 26, 2016

Need an introduction, or a re-introduction, to AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT software? Welcome aboard! This is the first in a series of blog posts that’ll take you through the fundamental and essential tools described in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to AutoCAD Basics.

The title says “AutoCAD,” but anything you read in the Hitchhiker’s Guide is equally valid for both CAD applications. That’s because AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT share the same basic 2D functionality—AutoCAD also offers 3D and other advanced features—and that’s everything you need to get started on your designs.

If you just can’t wait to start this exciting journey, feel free to browse the entire Hitchhiker’s Guide to AutoCAD Basics.

The Guide is just one of many great resources you’ll find on the Inspired by AutoCAD page.

Check out the map below to get acquainted with our upcoming destinations!

Map of Hitchhiker's Guide to AutoCAD Basics.



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Heidi Hewett

Heidi Hewett has dedicated her career to educating people on the use of AutoCAD software. She began using AutoCAD as a student in 1986 and soon after earning her B.S. in Architectural Engineering, Heidi transitioned from an Autodesk customer to an Autodesk employee. During her career at Autodesk, Heidi has held a variety of positions including Product Support Technician, Training Specialist, and Senior Applications Engineer. In her current role as the AutoCAD Technical Marketing Manager, Heidi assists the marketing team in developing and delivering technical marketing material for AutoCAD. She continues to educate Autodesk customers, partners, and employees through Webcasts, seminars, and her AutoCAD Insider blog. It is her passion for education that inspired Heidi to earn an M.S. in Technical Communication and an M.A. in Information and Learning Technologies.