AutoCAD Trivia Quiz: Round 2 — Mostly Pictures


By Leslie Feldman

Time for another AutoCAD trivia quiz. Why? Because it’s the Friday before a three-day holiday weekend. And chances are you’re either A. scrambling like mad trying to work some high-priority project into decent shape so you can walk away from it for a few days of worry-free relaxation/celebration; or B. looking for an opportunity to goof off a little.

If you’re scrambling, here—take a breather. Goofing off? Look no further. We won’t tell.

AutoCAD trivia quiz questions

  1. WIDGET was an acronym for an early AutoCAD feature. What did it stand for?
  2. When Autodesk co-founder Mike Riddle sold his AutoCAD royalty rights to Autodesk, in January, 1992, for $11,875,000, approximately how much was he paid per line of source code that he had contributed?
  3. Which AutoCAD release included an audio cassette tape?
  4. What’s the significance of this drawing?First AutoCAD drawing. Shuttle. AutoCAD trivia and history.
  5. What’s the significance of this drawing?First AutoCAD architectural drawing. AutoCAD trivia and history.
  6. What’s the significance of this drawing?AutoCAD office drawing. AutoCAD trivia and history.
  7. What’s the significance of this drawing?AutoCAD nozzle drawing. AutoCAD trivia and history.

AutoCAD trivia quiz answers

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  1. Walker’s In-Line Device Guaranteeing Elimination of Theft. WIDGET was the original name for the AutoCAD hardware lock.
  2. About $10,000 per line of code. Riddle had written fewer than 1200 lines of original AutoCAD source code.
  3. AutoCAD Version 2.5 came with an audio cassette tape.
  4. The shuttle was the first drawing made with AutoCAD. It was also the first block ever used with the INSERT command. And the first drawing plotted with AutoCAD. Shown at the AutoCAD introduction, COMDEX, 1982.
  5. This was the first architectural drawing ever made with AutoCAD. Also shown at COMDEX, 1982.
  6. This was the most-used demo at the AutoCAD introduction, COMDEX, 1982. Considered a flagship demo of zooming and block manipulation.
  7. Perhaps the most impactful AutoCAD drawing of all time because it seemed way too sophisticated given the state of the art of desktop CAD. Even the Autodesk founders were blown away. Autodesk featured the nozzle drawing in its first four-color, two-page advertisement, which ran in Scientific American magazine, September, 1984. Created by Don Strimbu, 1983.

Need to buy yourself a little more time? Check out the first AutoCAD Trivia Quiz: In the Beginning ….

AutoCAD Trivia Quiz — Round 3: Autodesk Too is also available.

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    The answer to number two is off by a decimal point.

    1. Leslie Feldman
      Leslie Feldman

      Ooops. Fixed!

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