1. To understand the interface of Autodesk AutoCAD software, click on the Resources menu in SkyTOP DemosCAD software and select AutoCAD Interface. This displays tutorial options that describe the entire interface of AutoCAD interface in order to get you started with AutoCAD software.
  2. To see an overview of a tool in AutoCAD software, move your cursor onto any tool in SkyTOP DemosCAD and the software displays the name and description of the tool.
  3. Clicking on any tool in SkyTOP DemosCAD opens up a number of options depending on the tool clicked:
    • Where only one tool option is provided, clicking on the tool once instantly opens a demo on how to use the tool in AutoCAD software. e.g. Spline tool.
    • Double-clicking on the tool opens a window where you can get more information about the tool. You will also be able to find various ways that you can use to carry out a task with the tool. A user may print the procedures for reference when trying out similar tasks in AutoCAD software.
    • Right-clicking the tool opens a project file in AutoCAD software to let the user try out similar tasks using AutoCAD software. The project file is the same as the one used in the demo but it is a read-only file. (NB- To open the project file, you will need to have AutoCAD 2012 or later versions installed in your Computer).
  4. Where a number of demos are provided for a particular tool, such as the Polyline tool, clicking on the tool opens an options box that contains 3 tabs:
    • Demonstration Tab that contains various methods of using the tool in AutoCAD software. You can select the options that you want to view.
    • Procedures Tab that contains various methods for carrying out various tasks with the tool. You may print the procedures for reference when trying out similar tasks in AutoCAD software.
    • Project Files Tab that links you to dwg files that were used for the demos in SkyTOP DemosCAD software. These AutoCAD files have similar settings as the files used in SkyTOP DemosCAD software and let you try similar tasks using AutoCAD software. Because they are read-only files, you cannot safe any changes you make to them.
  5. SkyTOP DemosCAD has also integrated a User’s Guide from Autodesk to let you learn more about the tools of AutoCAD software. You can access the User’s Guide through the Resources Menu in SkyTOP DemosCAD software.
  6. Applications WindowAfter knowing how to use individual tools and commands of Autodesk AutoCAD courtesy of SkyTOP DemosCAD, users can make use of the Applications Window to see how those tools are used to carry out drafting, documentation, modeling and even animation tasks with AutoCAD software. The Applications Window accessible from the Resources Menu in DemosCAD software demonstrates multiple tasks that require the use of more than one tool or command of Autodesk AutoCAD software. For example, you can use the Applications Window to see how you can draw a floor plan of a house using the line tool, define the rooms of the house by using the annotate tools and add dimensions using the dimension tools. Indeed, the reason the Applications window is named as such is because through it, you are able to learn how to apply the tools of AutoCAD software in a design project.(The Applications Window in DemosCAD contains material that has been compiled from sources that are known for their expertise in the use of AutoCAD and AutoCAD-based solutions in various fields. If you have access to a reliable and secure internet, you may also search similar tutorials from the web).
    • If you are using any AutoCAD 2012 or later releases, you will be able to learn about new features that have been added in those releases. Through the What’s New tab in the Applications Window, you will learn about the new features in AutoCAD 2012, AutoCAD 2013, AutoCAD 2014, AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD 2016. This will ensure that you are up to task with any of these releases.
    • Autodesk has also developed a number of Vertical products targeting specific industry disciplines. These AutoCAD-based solutions enhance the capabilities of AutoCAD software in order to meet the expectations of professionals in those industries. And DemosCAD introduces users to these solutions through the Vertical Products Tab in the Applications Window. To see how these solutions are used by professionals in your discipline, check the relevant boxes provided. Other Vertical solutions compatible with AutoCAD and which give very fascinating results are also included in the Applications Window. These products are Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk 3DS MAX, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Infraworks and Autodesk Maya. You can see how these products work by checking any box under Other Solutions in the Vertical Integration Tab in DemosCAD.
    • SkyTOP DemosCAD can also be used by instructors and trainers for teaching purposes. Trainers and instructors at college level may use the Demos and Simulations Tab in DemosCAD to demonstrate to their students how things work in the real world. For example, instructors in automotive engineering division can use the Demos and Simulations Tab in DemosCAD to show students how a motor vehicle engine works or is assembled.

    The tab can also be used for similar simulations or demonstrations in architecture, design or other engineering disciplines.

  7. Gallery WindowSkyTOP Technologies appreciates the power of motivation and inspiration as part of the training process. Users of AutoCAD and other CAD programmes may desire to see fascinating works created using CAD solutions. The Gallery Window accessible through the Resources Menu in DemosCAD contains fascinating and resourceful material compiled from credible sources to inspire you to use CAD.