Welcome to the AutoCAD Links page of the Vertical Technologies site. Here you learn about and visit various useful
AutoCAD-industry websites to assist in learning or using AutoCAD. *Clicking the links will open the sites in a new tab or window
- Autodesk Inc. (www.autodesk.com): This is the home base for the makers of AutoCAD. Here, you find locations of AutoCAD dealers and training centers as well as endless information on AutoCAD and other software products and services. It is well worth visiting occasionally.
- Autodesk User Group International (www.augi.com): The Holy Grail for all things related to AutoCAD. This site is the officially sanctioned user community for Autodesk and its products. AUGI puts out numerous publications and runs conferences and training seminars all over the United States and worldwide. Its website is packed full of tips, tricks, articles, and forums where you can ask the community your hardest AutoCAD questions. Claiming over 100,000 members, AUGI has the distinction of being the only organization that can officially submit “wish lists” directly to Autodesk, meaning that, if you are a member and have an idea for a new feature or how to improve AutoCAD, submit it via the AUGI community, and Autodesk may just listen to you.
- Cadalyst magazine (www.cadalyst.com): A great magazine dedicated to all things CAD, including solid modeling and rendering but with a large amount of coverage dedicated specifically to AutoCAD. A must read for AutoCAD managers, the magazine features informative articles on all aspects of the job, including programming, industry trends, and advanced topics. Subscription was free up until 2010. You can still access free archived issues from as far back as 2004, but the magazine now charges a fee for the new issues.
- Lynn Allen’s blog (http://lynn.blogs.com): You may have never heard of Lynn Allen if you are just starting out with AutoCAD, but hang around long enough and you probably will. She is what the AutoCAD community refers to as an Autodesk Technical Evangelist, an expert on all things AutoCAD. Although there are certainly many experts around, what sets Lynn apart is that she actually works for Autodesk and gets to learn AutoCAD directly from the developers. Her blog is the place to go to when a new release is about to hit the market. She will likely have already analyzed it and written a book by then. Lynn is also a prolific speaker, appearing at just about every AutoCAD conference, and has been a columnist for Cadalyst for many years as well. She writes and speaks well and employs humor in her approach to thorny technical issues. You can download a useful “tips and tricks” booklet on her website, so go ahead and check it out.
- AutoCAD Lessons on the Web (www.cadtutor.net): A well-organized and extensive site for learning AutoCAD that includes some tutorials on 3ds Max, VIZ, Photoshop, and web design.
- The Business of CAD, Part I (www.upfrontezine.com): The website describes itself thus: “Launched in 1985, the upFront.eZine e-newsletter is your prime independent source of weekly business news and opinion for the computer-aided design (CAD) industry.” The site is a no-nonsense, cut-through-the-hype source for CAD (mostly AutoCAD but others, too) information, latest releases, and analysis of Autodesk business decisions; a great resource for a CAD manager.
- The Business of CAD, Part II (http://worldcadaccess.typepad.com): Edited by blogger Ralph Grabowski, this site is a spin-off blog from the preceding upFront.eZine site. It also addresses news in the media about all things CAD and how they will affect you, as well as general computer topics; it is recommended for the serious CAD manager or user.
- John Walker’s site (www.fourmilab.ch): This site, while not essential AutoCAD reading, is still interesting, fun, and often quite informative. As cocreator of AutoCAD, former programmer John Walker has put together the definitive early history of how it all began. Fascinating reading from a fascinating man who is now “retired” in Switzerland and pursuing artificial intelligence research. His site is chock full of readings on numerous subjects, as you would expect from a restless and inquisitive mind; he is truly someone who changed computing history in a significant way.