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Getting Started - Overview

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In this article:

  • Opening CityCAD for the first time?
  • Want to get started immediately?
  • Have you used other CAD tools before? We've made some comparisons that may help you get started with CityCAD.

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Opening CityCAD for the first time?

When you open CityCAD for the first time, the Welcome Screen will appear.

This allows you to choose your unit system, default location, ground plane colour and floor naming convention. Make your selection (remember you can easily change these later from within the program) and click 'OK' to start CityCAD.

(The welcome screen won't appear again unless your Configuration files are missing or deleted. After you click 'OK' on the welcome screen, new configuration files will be created at the location displayed at the bottom of the window.)

Basic or standard layout?

You can choose whether to start CityCAD with a 'basic' or 'standard' layout.

If you have used CityCAD before, or if you want access to all tools straight away, then click 'Start with standard layout'. If this is the first time you are using CityCAD, you may prefer to click 'Start in basic layout' to open with a simplified toolbar layout. If you click 'Start in basic layout' then CityCAD will open with a simplified toolbar layout' as shown by the image below.

After opening CityCAD, follow these steps to get a quick overview of how to create models:

Moving around your model

Drawing your first CityCAD block

Familiar with other CAD tools?

If you're familiar with using CAD programs, then many concepts in CityCAD may be familiar to you. However, please note the following:

Further CityCAD Training - Learn Basic, Intermediate or Advanced Skills

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