Draft a CAD Drawing using AppleWorks/ClarisWorks


Create a new drawing document in AppleWorks/ClarisWorks and go to File->Save As.. to save it immediately. Remember to save your work every two minutes.


To download an AppleWorks graph paper template in 1/4" scale:
Mac: control-click here and Save.
Windows: right-click here and Save Target As....

Show Rulers from the Window menu.

Show Rulers

Format Rulers so the Units are either in Inches or Centimeters.

Set the Divisions to correspond to the scale you are using. For example, if you are using 1/4 inch scale, set the divisions to 4. If you are using 1/8 inch scale, set the divisions to 8. If you are using centimeter scale, set the divisions to 10.

Format the Ruler
For Advanced Math-Kitects Only:
Use the Options menu to
Turn Autogrid off. ("Autogrid" makes lines connect - or "snap" - to each other automatically.) This is not recommended for beginners.
Turn Autogrid Off

Choose the line tool to create walls and windows.

Adjust the width of the line to 8 pt for walls and 3 pt for windows. Remember to draw in scale, using the rulers as guides.

Keep lines straight by holding down the shift key on the keyboard while you draw.

Line Tool   Change Line Width
Use the arc tool from the toolbar to show which way the door opens.
Arc Tool
After drafting the walls and windows, doors and closets to scale, add dimension lines. Try to draw the dimension lines outside of the floor plan of the room. Use a line width of "hairline" and choose an arrow head for the dimension line (instead of "Plain Line").

Hairline WidthArrow Heads

Use the architecture and furniture graphics from the Library to insert doorways, desks, and other goodies into the drawing. (File-> Library-> Architecture and Design-> Architecture, Furniture, Office Furniture) (Note: The Architecture and Design library of clipart is available in AppleWorks 5).

Or, use the drawing and color tools from the tool bar and create your own furniture.

Clipart Library
Drag the desired furniture clipart into the drawing and position according to where the furniture is in real life. Remember that the furniture appears flat because it is being looked at from above.

Sample Furniture
Use the A Text tool to add text boxes. Include one text box for the key, one for the scale, and one for the total area of the room. Also use text boxes to show the length of the walls on the dimension lines.
Text Tool
Hide the Graphics Grid when finished (if you want).

 Hide Graphics Grid

Click here to see a CAD drafting of a floor plan

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