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while browsing the interwebs the other day i came across a few pages talking about using gaming keyboards and mice in conjunction with autocad. so i did a little bit of reading/research (things are slow at work) and found out it wasn't to difficult to do, and a new mouse was like $80. i thought why not give it a try. i took to amazon to get the logitech G600 for $49 w/prime shipping, i received it monday and tuesday i was off and running. the most difficult thing about it was choosing what commands to program on the thumb keys. it has the normal two mouse buttons and scroll wheel up, down, left and right, with third mouse button as a "shift key" for the 12 thumb buttons to make 24 individual keys, plus two other buttons with the scroll wheel that i believe select between profiles you can set. (haven't dove completely into it) after working with it for the better part of tuesday, this morning wednesday i reconfigured some commands on the thumb pad and printed out a cheat sheet to memorize. some of the commands like copy/past/cut work outside of Autocad which is a plus. it has helped in some areas of accuracy typing commands like move between 2 points (i mistype a lot) but slowed other processes down just because its new and still getting to the nuances of operation. i believe it will become second nature as long as i don't change the commands often as i feel which ones fit best or needed more. anyways i thought i would just throw this out there maybe it's something you would like to try or have some experience with or didn't know you could use. let me know if there is something else out there you have tried to work with. links: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/05/why-i-started-using-gaming-peripherals-to-get-real-work-done/ http://blog.grabcad.com/blog/2010/08/28/best-for-cad-work-mouse-trackball-3d-device/ https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-G600-Gaming-Mouse-Black/dp/B0086UK7IQ/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486577758&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=logitehc+g600
At my last job, most of sat for 8 hours just drafting telephone line routes. For a CAD position, it lacked in creativity and thus did not give a lot of people a chance to shine. Many people who worked there were and still are people who had never heard of CAD until they started the two week training program at this company. These most of these people, along with some of the people who had went to school for CAD, found themselves bored out of their minds. Which is the point of this thread. There are two types of drafters these days: ones that get very bored of CAD and the others that will always be excited about it. A middle group of people who don't care usually is not to be found. If you look at a CAD job as 8 hours in front of a computer, you will no doubt fall in with the first group. But if you look at it as an endless puzzle full of ways to improve, than you will enjoy a career in CAD. My advice would be, if you are shooting for a career in CAD, make sure its something that excites you, or else it could be a very long 8 hours for you.
Though it is possible to be a distinguished AutoCAD user without knowing what is going on in your computer, it is almost entirely impossible to manage a drafting department without this knowledge. Most of AutoCAD users know thier computer front to back, not just the software, but also the hardware. If you are managing a drafting department and do not know the difference between RAM and Hard drive memory, it is hard to make a case to your financial department about why you need the 1200 dollar desktop instead of the 500 dollar desktop. And you really do not want to get stuck with a 500 dollar desktop. Just knowing the system requirements of AutoCAD and what you computer has is a start. But if you want to move up the ladder of your company, this is vital information. This information can be found all over the internet (feel free to post with trusted sites if you know any). Again, a lot of this is well known information, but sometimes overlooked. I know in my own case, I was four or five years into AutoCAD before I knew about what was inside the computer.