The first thing you’ll notice when you launch BricsCAD, after installing, is the Welcome window. Initially the Welcome window has only 3 tabs: Profile Presets, What’s New, and Tutorials. A fourth tab, Get Started, is added based on your profile selections. I’ll introduce you to these tabs from the bottom up.

Welcome – Tutorials

The Tutorials tab is what you would expect from the title and more! It’s a great resource whether you’re completely new to BricsCAD or a veteran user trying to advance your skills. Scrolling through the Tutorials list you can select from a variety of categories including 2D drafting and Programming as well as industry-specific topics for BIM, mechanical and sheet metal design. Link to instructional blog posts in addition to more than 100 videos. The Tutorials tab also provides easy access to the Bricsys website and other relevant topics and news.

welcomescreen opening BricsCAD

Welcome – What’s New

The What’s New tab offers important information about software fixes and improvements.

Welcome – Profile Presets

If you’re like me, you greatly value Tutorials and Important stuff. But, when launching a new CAD application for the first time, you want to jump in and give it a try! This is where the Profile Presets tab comes in. The BricsCAD trial includes 5 preset profiles. First select the profile (2D drafting, 3D Modeling, Mechanical, BIM, or Sheet Metal) and the units (Imperial or Metric) you want to use. Then enter a name for the profile or accept the default profile name. Each time you select a Profile Preset, it’s added to the Get Started tab.

profile presets BricsCAD

Welcome – Get Started

The Get Started tab is just that! It’s where you launch into BricsCAD to start your design.  First, at the bottom of the tab, set your current profile. Then, at the top of the tab, select one of the options to create or open a drawing. You can always change the profile, later, within BricsCAD. The Get Started tab is simply specifying which profile is used when it launches.

get started

Coming from AutoCAD®

If you’re joining me on this journey as a former AutoCAD user, you may prefer to skip the Welcome window in the future and simply launch BricsCAD like AutoCAD does by default. No Problem. Here’s how!

  1. From the Profile Presets tab, choose 2D Drafting and choose Ok.
  2. From the Get Started tab, set 2D Drafting as the current profile.
  3. Select the option in the lower right corner to turn off the Welcome window.
  4. Select New drawing.

When you launch BricsCAD in the future, you go straight into the application using the default drawing template and with the 2D Drafting workspace active. Later, if you change your mind and want to restore the Welcome window, simply set the GETSTARTED system variable to On and relaunch BricsCAD.

BricsCAD 2D Drafting workspace

I hope you enjoyed your first glimpse of BricsCAD. There’s plenty more to come so please return for the next stop on my BricsCAD journey!

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Here is an overview of all the articles of Heidi’s journey:

1) First impressions
2) Download and install
3) Welcome to BricsCAD (Current article)
4) Exploring the interface
5) Command access
6) Exploring trial levels
7) Exploring each workspace
8) Drawing Entities
9) Settings for Drawing Entities
10) Drawing with Styles
11) License options
12) Working with blocks
13) Working with references
14) Working with Layers and Linetypes
15) Editing Entities
16) Entity Manipulation
17) Selection Methods
18) Drawing Explorer
19) Settings
20) Classic Edition