About the Book :
AutoCAD, the number one architectural drawing software, can be challenging to learn. This comprehensive guide has sold more than 160,000 copies in previous editions and is the go-to resource for architects, engineers, drafters, interior designers, and space planners who need to learn and use AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. From the basics of creating drawings and using commands to 2D and 3D drawing techniques, using layers, rendering, and customizing the program, this book covers it all. A Quick Start guide allows even newcomers to create an actual drawing on their very first day.
Interesting Facts :
The first chapters guide beginners through the complex AutoCAD interface and commands. Yet the entire book is so thorough and complete that even the developers at Autodesk keep it by their PCs.A Quick Start shows beginning AutoCAD users how to create a CAD drawing their very first day!More than 150 tutorials use drawings collected from AutoCAD pros, giving readers valuable, real-world experience.DVD contains before and after real-world drawings, bonus appendices, freeware and shareware programs.
IntroductionPart I: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Basics Quick Start: Drawing a Window Chapter 1: Starting to Draw Chapter 2: Opening a Drawing Chapter 3: Using Commands Chapter 4: Specifying Coordinates Chapter 5: Setting Up a Drawing Part II: Drawing in Two Dimensions Chapter 6: Drawing Simple Lines Chapter 7: Drawing Curves and Points Chapter 8: Viewing Your Drawing Chapter 9 Editing Your Drawing with Basic Tools Chapter 10: Editing Your Drawing with Advanced Tools Chapter 11: Organizing Drawings with Layers and Object Properties Chapter 12: Obtaining Information from Your Drawing Chapter 13: Creating Text Chapter 14: Drawing Dimensions Chapter 15: Creating Dimension Styles Chapter 16: Drawing Complex Objects Chapter 17: Plotting and Printing Your Drawing Part III: Working with Data Chapter 18: Working with Blocks Chapter 19: Adding Attributes to Blocks Chapter 20: Referencing Other Drawings Part IV: Drawing in Three Dimensions Chapter 21: Specifying 3D Coordinates Chapter 22: Viewing 3D Drawings Chapter 23: Creating 3D Surfaces Chapter 24: Creating Solids and Editing in 3D Part V: Appendixes Appendix A: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Resources Appendix B: What's on the Companion Website Index Bonus Chapters on the Companion WebsiteBonus Chapter 1: Working with External Databases Bonus Chapter 2: Rendering in 3D Bonus Chapter 3: Keeping Control of Your Drawings Bonus Chapter 4: Working with Other Applications Bonus Chapter 5: Creating Electronic Output Bonus Chapter 6: Customizing Commands, Toolbars, and Tool Palettes Bonus Chapter 7: Creating Macros and Slide Shows Bonus Chapter 8: Creating Your Own Linetypes and Hatch Patterns Bonus Chapter 9: Creating Shapes and Fonts Bonus Chapter 10: Customizing the Ribbon and Menus Bonus Chapter 11: Understanding AutoLISP and Visual LISP Basics Bonus Chapter 12 Exploring AutoLISP Further Bonus Chapter 13 Exploring Advanced AutoLISP Topics Bonus Chapter 14: Programming with .NET Bonus Chapter 15: Installing and Configuring AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
About the Author :
Ellen Finkelstein learned AutoCAD in Israel. She was the only person in her drafting office that knew English, so she spent much of her time translating the English user's manual for Israeli co-workers. Upon returning to the U.S. she started consulting and teaching AutoCAD. Besides writing computer books she created on-line courses for Autodesk and taught at Autodesk University. She is the editor of Inside AutoCAD, a monthly 16-page newsletter. Her Web site, www.ellenfinkelstein.com, is replete with AutoCAD information and tips. As a result of these activities, she is highly respected in the computer-aided design (CAD) community.