AutoCAD 2000: One Step at a Time - Basics with Cdrom / Edition 1

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A book designed for novice AutoCAD users that is ideal for independent study. Sykes uses a step-by-step approach and over 1800 graphics to make learning AutoCAD 2000 easy. This book takes a three pronged approach to teaching AutoCAD by integrating print, CD-ROM, and web-based support to create a complete learning system.


  • 120 Do This guided exercises— Divided into three columns: Steps, Command Sequence, and Tools.
  • Provides users with the step-by-step instructions that explain the task, show it being done, and any tools that might make it easier—along with how the results of the task should appear on the computer screen.
  • Visual approach—Includes over 1800 graphics and 100 drawing files.
  • Supports text instructions with a generous use of detailed screen shots, actual drawings, and helpful graphics.
  • Free Multimedia CD—25 drawing tasks are captured as multimedia presentations for review. Presentations are keyed to specific Do This lessons in the text with a CD icon. CD also contains starter-drawing files for the book's lessons.
  • Companion Web-site (
  • This accompanying web-site provides a self-assessment tool to test understanding of key concepts. Questions are keyed to half of the Do This exercises and act as online practice quizzes.
  • "Extra Steps" section—In each lesson.
  • Provides users with added features, bits of knowledge, or suggestions for further study to promote learning after covering the basic material.
  • Tips and "tricks".
  • Helps bring readers fully up to speed withdrawing skills, and enhance their understanding of topics.
  • Review questions and exercises.
  • Reinforces learned material.
  • Several independent projects.
  • Giving users setup information and encouraging them to refer to previous lessons to complete projects for a variety of disciplines and mastery levels.
  • Clear writing style.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130832108
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/1999
  • Series: AutoCAD Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 832
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Sean Sykes is an instructor at Houston Community College and North Harris College in Houston, TX. He previously spent sixteen years as a designer in the piping, furniture, structural, and display fields.

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Table of Contents


Lesson 1: Setup.
Lesson 2: Drawing Basics: Lines and Coordinates.
Lesson 3: Putting It on Paper.
Lesson 4: Drawing Aids.
Lesson 5: Display Controls and Basic Text.
Lesson 6: Geometric Shapes (Other Than Lines and Rectangles).


Lesson 7: Adding Flavor to Your Drawings with Layers.
Lesson 8: Editing Your Drawing: Modification Procedures.
Lesson 9: More Complex Lines: Polylines (and Light Weight Polylines).
Lesson 10: More Editing Tools.


Lesson 11: Some Useful Drawing Tips.
Lesson 12: Guidelines and Splines.
Lesson 13: Advanced Lines: Multilines.
Lesson 14: Advanced Text: MText.
Lesson 15: Basic Dimensioning.
Lesson 16: Customizing Dimensions.
Lesson 17: Advanced Modification Techniques.


Lesson 18: Hatching and Section Lines.
Lesson 19: Many as One: Groups and Blocks.
Lesson 20: Advanced Blocks.
Lesson 21: Afterword: Getting an Edge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    AutoCAD 2000: One Step at a Time - Basics with Cdrom

    This books makes a very difficult software easy to use. I like the step by step instructions. The graphics and pictures of what the screen looks like is very helpful. This book is very user-friendly. Thumbs up to Sykes for making this easy for even me to learn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2000

    AutoCAD 2000: One Step at a Time - Basics with Cdrom

    I was lucky enough to take Sykes' autocad 2000 basics class. We used his text which was so thorough and easy to follow, he could have stayed home! (But I'm glad he didn't.) I really look forward to the Advanced text.

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