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Are you trying AutoCAD for the first time? Upgrading from an earlier version? Switching from another CAD software? Everything you need to know is right here. If you're new to AutoCAD, the Quick Start chapter gets you drawing right away. If you're experienced, go right to the new features of 2006. Each of the book's eight sections focuses on a key element of this complex, powerful ...
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Are you trying AutoCAD for the first time? Upgrading from an earlier version? Switching from another CAD software? Everything you need to know is right here. If you're new to AutoCAD, the Quick Start chapter gets you drawing right away. If you're experienced, go right to the new features of 2006. Each of the book's eight sections focuses on a key element of this complex, powerful program, making it easy to find what you need now and down the road.
Inside, you'll find complete coverage of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
* Learn the basics of using commands, specifying coordinates, and setting up a drawing
* Draw and edit in 2D with all of AutoCAD's objects, including the new dynamic blocks
* Create and present 3D drawings
* Set standards, organize with sheet sets, share data between applications, and put your drawings on the Internet
* Customize commands, menus, toolbars, linetypes, hatches, and fonts
* Create scripts, or venture into programming with AutoLISP(r) and VBA
Loaded with extra-value items, including
* A trial version of AutoCAD 2006 software
* More than 130 real-world drawings and files integrated with the exercises
* Stacks of software to enhance and streamline your work
* A searchable PDF version of the book
PART I: 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: Basic Tools.
Chapter 10: Editing Your Drawing: Advanced Tools.
Chapter 11: Organizing Drawings with Layers, Colors, Linetypes, and Lineweights.
Chapter 12: Obtaining Information from Your Drawing.
Chapter 13: Creating Text.
Chapter 14: Drawing Dimensions.
Chapter 15: Creating Dimension Styles and Tolerances.
Chapter 16: Drawing Complex Objects.
Chapter 17: Plotting and Printing Your Drawing.
Part III: Working with Data.
Chapter 18: Working with Blocks and Attributes.
Chapter 19: Referencing Other Drawings.
Chapter 20: Working with External Databases.
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.
Chapter 25: Rendering in 3D.
Part V: Organizing and Managing Drawings.
Chapter 26: Keeping Control of Your Drawings.
Chapter 27: Working with Other Applications.
Chapter 28: Getting on the Internet.
Part VI: Customizing AutoCAD.
Chapter 29: Customizing Commands, Toolbars, and Tool Palettes.
Chapter 30: Creating Macros and Slide Shows with Script Files.
Chapter 31: Creating Your Own Linetypes and Hatch Patterns.
Chapter 32: Creating Shapes and Fonts.
Chapter 33: Customizing Menus.
PART VII: Programming AutoCAD.
Chapter 34: Understanding AutoLISP and Visual LISP Basics.
Chapter 35: Exploring AutoLISP Further.
Chapter 36: Exploring Advanced AutoLISP Topics.
Chapter 37: Programming with Visual Basic for Applications.
PART VIII: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Installing and Configuring AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.
Appendix B: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Resources.
Appendix C: What’s on the CD-ROM.