AutoCAD 2006 For Dummies

AutoCAD 2006 For Dummies

by David Byrnes, Mark Middlebrook

AutoCAD "X" For Dummies is being updated to reflect the new features in the latest release of AutoCAD.


AutoCAD "X" For Dummies is being updated to reflect the new features in the latest release of AutoCAD.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
If you want to get going quickly with AutoCAD 2006 (or LT) -- and learn good drafting habits right from the start -- this book was written for you.

Mark Middlebrook and David Byrnes start you out with “Le Tour de AutoCAD 2006”: a complete AutoCAD interface tour, including the helpful new dynamic input feature. (You no longer have to keep one eye on the command line -- the information you need is available right by your cursor.) Next, a chapter that’s new in this edition: a gentle, hands-on tour of AutoCAD’s basic drafting functions. As you draw an architectural detail, you’ll learn the importance of careful setup, precision, and organizing objects into appropriate layers.

You’ll learn all you need to know about drawing and editing lines, circles, and other geometric figures. Of course, geometry isn’t enough: The authors show how to make your drawings comprehensible with dimensions, hatching, and text (using the new in-place text editor and AutoCAD’s improved multiline text options).

The authors thoroughly introduce blocks, especially the new dynamic blocks, which needn’t be geometrically identical. You’ll master sheet sets, discover AutoCAD’s powerful Internet features, and -- arguably most helpful of all -- learn how to define organizational standards for making all your drawings consistent and comprehensible.

The book ends with two Top Ten (“Part of Tens”) lists you may find especially helpful. First: ten ways to keep from fouling up an existing drawing -- yours, or someone else’s. Second: ten ways to swap drawing data with others -- everything from choosing the right format to capturing entire AutoCAD screens. (Psst: There’s also a bonus introduction to 3D on the companion web site.) Bill Camarda, from the July 2005 Read Only

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Meet the Author

Mark Middlebrook used to be an engineer but gave it up when he discovered that he couldn’t handle a real job. He is now principal of Daedalus Consulting, an independent CAD and computer consulting company in Oakland, California. (In case you wondered, Daedalus was the guy in ancient Greek legend who built the labyrinth on Crete. Mark named his company after Daedalus before he realized that few of his clients would be able to pronounce it and even fewer spell it.) Mark is also a contributing editor for Cadalyst magazine and Webmaster of When he’s not busy being a cad, Mark sells and writes about wine for Paul Marcus Wines in Oakland. He also teaches literature and philosophy classes at St. Mary’s College of California — hence “Daedalus.” AutoCAD 2006 For Dummies is his eighth book on AutoCAD.

David Byrnes is one of those grizzled old-timers you’ll find mentioned every so often in AutoCAD 2006 For Dummies. He began his drafting career on the boards in 1979 and discovered computer-assisted doodling shortly thereafter. He first learned AutoCAD with version 1.4, around the time when personal computers switched from steam to diesel power. Dave is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has been an AutoCAD consultant and trainer for fifteen years. Dave is a contributing editor for Cadalyst magazine and has been a contributing author to ten books on AutoCAD. He teaches AutoCAD and other computer graphics applications at Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design and British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver. Dave has tech edited six AutoCAD For Dummies titles. AutoCAD 2006 For Dummies is his first chance to make his own errors.

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