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