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This top-selling book has been updated by AutoCAD guru and author Ellen Finkelstein to provide you with the very latest coverage of both AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012. It begins with a Quick Start tutorial, so you start creating right away. From there, the book covers so much in-depth material on AutoCAD that it is said that even Autodesk employees keep this comprehensive book at their desks. A DVD is...
This top-selling book has been updated by AutoCAD guru and author Ellen Finkelstein to provide you with the very latest coverage of both AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012. It begins with a Quick Start tutorial, so you start creating right away. From there, the book covers so much in-depth material on AutoCAD that it is said that even Autodesk employees keep this comprehensive book at their desks. A DVD is included that features before-and-after drawings of all the tutorials and plenty of great examples from AutoCAD professionals.
If you're eager to create 2D and 3D technical drawings with AutoCAD 2012, the AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT2012 Bible is what you need!
Part I: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Basics.
Quick Start: Drawing a Windo.
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.
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: Creating Electronic Output.
Part VI: Customizing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.
Chapter 29: Customizing Commands, Toolbars, and Tool Palettes.
Chapter 30: Creating Macros and Slide Shows.
Chapter 31: Creating Your Own Linetypes and Hatch Patterns.
Chapter 32: Creating Shapes and Fonts.
Chapter 33: Customizing the Ribbon and 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 .NET.
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 DVD.
Bonus Chapter: Working with External Databases.
Posted July 3, 2011
New versions of AutoCAD mean new version of AutoCAD books. Once again Wiley Publishing, Inc. has released an updated version of Ellen Finkelstein's AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Bible. This version, AutoCAD 2012 & AutoCAD LT 2012 Bible, has been revised to reflect the additional features added to AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2012. Once again Ellen Finkelstein has given readers a comprehensive reference manual on AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.
The AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 Bible starts with a Quick Start chapter that gives the reader in introduction to AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. From there, the author provides an in-depth look at AutoCAD. The book covers all of the basics needed to use AutoCAD. It also contains enough advanced material to make an expert out of the reader. The AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 Bible is a complete reference and tutorial. Beginners can use this book to learn AutoCAD from scratch. Intermediate users can become advanced users. Advanced users can use this book as a reference tool to find and know all of the ins and outs of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.
AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 Bible has 1296 pages. It is to be release in July of 2011. Wiley and Ellen Finkelstein have published versions of this book since AutoCAD release 14 and every release since. This release will not disappoint. It covers the basics of using AutoCAD, the advanced additions to its 3D modeling tools, and the book even covers programming in LISP for AutoCAD and in VBA. The paperback book comes with a DVD that contains before and after drawings for each tutorial. The sections of the books are marked so that the reader will immediate know when a feature is new to release 2012. There are also icons that mark when a feature is only found in AutoCAD and not in AutoCAD LT. There are other icons throughout the book that provide other guidance in the use of AutoCAD. Tips and tricks that the author has discover and developed throughout her carrier are provided making the lessons thorough, practical and valuable.
AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 Bible is available in paperback from Wiley Publishing. At the time this review was written it did not appear Wiley was providing a digital version for publishing. The book is available for purchase through many online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Barnes and Noble does provide an e-book version for their e-reader the Nook, though the electronic version was priced higher than the paper back version. Amazon did not have a version for their e-reader, the Kindle.
I recommend purchasing the AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 for any AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT user, from anyone learning the program for the first time to the advanced CAD Manager. The tutorials and examples make learning AutoCAD as simple as possible. The cross references and appendices make it a fantastic reference book. The content is thorough and complete. Anything any user of any experience ever needs to know about AutoCAD can find it in this book.
I would rate this book as a must have purchase for any AutoCAD user!
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