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AutoCAD is a Computer Aided Drafting and Design software phenomenon; its users far outnumber those of any other CAD system, and its reach extends around the globe. AutoCAD has grown from a micro-curiosity to a complete CAD system by any set of measure.
AutoCAD also has grown from a relatively simple program to a large and complex one, but its size and complexity should not intimidate you. Millions of designers and drafters have learned to use AutoCAD with the help of Inside AutoCAD, a best-selling AutoCAD book for more than 16 years.
Who Should Read This Book
Inside AutoCAD 2005 is an updated and streamlined version of the most popular AutoCAD book series. The tutorials provide step-by-step instructions to help average AutoCAD users learn more quickly. Users with experience will find many unique and helpful concepts to better leverage the tools they already know. Of course, this book covers the fantastic new features of AutoCAD 2005 in a real-world scenario that all users will find familiar and applicable. This book is for anyone who wants to take a base level of AutoCAD knowledge and build upon it.
Who This Book Is Not For
This book purposely does not cover the very basics of AutoCAD, such as how to use the LINE command and the various object snap mode descriptions, for example. It does cover what you can do after you have a collection of objects, from editing to annotating to modeling to plotting, and many other things.
How This Book Is Organized
This book is organized into parts to help you digest the many features of AutoCAD 2005.
Part I: Introducing AutoCAD 2005
Welcome to AutoCAD 2005, the newest release of the world's most popular Computer Aided Drawing and Design software package. Part I is devoted to a broad overview of the many new features of this version of AutoCADfeatures that include new commands, new interface functionality, and a host of added capabilities that increase your productivity by making your work more efficient. The remaining parts of this book consist of groups of chapters devoted to specific aspects of AutoCAD. They are designed both for easy reference and to present AutoCAD 2005 in a logical, easy-to-use, and understandable manner.
Part II: Starting New Projects
In Part II, you learn how to set up and control the AutoCAD environment to work efficiently. Also covered is the new AutoCAD 2005 Sheet Set manager. You learn how to use AutoCAD's layers to organize your drawings and your projects. You learn how to control an object's appearance using AutoCAD's linetypes, and you also learn how to effectively use lineweights. In addition, you learn how to use AutoCAD's coordinate system to draw accurately.
Part III: Creating and Editing Drawings
In Part III, you learn the tools for obtaining information from objects as well as how to select and modify them. You learn how to properly create and use blocks, block attributes, and external references (xrefs) to harness the incredible power they offer. You also learn about AutoCAD's DesignCenter, a powerful tool that allows you to search for objects in drawing files and automatically insert their data into the current drawing, all without opening the original source drawings. You also discover unique aspects of hatch patterns and tools for your hatching needs.
Part IV: Annotating, Dimensioning, and Plotting
In Part IV, you learn about AutoCAD's annotation type objectstext and mtext. We also cover using other Windows application data within AutoCAD via Object Linking and Embedding (OLE). You learn how to use AutoCAD's dimensioning objects and tools, powerful features that help describe your design to others. You learn how to use model space and paper space and how to take advantage of an AutoCAD feature called Layout, which makes working in paper space easier. You also learn how to create plots of your drawings using AutoCAD 2005's revolutionary plotting paradigm, which uses plotter configuration files, plot style tables, and page setups.
Part V: Customizing and Advanced Concepts
Part V covers several advanced topics, such as specialized plotting features and the new Publish tool. Also discussed are the new AutoCAD 2005 Field text concept and the new Table objects. You learn how to customize your AutoCAD 2005 interface to make it work more efficiently for your needs and environment. In addition, you learn about the AutoCAD CAD Standards mechanism.
Part VI: Three-Dimensional Techniques
In Part VI, you are introduced to the world of 3D modeling in AutoCAD 2005. Many features make building your AutoCAD models in three dimensions easy and time-efficient. The final chapter in this section introduces you to rendering and making photorealistic presentations of your models.
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