Mastering AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011

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Go beyond AutoCAD essentials to create amazing 2D and 3D technical drawings

AutoCADis the leading drawing software used by design and drafting professionals to create 2D and 3D technical drawings. Mastering AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT guides you through AutoCAD essentials using concise explanations, focused examples, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on projects for both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

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Overview

Go beyond AutoCAD essentials to create amazing 2D and 3D technical drawings

AutoCADis the leading drawing software used by design and drafting professionals to create 2D and 3D technical drawings. Mastering AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT guides you through AutoCAD essentials using concise explanations, focused examples, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on projects for both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

You'll understand the basics of the interface and drafting tools, as well as how to effectively use hatches, fields, and tables.

  • Details attributes, dynamic blocks, drawing curves, and solid fills, as well as exploring 3D modeling and imaging
  • Explores the fully revised 3D rendering features and the new 3D Surface modeling tools
  • Covers the new 2D features like the updated Hatch tools, object transparency and Isolate/Hide objects
  • Discusses customization and integration, as well as useful tools and utilities
  • Includes a searchable PDF of the entire book, a trial version of AutoCAD, and before-and-after tutorial files

Accompanied by a DVD with more than a dozen video tutorials, this book will help you master AutoCAD and bring your technical drawings to life.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

For Instructors: Teaching supplements are available for this title.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470621974
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1248
  • Sales rank: 735,014
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

George Omura is a licensed architect and Autodesk Authorized Author who has more than 30 years of experience in architecture and has been using AutoCAD for more than 20 years. He has worked on design projects ranging from resort hotels to metropolitan transit systems to the San Francisco Library project. He is the all-time bestselling AutoCAD author and was cited as favorite CAD author by members of the Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) in AUGIWorld magazine's "Best of Everything CAD" issue.


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Table of Contents

Foreword xxix

Introduction  xxxi

Part 1 • The Basics  1

Chapter 1 • Exploring the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Interface 3

Chapter 2 • Creating Your First Drawing  27

Chapter 3 • Setting Up and Using AutoCAD’s Drafting Tools 73

Chapter 4 • Organizing Objects with Blocks and Groups 111

Chapter 5 • Keeping Track of Layers and Blocks 139

Part 2 • Mastering Intermediate Skills 169

Chapter 6 • Editing and Reusing Data to Work Efficiently 171

Chapter 7 • Mastering Viewing Tools, Hatches, and External References  209

Chapter 8 • Introducing Printing, Plotting, and Layouts 255

Chapter 9 • Understanding Plot Styles  285

Chapter 10 • Adding Text to Drawings 309

Chapter 11 • Using Fields and Tables  343

Chapter 12 • Using Dimensions  363

Part 3 • Mastering Advanced Skills  407

Chapter 13 • Using Attributes  409

Chapter 14 • Copying Existing Drawings into AutoCAD  435

Chapter 15 • Advanced Editing and Organizing  455

Chapter 16 • Laying Out Your Printer Output 495

Chapter 17 • Making “Smart” Drawings with Parametric Tools 519

Chapter 18 • Using Dynamic Blocks 539

Chapter 19 • Drawing Curves  571

Chapter 20 • Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings  601

Part 4 • 3D Modeling and Imaging  629

Chapter 21 • Creating 3D Drawings  631

Chapter 22 • Using Advanced 3D Features . 675

Chapter 23 • Rendering 3D Drawings  729

Chapter 24 • Editing and Visualizing 3D Solids  797

Chapter 25 • Exploring 3D Mesh and Surface Modeling 837

Part 5 • Customization and Integration 883

Chapter 26 • Using the Express Tools 885

Chapter 27 • Exploring AutoLISP  913

Chapter 28 • Customizing Toolbars, Menus, Linetypes, and Hatch Patterns  937

Chapter 29 • Managing and Sharing Your Drawings  975

Chapter 30 • Keeping a Project Organized with Sheet Sets  1017

Appendices . 1059

Appendix A • The Bottom Line 1061

Chapter 1: Exploring the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Interface  1061

Chapter 2: Creating Your First Drawing  1062

Chapter 3: Setting Up and Using AutoCAD’s Drafting Tools 1063

Chapter 4: Organizing Objects with Blocks and Groups  1063

Chapter 5: Keeping Track of Layers and Blocks  1064

Chapter 6: Editing and Reusing Data to Work Efficiently 1065

Chapter 7: Mastering Viewing Tools, Hatches, and External References 1066

Chapter 8: Introducing Printing, Plotting, and Layouts  1066

Chapter 9: Understanding Plot Styles 1067

Chapter 10: Adding Text to Drawings  1068

Chapter 11: Using Fields and Tables  1069

Chapter 12: Using Dimensions  1070

Chapter 13: Using Attributes  1071

Chapter 14: Copying Existing Drawings into AutoCAD 1071

Chapter 15: Advanced Editing and Organizing 1072

Chapter 16: Laying Out Your Printer Output  1073

Chapter 17: Making “Smart” Drawings with Parametric Tools 1073

Chapter 18: Using Dynamic Blocks 1074

Chapter 19: Drawing Curves  1075

Chapter 20: Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings  1077

Chapter 21: Creating 3D Drawings  1078

Chapter 22: Using Advanced 3D Features 1079

Chapter 23: Rendering 3D Drawings  1080

Chapter 24: Editing and Visualizing 3D Solids 1082

Chapter 25: Exploring 3D Mesh and Surface Modeling  1082

Chapter 26: Using the Express Tools 1083

Chapter 27: Exploring AutoLISP  1084

Chapter 28: Customizing Toolbars, Menus, Linetypes, and Hatch Patterns  1085

Chapter 29: Managing and Sharing Your Drawings  1086

Chapter 30: Keeping a Project Organized with Sheet Sets  1087

Appendix B • Installing and Setting Up AutoCAD  1089

Appendix C • Hardware and Software Tips 1117

Appendix D • System Variables and Dimension Styles  1137

Appendix E • About the Companion DVD  1155

Appendix F • The AutoCAD 2011 Certification Exams  1159

Index 1165

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