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AutoCAD For Dummies
by Bill Fane
It takes some practice to get handy with AutoCAD—and it doesn’t hurt to have a good guide by your side to help get you through the rough spots. Updated to cover AutoCAD releases through the 2017 version, this new edition of AutoCAD For Dummies is an ideal companion when you’re learning the basics of the popular software. Written by a former engineer and AutoCAD teacher, the book walks you through the basics of setting up projects and making simple drawings all the way up to creating 3D models.
Beginning with an overview of the AutoCAD interface, drawing tools, and ways to adjust your view of your work, AutoCAD For Dummies offers easy-to-follow guidance on using straight and curved lines to manage properties, object selection, and creating layouts. Next, it shows you how to use advanced AutoCAD tools, including Blocks, Arrays, Xrefs, and Parametrics. Finally, you’ll find out how to move your work in to the wonderful world of 3D modeling.
- Create an AutoCAD project from the ground up
- Make and edit basic drawings starting with straight lines and curves
- Jump into advanced drawing with 3D modeling
- Find quick answers to your AutoCAD questions
It’s true that AutoCAD is tough, but with the friendly instruction in this hands-on guide, you’ll find everything you need to start creating marvelous models—without losing your cool.
AutoCAD 2010 For Dummies
by David Byrnes
AutoCAD 2010 for Dummies helps you navigate the program, use the AutoCAD Design Center, create a basic layout and work with dimension, and put your drawings on the Internet. You’ll soon be setting up the AutoCAD environment, using the AutoCAD Ribbon, creating annotation and dimension drawings, exploring 3D models, and cruising comfortably through AutoCAD 2010.
- Understand object selection and learn all about commanding and selecting, one-by-one selection, and perfecting selecting
- Use the AutoCAD tool kit and learn to copy between drawings, manipulate images, and polish your properties
- Turn on your annotative objects and say more in multiline text
- Understand the anatomy of a dimension, then draw and edit your own
- Get up to speed on how to create block definitions, insert blocks, and more
- Discover techniques for setting up a layout in paper space
- Push the boundary of hatch and define hatch objects
- Learn to design in Web format and draw on the Internet
With AutoCAD, the only limits are your imagination. AutoCAD 2010 for Dummies prepares you to use this powerful software to design and document your ideas in 2D and 3D.
This one-stop guide to creating great technical drawings using AutoCAD 2009 shows you how to navigate the AutoCAD interface, set up drawings, use basic and precision tools, and use drawing objects. You’ll learn how to annotate your drawings, use dimensioning and hatching, and work with AutoCAD’s new Annotation Scaling feature. You’ll also find out how to work with solids, texture surfaces, add lighting, and much more. Discover how to
- Navigate the AutoCAD interface
- Work with lines, shapes, and curves
- Add explanatory text
- Understand AutoCAD LT’s limitations
- Render your drawings
- Create and manage blocks
- Use AutoCAD advanced drafting techniques
- Comply with CAD management and standards
- Share your work with others
- Customize the AutoCAD interface, tools, and more
Complete with Web links to advanced information on navigating the AutoCAD programming interfaces, using custom programs, getting started with AutoLISP, and working with Visual Basic for AutoCAD, AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT 2009 All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies is the only comprehensive AutoCAD guide you’ll ever need.
AutoCAD 2012 For Dummies
by David Byrnes
AutoCAD is the leading software used to create 2D and 3D technical drawings. Used by engineers, architects, and drafting professionals, it can be complex and is a perfect subject for the tried-and-true For Dummies format. Full-color illustrations make the instructions even easier to follow, because examples in the book appear exactly as they will on the screen.
- Explains AutoCAD and gets readers quickly up to speed on the latest version
- Features full-color illustrations that look the same as the AutoCAD 2012 screens, making the interface and the all-important Model view easier to understand
- Covers all the new features, creating a basic layout, using AutoCAD DesignCenter, drawing and editing, working with dimensions, adding text, and more
Newcomers to AutoCAD will easily master the software with help from this full-color edition of AutoCAD 2012 For Dummies.
AutoCAD 2007 For Dummies
by David Byrnes, Mark Middlebrook
AutoCAD 2007 For Dummies will show you how to perform these tasks and more! This hands-on guide lets you discover how to navigate around all the complications and start creating cool drawings in no time. Soon you’ll have the tools you need to use DWG, set up drawings, add text, and work with lines, as well as:
- Draw a base plate with rectangles and circles
- Organize a successful template
- Zoom and pan with glass and hand
- Use the AutoCAD design center
- Navigate through your 3-D drawing projects
- Plot layout, lineweights, and colors
- Design block definitions
- Slice and dice your drawings to create new designs
- Create a Web format using AutoCAD
This book also features suggestions and tips on how to touch up your creations as well as ways to swap drawing data with other people and programs. Written in a friendly, straightforward tone that doesn’t try to overwhelm you, AutoCAD 2007 For Dummies shows you the fun and easy way to draw precise 2-D and 3-D drawings!
AutoCAD 2008 3D Modeling Workbook For Dummies
by Lee Ambrosius
- AutoCAD 2007 features a new 3D rendering engine that greatly enhances the program’s 3D functionality-and makes this industry-standard drafting program even more difficult to master, even for veteran users
- This focused For Dummies workbook gives people the practice they need to get up to speed on the new 3D features, with dozens of problems and step-by-step solutions for modeling, shadowing, and lighting
- Topics covered by the problems include 2D geometric construction, 3D solid modeling, 3D surface modeling, rendering and imaging, dimensioning and drafting, and model interchange
- Used by architects, engineers, and draftspeople, AutoCAD is the #1 computer-aided design (CAD) software in the world, with an installed base of 6.7 million users
- The accompanying DVD provides videos that illustrate select problems and solutions presented in the workbook
AutoCAD LT 2005 For Dummies
by Mark Middlebrook
- Shows first-time AutoCAD LT users how to use this popular 2D technical drawing software-an easier-to-use, less feature-rich version of the industry standard AutoCAD
- Updated to reflect the newest features and enhancements in the latest program release, such as text tables, streamlined plot and page setup dialogue boxes, and improvements to AutoCAD’s support for placing, editing, and plotting OLE objects
- Includes an explanation of the differences between the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT and helps users decide which version is right for them
- Includes a new chapter with a hands-on overview of the typical CAD workflow: drawing objects, zooming and panning to see more detail, editing objects, adding annotations, and plotting
- Addresses topics such as creating a basic layout, drawing and editing, writing text in drawings, plotting, creating and editing an external reference file, applying CAD standards, and drawing on the Internet
AutoCAD 2011 For Dummies
by David Byrnes
If you’re just learning AutoCAD, this friendly, For Dummies guide is perfect for you. You’ll get up to speed on all the basics and start creating 2D and 3D technical drawings sooner than you might imagine. Learn how to create a basic drawing, use AutoCAD Design Center, edit your drawings, work with dimensions, add text, and much more. The book is straightforward, easy to follow, and includes practical tips and notes that demystify this complex software even further.
- Gets you quickly up to speed on AutoCAD “X,” the leading technical drawing software from Autodesk
- Covers how to create a basic drawing, use AutoCAD Design Center, edit your drawings, use blocks, work with dimensions, add text, and draw on the Internet
- Includes updates on the latest features in AutoCAD “X” focusing on those that matter most to beginners
- Uses the popular For Dummies approach, which breaks down this intimidating topic into helpful, practical advice and how-tos for real people
AutoCAD “X” For Dummies is what you need to get up to speed and start designing with this market-leading software!
AutoCAD 2008 For Dummies
by David Byrnes
- A gentle, humorous introduction to this fearsomely complex software that helps new users start creating 2D and 3D technical drawings right away
- Covers the new features and enhancements in the latest AutoCAD version and provides coverage of AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD’s lower-cost sibling
- Topics covered include creating a basic layout, using AutoCAD DesignCenter, drawing and editing, working with dimensions, plotting, using blocks, adding text to drawings, and drawing on the Internet
- AutoCAD is the leading CAD software for architects, engineers, and draftspeople who need to create detailed 2D and 3D technical drawings; there are more than 5 million registered AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT users
AutoCAD 2009 For Dummies
by David Byrnes
People like you, who want to get the hang of AutoCAD quickly and without giving yourself a headache, have made previous editions of this book bestsellers! Here’s a simple guide to creating complex technical drawings with this complicated program. Moving up from an earlier version? Look for the icons marking the cool new stuff! You’ll discover how to:
- Get going quickly while building proper AutoCAD techniques
- Make the program work with you
- Draw and edit objects
- Zoom and pan for an accurate view
- Apply text, dimensions, and hatching to clarify your design intent
- Organize the objects you draw, including properties and files
- Share work with other CAD users — in the office and over the Internet
- Upgrade smoothly from previous AutoCAD editions
Complete with savvy tips on how to avoid AutoCAD errors, a concise list of the differences between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, and juicy tidbits on how to make the time you spend in AutoCAD more enjoyable, AutoCAD 2009 For Dummies will make you an AutoCAD expert in no time!