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AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008 Bible

ISBN: 978-0-470-12049-1
1296 pages
July 2007
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"Whether you're new to AutoCAD or a veteran, you will undoubtedly find this book to be an excellent resource."
-- Abhi Singh, AutoCAD Product Manager, Autodesk, Inc.

Here's the book that makes AutoCAD approachable

Even the people at Autodesk look to Ellen Finkelstein for AutoCAD training, so who better to teach you about AutoCAD 2008? This comprehensive guide brings veterans up to speed on AutoCAD updates and takes novices from the basics to programming in AutoLISP(r) and VBA. Every feature is covered in a logical order, and with the Quick Start chapter, you'll be creating drawings on your very first day. Success is in your hands.

* Start drawing right away with the easy Quick Start project
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Master commands and procedures for 2D drawings
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Work in 3D with hiding, shading, and rendering techniques
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Automate drawing annotation and the display of layers in viewports
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Organize and share data
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Customize commands, toolbars, hatch patterns, and more

What's on the DVD?

* 30-day trial versions of AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008
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All drawings needed to complete the exercises in the book, including before-and-after versions
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The entire text of the book in searchable PDF format
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A selection of add-on programs that will enhance your use of AutoCAD

System Requirements: Please see the DVD-ROM appendix for details and complete system requirements

Connect to external spreadsheets and extract essential data from your drawing objects

Draw and display sophisticated 3D models

Develop flexible, easy-to-use dynamic blocks
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About the Author.

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Part I: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Basics.

Quick Start: Drawing a Window.

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, Colors, Linetypes, and Lineweights.

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 and Attributes.

Chapter 19: Referencing Other Drawings.

Chapter 20: Working with External Databases.

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: Getting on the Internet.

Part VI: Customizing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

Chapter 29: Customizing Commands, Toolbars, Tool Palettes, and the Dashboard.

Chapter 30: Creating Macros and Slide Shows with Script Files.

Chapter 31: Creating Your Own Linetypes and Hatch Patterns.

Chapter 32: Creating Shapes and Fonts.

Chapter 33: Customizing 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 Visual Basic for Applications.

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.

Index.

End-User License Agreement.

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Ellen Finkelstein learned AutoCAD in Israel, where she always got to pore over the manual because it was in English. After returning to the United States, she started consulting and teaching AutoCAD as well as other computer programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. She has also taught courses on Web writing and usability. Her Web site, www.ellenfinkelstein.com, contains tips and techniques for AutoCAD and PowerPoint, and she publishes a monthly AutoCAD Tips Newsletter. Ellen has written extensively on AutoCAD, including articles for Autodesk’s Web site, such as three white papers on dynamic blocks, and features for AutoCAD’s Help system. She is also the editor of Inside AutoCAD, a monthly newsletter published by Eli Journals.
Ellen’s first book was AutoCAD For Dummies Quick Reference. Since then, she has written books on Word, PowerPoint, OpenOffice.org (OpenOffice.org For Dummies), Flash (such as Flash 8 For Dummies), and Web technologies (for example, Syndicating Web Sites with RSS Feeds For Dummies). You’re holding the eighth edition of this book, which previously appeared for AutoCAD releases 14, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
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  • Great for beginning to advanced users.  The first chapters guide beginners through the complex AutoCAD interface and commands. Yet the entire book is so thorough and complete that even the developers at Autodesk keep it by their PCs.
  • Also includes coverage of AutoCAD LT, the world's most popular inexpensive 2D technical drawing program.
  • A Quick Start shows beginning AutoCAD users how to create CAD a drawing their very first day!
  • More than 150 tutorials use drawings collected from AutoCAD pros, giving students valuable, real-world experience.
  • DVD contains before and after real-world drawings, bonus appendices, freeware and shareware programs, the book in searchable PDF format, and a 30-day trial version of AutoCAD software. 
  • Instructor Supplements Available online!
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  • Great for beginning to advanced users. The first chapters guide beginners through the complex AutoCAD interface and commands. Yet the entire book is thorough and complete for experienced users
  • Also includes coverage of AutoCAD LT, the world's most popular inexpensive 2D technical drawing program
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