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AutoCAD 2009 For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-22977-4
420 pages
April 2008
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AutoCAD 2009 provides all the tools you need to create presentable, usable, printable, and sharable drawings, but it’s not always easy to figure out which hammer to pick up or which nail to bang on your first try. That's where AutoCAD 2009 For Dummies comes in. It gives you the clear, easy-to-follow guidance you need to take charge of this powerful drafting and design application — first time and every time.

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!

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Introduction.

Part I: AutoCAD 101.

Chapter 1: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

Chapter 2: Le Tour de AutoCAD 2009.

Chapter 3: A Lap around the CAD Track.

Chapter 4: Setup for Success.

Chapter 5: Planning for Paper.

Part II: Let There Be Lines.

Chapter 6: Manage Your Properties.

Chapter 7: Preciseliness Is Next to CADliness.

Chapter 8: Down the Straightaway.

Chapter 9: Dangerous Curves Ahead.

Chapter 10: Get a Grip on Object Selection.

Chapter 11: Edit for Credit.

Chapter 12: A Zoom with a View.

Part III: If Drawings Could Talk.

Chapter 13: Text with Character.

Chapter 14: Entering New Dimensions.

Chapter 15: Down the Hatch.

Chapter 16: The Plot Thickens.

Part IV: Extending AutoCAD.

Chapter 17: The ABCs of Blocks.

Chapter 18: Going Dynamic and External.

Chapter 19: Drawing on the Internet.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Great AutoCAD Resources.

Chapter 21: Ten Differences Between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

Chapter 22: Ten System Variables to Make Your Life Easier.

Index.

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David Byrnes is one of those grizzled old-timers you’ll find mentioned every so often in AutoCAD 2009 For Dummies. He began his drafting career on the boards in 1979 and discovered computer-assisted doodling (you always wondered what CAD stood for, didn’t you?) shortly thereafter. He first learned AutoCAD with version 1.4, around the time when personal computers switched from steam to diesel power. Dave is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has been an AutoCAD consultant and trainer since 1988, since which he has been a contributing author to ten books on AutoCAD. He teaches AutoCAD and other computer graphics applications at Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design and British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver. Dave has been with the AutoCAD For Dummies series for longer than he cares to remember. He was technical editor for four AutoCAD For Dummies and two AutoCAD LT For Dummies titles and then coauthor of two more AutoCAD For Dummies editions. AutoCAD 2009 For Dummies is his second outing as a solo act.
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