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AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD LT 2007 Bible

ISBN: 978-0-471-78886-7
1296 pages
July 2006
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Popular among both novice and experienced AutoCAD users, this comprehensive book begins with an overview of the basics of AutoCAD, such as creating drawings, using commands, and specifying coordinates. Coverage becomes more in-depth as each chapter builds off the previous one, with discussions of 2D and 3D drawing techniques, using layers, creating dimensions, 3D coordinates, and rendering. You?ll learn to customize commands and toolbars; program AutoCAD using AutoLISP and VBA; and review AutoCAD LT. A "Quick Start" will have beginners creating a CAD drawing on their first day. The accompanying CD-ROM provides 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.
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Table of Contents




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 and Tolerances.

Chapter 16: Drawing Complex Objects.

Chapter 17: Plotting and Printing Your Drawing.

Part III: Working with .

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.

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

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 CD-ROM.


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Author Information

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 seventh edition of this book, which previously appeared for AutoCAD releases 14, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006.
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New to This Edition

  • No experience required! 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.
  • Completely updated for the latest version of AutoCAD expected in spring 2006.
  • 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 readers valuable, real-world experience.
  • CD-ROM 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.
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Companion Site
Welcome to the AutoCAD 2007 & AutoCAD LT 2007 Bible companion Web site.

This site provides example files & tips mentioned for the reader to follow along with the book AutoCAD 2007 & AutoCAD LT 2007 Bible. To make it easier for download the example files have been put into archives. If you do not have a archiving utility you may go to RarLabs.com to download a trial version of WinRAR. You may go to Adobe.com to download Acrobat Reader a free viewer produced by Adobe Systems.

These are the drawings used for the Step-by-Step exercises in AutoCAD 2007 & AutoCAD LT 2007 Bible. On the book's CD-ROM, they are contained in the Drawings and the Results folders. If you need the drawings for the exercises, you should download both the Drawings and the Results sets of drawings. Although the Results drawings are mostly the final results of each exercise, sometimes they are required to do an exercise.
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Instructors Resources
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Teacher's guide (beginning and intermediate)
Author, Ellen Finkelstein has creating a teacherís guide (both for a beginner and a beginner/intermediate course), which has a syllabus, teaching guidelines, and information about how to use the tests. There are 4 files for the tests: - Beginnerís course tests - Beginnerís course answers - Beg/inter. course test - Beg/inter course answers Each test has 10 multiple choice questions, 10 true/false questions, 3 ďthinkĒ questions, and at least 2 hands-on exercises that students would do in AutoCAD.
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