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AutoCAD® 2004 Bible 

ISBN: 978-0-7645-3992-3
1315 pages
June 2003
AutoCAD® 2004 Bible   (0764539922) cover image


* Includes new features, such as more than eighty productivity tools, new printing enhancements, easier management of external reference drawings, and much more.
* No experience is required; the first part guides novice users through the AutoCAD interface, yet the book is so complete that even veteran AutoCAD users will want to keep it by their PCs.
* The CD-ROM includes beginning and finished exercise drawings from the book, a trial version of AutoCAD, bonus appendices, freeware and shareware programs, a links page, more.
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Table of Contents




Part I: AutoCAD Basics.

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 Point Objects.

Chapter 8: Viewing Your Drawing.

Chapter 9: Editing Your Drawing: Basic Tools.

Chapter 10: Editing Your Drawing: Advanced Tools.

Chapter 11: Organizing Drawings with Layers, Colors, Linetypes, and Lineweights.

Chapter 12: Getting 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 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.

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: Appendix.

Appendix: 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. Ellen has written books on Word, Power-Point, and Flash (such as Flash MX For Dummies, published by Wiley). Her first book was AutoCAD For Dummies Quick Reference. You’re holding the fourth edition of this book, which previously appeared for AutoCAD releases 14, 2000, and 2002.
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The Wiley Advantage

Ellen Finkelstein has been using, teaching, and writing about AutoCAD since 1986. Besides writing books on AutoCAD, she writes a monthly article for Autodesk's newsletter that goes to more than 100,000 readers each month. She has written numerous AutoCAD articles for other publications. Ellen maintains a Web site, www.ellenfinkelstein.com, that has information and tips on AutoCAD. She has created on-line courses for Autodesk as well. As a result of her activities, she is very well known in the computer-aided design (CAD) community.
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Drawings 2.93 MB Click to Download
Results 5.02 MB Click to Download
AutoCAD Tips 295.68 KB Click to Download
Missing file from Chapter 27 ab27-a.dwg 23.62 KB Click to Download
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Do you think you've discovered an error in this book? Please check the list of errata below to see if we've already addressed the error. If not, please submit the error via our Errata Form. We will attempt to verify your error; if you're right, we will post a correction below.

ChapterPageDetailsDatePrint Run
79 Missing text in Step 15
At the end of 4th line of instructions ending “Figure 4-24.” add “(If you turned off OSNAP in Step 13, turn it on again.)”
83 Error in Step 11
Should be “…Midpoint: <270° Midpoint: <180°) and click.”
94 Text on CD-ROM icon
On the CD-ROM icon: end should read "AutoCAD 2004 Bible CD-ROM."
101 Text on CD-ROM icon
On the CD-ROM icon: end should read "AutoCAD 2004 Bible CD-ROM."
104 Missing level 1 head
Above the text "There are two wizards…" add a new level 1 heading, "Using the Setup Wizards."
110 Errors in Steps 6 & 13
Step 6, should be “Type @.7341<129@@e.”
Step 13, should be “Type @.8071<270@@e…”
113 Errors in Steps 4, 5, 6 & 7
Step 4, 2nd sentence, should be “…prompt, type @2’1”,1’9”@@e.”
Step 5, 4th sentence, should be “…prompt, type @2,2…”
Step 6, should be “…type @1’9”,1’3”@@e.”
Step 7, should be “…type @11,2@@e.”
114 Error in Step 8
Step 8, 3rd sentence, should be “…prompt, type @1,-5@@e.
161 Error in Steps 5 & 6
Step 5, should be “Click the bottom-right viewport.”
Step 6 should be “Click the bottom-left viewport.”
169 Error in Step 7
Step 7, 10th line of instructions, should be “Move the cursor in the 180° direction.
171 Error in tip
Tip, 1st sentence, should be “…type plan (to start the PLAN command)…”
173 Error in Step 12
Step 12, 2nd sentence, should be “Start the line at 8.2272,2.25…”
215 Error in Step 13
Step 13, 3rd sentence, should be "…and check your settings."
234 Error in tip
Tip, 2nd sentence, should be “Use the Break at Point button …”
254 Error in last paragraph
Last sentence, should be "…palette has too many rows…"
319 Error in Step 5
Step 5, 3rd sentence should be “Look at the total editing time to see the total time the drawing has been worked on.”
344 Error on bottom of page
On the CD-ROM, should be "…with DTEXT, 13-a.dwg, is in…"
346 Error in last bullet
Should be "Only the TEXT command works …."
349 Error in 2nd sentence
"To use JUSTIFYTEXT, choose modify…"
411 Error in Step 4
3rd line should be "…to dimension: Pick the line at @@4."
417 Error in heading
Should read "Using the Properties palette to edit dimensions"
449 Error in Step 10
The numbers 1 and 2 should be in black circles, since they refer to circles in figure 15-28.
458 Error in Step 6
3rd sentence: should be “… choose the intersection at @@3.
471 Error in Step 8
2nd sentence, should be “…@-5/16, 5/16@@e.”
511 Error in figure 16-43
The captions on the bottom row are all the same, Instead they should read, from the left: "Closed tee", "Open tee", and "Merged tee".
603 Error in Step 9
End of first line, put full word “armchair” on 2nd line -- don’t hyphenate. (It's text to type in and a reader got confused, typing in the hyphen between arm and chair.)
607 Error in 1st paragraph
End of 1st para, should be "…shown in Figure 18-24."
610 Error in Step 3
3rd sentence, should be “In the Value text box of the Enhanced Attribute Editor…”
611 Errors in Step 6
Add a new sentence after 1st sentence, “Press Enter to end selection.”
Current 2nd sentence should read, “The attributes reappear, but without their values.”
628 Error in Figure 19-7
Move callout 1 so that the arrow is inside the blank rectangle that it's near; it needs to go a little further down.
629 Errors in Steps 9 & 10
Step 9, 2nd sentence, delete “(transfer)”
Step 10, line 4 of instructions, delete “$0$STANDARD, “
650 Error in Step 2
Should be "Choose dbConnect in the…"
667 Error in tip
Should be “…prompt) and”; in other words, delete the comma after “prompt” and add a close paren.
712 Errors in Step 9 & Figure 21-18
Step 9, 3rd sentence, should be “…Figure 21-17…”
Fig 21-18, arrow #3 needs to point to the right of the intersection it points to now.
771 Error in Step 10
Step 10, 2nd to last line of instructions, 9 in a circle should be 2 in a circle.
841 Error in Step 7
Step 7, 9th line of instructions, change “Step 3” to “Step 4”.
891 Error in Step 9
3rd to last sentence, should be "Change the Bitmap Blend to .30."
892 Error on text about CD-ROM
On the CD-ROM, should be “…ab25-b.dwg…”
923 Error in Step 3
2nd sentence, should be "…more than one standards file with the drawing."
932 Error in Step 14
Should be “Choose ab26-e.dws…”
1003 Error in Step 1
2nd sentence should be "…the file to open it…"
1023 Error in Step 1
Delete "from the AutoCAD 2004\Support folder"
1024 Error in Step 9
Should be "…and drag Hide to the toolbar."
1035 Error in Sidebar
2nd to last para, 1st line, but a menu arrow between "Programs" and "Accessories".
1039 Error in tip
3rd sentence, should be "Drag the top border of the command line area downward to reduce the number of lines of text on the command line to 1."
1090 Error in Step 4
Monofont text, the 2nd & 3rd lines need to be on one line. They fit in previous edition. There needs to be a space between "select" and "\_move".
1105 Error in 2nd sentence
Should read "The TABLET2 section starts this way:"
1111 Errors in Steps 9 & 13
Step 9, 1st line, add space between "on" and "your".
Step 13, 2nd sentence, should read: "Choose View@@>3D Views@@>SE Isometric View."
1120 Error in 1st line
Should be "…to load .fas, …"
1140 Error in Figure 35-1
Remove border
1145 Error in Step 3
Apostrophe in bold text should be straight, not curly
1224 Error in new feature icon
Should be "…\Software\AutoCAD…"
27 Drawings for Chapter 27 missing from CD-ROM
The drawings are available on the downloads page. They are titled ab27-a.dwg, ab27-b.dwg and ab27-c.dwg.
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Companion Site
Welcome to the AutoCAD 2004 Bible companion Web site.

This site provides example files & tips mentioned for the reader to follow along with the book AutoCAD 2004 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 2004 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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