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AutoCAD 2005 and AutoCAD LT 2005 Bible

ISBN: 978-0-7645-6989-0
1198 pages
July 2004
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  • Now revised and updated for the latest program versions, this bestseller is a comprehensive reference and tutorial for architects, engineers, drafters, and others using the leading computer-assisted design software, AutoCAD, or its "lite" version, AutoCAD LT
  • Begins with AutoCAD basics, including the AutoCAD interface and commands, and progresses to complex topics such as programming and customization
  • No AutoCAD experience is required to use this book, and a Quick Start guide shows beginning AutoCAD users how to create a technical drawing their very first day
  • More than 150 tutorials use drawings collected from AutoCAD pros, giving readers valuable, real-world experience
  • Includes coverage of AutoCAD LT, the world's most popular inexpensive 2D technical drawing program
  • The 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

System requirements: For Windows 2000 or XP - PC with Pentium processor running at 200 MHz or faster; at least 64MB of total RAM installed; recommend at least 128MB; Ethernet network interface card (NIC) or modem with speed of at least 28,800 bps; a CD-ROM drive. CD includes real-world drawings for the exercises; bonus chapters, freeware & shareware programs, a 30-day trial version of AutoCAD software, and more.

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Table of Contents




Part I: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 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 Points.

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: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Installing and Configuring AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

Appendix B: What’s on the CD-ROM.

Bonus Chapters.

Chapter 1: Command and System-Variable Changes.

Chapter 2: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Resources.


End-User License Agreement.

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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 also teaches courses on Web writing and usability. Her Web site, www. ellenfinkelstein.com, contains tips and techniques for AutoCAD, PowerPoint, and Flash. Ellen has written many articles on AutoCAD and PowerPoint and has written books on Word, PowerPoint, OpenOffice.org, and Flash (such as Flash MX 2004 For Dummies, published by Wiley). Her first book was AutoCAD For Dummies Quick Reference. You’re holding the fifth edition of this book, which previously appeared for AutoCAD releases 14, 2000, 2002, and 2004.
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Related Websites / Extra

http://www.augi.com Autodesk User Group International
http://www.power.org Silicon Valley AutoCAD Power Users
http://www.vaus.org Vancouver AutoCAD Users Society
news://comp.cad.autocad AutoCAD newsgroup
news://alt.cad.autocad AutoCAD newsgroup
http://discussion.autodesk.com Autodesk newsgroups
http://www.autodesk.com Autodesk Web site
http://www.cadalyst.com Cadalyst magazine
http://home.pacifier.com/~nemi Better Than Nothing AutoLISP
http://xarch.tu-graz.ac.at/autocad Reini Urban's AutoCAD page
http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/Learning/AutoCAD/ University of New South Wales
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Companion Site
Welcome to the AutoCAD 2005 and AutoCAD LT 2005 Bible companion Web site.

From here, you may download the sample material that was included on the bonus CD-ROM. The material is stored in .RAR compressed format, so you will need a tool capable of opening RAR files. We recommend the free trial version of WinRAR. You can download it at www.rarlabs.com/download.htm.

We've also included a list of links to useful resources mentioned in the book.
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