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AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD LT 2006 Bible

ISBN: 978-0-7645-9675-9
1248 pages
September 2005
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If AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT can do it, you can do it too ...

Are you trying AutoCAD for the first time? Upgrading from an earlier version? Switching from another CAD software? Everything you need to know is right here. If you're new to AutoCAD, the Quick Start chapter gets you drawing right away. If you're experienced, go right to the new features of 2006. Each of the book's eight sections focuses on a key element of this complex, powerful program, making it easy to find what you need now and down the road.

Inside, you'll find complete coverage of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
* Learn the basics of using commands, specifying coordinates, and setting up a drawing
* Draw and edit in 2D with all of AutoCAD's objects, including the new dynamic blocks
* Create and present 3D drawings
* Set standards, organize with sheet sets, share data between applications, and put your drawings on the Internet
* Customize commands, menus, toolbars, linetypes, hatches, and fonts
* Create scripts, or venture into programming with AutoLISP(r) and VBA

Bonus CD-ROM!

Loaded with extra-value items, including
* A trial version of AutoCAD 2006 software
* More than 130 real-world drawings and files integrated with the exercises
* Stacks of software to enhance and streamline your work
* A searchable PDF version of the book
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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: Basic Tools.

Chapter 10: Editing Your Drawing: 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 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: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Resources.

Appendix C: What’s on the CD-ROM.

Index.

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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. Ellen has written numerous articles on AutoCAD and PowerPoint. Her first book was AutoCAD For Dummies Quick Reference. Since then, she has written books on Word, PowerPoint, OpenOffice.org (OpenOffice.org For Dummies), Flash (Flash MX 2004 For Dummies), and Web technologies (Syndicating Web Sites with RSS Feeds For Dummies). You’re holding the sixth edition of this book, which previously appeared for AutoCAD releases 14, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2005.
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  • Covers the exciting, new features of AutoCAD 2006 including dynamic blocks, the heads-up interface, and hatch enhancements
  • Includes AutoCAD LT 2006 coverage and a Quick Start to appeal even more to beginners and students
  • 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.
  • Completely updated for new AutoCAD 2006 software expected in spring 2005.
  • 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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AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD LT 2006 Bible

By Ellen Finkelstein

Autodesk

Autodesk home page:www.autodesk.com

Subscription program: www.autodesk.com and click the Subscription link.

AutoCAD´s Home Page: www.autodesk.com/autocad

AutoCAD LT´s Home Page: www.autodesk.com/autocadlt

Magazines/newsletters

Cadalyst magazine : www.cadalyst.com

Autodesk User Group International (AUGI): www.augi.com/publications/default.asp (you need to log in first)

Ralph Grabowski´s weekly upFront.eZine, e-mail message with "subscribe upfront" to ralphg@xyzpress.com.

User Groups

AUGI (Autodesk User Group International): www.augi.com

The Silicon Valley AutoCAD Power Users: www.cadville.com; click the SVAPU link on the left menu

The Vancouver AutoCAD Users Society (VAUS): www.vaus.org.

Discussion groups

Newsgroups: news://comp.cad.autocad and news://alt.cad.autocad.

Autodesk´s discussion group: news://discussion.autodesk.com (also accessible from the Autodesk Web site)

Web Sites

The CAD Depot: www.caddepot.com

TenLinks.com: www.tenlinks.com

CADwire.net: www.cadwire.net

CADInfo.net: www.cadinfo.net

Better Than Nothing AutoLISP: home.pacifier.com/~nemi

CAD Forum: www.cadforum.cz/cadforum_en

Dotsoft: www.dotsoft.com

EllenFinkelstein.com: www.ellenfinkelstein.com/autoCAD.html

HyperPics: www.hyperpics.com

ManuSoft: www.manusoft.com

Moss Designs: www.mossdesigns.com

Xarch AutoCAD Info & Tools: xarch.tu-graz.ac.at/autocad

University of New South Wales: www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/Learning/AutoCAD

upfront.eZine: www.upfrontezine.com

Blogs

Between the Lines: autodesk.blogs.com/between_the_lines

RobiNZ CAD Blog: rcd.typepad.com/rcd

HyperPics Blog: hyperpics.blogs.com/beyond_the_ui

Lynn Allen´s Blog: lynn.blogs.com/lynn_allens_blog

In the Dynamic Interface: mdouglas.blogs.com/in_the_dynamic_interface

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