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AutoCAD 2012 For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-09002-2
528 pages
April 2011
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A full-color guide to the #1 architectural drafting program—AutoCAD 2012!

AutoCAD is the leading software used to create 2D and 3D technical drawings. Used by engineers, architects, and drafting professionals, it can be complex and is a perfect subject for the tried-and-true For Dummies format. Full-color illustrations make the instructions even easier to follow, because examples in the book appear exactly as they will on the screen.

  • Explains AutoCAD and gets readers quickly up to speed on the latest version
  • Features full-color illustrations that look the same as the AutoCAD 2012 screens, making the interface and the all-important Model view easier to understand
  • Covers all the new features, creating a basic layout, using AutoCAD DesignCenter, drawing and editing, working with dimensions, adding text, and more

Newcomers to AutoCAD will easily master the software with help from this full-color edition of AutoCAD 2012 For Dummies.

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Foreword.

Introduction.

Part I: AutoCAD 101.

Chapter 1: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

Chapter 2: Le Tour de AutoCAD 2012.

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: Advancing with AutoCAD.

Chapter 17: The ABCs of Blocks.

Chapter 18: Going Dynamic and External.

Chapter 19: Call the Parametrics!

Chapter 20: Drawing on the Internet.

Part V: On a 3D Spree.

Chapter 21: It's a 3D World After All.

Chapter 22: From Drawings . . . to Models.

Chapter 23: On a Render Bender.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: Ten Great AutoCAD Resources.

Chapter 25: Ten Differences between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

Chapter 26: Ten System Variables to Make Your Life Easier.

Index.

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