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Mastering AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013

ISBN: 978-1-118-17407-4
1200 pages
June 2012
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Description

The complete tutorial and reference to the world's leading CAD program

This thoroughly revised and updated edition teaches AutoCAD using explanations, examples, instructions, and hands-on projects for both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. This detailed resource works as both a tutorial and stand-alone reference. It introduces the basics of the interface and drafting tools; explores skills such as using hatches, fields, and tables; details such advanced skills as attributes, dynamic blocks, drawing curves, and using solid fills; explains 3D modeling and imaging; and discusses customization and integration.

  • Covers all the new AutoCAD capabilities
  • Written by George Omura, a popular AutoCAD author
  • Offers an essential resource for those preparing for the AutoCAD certification program
  • Includes a DVD with all the project files necessary for the tutorials, a trial version of AutoCAD, and additional tools and utilities

George Omura's engaging writing style makes this reference the perfect reference and tutorial for both novice and experienced CAD users.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xxvii

Part 1 The Basics 1

Chapter 1 Exploring the Interface 3

Chapter 2 Creating Your First Drawing 29

Chapter 3 Setting Up and Using the Drafting Tools 79

Chapter 4 Organizing Objects with Blocks and Groups 121

Chapter 5 Keeping Track of Layers and Blocks 153

Part 2 Mastering Intermediate Skills 187

Chapter 6 Editing and Reusing Data to Work Efficiently 189

Chapter 7 Mastering Viewing Tools, Hatches, and External References 233

Chapter 8 Introducing Printing, Plotting, and Layouts 283

Chapter 9 Understanding Plot Styles 315

Chapter 10 Adding Text to Drawings 341

Chapter 11 Using Fields and Tables 379

Chapter 12 Using Dimensions 401

Part 3 Mastering Advanced Skills 449

Chapter 13 Using Attributes 451

Chapter 14 Copying Existing Drawings from Other Sources 477

Chapter 15 Advanced Editing and Organizing 497

Chapter 16 Laying Out Your Printer Output 539

Chapter 17 Making "Smart" Drawings with Parametric Tools 565

Chapter 18 Using Dynamic Blocks 585

Chapter 19 Drawing Curves 617

Chapter 20 Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings 649

Part 4 3D Modeling and Imaging 681

Chapter 21 Creating 3D Drawings 683

Chapter 22 Using Advanced 3D Features 725

Chapter 23 Rendering 3D Drawings 783

Chapter 24 Editing and Visualizing 3D Solids 855

Chapter 25 Exploring 3D Mesh and Surface Modeling 905

Part 5 Customization and Integration 955

Chapter 26 Customizing Toolbars, Menus, Linetypes, and Hatch Patterns 957

Chapter 27 Managing and Sharing Your Drawings 997

Appendices

Appendix A The Bottom Line 1051

Appendix B Installing and Setting Up the Autodesk AutoCAD Software 1077

Appendix C The Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Certification 1109

Appendix D About the Companion DVD 1115

Index 1119

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Author Information

George Omura is a licensed architect and Autodesk Authorized Author who has more than 30 years of experience in architecture and has been using AutoCAD for more than 20 years. He has worked on design projects ranging from resort hotels to metropolitan transit systems to the San Francisco Library project. He is the all-time bestselling AutoCAD author and was cited as "favorite CAD author" by members of the Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) in AUGIWorld magazine's "Best of Everything CAD" issue.

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Bonus Chapter 1: Using the Express Tools (PDF) 1.33 MB Click to Download
Bonus Chapter 2: Exploring AutoLISP (PDF) 423.07 KB Click to Download
Bonus Chapter 3: Keeping a Project Organized with Sheet Sets (PDF) 2.15 MB Click to Download
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Chapter 04--exercise files
Updated 3/29/2013 with corrected 04b-bath-metric.dwg
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Errata

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
3 108 Text correction: transposed symbols for feet and inches
Step 2:
Radius = 0"-0 1/2" should read Radius = 0'-0 1/2"

Step 3:
At the Specify fillet radius <0"-0">: should read At the Specify fillet radius <0'-0">:
3/29/13
3 117 Text correction: transposed symbols for feet and inches
In the first sentence of the paragraph that starts after step 4:
GRIDUNIT <0'-0 1/21/2",0'-0 1/21/2"> should read GRIDUNIT <0'-0 1/2",0'-0 1/2">
3/29/13
4 126 Text correction: Error under "Inserting a Symbol"
Step 2:
Draw a rectangle 7'-6" by 55' should read:
Draw a rectangle 7'-6" by 5'
3/29/13
5 179-182 Text correction: transposed symbols for feet and inches under "Adding a Linetype to a Drawing"
page 179, step 10:
coordinate 4"-4",1"-10" to coordinate 4"-4",6"-10" should read coordinate 4'-4",1'-10" to coordinate 4'-4",6'-10"

page 180, first sentence:
scale of 1"=1" should read scale of 1"=1'

page 181, step 3:
1"=1" should read 1"=1'

page 182, step 2 under "Adding the Final Detail":
<0"-0",0"-0",0"-0"> should read <0'-0",0'-0",0'-0">
3/29/13
6 190 Text correction: Instructions for metric users on Creating a Template
Step 3 should read:
"Locate the Bath file you created in the previous chapter. You can also use the file 06-bath.dwg from the sample files. Metric users should use 06-bath-metric.dwg."
3/29/13
6 206-7 Text correction: Instructions for metric users on Importing Settings
The last sentence of step 4 should read:
"Metric users should use the default decimal length type but should select Centimeters in the Insertion Scale drop-down list to ensure that blocks saved using Centermeters as the insert unit will be inserted at the correct scale."
3/29/13
15 500 Text correction: Assembling Xrefs to Build a Drawing
Step 2. under Assembling Xrefs to Build a Drawing should read as follows:

"For Imperial measurement users, use the Drawing Units dialog box (Units↵) to set up the drawing units type to Architectural and the Insertion scale to Inches. Use the Limits command to set the lower-left corner at 0,0 and the upper-right corner at 2112,1632. Metric users should set the drawing units type to Decimal and the Insertion scale to Centimeters. Set the lower-left corner limits to 0,0 and the upper-right corner limits to 5940 cm × 4200 cm. For both measurement systems, click All from the Zoom flyout on the View tab?s Navigate panel or type ZA↵ so your drawing area is adjusted to the window."
4/23/13
15 504 Text correction: Updating Blocks in Xrefs
Step 3. under Updating Blocks in Xrefs should read as follows

"In the Insert dialog box, click the Browse button and then locate and select your Unit.dwg file. If you can't find your Unit.dwg file, you can use 15b-unit.dwg (or 15b-dwg-metric.dwg for metric users) from the Chapter 15 sample files, but make sure you rename the file you use to Unit.dwg before you insert it. You may also use the method described in the "Substituting Blocks" sidebar in Chapter 7 to insert 15b-unit.dwg or 15b-unit-metric.dwg without renaming the file."
4/23/13
15 515 Text correction: Filtering Selections
In step 4. under Filtering Selections (at the top of p515) an apostrophe (foot symbol) was omitted from the command. The step should read:

"At the Select Objects: prompt, type ′Filter↵ to open the Object Selection Filters dialog box."
4/23/13
27 1025 Text correction: Reference to incorrect figure under "Getting Familiar with Design Center"
Near the bottom of the page, step 1 refers to Figure 27.26. That reference should be to Figure 27.24 on the previous page.

Figure 27.26 on page 1026 shows the contents of the DesignCenter folder, discussed in step 2 on page 1025.
5/23/13
27 1030 Text correction: Errors in Exercise under "Automatically Scaling Blocks at Insertion"
Steps 3 and 4 of the exercise should read:

3. To confirm that DesignCenter did indeed adjust the scale of the Kitchen2-metric block, select the Kitchen2-metric block, right click and select Properties.
4. Check the Unit factor value under the Misc category. Notice the value shows 3/8". This is the value at which the Kitchen2-metric block has been scaled. If no scaling is applied, this value would be 1.
5/23/13
27 1034 Additional information regarding Support and Hidden Files
Add to the end of the sidebar entitled "Locating Support Files" the following:
"User support files are in a hidden folder. See "Finding Hidden Folders That Contain AutoCAD Files" in Appendix B for information on how to unhide hidden folders."
5/23/13
27 1039 Text correction: Configure Filtering tool misidentified
The second paragraph on the page should read:

"The Configure Filtering tool enables you to filter the contents of the display based on the type of drawing element you want to find. Click the Configure Filtering tool to the right of the Toggle Icon Size tool to open the Configure Filters dialog box (see Figure 27.34). For example, if you want to view only blocks that a content explorer search has turned up, you can select the Object Types tab in the Configure Filters dialog box, then remove the check marks to all of the items in the list except Block Reference. The Content Explorer will display only the blocks. You can also filter by date by selecting the Date tab."

To download a corrected image file for Figure 27.34 showing the correct dialog box, go to the Downloads tab on this page.
5/23/13
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