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AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Bible

ISBN: 978-1-118-32829-3
888 pages
July 2012
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The bestselling guide to AutoCAD, fully updated for the 2013 version

AutoCAD, the number one architectural drawing software, can be challenging to learn. This comprehensive guide has sold more than 160,000 copies in previous editions and is the go-to resource for architects, engineers, drafters, interior designers, and space planners who need to learn and use AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. From the basics of creating drawings and using commands to 2D and 3D drawing techniques, using layers, rendering, and customizing the program, this book covers it all. A Quick Start guide allows even newcomers to create an actual drawing on their very first day.

Expert AutoCAD author Ellen Finkelstein presents more than 150 tutorials illustrated with real-world drawings from AutoCAD pros. The companion website includes before-and-after drawings, bonus chapters, video tutorials, and more!

  • The comprehensive, soup-to-nuts reference that even some Autodesk employees keep on their desks
  • Covers AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT in complete detail, from using the interface and commands to customizing and programming AutoCAD with AutoLISP and VBA
  • Begins with a Quick Start guide to help novices create a real drawing on their first day with the program
  • Covers creating drawings, using commands, and specifying coordinates; working with complex 2D and 3D drawing techniques; using layers; and creating dimensions, 3D coordinates, solids, and rendering
  • Discusses customizing commands and toolbars and programming AutoCAD with AutoLISP and VBA
  • Includes a companion website with bonus content, video tutorials, and before-and-after drawings

AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Bible is the comprehensive, one-stop AutoCAD resource for newcomers and veterans alike.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xxxi

Introduction xxxiii

Part I: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Basics 1

Quick Start: Drawing a Window 1

Chapter 1: Starting to Draw 13

Chapter 2: Opening a Drawing 29

Chapter 3: Using Commands 35

Chapter 4: Specifying Coordinates 53

Chapter 5: Setting Up a Drawing 91

Part II: Drawing in Two Dimensions 107

Chapter 6: Drawing Simple Lines 109

Chapter 7: Drawing Curves and Points 119

Chapter 8: Viewing Your Drawing 135

Chapter 9 Editing Your Drawing with Basic Tools 165

Chapter 10: Editing Your Drawing with Advanced Tools 191

Chapter 11: Organizing Drawings with Layers and Object Properties 245

Chapter 12: Obtaining Information from Your Drawing 283

Chapter 13: Creating Text 303

Chapter 14: Drawing Dimensions 361

Chapter 15: Creating Dimension Styles 415

Chapter 16: Drawing Complex Objects 449

Chapter 17: Plotting and Printing Your Drawing 485

Part III: Working with Data 525

Chapter 18: Working with Blocks 527

Chapter 19: Adding Attributes to Blocks 577

Chapter 20: Referencing Other Drawings 593

Part IV: Drawing in Three Dimensions 617

Chapter 21: Specifying 3D Coordinates 619

Chapter 22: Viewing 3D Drawings 649

Chapter 23: Creating 3D Surfaces 693

Chapter 24: Creating Solids and Editing in 3D 729

Part V: Appendixes 803

Appendix A: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Resources 805

Appendix B: What’s on the Companion Website 811

Index 815

Bonus Chapters on the Companion Website

Bonus Chapter 1: Working with External Databases BC1

Bonus Chapter 2: Rendering in 3D BC33

Bonus Chapter 3: Keeping Control of Your Drawings BC69

Bonus Chapter 4: Working with Other Applications BC125

Bonus Chapter 5: Creating Electronic Output BC153

Bonus Chapter 6: Customizing Commands, Toolbars, and Tool Palettes BC181

Bonus Chapter 7: Creating Macros and Slide Shows BC205

Bonus Chapter 8: Creating Your Own Linetypes and Hatch Patterns BC219

Bonus Chapter 9: Creating Shapes and Fonts BC231

Bonus Chapter 10: Customizing the Ribbon and Menus BC243

Bonus Chapter 11: Understanding AutoLISP and Visual LISP Basics BC273

Bonus Chapter 12 Exploring AutoLISP Further BC289

Bonus Chapter 13 Exploring Advanced AutoLISP Topics BC317

Bonus Chapter 14: Programming with .NET BC337

Bonus Chapter 15: Installing and Configuring AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT BC373

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Author Information

Ellen Finkelstein has been teaching and writing about AutoCAD since 1989. Besides writing computer books, she has written content for Autodesk and taught at Autodesk University. Visit her website, www.ellenfinkelstein.com, for free AutoCAD tips and tutorials.

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Press Release

July 16, 2012
Wiley Announces AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Bible

John Wiley and Sons, Inc. announces the availability of AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Bible (Wiley, 978-1-1183-2829-3, July 2012). Written by AutoCAD expert Ellen Finkelstein, this comprehensive guide is ideal for both novice and experienced users. From basic 2D and 3D drawing techniques to customizing the user interface, the AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Bible gets readers up and running with AutoCAD 2013 or AutoCAD LT 2013.

With the AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Bible, readers will be able to quickly create their first drawing with the Quick Start tutorial and then dive into the more advanced features and functionality. The chapters begin with the basics of creating drawings, using commands, and specifying coordinates. The author builds on this these chapters to cover more complex 2D and 3D drawing techniques, including using layers, creating dimensions, 3D coordinates, solids and rendering. Additionally, the book discusses advanced topics such as customization of commands and programming AutoCAD using AutoLISP and .NET. A companion website for the AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Bible features before-and-after drawings for each tutorial, 15 bonus chapters, over 400 pages of additional content, video tutorials and additional resources.

Author Ellen Finkelstein explains, “The AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Bible editions are unique in that they are so complete, covering virtually every AutoCAD feature. Another special feature is that they function both as a resource book and a tutorial. As a resource book, full explanations cover all of the commands and their features, as well as scenarios for how to use them. As a tutorial, most features come with a step-by-step exercise; the companion website provides real-world drawings for each exercise.”

AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Bible is now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a full list of retailers, visit www.wiley.com/buy/9781118328293.

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