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AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD LT 2010 Bible

Ellen Finkelstein

ISBN: 978-0-470-53860-9 June 2009 1296 Pages


10th anniversary edition of the bestselling AutoCAD Bible

Even AutoCAD developers turn to this book for answers!

Find out what fans of all the previous bestselling editions of this book already know: this is the top all-in-one guide to everything you need to master AutoCAD. Whether you're a novice looking to start with the basics and progress to programming, or an AutoCAD veteran exploring what's new or seeking a quick refresher, every feature is covered. Start drawing today in AutoCAD 2010 with the one book you need to succeed.

  • Start drawing right away with a Quick Start project
  • Draw, view, and edit in 2D, then add text and dimensions

  • Reference other drawings and link data to objects

  • Build, view, and present complex 3D drawings

  • Customize commands, create shortcuts, and use scripts and macros

  • Program AutoCAD using AutoLISP® and VBA

What's on the DVD?

  • Trial versions of both AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD LT 2010
  • Over 300 before-and-after drawings from working AutoCAD professionals

  • A selection of helpful add-on programs

  • The entire book in searchable PDF

  • Videos on the two big new features of AutoCAD 2010— Parametric Constraints and Mesh Solids

System Requirements: Please see the DVD appendix for details and system requirements.

Control your drawings with the new parametric constraints
Draw and display sophisticated 2D and 3D models
Create organic, molded solids with 3D meshes

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Foreword xxxvii

Acknowledgments xxxviii

Introduction xxxix

Part I: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Basics 1

Quick Start: Drawing a Window 3

Chapter 1: Starting to Draw 15

Chapter 2: Opening a Drawing 29

Chapter 3: Using Commands 37

Chapter 4: Specifying Coordinates 61

Chapter 5: Setting Up a Drawing 97

Part II: Drawing in Two Dimensions 113

Chapter 6: Drawing Simple Lines 115

Chapter 7: Drawing Curves and Points 123

Chapter 8: Viewing Your Drawing 139

Chapter 9: Editing Your Drawing with Basic Tools 169

Chapter 10: Editing Your Drawing with Advanced Tools 193

Chapter 11: Organizing Drawings with Layers, Colors, Linetypes, and Lineweights 255

Chapter 12: Obtaining Information from Your Drawing 289

Chapter 13: Creating Text 309

Chapter 14: Drawing Dimensions 361

Chapter 15: Creating Dimension Styles 411

Chapter 16: Drawing Complex Objects 443

Chapter 17: Plotting and Printing Your Drawing 487

Part III: Working with Data 523

Chapter 18: Working with Blocks and Attributes 525

Chapter 19: Referencing Other Drawings 591

Chapter 20: Working with External Databases 613

Part IV: Drawing in Three Dimensions 643

Chapter 21: Specifying 3D Coordinates 645

Chapter 22: Viewing 3D Drawings 671

Chapter 23: Creating 3D Surfaces 717

Chapter 24: Creating Solids and Editing in 3D 757

Chapter 25: Rendering in 3D 831

Part V: Organizing and Managing Drawings 863

Chapter 26: Keeping Control of Your Drawings 865

Chapter 27: Working with Other Applications 923

Chapter 28: Creating Electronic Output 947

Part VI: Customizing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 971

Chapter 29: Customizing Commands, Toolbars, and Tool Palettes 973

Chapter 30: Creating Macros and Slide Shows 995

Chapter 31: Creating Your Own Linetypes and Hatch Patterns 1007

Chapter 32: Creating Shapes and Fonts 1019

Chapter 33: Customizing the Ribbon and Menus 1031

Part VII: Programming AutoCAD 1059

Chapter 34: Understanding AutoLISP and Visual LISP Basics 1061

Chapter 35: Exploring AutoLISP Further 1075

Chapter 36: Exploring Advanced AutoLISP Topics 1099

Chapter 37: Programming with Visual Basic for Applications 1115

Part VIII: Appendixes 1143

Appendix A: Installing and Configuring AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 1145

Appendix B: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Resources 1177

Appendix C: What’s on the DVD-ROM 1183

Index 1191

Sample Drawings


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