DescriptionA 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.
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.