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AutoCAD 2013 For Dummies

AutoCAD 2013 For Dummies

Bill Fane, David Byrnes

ISBN: 978-1-118-39217-1 April 2012 560 Pages




Bring your design vision to life with this full-color guide to AutoCAD 2013!

Used by everyone from engineers and architects to interior designers and draftspeople, AutoCAD 2013 is the world’s leading 2D and 3D technical drawing program. But, with so many options and features available, finding your way around AutoCAD can be a challenge, even for experienced CAD professionals. AutoCAD 2013 For Dummies is here to help. You’ll learn to build a solid foundation for all your projects, use standard CAD techniques, get familiar with new tools and features, and start sharing your models and designs in no time with this easy-to-follow guide.

  • Covers the latest AutoCAD features and techniques, including creating a basic layout, navigating the AutoCAD Ribbon, drawing and editing, working with dimensions, adding text, creating 3D models, and more
  • Walks readers through setting up a drawing environment, applying visual styles, managing data across several drawings, and showcasing your designs to potential clients and customers
  • Features full-color illustrations that mirror what you’ll see on your AutoCAD 2013 screens plus a companion website with downloadable drawing files so you can put your CAD skills to the test

Whether you’re an AutoCAD amateur or a modeling master, AutoCAD 2013 For Dummies has something for you.

Introduction 1

Part I: AutoCAD 101 11

Chapter 1: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 13

Chapter 2: Le Tour de AutoCAD 2013 23

Chapter 3: A Lap around the CAD Track 55

Chapter 4: Setup for Success 85

Chapter 5: Planning for Paper 109

Part II: Let There Be Lines 123

Chapter 6: Manage Your Properties 125

Chapter 7: Preciseliness Is Next to CADliness 147

Chapter 8: Along the Straight and Narrow 163

Chapter 9: Dangerous Curves Ahead 177

Chapter 10: Get a Grip on Object Selection 193

Chapter 11: Edit for Credit 215

Chapter 12: A Zoom with a View 243

Part III: If Drawings Could Talk 261

Chapter 13: Text with Character 263

Chapter 14: Entering New Dimensions 297

Chapter 15: Down the Hatch! 323

Chapter 16: The Plot Thickens 337

Part IV: Advancing with AutoCAD 367

Chapter 17: The ABCs of Blocks 369

Chapter 18: Everything from Arrays to Xrefs 387

Chapter 19: Call the Parametrics! 421

Chapter 20: Drawing on the Internet 449

Part V: On a 3D Spree 469

Chapter 21: It’s a 3D World After All 471

Chapter 22: From Drawings to Models 491

Chapter 23: On a Render Bender 515

Part VI: The Part of Tens 537

Chapter 24: Ten Great AutoCAD Resources 539

Chapter 25: Ten (Or So) Differences between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 543

Chapter 26: Ten System Variables to Make Your Life Easier 547

Index 553

Chapter 3 Sample Files
Chapter 14 Sample Files
Chapter 15 Sample Files
Chapter 18 Sample Files
Chapter 19 Sample Files
Chapter 23 Sample Files