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AutoCAD 2014 For Dummies



AutoCAD 2014 For Dummies

Bill Fane, David Byrnes

ISBN: 978-1-118-65195-7 May 2013 544 Pages

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Find your way around AutoCAD 2014 with this full-color, For Dummies guide!

Put away that pencil and paper and start putting the power of AutoCAD 2014 to work in your CAD projects and designs. From setting up your drawing environment to using text, dimensions, hatching, and more, this guide walks you through AutoCAD basics and provides you with a solid understanding of the latest CAD tools and techniques. You’ll also benefit from the full-color illustrations that mirror exactly what you’ll see on your AutoCAD 2014 screen and highlight the importance of AutoCAD’s Model view, which shows different line weights for printing in different colors.

  • Covers the latest AutoCAD features and techniques, including creating a basic layout, navigating the AutoCAD 2014 interface, drawing and editing, working with dimensions, plotting, adding text, using blocks, and more
  • Shows you how to make the best use of color in your AutoCAD designs, take advantage of the AutoCAD DesignCenter, and showcase your work to potential clients and customers
  • Includes practical advice and guidance on real-world methods and tips used by architects, engineers, and other CAD professionals to create compelling 3D models and detailed technical drawings

 You’ll quickly get up to speed on all AutoCAD has to offer with AutoCAD 2014 For Dummies in your toolbox.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with AutoCAD 2014 7

Chapter 1: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 9

Chapter 2: The Grand Tour of AutoCAD 2014 19

Chapter 3: A Lap around the CAD Track 39

Chapter 4: Setup for Success 65

Chapter 5: A Zoom with a View 87

Part II: Let There Be Lines 97

Chapter 6: Along the Straight and Narrow 99

Chapter 7: Dangerous Curves Ahead 111

Chapter 8: Preciseliness Is Next to CADliness 125

Chapter 9: Manage Your Properties 143

Chapter 10: Grabbing Onto Object Selection 165

Chapter 11: Edit for Credit 177

Chapter 12: Planning for Paper 209

Part III: If Drawings Could Talk 223

Chapter 13: Text with Character 225

Chapter 14: Entering New Dimensions 259

Chapter 15: Down the Hatch! 285

Chapter 16: The Plot Thickens 299

Part IV: Advancing with AutoCAD 327

Chapter 17: The ABCs of Blocks 329

Chapter 18: Everything from Arrays to Xrefs 347

Chapter 19: Call the Parametrics! 383

Chapter 20: Drawing on the Internet 409

Part V: On a 3D Spree 427

Chapter 21: It’s a 3D World After All 429

Chapter 22: From Drawings to Models 449

Chapter 23: It’s Showtime! 471

Part VI: The Part of Tens 493

Chapter 24: Ten AutoCAD Resources 495

Chapter 25: Ten System Variables to Make Your AutoCAD Life Easier 499

Chapter 26: Ten AutoCAD Secrets 505

Index 509

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