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MasteringTM AutoCAD® 2000, Premium Edition

MasteringTM AutoCAD® 2000, Premium Edition

George Omura

ISBN: 978-0-782-12499-6

Sep 1999

1664 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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Mastering AutoCAD 2000 Premium Edition, the fully revised and expanded edition of Omura's all-time best-seller, is your one-stop authority on the latest release of AutoCAD. If you're new to this powerful design tool, this book gets you started right away using AutoCAD through a tutorial approach providing step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish everyday tasks. If you're an experienced user, this book offers in-depth explanations of AutoCAD's most advanced features, including multi-drawing interactivity, database access and using VBA to increase efficiency. No matter what your experience level, this is an indispensable resource that you'll keep on your desk and refer to again and again.

Become a Master
* Find your way around the AutoCAD interface
* Create and develop AutoCAD drawings
* Manage your drawing projects
* Ensure that your drawings print properly
* Improve your efficiency with AutoCAD
* Align points with existing elements
* Preview your drawings using WYSIWYG plotting
* Capitalize on hidden or hard-to-find features
* Work with multiple documents
* Master the 3D modeling and rendering process
* Use VBA and other techniques to customize AutoCAD
* Collaborate with others on large-scale AutoCAD projects
* Take advantage of AutoCAD's Internet features
* Combine tools to accomplish complex tasks

Part I: The Basics.

Chapter 1: This Is AutoCAD.

Chapter 2: Creating Your First Drawing.

Chapter 3: Learning the Tools of the Trade.

Chapter 4: Organizing Your Work.

Part II: Building on the Basics.

Chapter 5: Editing for Productivity.

Chapter 6: Enhancing Your Drawing Skills.

Chapter 7: Printing and Plotting.

Chapter 8: Adding Text to Drawings.

Chapter 9: Using Dimensions.

Part III: Becoming an Expert.

Chapter 10: Storing and Linking Data with Graphics.

Chapter 11: Working with Pre-existing Drawings and Raster Images.

Chapter 12: Advanced Editing Methods.

Chapter 13: Drawing Curves and Solid Fills.

Chapter 14: Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings.

Part IV: Modeling and Imaging in 3D.

Chapter 15: Introducing 3D.

Chapter 16: Using Advanced 3D Features.

Chapter 17: 3D Rendering in AutoCAD.

Chapter 18: Mastering 3D Solids.

Chapter 19: Architectural Solid Modeling.

Chapter 20: Advanced Surface Modeling.

Part V: Customization: Taking AutoCad to the Limit.

Chapter 21: Introduction to Customization.

Chapter 22: Integrating AutoCAD into Your Projects and Organization.

Chapter 23: Introduction to VBA in AutoCAD.

Chapter 24: Integrating AutoCAD into Your Work Environment.

Chapter 25: Sharing Your AutoCAD Drawings.

Chapter 26: A Closer Look at Raster Images.


Appendix A: Hardware and Software Tips.

Appendix B: Installing and Setting Up AutoCAD.

Appendix C: What¿s on the Companion CD-ROM.

Appendix D: System and Dimension Variables.


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Combined Errata

Page 29

The NOTE at the bottom of the page should read:,

If you decide that you don't like the position of the first point you pick while defining the zoom window, you can right-click the mouse, then re-select the first point. This only works when you enter Z (enter) W (enter) to issue the Zoom Window command or when you select Zoom Window from the Standard toolbar.

Page 56

Step one, "Enter @ 0,15" should instead read "Enter @0, .15 (cr)"

Page 81

Step 5, the second line of program font should read: Specify stretch point or [Base point/Copy/Undo/eXit]:"

Page 90

Replace the last listing under "Additional Sources for Help" with the following: About AutoCAD Displays information about the version of AutoCAD you are using.

Page 96

Under Setting Up a Work Area, 5th sentence, 550mm by 300mm should be "550cm by 300cm"

Page 97

Delete the note at the bottom of the page:
Step 1 should read: If you haven't done so already, start up AutoCAD. If AutoCAD is already running, choose File > New.

Page 105

In the Tip in the middle of the page, delete the "double" in "double-clicking" in the first sentence.

Page 115

Step 8, first sentence, 1'-10"<0,0'-0" should instead be 1'-10"<0.

Page 172

Step 10, the first sentence should read: Choose Erase from the Modify toolbar, then click the door.

Page 174

In the first Tip, the last sentence should read:
See Exchanging Data Between Open Files in Chapter 22.

Page 179

Step 3, the first sentence should read: Type G (enter) or Group (enter) to start the Group command.

Page 181

Add the following to the end of step 1: If only a single object is selected, press Ctrl-A and try clicking another part of the group.

Page 223

Table 4.3 Change .mnu, .mnx to .mnu, .mns, .mnc

Page 356

Add the following to the end of step 4: You may also see the Fast Track to Plotting Help message asking you if you would like to see the provided Plotting Help documents and animation files. At some point in the future you may want to review these documents. For now, click No.

Page 470

The line of program font should read: romant; C:\Program Files\Acad2000\Font\Txt.shx

Page 472

Add the following note after step 3: You may also open the Options dialog box (Tools>Options), select the display tab, then click on the Show text boundary frame only option to display text as rectangular regions.

Step # 1, 2nd line, Qtext should be "Qtext(cr)"

Page 564

Under Step # 2, D-NUMBER C005000 should be "R-NUMBER C005000"

Page 587

Delete the last sentence in step 7 that begins "You also see a check...":

Page 596

In the second paragraph, second sentence, change "basic ASE package included with AutoCAD" to "dbConnect Manager"

Page 664

Figure 12.26: Add the following to the figure's caption: Metric coordinates are shown in brackets.

Page 830

Figure 15.16: The label below the image to the far right should read "Gouraud Shaded Edges On"

Page 883

Corrected in the 3rd printing: In Fig. 16.23, the chair legs are missing from the diagram. The corrected diagram is available at "".

Page 920

Corrected in the 3rd printing: In Fig. 16.51, the shapes are missing from the exercise figures. The corrected figures are available at "".

Page 998

Step #7, the "@" symbol is missing from the coordinates.
Coordinates should read: