AutoCAD 2011 For Dummies

AutoCAD 2011 For Dummies

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By (author) David Byrnes

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 532 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 234mm x 33mm | 771g
  • Publication date: 11 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470595396
  • ISBN 13: 9780470595398
  • Sales rank: 157,569

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A great way to get up and running fast with AutoCAD "X"!If you're just learning AutoCAD, this friendly, For Dummies guide is perfect for you. You'll get up to speed on all the basics and start creating 2D and 3D technical drawings sooner than you might imagine. Learn how to create a basic drawing, use AutoCAD Design Center, edit your drawings, work with dimensions, add text, and much more. The book is straightforward, easy to follow, and includes practical tips and notes that demystify this complex software even further. * Gets you quickly up to speed on AutoCAD "X," the leading technical drawing software from Autodesk * Covers how to create a basic drawing, use AutoCAD Design Center, edit your drawings, use blocks, work with dimensions, add text, and draw on the Internet * Includes updates on the latest features in AutoCAD "X" focusing on those that matter most to beginners * Uses the popular For Dummies approach, which breaks down this intimidating topic into helpful, practical advice and how-tos for real peopleAutoCAD "X" For Dummies is what you need to get up to speed and start designing with this market-leading software!

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David Byrnes is a senior civil and structural drafter with a major international engineering company. He taught CAD and 3D modeling at Emily Carr University of Art & Design for 15 years and has contributed to or coauthored more than a dozen AutoCAD books.

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Design with precision, explore your ideas in 3D, and create spectacular drawingsIf you're new to AutoCAD 2011 or just a little rusty, this book will start the wheels turning and keep you rolling in the right direction. It includes practical advice, proven methods, and insider tips to get you up and running quickly. You'll be setting up the AutoCAD environment to create complex technical drawings and realistic 3D models in no time!Learn your way around -- explore AutoCAD 2011 features as you set up a new drawingSlow and steady -- understand how the intense detail in setting up a drawing pays off as your work continuesIt's all about the geometry -- discover how to draw objects, edit them, and zoom and pan to see them betterAdd the essentials -- incorporate text, dimensioning, and hatching to make it easier to build your amazing creationGet more advanced -- design symbols with changeable text or appearance and apply parametric rules to drawing objectsPlay well with others -- explore all the features that enable you to share drawings and dataGo on a 3D spree -- take a trip into the 3D environment as you model in different ways and create spectacular resultsOpen the book and find: Methods for setting up a layout in paper spaceHow to manage your properties and control your precisionTechniques for using your AutoCAD toolkitTips for drawing and editing dimensionsHow to push the Hatch boundary16 steps to follow for plotting successWays to create static and dynamic blocksSecrets to 2D and 3D drawingLearn to: Develop basic layouts for technical drawingsUse blocks, add text, and edit drawingsExplore 3D models and create your own impressive 3D designsCreate realistic renderings

Table of contents

Foreword. Introduction. Part I: AutoCAD 101. Chapter 1: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. Chapter 2: Le Tour de AutoCAD 2011. 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. Index.