AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Bible

AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Bible

Paperback Bible (Wiley)

By (author) Ellen Finkelstein

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 846 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 234mm x 53mm | 1,315g
  • Publication date: 26 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118328299
  • ISBN 13: 9781118328293
  • Sales rank: 260,086

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The bestselling guide to AutoCAD, fully updated for the 2013 version AutoCAD, the number one architectural drawing software, can be challenging to learn. This comprehensive guide has sold more than 160,000 copies in previous editions and is the go-to resource for architects, engineers, drafters, interior designers, and space planners who need to learn and use AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. From the basics of creating drawings and using commands to 2D and 3D drawing techniques, using layers, rendering, and customizing the program, this book covers it all. A Quick Start guide allows even newcomers to create an actual drawing on their very first day. Expert AutoCAD author Ellen Finkelstein presents more than 150 tutorials illustrated with real-world drawings from AutoCAD pros. The companion website includes before-and-after drawings, bonus chapters, video tutorials, and more! The comprehensive, soup-to-nuts reference that even some Autodesk employees keep on their desks Covers AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT in complete detail, from using the interface and commands to customizing and programming AutoCAD with AutoLISP and VBA Begins with a Quick Start guide to help novices create a real drawing on their first day with the program Covers creating drawings, using commands, and specifying coordinates; working with complex 2D and 3D drawing techniques; using layers; and creating dimensions, 3D coordinates, solids, and rendering Discusses customizing commands and toolbars and programming AutoCAD with AutoLISP and VBA Includes a companion website with bonus content, video tutorials, and before-and-after drawings AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Bible is the comprehensive, one-stop AutoCAD resource for newcomers and veterans alike.

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Ellen Finkelstein has been teaching and writing about AutoCAD since 1989. Besides writing computer books, she has written content for Autodesk and taught at Autodesk University. Visit her website, www.ellenfinkelstein.com, for free AutoCAD tips and tutorials.

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Discover how to create and shape your worldFrom complex 2D and 3D drawing techniques to customizing the user interface, this in-depth guide gets you up and running with AutoCAD 2013 or AutoCAD LT 2013. You'll be able to quickly create your first drawing with the Quick Start tutorial and then dive into the advanced features and functionality to find out what you can achieve with this amazing program. In no time, you'll be building models, annotating them with dimensions, plotting or even rendering them, and much more!Set up and customize AutoCAD to make it easier to workNavigate around the user interface to seamlessly interact with the softwareUtilize the connection with Autodesk(R) 360 to synchronize files and store them in the cloudBuild 3D models with surfaces and solidsStart programming AutoCAD using AutoLISP and .NETPath arrays are now easier to createEasily create a series of 2D views of your 3D modelsAdd intelligence and flexibility with dynamic blocksWhat's on the companion website?Before-and-after drawings for each tutorialFifteen bonus chapters, 7 addenda, and over 400 pages of additional contentVideo tutorialsLinks to many additional resources

Table of contents

Acknowledgments xxxi Introduction xxxiii Part I: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Basics 1 Quick Start: Drawing a Window 1 Chapter 1: Starting to Draw 13 Chapter 2: Opening a Drawing 29 Chapter 3: Using Commands 35 Chapter 4: Specifying Coordinates 53 Chapter 5: Setting Up a Drawing 91 Part II: Drawing in Two Dimensions 107 Chapter 6: Drawing Simple Lines 109 Chapter 7: Drawing Curves and Points 119 Chapter 8: Viewing Your Drawing 135 Chapter 9 Editing Your Drawing with Basic Tools 165 Chapter 10: Editing Your Drawing with Advanced Tools 191 Chapter 11: Organizing Drawings with Layers and Object Properties 245 Chapter 12: Obtaining Information from Your Drawing 283 Chapter 13: Creating Text 303 Chapter 14: Drawing Dimensions 361 Chapter 15: Creating Dimension Styles 415 Chapter 16: Drawing Complex Objects 449 Chapter 17: Plotting and Printing Your Drawing 485 Part III: Working with Data 525 Chapter 18: Working with Blocks 527 Chapter 19: Adding Attributes to Blocks 577 Chapter 20: Referencing Other Drawings 593 Part IV: Drawing in Three Dimensions 617 Chapter 21: Specifying 3D Coordinates 619 Chapter 22: Viewing 3D Drawings 649 Chapter 23: Creating 3D Surfaces 693 Chapter 24: Creating Solids and Editing in 3D 729 Part V: Appendixes 803 Appendix A: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Resources 805 Appendix B: What's on the Companion Website 811 Index 815 Bonus Chapters on the Companion Website Bonus Chapter 1: Working with External Databases BC1 Bonus Chapter 2: Rendering in 3D BC33 Bonus Chapter 3: Keeping Control of Your Drawings BC69 Bonus Chapter 4: Working with Other Applications BC125 Bonus Chapter 5: Creating Electronic Output BC153 Bonus Chapter 6: Customizing Commands, Toolbars, and Tool Palettes BC181 Bonus Chapter 7: Creating Macros and Slide Shows BC205 Bonus Chapter 8: Creating Your Own Linetypes and Hatch Patterns BC219 Bonus Chapter 9: Creating Shapes and Fonts BC231 Bonus Chapter 10: Customizing the Ribbon and Menus BC243 Bonus Chapter 11: Understanding AutoLISP and Visual LISP Basics BC273 Bonus Chapter 12 Exploring AutoLISP Further BC289 Bonus Chapter 13 Exploring Advanced AutoLISP Topics BC317 Bonus Chapter 14: Programming with .NET BC337 Bonus Chapter 15: Installing and Configuring AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT BC373