AutoCAD LT : One Step at a Time

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If you want to learn AutoCAD LT fast, you'll love AutoCAD LT -- One Step at a Time -- Basics, the total integrated system for mastering AutoCAD. You get dozens of AutoCAD LT lessons -- each one filled with hands-on, step-by-step instructions, tips, tricks, and "Do This" exercises that explain the task, show how it's done, and point to any tools that might make the task easier. The accompanying CD-ROM keeps on providing instruction long after you've completed the lessons. Drawing tasks are also captured as multimedia presentations, so you can watch the drawing created right on screen -- and listen to an expert talk you through the process. You're linked to an AutoCAD LT training Web site that offers a self-assessment tool designed to help you test your understanding of key concepts. Clear, friendly, and encouraging, AutoCAD LT -- One Step at a Time integrates text, CD-ROM and web support to deliver one powerful AutoCAD learning system. For everyone who wants to master AutoCAD LT quickly and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 1184 pages
  • 203.2 x 247.65 x 41.4mm | 2,004.87g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 013087485X
  • 9780130874856

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with What Have We Learned, Exercises, Review Questions, and/or Extra Steps.) I. GETTING STARTED WITH AUTOCAD LT. Lesson 1: Setup. The Groundwork: How AutoCAD LT Handles Scale, Units, and Paper Size. Let's Get Started: The Startup Dialog Box. Using the Setup Wizard. The User Interface. The Screen. Right-Click Cursor Menus. Saving & Leaving a Drawing Session. Opening an Existing Drawing. Creating Templates. Creating a New Drawing Using a Template. Changing the Setup or Starting a New Drawing from Scratch. Lesson 2: Drawing Basics-Lines & Coordinates. Lines and Rectangles. Fixing the Uh Oh-Erase, Undo, and Redo. Multiple Object Selection Made Easy. The Cartesian Coordinate System. Lesson 3: Putting It on Paper. First Things First-Setting Up Your Printer (or Plotter). Plot Styles. Setting Up the Page to Be Plotted. Printing the Drawing. Lesson 4: Drawing Aids. The Simple Stuff-Ortho, Grid, Tracking, and Snap. Ort. Grid. Polar Tracking. Amp (Polar and Grid). And Now the Easy Way-DSettings. Never Miss the Point with OSNAPS. Running OSNAPS. Point Filters and Tracking. Point Filters. Tracking. Isometric Drafting. Lesson 5: Display Controls & Basic Text. Getting Closer-The Zoom Command. Why Find It Twice-The View Commands. Simple Text. Editing Text-The DDEdit Command. Finding and Replacing Text. Adding Flavor to Text with Style. Lesson 6: Geometric Shapes (Other Than Lines and Rectangles!). Getting around to Circles. "Squished" Circles and Isometric Circles-The Ellipse Command. Arcs-The Hard Way! Drawing Multisided Figures-The Polygon Command. Putting It All Together. Lesson 7: Adding Flavor to Your Drawings with Layers. The Simple Command Approach. Adding Color with the Color Command. Drawing with Linotypes. Using Lineweights. Color, Linetype, and So Much More: Layers. Swapping Setups-The AutoCAD Design Center. The Scenario: Uh Oh, Boo Boos, Ah $%&#$s-The Miracles of CHProp and the Properties Window. The Old Way-Changing Properties with CHProp. And Now the Modern Approach-Properties Window (Properties). And Again, The Easy Way to Modify-Matchprop. Lesson 8: Editing Your Drawing-Modification Procedures. The Change Group. Cutting It Out with the Trim Command. Adding to It with theExtend Command. The Forgotten Change Command. Redundancy-Thy Name Is AutoCAD LT: The Break Command. Now We Can Round That Corner-The Fillet Command. Fillet's Cousin-The Chamfer Command. The Location and Number Group. Here to There-The Move Command. The Copy Command-From One to Many. Moving and Copying Objects between Drawings. II. BEYOND THE BASICS. Lesson 9: More Complex Lines-Polylines (and Light-Weight Polylines). Using the Pline Command for Wide Lines and Multisegmented Lines. The Most Useful of the Most Overlooked-AutoCAD Lt.'s Inquiry Commands. Tell Me about It-The List Command. How Long or How Far-The Dist Command. Calculating the Area. Identifying Any Point with ID. Editing Polylines-The Pedit Command. Lesson 10: More Editing Tools. Location and Number. Parallels and Concentrics-The Offset Command. Rows, Columns, and Circles-The Array Command. Opposite Copies-The Mirror Command. More Commands in the Change Group. Two Ways to Change the Length of Lines and Arcs-The Lengthen and Stretch Commands. Oh, No! I Drew It Upside Down!-The Rotate Command. "Okay, Give Me Three Just Like It-But Different Sizes."-The Scale Command. Putting It All Together. Lesson 11: Some Useful Drawing Tricks. Equal or Measured Distances-The Divide and Measure Commands. So Where's the Point? From Outlines to Solids-The Solid and Donut Commands. More Object Selection Methods. Object Selection Filters-Quick Select. III. SOME MORE ADVANCED TECHNIQUES. Lesson 12: Guidelines & Splines. Contour Lines with the Spline Command. Changing Splines-The Splinedit Command. Guidelines. Lesson 13: Two for One-Double Lines. Two at Once-AutoCAD Lt.'s DLine Command. Using DLine to Create Walls. Lesson 14: Advanced Text-MText . AutoCAD LT's Word Processor-The Multiline Text Editor. Okay I Typed IT, but I Don't Know if It's Right!-AutoCAD LT's Spell Command. Find and Replace. Lesson 15: Basic Dimensioning. First, Some Terminology. Dimension Creation-Dimension Commands. Linear Dimensioning. Dimensioning Angles. Dimensioning Radii and Diameters. Dimension Strings. Aligning Dimensions. Baseline Dimensions. Placing Leaders. Ordinate Dimensions. Dimension Editing-The Dimedit and DimTedit Commands. Positioning the Dimension-The DimTedit Command. Changing the Dimension Text-The Dimedit Command. Isometric Dimensioning. Lesson 16: Customizing Dimensions. Creating Dimension Styles-The DDim Command. Try One. Simple Repairs Experimenting with Dim-Update. Overriding Dimensions. Lesson 17: Advanced Modification Techniques. Object Selection Settings. A Whole New Ball Game!-Editing with Grips. IV. RAZZLE DAZZLE. Lesson 18: Hatching and Section Lines. The Hatch Command. Boundary Hatching. Editing Hatched Areas. Lesson 19: Many as One-Groups and Blocks. Paper Dolls-The Group Command. Groups with Backbone-TheBlock Commands. Template Library Creation. Folder Library Creation. Using Blocks in a Drawing. Sharing Blocks between Drawings Using the ADC. Lesson 20: Advanced Blocks. Creating Attributes. Defining Attributes at the Command Line-The-Attdef Command. Defining Attributes from a Dialog Box. Editing Attributes. The Coup de Grace: Using Attribute Information in Bills of Materials or Database Programs. Setting up the Attribute Extraction Template File. Extracting the Data. V. DRAWING DISPLAY AND ARRANGEMENT. Lesson 21: Space for a New Beginning-Paper Space. Understanding the Terminology. Using Tiled Viewpoints. Setting Up a Paper Space Environment. Using Floating Viewports. Creating Floating Viewports Using MView. The Viewports Toolbar. Adjusting the Views in Floating Viewports. And Now the Easy Way-The LayoutWizard Command. Lesson 22: After the Setup. Dimensioning and Paper Space. The Benefits of Layers in Paper Space. Using Text in Paper Space. Plotting the Layout. Putting It All Together-A Project. VI. WELCOME TO THE THIRD DIMENSION. Lesson 23: "Z" Basics. The UCS Icon and the Right-Hand Rule. The UCS Icon. The Right-Hand Rule. Maneuvering through Z-Space with the VPoint Command. Using Coordinates to Assign a Viewpoint. Using the Compass to Assign a Viewpoint. Setting Viewpoints Using a Dialog Box. Drawing with the Z-Axis. Three-Dimensional Coordinate Entry. Using the Thickness and Elevation System Variables. Three-Dimensional Viewing Made Easy. The Hide and Shade Commands. The Shademode Commands. Lesson 24: More of Z Basics. WCS vs. UCS. The UCS Manager. Using Working Planes. Advanced Viewing Techniques. Lesson 25: Wireframe Modeling and Three-Dimensional Blocks. 3DPoly vs. PLine. Drawing in Three Directions at Once-Point Projection. Adding Surfaces-Regions and Solids. Solids and Regions. Some Final Notes on Regions. Using Blocks in Z-Space. 3-Dimensional Blocks and the UCS. Inserting 3-Dimensional Blocks. Making Good Use of Attributes. Lesson 26: Z-Space Editing. Trimming and Extending in Z-Space. Editing 3-Dimensional Objects. Using Pedit to Modify a 3DMesh. Using Grips to Modify a 3DMesh. VII. AUTOCAD INTERFACES WITH DRAWINGS, IMAGES, NETWORKS AND OTHER PROGRAMS. Lesson 27: Externally Referenced Drawings. Working with eXternally REFerenced Drawings-Xrefs. Attaching and Detaching Xrefs to Your Drawing. Xrefs and Dependent Symbols. Unloading, Reloading, and Overlaying Xrefs. Using Our Drawings as a Reference. Building and Xref to Your Drawing. Lesson 28: Graphic Files, OLE, and AutoCAD LT. The Order of Things. Working with Linked Images-Object Linking and Embedding (OLE). Inserting Other Application Data into AutoCAD LT Drawings. Modifying OLE Objects. AutoCAD LT Data in Other Applications. Exporting Image Files. Lesson 29: AutoCAD LT and the Internet. The Internet and the world Wide Web-A Brief Description. Sharing Working Files via the Internet. Opening and Referencing Internet Drawing Files. Saving Drawing Files to the Internet. Sharing Nonworking Files via the Internet. Viewing a Drawing Web Format (.dwf) File Using Your Browser. Creating a .dwf File-with Hyperlinks. Afterword. Where Do You Go from Here? Appendix A: Drawing Scales. Appendix B: Function Keys and Their Uses. Appendix C: Review Question Answers. Appendix D: MText Keystrokes. Appendix E: Dimension Variables. Appendix F: AutoCAD LT Hotkeys. Appendix G: Project Drawings. more

About Tim Sykes

TIMOTHY SEAN SYKES has been an instructor at Houston Community College for the past 5 TIMOTHY SEAN SYKES has been an instructor at Houston Community College for the past 5 years. Before that, he spent 16 years as a designer in the Piping, Furniture, Structural, and Display more