Mastering AutoCAD for Mac (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 9, 2010 - Computers - 768 pages
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The Best Resource on the Market for Learning AutoCAD for Mac software!

This comprehensive Autodesk Official Training Guide has everything you need to quickly become proficient with every aspect of Autodesk’s new AutoCAD for Mac software. Award-winning author George Omura, whom most CAD designers know and respect from his all-time bestselling Mastering AutoCAD books, now applies his legendary AutoCAD expertise, approachable style, and thorough Mastering coverage to Mastering AutoCAD for Mac. You’ll quickly and efficiently build skills, whether you’re just beginning or are already a seasoned AutoCAD user.

  • Teaches you to design and draft using AutoCAD for Mac
  • Helps you quickly master basic, intermediate, and advanced skills
  • Covers using hatches, fields, and tables effectively; manipulating dynamic blocks and attributes; rendering 3D views with lighting and materials; exploring parametric modeling; transforming 2D drawings into 3D renderings; and more
  • Provides step-by-step instruction and exercises, as well as real-world examples and case studies
  • Functions as both a detailed tutorial and also a one-stop, stand-alone reference
  • Mastering AutoCAD for Mac is also an Autodesk Official Training Guide

The world's best AutoCAD resources—George Omura and the Mastering AutoCAD series from Sybex—are now available to help you master AutoCAD for Mac.

  

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Contents

The Basics
1
Creating Your First Drawing
27
Interpreting the Cursor Modes and Understanding Prompts
36
Selecting Objects
42
Editing with Grips
52
Using Dynamic Input
58
Displaying Data in the Command Line Palette
65
Exploring the Drawing Process
80
Controlling Sizes with Dimensional Constraints
445
Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings
481
Getting General Information
488
The Bottom Line
496
3D Modeling and Imaging
497
Drawing in 3D Using Solids
504
Creating 3D Forms from 2D Shapes
516
Moving around Your Model
524

Planning and Laying Out a Drawing
86
Using the AutoCAD Modes as Drafting Tools
104
Inserting a Symbol
114
Modifying a Block
120
Understanding the Annotation Scale
127
Keeping Track of Layers and Blocks
137
Keeping Track of Blocks and Layers
162
Mastering Intermediate Skills
165
Mastering Viewing Tools Hatches and External References
205
Using Hatch Patterns in Your Drawings
213
Understanding the Boundary Hatch Options
222
Using External References
230
The Bottom Line
241
Understanding the Print Settings
247
WYSIWYG Printing Using Layout Views
256
Understanding Plot Styles
263
The Bottom Line
269
Setting the Annotation Scale and Adding Text
274
Exploring Text Formatting in AutoCAD
280
What Do the Fonts Look Like?
288
Using the Check Spelling Feature
294
Chapter io Using Fields and Tables
301
Editing the Table Line Work
311
Chapter n Using Dimensions
319
Mastering Advanced Skills
363
Copying Existing Drawings into AutoCAD
385
The Bottom Line
396
The Bottom Line
410
Working with Paper Space Viewports
419
Creating OddShaped Viewports
425
Making Smart Drawings with Parametric Tools
435
The Bottom Line
533
Understanding the UCS Options
544
Creating Complex 3D Surfaces
554
Creating Spiral Forms
571
Moving Objects in 3D Space
583
Rendering 3D Drawings
589
Creating Effects Using Materials and Lights
595
Controlling Render Quality
608
Creating Solid Forms
616
Editing Solids
624
Streamlining the 2D Drawing Process
637
Visualizing Solids
642
The Bottom Line
650
Creating Complex Meshes
670
The Bottom Line
694
Appendix A The Bottom Line
697
Appendix A The Bottom Line 697
739
Adding Text to Drawings 703
745
Using Dimensions 704
746
Using Attributes 706
748
Advanced Editing and Organizing 707
749
Making Smart Drawings with Parametric Tools 708
750
Drawing Curves 709
751
Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings 710
752
Creating 3D Drawings 711
753
Using Advanced 3D Features 712
754
Rendering 3D Drawings 713
755
Editing and Visualizing 3D Solids 714
756
Exploring 3D Mesh and Surface Modeling 715
757
Index 717
777
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About the author (2010)

George Omura is a licensed architect, Autodesk Authorized Author, and all-time bestselling AutoCAD author. He has more than 30 years of experience in architecture and has been using AutoCAD for over 20 years. As a CAD specialist, he has worked on design projects ranging from resort hotels to transit systems to the San Francisco Library project. Rick Graham is a CAD Manager at James R. Holley & Associates, Inc. He has been using, and supporting users of, AutoCAD and other Autodesk products for over 20 years. He coauthored Introducing AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010.

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