AutoCAD 2007 For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 22, 2011 - Computers - 432 pages
AutoCAD 2007 is a premiere computer-aided designing program that lets you organize the objects you draw, their properties, and their files. It also helps you create great-looking models. But it’s not always easy to figure out how to perform these functions, and many users end up missing out on AutoCAD’s full potential.

AutoCAD 2007 For Dummies will show you how to perform these tasks and more! This hands-on guide lets you discover how to navigate around all the complications and start creating cool drawings in no time. Soon you’ll have the tools you need to use DWG, set up drawings, add text, and work with lines, as well as:

  • Draw a base plate with rectangles and circles
  • Organize a successful template
  • Zoom and pan with glass and hand
  • Use the AutoCAD design center
  • Navigate through your 3-D drawing projects
  • Plot layout, lineweights, and colors
  • Design block definitions
  • Slice and dice your drawings to create new designs
  • Create a Web format using AutoCAD

This book also features suggestions and tips on how to touch up your creations as well as ways to swap drawing data with other people and programs. Written in a friendly, straightforward tone that doesn’t try to overwhelm you, AutoCAD 2007 For Dummies shows you the fun and easy way to draw precise 2-D and 3-D drawings!


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Working out with the Dashboard
Get some visual style
Navigating in Three Dimensions
Going into Orbit
Hungry for More?
Part III
Chapter 10
Getting Ready to Write

Why AutoCAD?
The Importance of Being DWG
Seeing the LT
Its CAD Heaven with 2007
Chapter 2
AutoCAD Does Windows
AutoCADs Opening Screen
Those wellwashed Windows
Looking for Mr Status Bar
Dynamic input
The command window
The keyboard to AutoCAD success
The drawing area
Keeping Tabs on Palettes
Driving Miss AutoCAD
System variables
Dialog boxes
Fun with F1
Chapter 3
A Simple Setup
Drawing a Base Plate
Rectangles on the right layers
Circling your plate
Place your polygon
Get a Closer Look with Zoom and Pan
Modify to Make It Merrier
Stretch out
Cross your hatches
Follow the Plot
Chapter 4
A Setup Roadmap
Choosing your units
Weighing your scales
Thinking about paper
Defending your border
All system variables go
A Template for Success
Making the Most of Model Space
Telling your drawing its limits
Making the drawing area snappy and griddy
Setting linetype and dimension scales
Entering drawing properties
Creating a layout
Copying and changing layouts
Lost in paper space
Making Templates Your Own
Part II
Chapter 5
Managing Your Properties
Accumulating properties
Creating new layers
Using AutoCAD DesignCenter
Getting DesignCentered
Copying layers between drawings
Preciseliness Is Next to CADliness
Coordinate entry
Grab an object and make it snappy
Other precision practices
Chapter 6
Lines Polylines and Polygons
Toe the line
Connect the lines with polyline
Square off with rectangle
Choose your sides with polygon
Throwing Curves
Solar ellipses
The sketchy sinuous curves
The circles with a difference
Scoring Points
Chapter 7
Commandfirst editing
Grab It
Selection boxes left and right
Perfecting Selecting
Ready Get Set Edit
Move Copy and Stretch
More manipulations
Slicing dicing and splicing
Get a Grip
A gripping example
Move it
Copy or a kinder gentler Move
A warmup Stretch
Chapter 8
Out of the frying pan
Time to zoom
A View by Any Other Name
Looking around in Layout Land
Degenerating and Regenerating
Chapter 9
Which Way Is Up?
Go Dashboarding
Taking your text to new heights
One line or two?
Your text will be justified
Saying More in Multiline Text
It slices it dices
Doing a number on your Mtext lists
Modifying Mtext
Gather Round the Tables
Creating and editing tables
Checking Out Your Spelling
Chapter 11
Discovering New Dimensions
Anatomy of a dimension
A field guide to dimensions
Dimension associativity
Pulling out your dimension tools
Borrowing existing dimension styles
Creating and managing dimension styles
Adjusting style settings
Drawing Dimensions
Lining up some linear dimensions
Drawing other kinds of dimensions
Transspatial dimensioning
Editing Dimensions
Editing dimension text
Controlling and editing dimension associativity
Chapter 12
Hatch Hatch Hatchoo
Pushing the Boundary of Hatch
Hatch angle and scale
Defining hatch boundaries
Hatching that knows its place
Have palette will hatch
Chapter 13
Get with the system
Configure it out
A Simple Plot
Preview one two
Instead of fit scale it
Plotting the Layout of the Land
About paper space layouts and plotting
Plotting Lineweights and Colors
Plotting through thick and thin
Plotting in color
Its a Page Setup
Continuing the Plot Dialog
Troubles with Plotting
Part IV
Chapter 14
Rocking with Blocks
Creating block definitions
Inserting blocks
Fillintheblank blocks
Exploding blocks
Dynamic blocks
Going External
Becoming attached to your xrefs
Forging an xref path
Managing xrefs
Blocks Xrefs and Drawing Organization
Mastering the Raster
Attaching an image
Managing your image
A DWF Is Just a DWF
Chapter 15
An Overview
Sending Strategies
Send it with ETRANSMIT
Rapid eTransmit
Transmitting multiple drawings
FTP for you and me
Bad reception?
Help from the Reference Manager
Design Web Format Not Just for the Web
ePlot not replot
Making DWFs with ePlot
Making DWFs or plots with PUBLISH
Handy objects
Autodesk DWF Viewer
Part V
Chapter 16
Know Your Drawing Scale Factor
Freeze Instead of Erase
Back Up Drawings Regularly
Chapter 17
BMP JPEG TIFF and Other Raster Formats
Windows Clipboard
Screen Capture

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About the author (2011)

David Byrnes is one of those grizzled old-timers you’ll find mentioned every so often in AutoCAD 2007 For Dummies. He began his drafting career on the boards in 1979 and discovered computer-assisted doodling shortly thereafter. He first learned AutoCAD with version 1.4, around the time when personal computers switched from steam to diesel power. Dave is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has been an AutoCAD consultant and trainer for 15 years. Dave is a contributing editor for Cadalyst magazine and has been a contributing author to ten books on AutoCAD. He teaches AutoCAD and other computer graphics applications at Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design and British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver. Dave has tech edited six AutoCAD For Dummies titles. AutoCAD 2007 For Dummies is his second goround as coauthor of this title.

Mark Middlebrook used to be an engineer but gave it up when he discovered that he couldn’t handle a real job. Since 1988, he has been principal of Daedalus Consulting, an independent CAD and computer consulting company in Oakland, California. (In case you wondered, Daedalus was the guy in ancient Greek legend who built the labyrinth on Crete. Mark named his company after Daedalus before he realized that few of his clients would be able to pronounce it and even fewer could spell it.) After having made mischief in the CAD world for 17 years, Mark now has embarked on a career in the wine world. He sells and writes about wine for Paul Marcus Wines in Oakland and develops winerelated Web sites for CruForge.

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