AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011 Bible

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 3, 2010 - Computers - 1296 pages
In-depth coverage of all new software features of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT

AutoCAD is the leading drawing software, used by design and drafting professionals to create 2D and 3D technical drawings. This popular reference-tutorial has once again been revised by AutoCAD guru Ellen Finkelstein to provide you with the most up-to-date coverage of both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

You'll begin with a Quick Start tutorial so that even if you're brand new to AutoCAD, you can get started working with it right away. You'll then move on to the basics of creating drawings, using commands, and specifying coordinates. After developing a solid foundation on the essentials of AutoCAD, the book gradually builds upon early chapters as it covers more and more complex topics and techniques.

  • Presenting the popular AutoCAD reference-tutorial, once again revised by Ellen Finkelstein a long-time AutoCAD instructor and advocate
  • Starts with a tutorial on AutoCAD that covers the basics of creating drawings, using commands, and specifying coordinates
  • Builds on early chapters to cover more complex 2D and 3D drawing techniques, including using layers, creating dimensions, 3D coordinates, solids, and rendering
  • Discusses advanced topics such as customization of commands and toolbars, and programming AutoCAD using AutoLISP and VBA
  • The DVD contains before and after drawings for each tutorial, bonus appendices, and a 30-day trial version of AutoCAD

Packed with essential information on both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, this resource is a must-have if you're eager to get started creating 2D and 3D technical drawings.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.


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Opening an Existing Drawing
Getting help on a command
Specifying Coordinates
Polartracking Displaying Coordinates
Overriding Coordinate Settings
Setting Up a Drawing
Understanding Scales
Printing in
Drawing an Extruded Surface
Editing and Analyzing Surfaces
CreatingSolids andEditing in
Creating Extruded Solids
Drawing PolylineLike Solids
Rendering in

Creating a Titleblock
Organizing Drawings with Layers and Object Properties
Drawing Curves and Points
Making Donuts
Viewing Your Drawing
Using the SteeringWheel
Working withTiled Viewports Configuring tiled viewports
Understanding User Coordinate Systems Understanding UCS options
Selecting Objects
Editing Your Drawing with Advanced Tools
Working with Layers
Obtaining Information from YourDrawing
Calculating numbers
CreatingText Creating SingleLine Text Justifying singleline text
Inserting Fields
Working with Dimensions
Creating Dimension Styles
Drawing Complex Objects
Doing a draft plot
Working with Plot Styles
Working with Data
Referencing Other Drawings Understanding ExternalReferences Attaching an external reference
Working with External Databases
Drawing in Three Dimensions
a motion pathtosaveamovie
Working with Visual Styles Displaying visual styles in AutoCAD
Organizing and Managing Drawings
Controlling the DesignCenterdisplay Accessing Drawing Content with Tool Palettes
Using a tool palette Setting Standardsfor Drawings Using the CAD Standards tools
Translating layers The CommunicationCenter Renaming named objects Working with Sheet Sets
Setting up sheet set references Using asheetset Organizing YourDrawings
Creating Electronic Output
Customizing AutoCAD and AutoCAD
Customizing Commands Toolbars and Tool Palettes
Creating Macros and Slide Shows
Recording Actions
Creating Shapes
Customizing tabletmenus Working with theScreen menu
Programming AutoCAD
Getting Help inVisual LISP
Exploring Advanced AutoLISP Topics
AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Resources
Appendixes Appendix A Installing and Configuring AutoCAD and AutoCAD
Usingcommandline switches
Learning from your reseller
Using the Drawings folder

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About the author (2010)

Ellen Finkelstein learned AutoCAD in Israel, where she always got to pore over the manual because it was in English. After returning to the United States, she started consulting and teaching AutoCAD as well as other computer programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. She has also taught courses on Web writing and usability. Her Web site,, contains tips and techniques for AutoCAD, PowerPoint, and presenting, and she publishes the AutoCAD Tips Blog and the AutoCAD Tips Newsletter. Ellen has written extensively on AutoCAD, including articles for Autodesk’s Web site and features for AutoCAD’s Help system. Ellen’s first book was AutoCAD For Dummies Quick Reference. Since then, she has written books on PowerPoint, ( For Dummies), Flash (such as Flash CS4 For Dummies), and Web technologies (Syndicating Web Sites with RSS Feeds For Dummies). You’re holding the eleventh edition (wow!) of this book, which previously appeared for AutoCAD releases 14, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

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