AutoCAD 2012 For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 12, 2011 - Computers - 528 pages
A full-color guide to the #1 architectural draftingprogram—AutoCAD 2012!

AutoCAD is the leading software used to create 2D and 3Dtechnical drawings. Used by engineers, architects, and draftingprofessionals, it can be complex and is a perfect subject for thetried-and-true For Dummies format. Full-color illustrationsmake the instructions even easier to follow, because examples inthe book appear exactly as they will on the screen.

  • Explains AutoCAD and gets readers quickly up to speed on thelatest version
  • Features full-color illustrations that look the same as theAutoCAD 2012 screens, making the interface and the all-importantModel view easier to understand
  • Covers all the new features, creating a basic layout, usingAutoCAD DesignCenter, drawing and editing, working with dimensions,adding text, and more

Newcomers to AutoCAD will easily master the software with helpfrom this full-color edition of AutoCAD 2012 ForDummies.

 

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Contents

Foreword
18
Le Tour de AutoCAD 2012
21
A Lap around the CAD Track
53
Making Templates Your Own
103
Planning for Paper
107
Let There Be Lines
121
Preciseliness Is Next to CADliness
145
Down the Straightaway
161
Down the Hatch
315
Advancing with AutoCAD
357
Call the Parametrics
405
Understanding Geometric Constraints
418
Drawing on the Internet
429
On a 3D Spree 445
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Navigating the 3D Waters
460
From Drawings to Models
467

Dangerous Curves Ahead
175
Get a Grip on Object Selection
189
A Zoom with a View
239
If Drawings Could Talk
257
Entering New Dimensions 291
293
On a Render Bender
489
The Part of Tens
503
Ten Differences between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
509
Index
517

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About the author (2011)

David Byrnes (Vancouver, BC) teaches CAD and 3-D modeling at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and British Columbia Institute of Technology. He has been using AutoCAD since 1985 and provides AutoCAD training and customization to clients in the architecture and civil and structural engineering fields. He is the author of AutoCAD 2011 For Dummies and AutoCAD 2010 For Dummies.

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