Tuesday, February 26, 2019


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Let’s get something straight upfront. You may have heard that AutoCAD is difficult, complex, or hard to learn and use. Well, it has been our observation that the easier any software is to learn and use, the sooner you bump up against the software’s limitations. Yes, AutoCAD is complex, but that’s the secret to its success. Some claim that few people use more than 10 percent of AutoCAD’s capabilities. Closer analysis reveals that pretty much everyone uses the same basic 5 percent, but everyone else uses a different 5 percent after that. The trick is to find your 5 percent, the sweet spot that suits your particular industry.

It should also be perfectly clear that if your career path has put you in a position where you need to learn AutoCAD, then you’re no dummy!

It’s amazing to think that AutoCAD came into being more than a quarter of a century ago, back in the last millennium, at a time when most people thought that personal computers weren’t capable of industrial-strength tasks like CAD. (The acronym stands for Computer-Aided Drafting, Computer-Aided Design, or both, depending on whom you talk to.) What’s equally amazing is the fact that many of today’s hotshot AutoCAD users weren’t even born when the program first hit the street and the grizzled old-timers writing these words began using it! It’s almost as amazing that, 29 years and counting after its birth in December of 1982, AutoCAD remains the king of the microcomputer CAD hill by a tall margin, making it one of the longest-lived PC programs ever, and it will probably be a year older next year. It’s conceivable that the long-term future of CAD may belong to special-purpose, 3D-based software such as the Autodesk Inventor and Revit programs, or to specialized market-specific variations built on top of AutoCAD. At any rate, AutoCAD’s .DWG file format is the de facto standard, and so AutoCAD will be where the CAD action is for the foreseeable future.

Part I: AutoCAD 101
Chapter 1: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
Chapter 2: Le Tour de AutoCAD 2013
Chapter 3: A Lap around the CAD Track
Chapter 4: Setup for Success
Chapter 5: Planning for Paper
Part II: Let There Be Lines
Chapter 6: Manage Your Properties
Chapter 7: Preciseliness Is Next to CADliness
Chapter 8: Along the Straight and Narrow
Chapter 9: Dangerous Curves Ahead
Chapter 10: Get a Grip on Object Selection
Chapter 11: Edit for Credit
Chapter 12: A Zoom with a View
Part III: If Drawings Could Talk
Chapter 13: Text with Character
Chapter 14: Entering New Dimensions
Chapter 15: Down the Hatch!
Chapter 16: The Plot Thickens
Part IV: Advancing with AutoCAD
Chapter 17: The ABCs of Blocks
Chapter 18: Everything from Arrays to Xrefs
Chapter 19: Call the Parametrics!
Chapter 20: Drawing on the Internet
Part V: On a 3D Spree
Chapter 21: It’s a 3D World After All
Chapter 22: From Drawings to Models
Chapter 23: On a Render Bender
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Chapter 24: Ten Great AutoCAD Resources
Chapter 25: Ten (Or So) Differences between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 
Chapter 26: Ten System Variables to Make Your Life Easier

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