AutoCAD 2009 and AutoCAD LT 2009 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

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Nobody ever said AutoCAD was easy, which is why you need AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT 2009 All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies! These nine minibooks cover all the stuff you need to know to set up AutoCAD for 2D or 3D, create drawings, modify and share them, publish your work, and more. There’s even a minibook devoted to increasing your options with AutoCAD LT!

This one-stop guide to creating great technical drawings using AutoCAD 2009 shows you how to navigate the AutoCAD interface, set up drawings, use basic and precision tools, and use drawing objects. You’ll learn how to annotate your drawings, use dimensioning and hatching, and work with AutoCAD’s new Annotation Scaling feature. You’ll also find out how to work with solids, texture surfaces, add lighting, and much more. Discover how to

  • Navigate the AutoCAD interface
  • Work with lines, shapes, and curves
  • Add explanatory text
  • Understand AutoCAD LT’s limitations
  • Render your drawings
  • Create and manage blocks
  • Use AutoCAD advanced drafting techniques
  • Comply with CAD management and standards
  • Share your work with others
  • Customize the AutoCAD interface, tools, and more

Complete with Web links to advanced information on navigating the AutoCAD programming interfaces, using custom programs, getting started with AutoLISP, and working with Visual Basic for AutoCAD, AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT 2009 All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies is the only comprehensive AutoCAD guide you’ll ever need.

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About the author

Lee Ambrosius works for Autodesk as a technical writer for the Platform Solutions and Emerging Business (PSEB) division and is based out of his home office. Before that, he worked as an independent consultant for more than three years, and before that he was a resident of a cubicle farm for about eight years, where he worked as a systems analyst creating custom applications. Even though Lee doesn’t work for himself anymore, he still runs his Web site, www.hyperpics.com, and his blog, hyperpics.blogs.com. He has been using AutoCAD since 1994, when he was first exposed to Release 12 for DOS, and has been customizing and programming AutoCAD since 1996. Lee was an AutoCAD consultant and trainer for more than ten years, and has been teaching at Autodesk University since 2004.
For over a decade, Lee has authored a variety of works that include articles for CAD magazines and white papers for Autodesk and has been a contributing author on a few occasions for AutoCAD books. He has been a technical editor for the recent editions of AutoCAD For Dummies and AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Bible. The first version of this book, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, was his first venture into being a coauthor for a book before going off and authoring the book AutoCAD 2008 3D Modeling Workbook For Dummies.
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John Wiley & Sons
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Aug 4, 2008
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759
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9780470383032
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English
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Computers / CAD-CAM
Computers / Software Development & Engineering / General
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Enforce drawing and CAD standards, and automate repetitive tasks Customize the workspace, including tool sets, ribbon tabs and panels, and palettes Modify graphical objects, set system variables, integrate with external software, and more Manage blocks, change the interface, create dialog boxes, and communicate with Microsoft Office applications

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Create, modify, annotate, and view drawing objects Interact comfortably with the application, open documents, and the user Manage external data, communicate with other applications, and define user forms Debug custom programs and handle errors

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Enforce drawing and CAD standards, and automate repetitive tasks Customize the workspace, including tool sets, ribbon tabs and panels, and palettes Modify graphical objects, set system variables, integrate with external software, and more Manage blocks, change the interface, create dialog boxes, and communicate with Microsoft Office applications

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Once you get the hang of using AutoCAD and its slightly less feature-rich cousin, AutoCAD LT, you discover that it offers wonderful advantages. AutoCAD allows you to

Create precision to 14 significant digits Re-use portions of your drawings by copying and pasting Draw things full size and print your drawings in any scale Produce drawings that are easier to read when reduced Electronically share and distribute drawings Design in 2D or 3D

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AutoCAD basics, such as setting up drawings, finding your way around the interface, and using all the tools Drawing and modifying objects in 2D and annotating your drawings 3D modeling and viewing, working with solids and surfaces, and rendering Understanding how AutoCAD LT differs from AutoCAD and deciding which program you need Advanced drafting skills, including organizing drawings, working with blocks, and using AutoCAD utilities Setting up your drawings for plotting to paper and publishing Sharing your drawings online for collaboration Customizing and programming AutoCAD to make it work the way you want it to

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