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AutoCAD: Secrets Every User Should Knowby Dan Abbott
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Discover Powerful Techniques and Features That Most Users Overlook
Whether you're designing houses, landscapes, or machines, there are AutoCAD tricks-of-the-trade that even seasoned users don't know—tips that can improve your skills, understanding, and productivity. This practical, in-depth book reveals those secrets. You'll find smart ideas on customization, applying graphics standards, managing symbol libraries, leveraging 3D, and more. It even includes an insider's look at features that are used in the field but often ignored in other books, such as DOS functions, scripts, and AutoLISP® programming. The final chapter, AutoCAD Puzzlers, challenges readers to solve real problems from real AutoCAD users.
"I've been using AutoCAD for 22 years and have written a hundred books on the subject. I reviewed many CAD books back in the days when book reviews were common in CAD publications; some were innovative, others were just sad. But for nearly a decade, it's been mostly silence on the book review front. Then earlier in the summer, a book arrived in the mail from Sybex: AutoCAD Secrets Every User Should Know by Dan Abbott. Reading it, I got excited: here's a book for every AutoCAD user, even old-timers like me." - Ralph Grabowski, Editor, upFront.eZine.com: The Business of CAD
Learn the "why" behind the "how" in this one-of-a-kind reference packed with tips and techniques from award-winning AutoCAD expert Dan Abbott. This info-packed guide reveals some of the best kept AutoCAD secrets on technical standards, AutoLISP programming, DOS functions, scripts, 3D, and everything in between. Based on his popular "Things Every AutoCAD User Should Know" session at Autodesk University and other industry events, Dan gives you the answers to frequently asked AutoCAD questions in his direct and entertaining style while using real-world case studies to put your skills into practice. Read it cover to cover or dive right in to the sections you need most, then get ready to improve your productivity, save more time, and become an AutoCAD all-star.
About the Author
Dan Abbott is a consultant, professor, and award-winning Autodesk University presenter. He is an Autodesk Authorized Author and Developer who has been teaching at the college level since 1989 and has won three "Top Speaker" awards for Autodesk University sessions.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: AutoCAD Productivity.
AutoCAD Best Practices.
Feature Review (All Releases).
Chapter 2: Managing Your System.
Why DOS Isn’t Dead Yet.
External Commands and Command Aliases.
Chapter 3: Customizing the AutoCAD Interface.
Tool Palettes (All Releases).
The Customizable User Interface (CUI).
Linetypes (All Releases).
Chapter 4: Applying Graphics Standards.
Linetypes and Weights.
Chapter 5: Symbols, Tables, and Fields.
Assigning and Extracting Attributes.
XRefs: External References.
Fields and Tables.
Chapter 6: Plotting.
Model Space, Paper Space, and Layouts.
What to Put Where.
Plotting a Layout.
AutoCAD Graphics in Other Applications.
Chapter 7: AutoCAD Scripts.
Characteristics of Scripts.
Writing and Running Scripts.
Updating Thousands of Drawings.
Chapter 8: AutoLISP by Example: Getting Started.
Writing AutoLISP Programs.
Chapter 9: AutoLISP by Example: Getting Better.
Selection Sets and Entity Manipulation.
COND, INITGET, GETKWORD.
Text and String Manipulation.
Getting to DOS with AutoLISP.
Chapter 10: 3D For Everyone.
Managing Coordinate Systems.
Creating a Model.
Using Existing 2D Geometry.
Chapter 11: AutoCAD Puzzlers.
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