Synopses & Reviews
An award-winning author presents a detailed tutorial covering every feature of this popular program
Each year, Mastering AutoCAD appears at the top of the AutoCAD book sales charts; it's the world's all-time bestselling series on the AutoCAD design software. This revision thoroughly covers all the new features and gives you a complete education in AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.
Whether you're an architect or drafter, involved in another discipline that uses CAD software, or an AutoCAD instructor, you'll benefit from Omura's comprehensive coverage.
- Award-winning Autodesk Authorized Author, George Omura, has written more than 20 books on AutoCAD
- Uses concise explanations, focused examples, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on projects to fully cover both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
- Introduces the basics of the interface and drafting tools, then moves into intermediate skills such as effectively using hatches, fields, and tables
- Elaborates on the more important skills for real world applications like layouts, plotting, and quick 3D modeling
- Showcases the newest features including parametric design, free-form 3D mesh modeling, and enhanced PDF support
- Details advanced skills including attributes, dynamic blocks, drawing curves, and macro programming
- Explores 3D modeling and imaging, and discusses customization and integration
DVD includes video tutorials, a searchable PDF of the book, "before and after" tutorial files, a trial version of AutoCAD 2010, and additional tools and utilities
Mastering AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD LT 2010 is equally effective as a tutorial and a stand-alone reference for this extremely popular technical drawing software.
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
For Instructors: Teaching supplements are available for this title.
Each year, Mastering AutoCADappears at the top of the AutoCAD book sales charts, and it is the world’s all-time best-selling AutoCAD series, with more than a half million copies in print.Mastering AutoCADteaches AutoCAD essentials using concise explanations, focused examples, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on projects for both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. This detailed resource works as both a tutorial and stand-alone reference. Part I introduces the basics of the interface and drafting tools; Part II moves into such intermediate skills as effectively using hatches, fields, and tables; Part III details such advanced skills as attributes, dynamic blocks, drawing curves and solid fills; Part IV explores 3D modeling and imaging; and Part V discusses customization and integration. The supporting DVD includes all the project files necessary for the tutorials, at least a dozen video tutorials, a searchable PDF of the entire book, a trial version of AutoCAD “X”, five chapters of advanced material on such topics as Active X and VBA, and additional tools and utilities.
Mastering AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD LT 2010
Whether you're new to AutoCAD or a veteran, you will undoubtedly find this book to be an excellent resource."
-Kathy O'Connell, AutoCAD Senior Product Manager
Expert Advice from Award-Winning Author-Over a Half-Million Copies in Print
Master the Latest AutoCAD 2010 Features and Improve Your Productivity
The World's Bestselling AutoCAD Resource Fully Updated for 2010
There's a reason why Mastering AutoCAD is so popular year after year. Loaded with concise explanations, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on projects, this comprehensive reference and tutorial from award-winning author George Omura has everything you need to become an AutoCAD expert.
If you're new to AutoCAD, the tutorials will help you build your skills right away. If you're an AutoCAD veteran, Omura's in-depth explanations of the latest features, including the exciting new free-form 3D design tool and new parametric capability, will turn you into an AutoCAD pro. Whatever your experience level and however you use AutoCAD, you'll refer to this indispensable reference again and again.
- Effectively using hatches, fields, and tables
- Manipulating dynamic blocks and attributes
- Linking drawings to databases and spreadsheets
- Rendering realistic interior views with natural lighting
- Giving a hand-drawn look to 3D views
- Presenting 3D models with cutaway and x-ray views
- Importing PDF documents as drawing backgrounds
- Exploring parametric modeling with geometric constraints
Turn Ideas into Reality with the New Free-Form 3D Design Tool
Organize Drawing Information with Layers
Track Your Projects with the Sheet Set Manager
Annotate, Secure, and Authenticate Files
Print in 3D, Publish Drawings over the Internet, or eTransmit Your Files
Featured on the DVD
Find all of the project files for the book's exercises, Autodesk-created videos highlighting new features in AutoCAD 2010, 20 video tutorials, a trial version of AutoCAD 2010, a searchable PDF of the book, and additional tools and utilities.
About the Author
George Omura is a licensed architect and Autodesk Authorized Author who has more than 30 years of experience in architecture and has been using AutoCAD for more than 20 years. He has worked on design projects ranging from resort hotels to metropolitan transit systems to the San Francisco Library project. He is the all-time bestselling AutoCAD author and was cited as favorite CAD author by members of the Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) in AUGIWorld magazine's "Best of Everything CAD issue.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Basics.
Chapter 1: Exploring the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Interface.
Chapter 2: Creating Your First Drawing.
Chapter 3: Setting Up and Using AutoCAD’s Drafting Tools.
Chapter 4: Organizing Objects with Blocks and Groups.
Chapter 5: Keeping Track of Layers and Blocks.
Part 2: Mastering Intermediate Skills.
Chapter 6: Editing and Reusing Data to Work Efficiently.
Chapter 7: Mastering Viewing Tools, Hatches, and External References.
Chapter 8: Introducing Printing, Plotting, and Layouts.
Chapter 9: Understanding Plot Styles.
Chapter 10: Adding Text to Drawings.
Chapter 11: Using Fields and Tables.
Chapter 12: Using Dimensions.
Part 3: Mastering Advanced Skills.
Chapter 13: Using Attributes.
Chapter 14: Copying Existing Drawings into AutoCAD.
Chapter 15: Advanced Editing and Organizing.
Chapter 16: Laying Out Your Printer Output.
Chapter 17: Making “Smart” Drawings with Parametric Tools.
Chapter 18: Using Dynamic Blocks.
Chapter 19: Drawing Curves.
Chapter 20: Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings.
Part 4: 3D Modeling and Imaging.
Chapter 21: Creating 3D Drawings.
Chapter 22: Using Advanced 3D Features.
Chapter 23: Rendering 3D Drawings.
Chapter 24: Editing and Visualizing 3D Solids.
Chapter 25: Exploring 3D Mesh Modeling.
Part 5: Customization and Integration.
Chapter 26: Using the Express Tools.
Chapter 27: Exploring AutoLISP.
Chapter 28: Customizing Toolbars, Menus, Linetypes, and Hatch Patterns.
Chapter 29: Managing and Sharing Your Drawings.
Appendix A: The Bottom Line.
Appendix B: Installing and Setting Up AutoCAD.
Appendix C: Hardware and Software Tips.
Appendix D: System Variables and Dimension Styles.
Appendix E: About the Companion DVD.