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Table Of Contents

Introduction
What’s Not in This Book
Who Are — and Aren’t — You?
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: AutoCAD 101
Part II: Let There Be Lines
Part III: If Drawings Could Talk
Part IV: Share and Share Alike
Part V: The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
A Few Conventions — Just in Case
Chapter 1
Why AutoCAD?
The Importance of Being DWG
Seeing the LT
Staying Alive with 2005
Chapter 2
AutoCAD Does Windows
AutoCAD’s Opening Screen Cuisine
Standard Windows fare
Looking for Mr. Status Bar
Take an order: The command line area
Main course: The drawing area
A Palette-Cleanser
What Really Makes AutoCAD Cook?
Sizzling system variables
Delicious dialog boxes
Fun with F1
An Appetizing Setup Strategy
Choosing your units
Weighing your scales
Thinking about paper
Defending your border
All system variables go
Getting Creative with Templates
The Main Course: Model Space
Setting your units
Telling your drawing its limits
Making the drawing area snap-py (and grid-dy)
Setting linetype and dimension scales
Entering drawing properties
Plot Layouts for Any Palate
Creating a layout
Copying and changing layouts
Lost in paper space
Cooking Up Terrific Templates
Drawing and Editing with AutoCAD
Managing Your Properties
Putting it on a layer
Accumulating properties
Creating new layers
Using AutoCAD DesignCenter
Named objects
Getting (Design)Centered
Copying layers between drawings
Precise-liness Is Next to CAD-liness
Keyboard capers: Coordinate entry
Grab an object and make it snappy
Other precision practices
Introducing the AutoCAD Drawing Commands
The Straight and Narrow: Lines, Polylines, and Polygons
Toe the line
Connect the lines with polyline
Arc-y-ology
Ellipses (S. Grant?)
Splines: The sketchy, sinuous curves
Donuts: The circles with a difference
Revision clouds on the horizon
Scoring Points
Commanding and Selecting
Command-first editing
Selection-first editing
Choosing an editing style
Grab It
One-by-one selection
Selection boxes left and right
Perfecting Selecting
Ready, Get Set, Edit!
The Big Three: Move, CoPy, and Stretch
More manipulations
Slicing and dicing
Get a Grip
About grips
A gripping example
Move it!
Copy, or a kinder, gentler Move
A warm-up Stretch
Zoom and Pan with Glass and Hand
Out of the frying pan . .
Time to zoom
A View by Any Other Name . .
Looking Around in Layout Land
Degenerating and Regenerating
Is 3D for Me?
Getting Your 3D Bearings
Model space viewports left and right
Seeing the world from new viewpoints
Dynamic viewpoints with 3DOrbit
A Cartesian Orientation
Coordinate systems: The WCS and UCS
Specifying coordinates in 3D
Drawing in 3D
Drawing 3D lines and polylines
Extruding from 2D to 3D
Meshing around with surface meshes
A solid(s) foundation
Editing in three dimensions
Ending with Rendering
Getting Ready to Write
Simply stylish text
Taking your text to new heights
One line or two?
Your text will be justified
Using the Same Old Line
Saying More in Multiline Text
Making it with mText
New mText might in AutoCAD 2005
Keeping tabs (and indents) on your mText
Modifying mText
Setting the Text Table
Tables have style, too
Creating and editing tables
Checking Out Your Spelling
Discovering New Dimensions
Anatomy of a dimension
A field guide to dimensions
Dimension associativity
Pulling out your dimension tools
Doing Dimensions with Style(s)
Borrowing existing dimension styles
Creating and managing dimension styles
Adjusting style settings
Drawing Dimensions
Lining up some linear dimensions
Drawing other kinds of dimensions
Trans-spatial dimensioning
Editing Dimensions
Editing dimension geometry
Editing dimension text
Controlling and editing dimension associativity
Pointy-Headed Leaders
Hatch . . . Hatch . . . Hatchoo
Pushing the Boundary (of) Hatch
Hatch from scratch
Getting it right: Hatch angle and scale
Configure it out
A Simple Plot
Plotting success in 16 steps
Preview one, two
Instead of fit, scale it
Plotting the Layout of the Land
About paper space layouts and plotting
The path to paper space layout plotting success
Plotting Lineweights and Colors
Plotting with style
Plotting through thick and thin
Plotting in color
It’s a (Page) Setup!
Continuing the Plot Dialog
Troubles with Plotting
Rocking with Blocks
Creating block definitions
Inserting blocks
Attributes: Fill-in-the-blank blocks
Exploding blocks
Going External
Becoming attached to your xrefs
Layer-palooza
Creating and editing an external reference file
Forging an xref path
Managing images
Taming Sheet Sets
Using an Existing Sheet Set
The Sheet Set Setup
Getting Your Sheets Together
Adding existing sheets to a set
Sheet subsets
Creating new sheets for a set
Assembling sheet views from resource drawings
Making an Automatic Sheet List
Why CAD Standards?
Which CAD Standards?
What Needs to Be Standardized?
Plotting
Layers
Other stuff
Cool Standards Tools
The Internet and AutoCAD: An Overview
Sending Strategies
Send it with ETRANSMIT
Rapid eTransmit
Transmitting multiple drawings
FTP for you and me
Bad reception?
Help from the Reference Manager
Drawing Web Format — Not Just for the Web
All about DWF
ePlot, not replot
Making DWFs with ePlot
Making DWFs (or Plots) with PUBLISH
Hand-y objects
Autodesk Express Viewer
The Drawing Protection Racket
The Part of Tens
Be Precise
Control Properties by Layer
Know Your Drawing Scale Factor
Know Your Space
If Someone (Sheet) Set It, Don’tForgetIt
Explode with Care
Don’t Cram Your Geometry
Freeze Instead of Erase
Use CAD Standards
Save and Back Up Drawings Regularly
BMP, JPEG, TIFF, and Other RasterFormats
Windows Clipboard
Screen Capture
TXT and RTF
Index
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AutoCAD 2005 For Dummies

AutoCAD 2005 For Dummies

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Shows how to use the leading technical drawingsoftware-AutoCAD-and its less-expensive sister product, AutoCAD LT,in the friendly, easy-to-understand For Dummies style Shows first-time AutoCAD users how to create precise andefficient 2-D technical drawings and get started with 3-D technicaldrawings Topics covered include creating a basic layout; drawing andediting; writing text in drawings; plotting, creating, and editingexternal reference files; CAD standards; and drawing on theInternet Explores new features in the latest version of AutoCAD,including text improvements, streamlined Plot and Page Setupdialogue boxes, increased emphasis on tool palettes, better toolsfor transmitting sets of electronic files, and much more Includes a new chapter on sheet sets and a new collection offeatures for creating, managing, and publishing all of the drawingsthat make up a project
Shows how to use the leading technical drawingsoftware-AutoCAD-and its less-expensive sister product, AutoCAD LT,in the friendly, easy-to-understand For Dummies style Shows first-time AutoCAD users how to create precise andefficient 2-D technical drawings and get started with 3-D technicaldrawings Topics covered include creating a basic layout; drawing andediting; writing text in drawings; plotting, creating, and editingexternal reference files; CAD standards; and drawing on theInternet Explores new features in the latest version of AutoCAD,including text improvements, streamlined Plot and Page Setupdialogue boxes, increased emphasis on tool palettes, better toolsfor transmitting sets of electronic files, and much more Includes a new chapter on sheet sets and a new collection offeatures for creating, managing, and publishing all of the drawingsthat make up a project

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