O'Reilly's newest release in the esteemed In a Nutshell series, AutoCAD 2000 in a Nutshell (by Dorothy Kent, $24.95), provides a complete and comprehensive reference for AutoCAD 2000 users. AutoCAD 2000 in a Nutshell contains alphabetically arranged descriptions of every command and variable, including toolbar and command line launch options and important command dialog boxes with detailed descriptions of the various options available to the user. For advanced users who want to customize the software, there is information on system variables used for scripts, macros, and Autolisp.
"There are many wonderful enhancements to AutoCAD 2000, one being the new AutoCAD DesignCenter," says author Dorothy Kent. "Another interesting enhancement is the Object Properties Manager or the Properties window. It's certainly a time saver and beats going to each individual edit command to accomplish the same result. I also like the ability to have multiple paper space layouts for each drawing. Each layout lets you create viewports, of any shape, through which you can view your drawing. You can control the scale factor, layer visibility, plotting parameters and the viewing angle of objects. Therefore, depending on who's to receive the plotted output, you can save all the layouts and plotting parameters for future use."
This important reference will save valuable time and increase productivity with hundreds of tips culled from the author's years of experience as an AutoCAD user and instructor.
In a Nutshell authors cover critical topics in a concise, easy-look up format. O'Reilly & Associates president and founder, Tim O'Reilly, explains: "These books aren't tutorials. They take a topic and drill down, expand, and delight the reader by providing useful information the reader didn't even expect to find. This "leap of usefulness" is crucial to an In a Nutshell book."
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