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Special Edition Using AutoCAD® 2000

Book Description

Special Edition Using AutoCAD 2000 is designed as a novice to intermediate book that allows you to quickly become acquainted with the software, even if you have no previous experience with AutoCAD. The extensive use of case studies throughout the book familiarizes you with the numerous commands, as well as where they are accessed and how they work. There is a strong emphasis on the "heads-up" design of the interface carried through the book, making you less reliant on the keyboard and more efficient using the software. New features and changes to the software are clearly marked from cover to cover, highlighting exactly what is new in the software. The book is concise and comprehensive.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Authors
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Tell Us What You Think!
  6. Getting Started
    1. Working with the Interface
      1. The AutoCAD 2000 Interface
      2. Saving a Drawing in Another Format
      3. Summary
    2. Drawing Setup
      1. Using Templates
      2. Walking Through the Drawing Setup Process
      3. Drafting Settings
      4. Working with the Line Command
      5. Navigating the Drawing
      6. Summary
    3. Working with Layers and Linetypes
      1. Layers
      2. The Properties Window
      3. Summary
  7. Object Construction
    1. The Basic Drawing Objects
      1. Working with Construction Lines
      2. The Basic Drawing Commands
      3. The Circle Command
      4. Creating Arcs
      5. Summary
    2. More Drawing Objects
      1. Drawing Objects
      2. Building Multisided Polygons
      3. Creating Whole and Partial Ellipses
      4. Using Setting Variables to Define the Size and Shape of Drawing Objects
      5. Summary
    3. Complex Drawing Objects
      1. Drawing Objects
      2. Drawing Polylines
      3. Modifying Polylines with Pedit
      4. Working with Rectangles
      5. Using Polylines in Three-Dimensional Space
      6. Converting Older AutoCAD Drawing Files Containing Polylines
      7. Splines
      8. Creating Splines from a Polyline
      9. Multilines
      10. Summary
  8. Editing Your Drawing
    1. Editing Commands
      1. Erasing Objects
      2. Removing Objects from the Drawing
      3. Moving Objects Around in the Drawing
      4. Grips: Another Way of Editing
      5. Copying Objects Within the Drawing
      6. Summary
    2. More Editing Commands
      1. Advanced Editing Commands
      2. Rotating Objects
      3. Mirroring Objects in the Drawing
      4. Creating Arrays
      5. Offsetting Objects at a Specified Distance
      6. Align: Move and Rotate in One Command
      7. Summary
    3. Not All Objects Can Be Edited This Way
      1. More Editing Commands
      2. The Stretch Command
      3. The Lengthen Command
      4. The Trim Command
      5. Extending Objects to a Boundary
      6. The Break Command
      7. Smoothing and Rounding Corners
      8. Chamfering Edges
      9. Summary
    4. Selecting Objects
      1. Selection Set Filters
      2. Object Cycling
      3. Creating Quick Selection Sets
      4. Creating Groups
      5. Modifying Object Properties
      6. Summary
  9. AutoCAD Mechanics
    1. Viewing the Drawing
      1. Viewing Drawings
      2. The Zoom Commands
      3. Panning Around in the Drawing
      4. Aerial Viewer
      6. Viewports
      7. Refreshing the Viewports
      8. Summary
    2. Annotating the Drawing
      1. Annotating Drawings
      2. Adding Line Text
      3. Multiline Text
      4. Creating Text Styles
      5. Summary
    3. Hatching
      1. The Hatch Command
      2. Editing a Hatch Pattern
      3. Creating Your Own Hatch Patterns
      4. Using Polylines to Create Boundaries
      5. Summary
    4. Dimensioning
      1. Dimensioning Basics
      2. Dimensioning with Style
      3. Making Changes in Dimension Styles
      4. Dimension System Variables
      5. Speeding Up Dimensioning
      6. Leaders and Tolerances
      7. Editing Dimensions
      8. Dimensioning in Paper Space or Model Space?
      9. Summary
    5. Making Drawing Easier
      1. Using the Inquiry Tools
      2. Express Tools
    6. Creating and Using Blocks
      1. Introduction to Blocks
      2. Blocks Versus Wblocks
      3. Editing and Redefining Blocks Using Refedit
      4. Using AutoCAD DesignCenter
      5. Attaching Attributes to Blocks
      6. Summary
    7. External Reference Files and Importing Images
      1. Understanding External References
      2. Importing Images in AutoCAD Drawings
      3. Summary
    8. Plotting and Layouts
      1. Plotting in AutoCAD 2000
      2. The Basics of Plotting in AutoCAD
      3. Changes to Plotting in Release 2000
      4. Using Advanced Plotting Features
      5. Summary
    9. Internet Publishing
      1. Using the Internet to Access and View Drawings
      2. Inserting Hyperlinks into Drawing Files
      3. Drawing Web Format
      4. Setting the File Resolution and Compression of a DWF File
      5. Introduction to Volo View Express
      6. Project Collaboration and Buzzsaw.com
      7. Summary
  10. Becoming a Master of AutoCAD
    1. Customizing Made Easy
      1. Customizing AutoCAD to Fit the Way You Work
      2. Customizing the AutoCAD Interface
      3. Loading Partial Menus
      4. Embedding Data from Other Sources Using OLE
      5. Summary
    2. A Primer for AutoLISP and VBA
      1. Using VBA and AutoLISP
      2. Once and Future LISP
      3. Visual Basic for Applications
      4. Summary
    3. External Database Connection
      1. Accessing External Data with dbConnect
      2. Connecting to a Database
      3. Connecting to a Database via the dbConnect Manager
      4. Creating a New Query
      5. Using a Link Template to Link Objects to a Database
      6. Creating Labels As You Link Drawing Objects
      7. Synchronizing Database Links in the Drawing
      8. Deleting Links from the Drawing
      9. Exporting Link and Query Sets
      10. Summary
    4. Visualization
      1. AutoCAD's 3D Capabilities
      2. Creating Solids from 2D Polylines
      3. 3D Orbit
      4. Generating 2D Working Drawings from a 3D Model
      5. Enhancing Your 3D Image
      6. Creating Rendered Images
      7. Saving, Printing, and Exporting Rendered Models
      8. Related Applications
      9. Summary
  11. Beyond AutoCAD
    1. Introduction to Architectural Desktop
      1. Introduction to Part VI
      2. Transitioning to Architectural Desktop
      3. View-Dependent Display
      4. Specific Features of Architectural Desktop
      5. Summary
    2. Introduction to Mechanical Desktop
      1. From Concept to Reality
      2. Constructing a 3D Solid Model
      3. Surface Modeling
      4. Assembly
      5. The Desktop Browser
      6. Visualization
      7. Stereolithography and Rapid Prototyping
      8. Manufacturing Concurrent Engineering
      9. Case History
      10. The History of Autodesk's Solid Modeling Software
      11. Summary
  12. Appendixes
    1. Taking Advantage of AutoCAD's Keyboard Shortcuts
      1. Quicker Access to Your Favorite Commands
    2. AutoCAD Environment Options
      1. Options at a Glance
    3. AutoCAD Migration Assistance
      1. Converting Files with the Migration Assistant
  13. Index