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.
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About the author:Dorothy Kent is a bestselling author and veteran trainer on AutoCAD. She has taught hundreds of industry professionals and their support staff how to be productive with AutoCAD. She has been a guest speaker at the Autodesk University, is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Cadalyst magazine, and has worked with Autodesk's Customer Education and Training Department developing training materials for their Learning Resource Series publications.
Chapter 3, (a selection of) Alphabetical References
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A Command Reference Guide
by Dorothy Kent
1st Edition February 2000 (US)
656 pages, 1-56592-690-0, $29.95 (US)
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