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Design with precision, explore your ideas in 3D, and create spectacular drawings

If you're new to AutoCAD 2011 or just a little rusty, this book will start the wheels turning and keep you rolling in the right direction. It includes practical advice, proven methods, and insider tips to get you up and running quickly. You'll be setting up the AutoCAD environment to create complex technical drawings and realistic 3D models in no time!

  • Learn your way around — explore AutoCAD 2011 features as you set up a new drawing

  • Slow and steady — understand how the intense detail in setting up a drawing pays off as your work continues

  • It's all about the geometry — discover how to draw objects, edit them, and zoom and pan to see them better

  • Add the essentials — incorporate text, dimensioning, and hatching to make it easier to build your amazing creation

  • Get more advanced — design symbols with changeable text or appearance and apply parametric rules to drawing objects

  • Play well with others — explore all the features that enable you to share drawings and data

  • Go on a 3D spree — take a trip into the 3D environment as you model in different ways and create spectacular results

Open the book and find:

  • Methods for setting up a layout in paper space

  • How to manage your properties and control your precision

  • Techniques for using your AutoCAD toolkit

  • Tips for drawing and editing dimensions

  • How to push the Hatch boundary

  • 16 steps to follow for plotting success

  • Ways to create static and dynamic blocks

  • Secrets to 2D and 3D drawing

Learn to:

  • Develop basic layouts for technical drawings

  • Use blocks, add text, and edit drawings

  • Explore 3D models and create your own impressive 3D designs

  • Create realistic renderings

About the Author

David Byrnes is a senior civil and structural drafter with a major international engineering company. He taught CAD and 3D modeling at Emily Carr University of Art & Design for 15 years and has contributed to or coauthored more than a dozen AutoCAD books.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Better off watching YouTube and/or taking video instruction May 26 2012
By K. Benner - Published on
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For an Autocad user such as myself who wanted to get to know the program better; this was a dud. This looks like a doctorial thesis someone wrote who didn't have the license to show the basic menus.

YouTube is a much better place to pick up on the menus; how to use them; and if you're really serious there are programs you can subscribe to that allows you to learn the programs on your own.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Basic coverage May 18 2011
By M. Rooney - Published on
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This book provides the basic coverage of AutoCAD 2011. Nothing spectacular, but nothing bad. There are a lot of new features in the 2011 version and this book covers the bulk of them. Good sense of humor makes the readking light. Needs more examples, but all included examples are complete. Little short on the use of the ribbon, but AutoCAD is still driven by the command line and the author shows that the command line is still and essential piece of AutoCAD (author is not responsible for the failings of AutoCAD). For designing buildings, a comparison with Revit would be useful.

For the price, this is a great reference text.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
AutoCad Nov. 23 2010
By Danko - Published on
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Autocad for Dummies is exactly what I needed. I used Autocad years ago but needed both a refresher and where to find some of the functions. Autocad for Dummies made that very easy to find and get back up to speed.

The service from Amazon was very fast the book arrived within 2-3 days of the order, faster than promised.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not if you are a novice! July 3 2010
By Donald J. Yurko Jr. - Published on
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I figured this book would help the novice since it was for Dummies! Not the case. It seems to be written for those who have used Autocad before. There are very specific items I wanted to understand and they are nowhere in the book. Kind of usless for dummies like me. Your best bet is to take a class on Autocad to understand the simple things you want to do before you buy this book.
Autocad 2011 good for finding where to start - program help file is good too! June 23 2012
By ERIC TRACY WATSON - Published on
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This book is good if you like to learn software by reading books, and the value of the book is that it gives you a place to start, if you are clueless. It is important to know the general basics of drafing and using CAD software. This book has a nice organization and a friendly way of getting a new user, or a user that has been away from CAD softare for a long time, to catch-up, and come into the 21st century to learn how things are done with tons of icon menus, rather than the old-fashioned way of memorizing hundreds of command-line sequences (am I dating myself?) For those who are wanting to get started, but are timid, this is a good starting point. There is much more to know, but you can get that from help menus, or also from more advanced books. Help menus are a lot better than they used to be.