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AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011: No Experience Required [Paperback]

Donnie Gladfelter
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July 6 2010
A step-by-step tutorial on AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT basics

AutoCAD is the leading drawing software, used by design and drafting professionals to create 2D and 3D technical drawings. This tutorial is aimed at AutoCAD novices and provides you with the essentials you need so you can acquire the necessary skills to work in AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT immediately. 

You'll begin with the basics and gradually progress to more advanced topics and features, such as grouping, elevations, hatches, and using text in drawings. Concise explanations, focused examples, and step-by-step instructions round out this hands-on tutorial.

  • Begins with the basics of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, the leading 2D and 3D drawing software
  • Progresses to more advanced topics and skill sets and covers grouping, hatches, and text in drawings
  • Introduces dimensioning, external references, layouts and printing, and using 3D Contains helpful examples and step-by-step instructions so you can get started using AutoCAD immediately

Featuring the most up-to-date techniques, tactics, industry standards, and methods, this tutorial will get you started using AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT right away.


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AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011: No Experience Required is the perfect step-by-step introduction to Autodesk's powerful CAD software. This new edition, thoroughly revised and updated by well-known AutoCAD expert Donnie Gladfelter, helps you quickly see results as you proceed through an engaging, hands-on tutorial. Learn how to plan, develop, document, and present a complete AutoCAD project by following each step sequentially, or, if you prefer, jump in at any stage by downloading the drawing files from the book's companion website. You'll master all essential AutoCAD features, get a thorough grounding in the basics, learn the very latest industry standards and techniques, and quickly become productive with AutoCAD 2011.

  • Quickly master the AutoCAD 2011 interface—and start using basic commands and setting up your own drawings right away

  • Build on your skills with groups, elevations, hatches, and multiline text

  • Develop sophisticated drawings as you graduate to dimensioning, creating external references, using tables, leveraging dynamic blocks, and mastering layouts and printing

  • Master parametric tools to keep your drawing elements consistent

  • Use the U.S. National CAD Standard to create a complete document set

Use modern drafting practices to correctly dimension and annotate drawings

Create sophisticated drawings using blocks, hatches, fields, and more

Build, visualize, and analyze your drawing using 3D solids and the new 3D surfaces feature

About the Author

Donnie Gladfelter is a highly visible and respected thought leader in the CAD community. He is well known for his CAD Geek blog (, has written many articles for the popular AUGIWorld magazine, and is a top-rated speaker at Autodesk University and other industry events. He has worked with the development team at Autodesk to help shape future versions of AutoCAD, and the company has featured him in numerous video interviews, including their popular "Ask the Expert" series. Donnie also helps empower CAD professionals by providing training and services to companies around the world as a member of the Autodesk User Group International Board of Directors.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Honest Review: March 8 2011
AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011 : No Experience Required by Donnie Gladfelter is the book for anyone aspiring to learn AutoCAD and for those that have been using the program for a while. I have been using the No Experience Required book since the release of AutoCAD 2000 and I found it very useful. Unlike many other AutoCAD text books, the AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011 : No Experience Required does not only teach from the common to advanced AutoCAD commands, it also demonstrates practical applications of the commands through the exercises in the book. To me, it is a "printed video", so to speak. The other No Experience Required series I will recommend to anyone is the AutoCAD Revit Architecture 2011 by Eric Wing. I also have a copy of this book and I am gaining a lot of experiences from both books.

One suggestion I wish to make is that at least 1-Yr. software licenses should accompany these books so as to have no interruption on learning the respective program after the 30-day software trial expires.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Novices Aug. 17 2010
By Mark W. Kiker - Published on
AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011 - No Experience Required published by Sybex under their Serious Skill efforts was written by Donnie Gladfelter. This is a massive collection of information for those that are just starting and those that have years of use under their belts. There are seventeen chapters dedicated to the basic of opening files, creating objects and navigating the interface to rendering and materials. The breadth of topics covered is impressive.

Some of the basic stuff is very good for those that are uninitiated. He even goes over where to click on objects for specific actions. This is a learned skill, but Donnie does a good job of explaining the little things that cause frustrations and delays for new users. He does not stop at the new user level - far from it. He covers advanced topics with the same prowess that makes the entire book worth having.

He starts with the things that you would expect to cover in a book like this but does so with greater depth, going into dialog boxes, settings and selections that may confuse those just starting. This basis of foundation builds as the book proceeds. Sprinkled throughout the book are little pullout comments that help those that might notice errors, cautions and erratic behaviors in the program at the beginning. Another nice touch is the pullout conversations about Standards and another on "What to do when you make a Mistake".

One really good chapter to me is "Using Layers as an Organizing Tool". The author goes to great lengths to explain the entire perspective of how Layers can make a difference and what impact getting it right. Colors, Linestyles, naming, etc - it is all covered. He goes over what should be assigned to what Layer and why and also how to do it.

Scattered throughout the book are Warnings and Tips. These are from the many years of using these tools that the author shares with the reader.

Blocks, Dynamic Blocks, Hatching and Dimensions are covered in depth. Sharing procedures for creating them,using them and placing them. All in the context of an ongoing Architectural drawing process. From creation of the first lines to the final Title Block and then setting up Layouts and plotting (even Sheet Set Manager). Xrefs are addressed as well as images and more.

The final chapters even get into 3D creation and use. (I like the Right Hand Rule illustration). Topped off with Rendering and Material gives the reader the full tour of the product from start to finish. Add to that the final Glossary of terms will move the novice to avid user quickly.

This publication is well worth the read and also to study. The wealth of knowledge shared from the authors ample experience will assist everyone who buys and reads this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Review of the AutoCAD NER Aug. 14 2010
By Christopher - Published on
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I recently received a copy of Donnie Gladfelter's book AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011: No Experience Required to review. The book is a behemoth at 982 pages and packs all of the steps required to create a plan set and model of The Cad Geek's Cabin inside. By using the example the user is taught how to create a plan set and the steps required to accomplish it. The book is well laid out starting with a review of AutoCAD's user interface and ending with converting the 2D linework into a 3D model of the building complete with materials. The step by step instructions are enhanced with AutoCAD screenshots of both where to pick and how the final product should look like.
The target of the book is primarily new users to the program although newer features of the program are included which could benefit experienced users. Examples of this include the parametric, newer 3D tools and dynamic blocks. I for one hadn't noticed the Infer Constraints button on the status bar. The Infer Constraints button, according to the book, "...will automatically apply constraints between objects as you create or modify them." Another feature that I forgot about was the ability to detach the ribbon from the top or remove a panel from it and drag it off to the side. This provides functionality similar to toolbars the ribbon replaced.
For the most part the book is an easy read and provides explanations and reasons for doing the steps. I also liked where the book provided examples on how to accomplish the same task in different ways. Such as using lines and offsetting, and them trimming or using polylines and offsetting them without having the need to go back and trim. The book has an index and glossary providing an easy way to find topics in the book.
If we had a new hire in the office who wanted to learn AutoCAD I wouldn't hesitate using this book as a learning tool. It would provide a good foundation to build CAD knowledge.
Disclaimer: I received the book from the publisher free of charge.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AutoCAD 2011 and AutoDAD LT 2011: No Experience Required Nov. 2 2010
By Michael Stokes - Published on
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As the title indicates, this is a good beginner book. It is not meant for experienced users. Equally important, this book does not address the MEP version of AutoCAD 2011.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book all AutoCAD operators should read Nov. 26 2012
By Cerro pg - Published on
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This book AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011: No Experience Required take you on trip of experience I have not found in another CAD book
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Autocad book best Oct. 5 2011
By ekhiba - Published on
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the book autocad 2011 is a best for beginner. the package is very proffesionaly done. Would recommend even to my competitor.
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