AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011: No Experience Required Paperback – Jul 6 2010
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From the Back Cover
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 interfaceand 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 (www.thecadgeek.com), 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
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.
For those that have limited experience on a computer in general much less experience in AutoCAD, you will find this book extremely helpful. It is written in a way that is extremely easy to understand while giving multiple paths to get to the same destination. With absolutely no experience at all if you follow through this book you will have a fairly good understanding of the programs major features.
For those people that have some AutoCAD experience this book is probably not for you. I picked it up to brush up on a skill that I had not used in some time. For me personally I found the book painfully slow and not overly challenging. The only challenge that I found was translating some of the instructions to the MAC version of CAD that I use.
I do not mean to sound like I am bashing the book, on the contrary; it is a very good book at a very reasonable price for those with no experience. If you do have AutoCAD experience I think your money would be better spent on something a little more in depth. Or if you are just looking to brush up just find some items in your home that you can draw and then hit up the forums.
Donnie takes us all the way through the design process in AutoCAD and gives us advice on what to do and what not to do. The book is written in a way that makes learning the software enjoyable. Lets face it, this is AutoCAD not an action adventure novel. Click here, click here and click there can get boring. Not here. Each lesson is informative,precise and thorough. If you have used AutoCAD before and need to sharpen your skills or need to expand on what you can do with the program, get this book.