Up and Running with AutoCAD 2012, Second Edition: 2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling

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9780123870292: Up and Running with AutoCAD 2012, Second Edition: 2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling

Gindis introduces AutoCAD with step-by-step instructions, stripping away complexities to begin working in AutoCAD immediately. All concepts are explained first in theory, and then shown in practice, helping the reader understand what it is they are doing and why, before they do it.

Divided into three parts, the book covers beginning through advanced AutoCAD, including 3D features. Also included is an extensive appendix for each part, detailing additional useful CAD-related information not often found in other textbooks. The book contains supporting graphics (screenshots) and a summary with a self-test section at the end of each chapter. Also included are drawing examples and exercises, and two running "projects" that the student works on as he/she progresses through the chapters.

  1. Strips away complexities, both real and perceived and reduces AutoCAD to easy-to-understand basic concepts.
  2. Teaches only what is essential to operating AutoCAD first, thereby immediately building student confidence.
  3. All basic commands are documented step-by-step, meaning that what the student needs to type in and how AutoCAD responds is all spelled out in discrete and clear steps with screenshots added as needed.
  4. Using the author's extensive multi-industry knowledge of what is important and widely used in practice versus what is not, the material is presented by immediately immersing the student in practical, critically essential knowledge, with no padding of text or filler material.
  5. All concepts are explained first in theory, and only then is AutoCAD introduced and the actual "button pushing" discussed. This is one of the key concepts in having students understand exactly what it is they are doing and why, before they do it.

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Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Elliot Gindison on Up and Running with AutoCAD 2012
Author Elliot Gindis

Dear Reader,

Few software products soared to the heights achieved by AutoCAD. Exploding in the early 90's in synch with the popularity of the personal computer it ran on, for a time AutoCAD seemed to be everywhere, and the answer to everything.

It was the ultimate personal design tool, needing only an imagination and some practice to begin creating anything you could envision, a true extension of your mind. Students and professionals alike flocked to the software in droves, as Autodesk's share value rose into the stratosphere.

But like all genius--and simple--ideas, AutoCAD was destined for complexity. Taking up a mere dozen floppy disks in 1996, today’s AutoCAD loads its massive 6GB girth from not one but two DVDs; a victim of what can only be described as an overdose of functionality. As expected, the challenge of educating new users rose proportionally.

I stepped into AutoCAD education almost by accident, as a substitute teacher for a colleague who turned her backpacking trip to Europe into a permanent stay. Taking over her classes at Pratt Institute of Design, I was shocked to see how bewildering this software seemed to students.

I had sympathy because I earned my stripes the hard way, by sitting down and drafting until I got it right, with an angry engineer supervisor over my shoulder most of that time. There were no books, classes, or time for leisurely exploration. I needed things done fast, and I fought, reasoned with, begged, compromised, cursed, cried, and pushed the software until it revealed its secrets.

When I got to the classroom I swore it would be an easier ride for my students than it was for me. I crafted the basics into simple language and ideas. My passion for exposing the sleek and elegant core of AutoCAD, hidden underneath a coat of mindboggling complexity guided the progression of this book. I hope you enjoy learning AutoCAD from it as much as I enjoyed writing it. It’s a skill well worth pursuing!

-- Elliot Gindis

About the Author:

Elliot Gindis has used and taught AutoCAD in the New York City area since 1996, logging in well over 20,000 hours of screen time as a designer and consultant in a wide variety of architecture and engineering fields. From 1999 to 2008 he was on staff at the Pratt Institute of Design and as visiting instructor at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). He is currently president of Vertical Technologies Consulting and Design, an AutoCAD training firm, and has advised, consulted, or assisted more than 60 companies nationwide in using and optimizing AutoCAD. Elliot is part of the AutoDesk Developers Network and is a Certified Technical Trainer.

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