Instant AutoCAD(R): Essentials Using AutoCAD 2000

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9780130305350: Instant AutoCAD(R): Essentials Using AutoCAD 2000

For courses in Computer Aided Drafting/Design, as well as for Engineering and Engineering Technology students and others who need to learn AutoCAD.This text provides users with an introduction to 2-dimensional drawing using AutoCAD (R). The light-hearted tone of the text makes it enjoyable and easy to use both in the classroom and as a self-paced learning tool. The integrated CD-ROM provides exercises, templates, and symbol libraries to help users in practicing the skills presented in the text and in completing useful drawings.

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Preface

AutoCAD is a very complex and powerful software program, and it takes many years to become expert in it. Happily, the business of learning does not have to be a grave and studious one and you don't have to be an expert to make great strides in improving your work quality and productivity. It is just as instructive to learn the program with simple exercises, lighter language, and friendly graphics. In fact, for some it may be more instructive to learn a complex topic in this nonthreatening way.

Now, we're sure you can understand that a book this size will only touch on the basics of AutoCAD study—the very beginning of your CAD learning. Some topics, those you need to perform basic operations within AutoCAD, are explained more fully while others leave you to do extensive exploration on your own. We hope that this will be the start of a journey that will never end. In fact, we hope that this book will lead you directly to more specialty areas in AutoCAD.

The layout of the book is explained fully in Chapter 1, but it is essential to emphasize the various components that comprise a chapter. The first section in each chapter lists key ideas that will be covered in the chapter. Throughout the chapter you may see a variety of things: stylized print lifting an idea from the pages for emphasis, tip boxes that stress a certain fact about the program, command sequences in a very simple print that present the user's desired input in bold letters, and hands-on exercises to reinforce a new idea. As well, at the end of each chapter you will find a short-answer test, a series of questions requiring longer answers, and a number of assignments. Remember that the more you put into it in effort, study, and exercise completion, the more you'll take away from it in learning. It's up to you.

We have no doubt that if you enjoy anything in the field of graphics drawing and design, you will love the versatility that comes with a tool such as AutoCAD. As for us, the writers of these texts, we feel a rush of excitement each time someone starts the journey. It's like the envy you feel for someone who's going to see a really excellent film for the very first time. You're at the fair, you've bought your ticket—now let's get on the ride! Take Note

It would seem you would be correct in assuming that it would be impossible to even introduce a complex subject such as AutoCAD in a mere 200 pages. "How do we do it?" you are most likely asking yourself. Well, we'll share our secret at this early stage of the game. The CD that accompanies this text makes ALL the difference.

The CD provides you with myriad images for samples, symbols, and exercises. In fact, there are over 700 files in all.

The CD gives you visual help to bridge a gap in understanding: It provides the details you may need when creating complex drawings; it offers hands-on reinforcement for your newly mastered skills. So, how do we present so much information in 200 pages?—we don't! By using the accompanying CD in concert with the text, you get the benefit of so much more. Acknowledgments

As always, Stephen Helba, you have our deeply felt respect and keenly held admiration for your efforts on our behalf. As well, we cannot forget to thank Michelle Churma and the rest of the expert staff at Prentice Hall, and of course those at Autodesk who continue to make life interesting with new versions of their software. To the new member of our team, Ted White, for his indispensable AutoCAD talent, a huge thank you. Also, thanks to Ricky Silliker for his graphics contribution. We would like to acknowledge the reviewers of this text: A. William Dingess, Northcentral Technical College, WI; and Alex Lepeska, Pierce College at Puyallup, WA.

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The text contains a number of features that make the basic ideas more concrete and clear. These include:

  • a list of Key Concepts at the start of each chapter
  • an In a Nutshell conclusion for each chapter
  • brief Hands-On labs throughout each chapter to reinforce newly learned concepts, making use of an integrated learner-friendly dialog box especially designed for this textbook
  • a Testing...testing... 1, 2, 3 section of fill-in-the-blank, true-false, multiple choice, and matching questions at the end of each chapter
  • a What? question section at the end of each chapter
  • a Let's Get Busy! list of related assignments at each chapter end
  • a number of Tip boxes to introduce important ideas
  • font enlargement of key ideas
  • hundreds of drawings, menus, and icons to add clarity
  • an appendix section with a listing of al the aliases and commands for AutoCAD® 2000

An integrated CD-ROM Learning Assistant is included with this text. It includes:

  • hands-on practice for all concepts presented in the text
  • Exercises, Template files, and Symbol files in such areas as Architecture, Machine Design, Electrical, Electronics, Landscape, Piping and Welding
  • a special Symbol Manager dialog box that makes inserting blocks an easy and efficient task

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