AutoCAD LT 2002: Basics Through Advanced

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9780130985996: AutoCAD LT 2002: Basics Through Advanced

For any design drafting programs such as mechanical, architectural and electrical, and graphic design programs where AutoCAD LT 2002 is used. Written by the best-selling AutoCAD author in the academic market, this text/workbook takes students through the systematic use of AutoCAD LT 2002--with emphasis on the proper use of drafting standards in several key disciplines.

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AutoCAD LT® is a 2D version of the full AutoCAD software. This powerful and affordable drafting tool, which has all 2D and same 30 features of the toll AutoCAD package, is perfect for educational and business applications.

AutoCAD LT® 2002: Basics Through Advanced demonstrates this powerful tool in a clear and concise manner, focusing an the highest professional standards. This textbook takes users through the systematic use of AutoCAD LT® 2002 with emphasis on the proper use of drafting standards in several key disciplines, including mechanical, architectural, electrical/electronic, civil, pipe drafting, and graphic design. Each chapter contains frequent practice exercises, allowing users to perform what they have just learned. All methods of accessing AutoCAD LT® 2002 commands are explained.

These are some of the outstanding features of the book:

  • Through the Window: This feature presents tips and tricks for using the Windows operating system with AutoCAD LT® 2002.
  • Field Notes: These provide a variety of professional shortcuts, advanced applications, and additional instruction.
  • Screen displays and illustrations: Placed with the discussion of every topic, these figures clearly demonstrate the commands and content.
  • Learning Checkpoints: This unique feature provides questions after each related content area. This allows users to build confidence by checking their progress.
  • Tests and matching and identification exercises: Each chapter has these features to assist users in mastering the material in a variety of ways.
  • Projects: Practical drafting projects are provided at the end of each chapter for users to use AutoCAD LT 2002 in the discipline of their choice in real-world applications.
  • Contents: This text covers every aspect of AutoCAD LT® 2002, including an introduction to computer hardware and the operating system; setting up and saving drawings; drawing of all typical objects; drawing display control; using layers, linetypes, and colors; precision drafting tools; editing the drawing; polylines and double lines; text, hatch and graphic design; dimensioning; designing custom symbols; multiview layout; 30 drafting; file management; using the Internet with AutoCAD LT® 2002; accessibility options far users with special needs; and customizing AutoCAD LT®.

The Companion Website includes review questions and activities to accompany the material and activities in the text.

The Instructor's Resource Manual is available to instructors teaching this course.

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AutoCAD LT® 2002: Basics Through Advanced is a text and workbook that provides complete coverage of AutoCAD LT. This text provides the beginning student and the drafting or engineering professional with a complete understanding of every AutoCAD LT command using professional drafting methods and techniques. All software commands are presented in a manner that shows each prompt with examples of the exact input you should use. This text also contains a variety of valuable features that help make learning AutoCAD LT easy for you:

  • It is easy to read, use, and understand.
  • Learning Goals are provided at the beginning of each chapter to identify what you will learn as a result of completing the chapter.
  • The text includes Microsoft Windows98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 applications.
  • Commands are presented in a manner that shows every prompt with the exact input you should use.
  • Field Notes explain special applications, tricks, and professional tips for using AutoCAD LT.
  • Through the Window ... is a unique feature that shares Windows98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 applications.
  • Exercises are provided throughout for you to practice as you learn AutoCAD LT.
  • Learning Checkpoints are questions that are placed throughout the text following each major topic discussion. Answering these questions provides you with an excellent way to review the previous information and check your knowledge and understanding.
  • Multiple choice tests, matching exercises, and word scrambles are provided with each chapter to help you learn and have fun with AutoCAD LT.
  • Multidisciplinary projects allow you to learn how to use AutoCAD LT in your drafting, engineering, or architectural field.
  • The Instructor's Resource Manual contains project solutions and multiple choice, matching, and word scramble solutions. The Instructor's Resource Manual also has additional multiple choice tests, crosswords, word finds, and fill-in-the-blank activities related to each chapter in the text. Answers, and solutions are also provided for these tests and activities.
  • A Companion Website with additional review questions and drawing activities is available at www.prenhall.com/madsen.

Format of Text

The format of this text helps you learn how to use AutoCAD LT both by example and complete explanations of each feature.

Command Access Mapping

Every AutoCAD LT command discussion begins with a display of the available options for accessing that command. For example, the toolbar button that starts the LINE command is displayed at the top of the graphic image in the margin next to this paragraph. Also included is the name of the toolbar and the tooltip—for easier recognition. The second area shows the name and option used to access the command from the pull-down menu system. The command name and any default command shortcuts (aliases) or accelerator keystrokes are shown last.

Accessing AutoCAD LT Commands

In addition to the quick reference mapping of available command selection methods, all options are further described within the text. For example, the LINE command can be accessed by picking Line from the Draw pull-down menu, by picking Line in the Draw toolbar, or by typing L or LINE at the Command: prompt. The keyboard letter used to access the menu and the command is shown underlined just as it is in the AutoCAD LT menu system.

When a command sequence is discussed, examples of the command are presented as if you are typing at the keyboard, or as it appears when you pick the command from the toolbar or pull-down menu. When the command is presented as if it is typed at the keyboard, any available keyboard shortcut is always given before the full command name. One goal of this book is for you to see all of the methods of using AutoCtAD LT commands and to decide which methods work best for you.

Understanding the Command Format Presented in This Text

When a command is issued at the keyboard, the command shortcut and full name are displayed in bold full caps and the return arrow symbol shows you when to press the Enter key. This is an example of how a command is displayed when entered at the keyboard:

Command: L or LINE. (return arrow symbol)

When the command prompts are answered by typing a value, the typed information is also presented in bold. For example, the following LINE command prompts are answered with coordinate values followed by pressing the Enter key:

Command: L or LINE. (return arrow symbol)
Specify first point: 4.5, 2.5 (return arrow symbol)
Specify next point or Undo: 7.5, 8.5 (return arrow symbol)
Specify next point or Undo: (return arrow symbol)
Command:

When you pick a point or use a technique other than typing, the prompt is followed by the suggested method presented in italics and angle brackets:

Command: L or LINE. (return arrow symbol)
Specify first point: (pick first point)
Specify next point or Undo: (pick next point)
Specify next point or Undo: (return arrow symbol)
Command:

After you have learned the different ways to respond to AutoCAD LT prompts, you can use the method that works best for you. For example, if the prompt reads

Specify first point: (pick first point)

you can pick a point, as suggested, enter coordinate values, or use any other input method you prefer.

Presenting Command Options

When a prompt asks you to select a command option, the capitalized letter or letters within the option name must be entered at the keyboard. If a letter in more than one word is capitalized, you can enter either letter. The polyline command options are used in the following example:

Command: PL or PLINE. (return arrow symbol)
Specify start point: (pick a start point) Current line-width is 0.0000
Specify next point or Arc/Close/Halfwidth/Length/Undo/Width: W (return arrow symbol)

If you are given a prompt with a value in brackets, you can specify a new value or press Enter to accept the value in the brackets like this:

Command: PL or PLINE. (return arrow symbol)
Specify start point: (pick a start point)
Current line-width is 0.0000
Specify next point or Arc/Close/Halfwidth/Length/Undo/Width: W (return arrow symbol)
Specify starting width 0.0000: .25 (return arrow symbol)
Specify ending width 0.2500:
Specify next point or Arc/Close/Halfwidth/Length/Undo/Width:

Identifying Key Words

Key words are bold italic for easy identification. These words relate to AutoCAD LT terminology and professional applications. These words are defined in the content of the text and in the glossary. Key words are an important part of your AutoCAD LT learning process, because they are part of the world of computeraided drafting, drafting standards, and AutoCAD LT communication.

Special Features

AutoCAD LT 2002: Basics Through Advanced contains several special features that help you learn and use AutoCAD LT, Windows98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 as explained in the following paragraphs. Most features are shown here as they appear in the book.

LEARNING GOALS

  • Use AutoCAD LT to prepare drawings in your field of interest or in a variety of disciplines.
  • Answer questions related to AutoCAD LT.
  • Use AutoCAD LT and drafting related terminology.
  • Do exercises as you learn AutoCAD LT.
  • Use matching, multiple choice, word scramble, and projects activities to learn AutoCAD LT and for fun.

LEARNING CHECKPOINT

  • A Learning Checkpoint is provided after every major AutoCAD LT learning section in each chapter.
  • Learning Checkpoints are questions that relate to the previous content of the chapter.
  • These questions are key to what you should learn about AutoCAD LT.
  • Learning Checkpoint questions can be used as review or as mini-tests for checking your progress.

AutoCAD LT Learning Assistance™ Integration

The Autodesk Learning Assistance CD provided with AutoCAD LT 2002 software offers a variety of multimedia-based tutorials and concept illustrations that can serve as a valuable supplement to the discussion material in this text. When material related to a text topic is available, the Learning Assistance icon is displayed after the Learning Checkpoint along with a listing of the relevant Learning Assistance topics. The format shows the folder title in italics and the topic title in bulleted text. For example:

Introducing the AutoCAD LT Interface

  • Mastering the AutoCAD LT Graphical User Interface

Through the Window...

Through the Window . . . is a special feature that provides you with instructions and applications, plus insightful tips and tricks for using Windows98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 effectively with AutoCAD LT.

Windows98/Windows NT 4.0/Windows 2000
The screen images used in AutoCAD LT® 2002: Basics Through Advanced show the Windows 98 operating system being used, but all AutoCAD commands and functions work exactly the same whether you are using Windows98, Windows NT, or Windows 2000.

Field Notes

Field Notes are another special feature of AutoCAD LT® 2002: Basics Through Advanced. Field Notes are placed throughout the text to provide you with any one or more of the following advantages:

  • Professional tips and applications
  • Special features of AutoCAD LT
  • Advanced applications
  • Additional instruction about how certain features work

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