Pros: 1252 pages. Beginner to Intermediate. Well organized book chapters. Very descriptive headings and subheadings to help find the section you need to reference. The Index is 40 pages long to help you find just about anything you need.
Cons: Mostly basic commands. Not a lot of advanced techniques. A lot of multiple entries in the Index.
The AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD LT 2007 Bible by Ellen Finkelstein is a thorough resource to get familiar with AutoCAD and some of its new features. This reference book shows you how to use the software and perform many of the commands. AutoCAD is a very robust software package that it is almost impossible to cover every single command. This book thoroughly focuses on key elements in a logical sequence, so you can find what you need, when you need it. Although this book is essential for beginners, current users can find many tips and pointers that will help them greatly.
Part I - AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Basics: Creating, opening, and setting up drawings.
Part II - Drawing in Two Dimensions: Creating, viewing, plotting, and editing in 2D.
Part III - Working with Data: Blocks, referencing other drawings, and linking to external databases.
Part IV - Drawing in Three Dimensions: Introduction to 3D capabilities in AutoCAD. Create solids and surfaces and use the new rendering functions.
Part V - Organizing and Managing Drawings: Use of sheet sets, DesignCenter, tool palettes, importing/exporting file formats from other applications.
Part VI - Customizing AutoCAD: Customize commands, menus, toolbars, tool palettes, and macros.
Part VII - Programming AutoCAD: AutoLISP, VisualLISP, and Visual basic introduced.
Part VIII - Appendixes: Program installation and other AutoCAD resources.
The high quality instructions and exercises makes using the software very easy. The book is very easy to read, making good use of many screen shots and illustrations. Marginal icons include Cautions, New Features, Notes, and Tips. Also, an AutoCAD-only icon lets you know about features not available in AutoCAD LT. The accompanying CD-ROM contains more than 140 before-and-after real-world drawings (DWGs) from working AutoCAD professionals used in each chapter, bonus appendices, freeware and shareware programs, the book in searchable PDF format (nonprintable), and a 30-day trial version of AutoCAD 2007.
A great reference to have by your side for quick and easy reference on just about everything in AutoCAD 2007. The AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD LT 2007 Bible is available for purchase online on Amazon.com.
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