From the Back Cover
If AutoCAD 2005 or AutoCAD LT 2005 can do it, you can do it too... If you have invested in AutoCAD 2005 or AutoCAD LT 2005, you want to get the most from these top quality tools. This comprehensive guidebook gives you a ready reference on every detail of both products. The Chapter 1 tutorial gets you going immediately, and the early chapters provide a thorough education in drawing basics. From there, you’ll examine layers, text, dimensions, 2D and 3D coordinates, 3D modeling, rendering, customizing the program, and everything else you need to know. Inside, you’ll find complete coverage of AutoCAD 2005 and AutoCAD LT 2005 Draw and edit 2D and 3D objects, including tables, text, and dimensions, use layers, colors, and linetypes, and print (or plot) Work with blocks, reference other drawings, and connect to external databases Manage drawing data using tool palettes, fields, and drawing sets, integrate other applications, and post your work on the Web Create scripts, custom linetypes and hatch patterns, shapes, fonts, and custom menus Program AutoCAD with AutoLISP® and VBA Bonus CD–ROM! This value–packed CD–ROM includes: Real–world sample drawings integrated with the exercises A large assortment of freeware and shareware programs Two bonus chapters Trial version of AutoCAD 2005 A searchable version of the book in PDF format
About the Author
Ellen Finkelstein learned AutoCAD in Israel, where she always got to pore over the manual because it was in English. After returning to the United States, she started consulting and teaching AutoCAD as well as other computer programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. She also teaches courses on Web writing and usability. Her Web site, www. ellenfinkelstein.com, contains tips and techniques for AutoCAD, PowerPoint, and Flash. Ellen has written many articles on AutoCAD and PowerPoint and has written books on Word, PowerPoint, OpenOffice.org, and Flash (such as Flash MX 2004 For Dummies, published by Wiley). Her first book was AutoCAD For Dummies Quick Reference. You’re holding the fifth edition of this book, which previously appeared for AutoCAD releases 14, 2000, 2002, and 2004.