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AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008 Bible Paperback – 3 Jul 2007

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  • Paperback: 1296 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Dvdr edition (3 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470120495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470120491
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.6 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Whether you′re new to AutoCAD or a veteran, you will undoubtedly find this book to be an excellent resource." — Abhi Singh, AutoCAD Product Manager, Autodesk, Inc. Here′s the book that makes AutoCAD approachable Even the people at Autodesk look to Ellen Finkelstein for AutoCAD training, so who better to teach you about AutoCAD 2008? This comprehensive guide brings veterans up to speed on AutoCAD updates and takes novices from the basics to programming in AutoLISP® and VBA. Every feature is covered in a logical order, and with the Quick Start chapter, you′ll be creating drawings on your very first day. Success is in your hands. Start drawing right away with the easy Quick Start project Master commands and procedures for 2D drawings Work in 3D with hiding, shading, and rendering techniques Automate drawing annotation and the display of layers in viewports Organize and share data Customize commands, toolbars, hatch patterns, and more What′s on the DVD? 30–day trial versions of AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008 All drawings needed to complete the exercises in the book, including before–and–after versions The entire text of the book in searchable PDF format A selection of add–on programs that will enhance your use of AutoCAD System Requirements: Please see the DVD–ROM appendix for details and complete system requirements Connect to external spreadsheets and extract essential data from your drawing objects Draw and display sophisticated 3D models Develop flexible, easy–to–use dynamic blocks

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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 has also taught courses on Web writing and usability. Her Web site,, contains tips and techniques for AutoCAD and PowerPoint, and she publishes a monthly AutoCAD Tips Newsletter. Ellen has written extensively on AutoCAD, including articles for Autodesk’s Web site, such as three white papers on dynamic blocks, and features for AutoCAD’s Help system. She is also the editor of Inside AutoCAD, a monthly newsletter published by Eli Journals. Ellen’s first book was AutoCAD For Dummies Quick Reference. Since then, she has written books on Word, PowerPoint, ( For Dummies ), Flash (such as Flash 8 For Dummies ), and Web technologies (for example, Syndicating Web Sites with RSS Feeds For Dummies ). You’re holding the eighth edition of this book, which previously appeared for AutoCAD releases 14, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.

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Rather deep in detail ,but I will win and get better results as a result. It is still quite a challenge though.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Tait-Lane on 1 Feb. 2009
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Excellent book covering all aspects of both the Lite and full version. A invaluable reference book for the AutoCAD user
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This is "Really" a great book ! 7 Jan. 2008
By Donald B. Driskell - Published on
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Amazon wrote me an email to review this book. I immediately responded by saying that their are many books out there on the subject. I am a working professional that has to get results rather quickly. Since I am not able to go to AutoCad training at the moment, I thought I would give this book a try. I am very impressed to say the least. In order to get the "most" out of this book and to learn AutoCad easily, you really need to start at the beginning and NOT miss a step along the way. For some, including me, it is so easy to jump right to the middle or back, but in the long run, you will short change yourself. Do you yourself a favor, get the book and follow it from the beginning. There is some repeating of material, but I think it was done for a reason. Don't worry, the book gets you off immediately drawing some things, then the author backs up some and starts to explain what you just did. I am using this book daily even while I write this. Hey, as a matter of fact, I even wrote the author Ellen Finklestien and she wrote me back about a question I had ! Avoid the tempation to even skip a page, because the author packs alot of info in there !

Donnie D.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Learn something new everyday... 7 Dec. 2007
By Stan Wolf - Published on
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I'm a student who has been using Autocad for the past 4 years. I kind of hit a point where I just kept using the same basic skills that I learned in early drafting classes. This book has helped me to start using more advanced techniques to put my drawings together better and work more efficiently. There were even a few basic skills that I didn't know of that I got from this book. Great reference or starting place for anyone learning or brushing up on Cad skills. worth every cent.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A winning coverage key to any serious engineering or computer library 5 Oct. 2007
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Novices who want to move from the basics to programming in AutoLISP and VBA and advanced users of AutoCad who want a seasoned trainer's perspective on all the features of the program will find AUTOCAD 2008 AND AUTOCAD LT 2008 BIBLE essential. While it's a weighty reference which looks as though it would takes week to learn, actually a QuickStart chapter allows for creating drawings on the first day, while features are covered in logical, building-block order to create a strong foundation of tools and knowledge. Add screen shot examples throughout and you have a winning coverage key to any serious engineering or computer library, particularly at the college level.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Must Have!!! 18 Dec. 2007
By Drafter Joe - Published on
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This is a must have item for your CAD library. It shares the many insights about AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. A great reference tool, also. I keep one near my CAD station. I highly recommend it to anyone needing a good reference tool.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great book as usual, but 28 Feb. 2008
By More-O-Les - Published on
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I've been using the 2002 edition and found it really helpful so I bought the 2008 edition. Again a great book; however, the text size is smaller and the ink color is almost the same color as the page which makes it difficult to do any long-term reading. The 2002 edition's text size was slightly larger and the color, text more crisp. It was much easier reading. Both editions are still great books.
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