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AutoCAD 2013 For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Bill Fane , David Byrnes
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Book Description

Bring your design vision to life with this full-color guide to AutoCAD 2013!

Used by everyone from engineers and architects to interior designers and draftspeople, AutoCAD 2013 is the world’s leading 2D and 3D technical drawing program. But, with so many options and features available, finding your way around AutoCAD can be a challenge, even for experienced CAD professionals. AutoCAD 2013 For Dummies is here to help. You’ll learn to build a solid foundation for all your projects, use standard CAD techniques, get familiar with new tools and features, and start sharing your models and designs in no time with this easy-to-follow guide.

  • Covers the latest AutoCAD features and techniques, including creating a basic layout, navigating the AutoCAD Ribbon, drawing and editing, working with dimensions, adding text, creating 3D models, and more
  • Walks readers through setting up a drawing environment, applying visual styles, managing data across several drawings, and showcasing your designs to potential clients and customers
  • Features full-color illustrations that mirror what you’ll see on your AutoCAD 2013 screens plus a companion website with downloadable drawing files so you can put your CAD skills to the test

Whether you’re an AutoCAD amateur or a modeling master, AutoCAD 2013 For Dummies has something for you.


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Make your design and shapes come to life by using the new features in AutoCAD 2013

Time to put away the pencil and paper and get up to speed quickly with AutoCAD 2013. From setting up your drawing environment to outputting your masterworks to sharing your work with others, this guide shows you how to get started with this powerful program. Before you know it, you′ll be using proper CAD techniques and creating complex technical drawings.

  • Build the foundation from the AutoCAD screen to AutoCAD–based products, gain a strong understanding of the basics

  • Create geometry discover how to draw objects, edit, and zoom in to see them better on the screen

  • Add the essentials spice up your drawing with text, dimensions, and hatching, then create a snapshot to show it off to your client

  • Get advanced find out how to use a host of drawing and data–sharing features, then share your drawings on the web

  • Explore 3D models apply visual styles and navigate around your drawing with AutoCAD′s 3D capabilities

Open the book and find:

  • The differences between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT

  • All the new features in AutoCAD 2013

  • Tips for using the command–line area and setting up your drawing properly

  • Ways to utilize the different drawing commands

  • Steps for navigating the plot process

  • How to manage data within drawings, between drawings, and across a network

  • Directions for using predefined visual styles

Learn To:

  • Set up the AutoCAD environment and use the AutoCAD Ribbon

  • Create your first drawing, add text, and manage properties

  • Build amazing 2D and 3D models in no time

About the Author

David Byrnes is a structural and civil drafter for a major international engineering company. Bill Fane is a retired professional engineer and Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC) certified instructor.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7839 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (11 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007U30HYY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Introduction to Autocad! 9 April 2013
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A great book for an AutoCAD first-timer like me, easily enough information to get you off to a decent start. The book is well presented and explained. It does contain some of the worst puns ever encountered in the human sphere of existence but while you will undoubtedly be laughing at, rather than with the author, they make the book far more readable and break the monotony well.

For those looking for an easy-to-read, informative book not written for those who have spent the last 10 years sitting in front of CAD packages or by a professor looking to show how intelligent they are by using overly complex terminology, this is the book for you!

Also worth noting, I’m using AutoCAD 2014 and am yet to find any differences (at least at my level) between what's written in here and the new program.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Book Poorly Made - Also Damage in Transit 27 Mar. 2014
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I have just received my copy. And straight from the packaging the book falls flat open with a significant crack along the spine and the nearby pages already beginning to detach.

This is just from taking the book out of the packaging - haven't attempted to read it yet.

Have returned it for replacement in the hope that it is a one off.

If that one is similar then I saw return that one too but for refund and I remove a star

If the replacement is fine then I will re-evaluate my review.

UPDATE
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Received the replacement today. This one is worse. Has a similar cracked spine and loose pages but this ones also has a creased, folded and torn front cover and first few pages.

All returned for refund.

Reduced to One Star
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3.0 out of 5 stars Books ok but poorly put together 15 Dec. 2013
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I am learning CAD from scratch hence why I purchased this book, now it's fairly well written though on occasions the author isn't particularly clear and has a tendency not to explain why you are using a certain function but all in all it's a good learning tool.

However the book is incredibly poorly put together, I only used the book for a few days (note I am always careful with books and treat them with respect) and it has just fallen apart therefore it's only a matter of time before pages get lost and the book is useless.

All in all I wouldn't advise people not to buy this book but I can't recommend it either
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good starter 17 July 2013
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I completed the City and Guilds Intermediate and Advanced Autocad course some years ago but never got to use the software as seriously as I had expected. Now confronted with Autocad 2013 I realised I,m rusty need to start all over again. This book has helped me to get back in to it and I feel confident enough to re-do the course which I would advise other starters to do. I an a grizzly old draughtsman with loads of drawing experience but Autocad is complex and to get the best out of it and save a lot of time you need books like these and formal training to get to grips with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Useful tool 23 May 2013
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A excellent tool to use for reference it has not failed to help with any problems I have encountered worth evey penny!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor 31 Mar. 2015
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Very poor, like the other two similar AutoCAD volumes I have.

This fails completely at the target- admittedly my target- of leading you through producing working drawings in AutoCAD. It's a disjointed collection of commands and instructions. I need something more like Randy Shih's "Parametric Modelling with UGS..", which actually helps you with the process.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the Dummies 5 Jun. 2013
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I bought this book recently at the time I had very knowledge of AutoCad. I have his 2000i edition which was rather good so I bought his latest one.
Good for the very beginners though.
The book is well written, less serious and less expensive compare with others.
A good intorduction to the subject; as the name implies...!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the cover 11 Aug. 2013
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Ideal for anyone starting out with AutoCAD who hasn't used it before but may have some experience in other 2D and/or 3D software packages. The only reason it got 4 starts is because I haven't finished using it fully yet so can't judge completely.
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