on 24 October 2009
If you want to learn AutoCAD or refresh your AutoCAD skills then this book is great.
The book flows logically and builds up your knowledge through a series of exercises - on a project to draw a log cabin.
I have used CAD (various systems) for 20 years, but just wanted to recheck my knowledge particularly on the changes in the AutoCAD 2009 Release. Although the graphic interface has now changed to a ribbon, the essential concepts and commands remain unchanged. I must say that I am old school and largely use the keyboard shortcuts.
This book is well written, well explained, supported by on-line files, so you can pick the example project up at any stage - good if you only want to refresh/learn a particular subject.
What I like about the book - is that demonstrates the discipline of good CAD drafting, which seems to either not been learnt, or totally disregarded in the real world. I can't emphasis this enough - a CAD drafting that has been drawn correctly will be much more useful/powerful in the future for you and others. If you have to deal with poorly drafted CAD files (there are many bad dwgs and bad CAD users around) you will no doubt find yourself having to correct/redraw to be able to use and edit (maintain) the drawings. Time spent setting up you CAD standards on any drawing at the start (regardless of your work area: architectural, mechanical etc) - will be worthit in the long run.
The book is done in imperial units, but metric users (like myself) please do not let this put you off. It's the skill, concepts and discipline that you pick up from this book will far outweigh the fact that the imperial units are slightly unfamiliar. I had no problems using imperial, either look at it as gaining an additional skill, or just get use a measurement converter (which you can google on the net).
There are few CAD Guru's in the world - but this author is up there with the best.
on 2 June 2009
This is a great book, it goes into detail about the skills and knowlege you need in the work place. The book tells you how to design a cabin and takes you through all the different stages of the project. The book tells you how add in things like: a HYPERLINK in to the drawing, ATTRIBUTES, AREA or rooms, and DYNAMIC BLOCKS which I enjoy and will be able to put to used in the work place. This book also talks about how to draw the cabin in 3D. This book is a must have for anyone learning about AutoCAD or using it and wanting to know more.