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From the Back Cover
Even Autodesk developers keep this book on hand!
Eight previous editions of fans ranging from novices to Autodesk insiders can′t be wrong. This bestselling, comprehensive guide is your best, one–stop, go–to guide for everything you′ll need to master AutoCAD. Whether you′re an AutoCAD veteran exploring what′s new or a novice seeking to start with the basics and progress to advanced programming, every feature is covered. Start drawing today with the one book you need to succeed with AutoCAD 2009.
Start drawing right away with the Quick Start project
Draw, view, and edit in 2D, then add text and dimensions
Reference other drawings and link data to objects
Build, view, and present complex 3D drawings
Customize commands, create shortcuts, and use scripts and macros
Program AutoCAD using AutoLISP and VBA
What′s on the DVD?
Trial versions of AutoCAD 2009 and AutoCAD LT 2009
Over 300 before–and–after drawings from working AutoCAD professionals
A selection of helpful add–on programs
The entire book in searchable PDF
System Requirements: Please see the DVD appendix for details and system requirements.
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 has also taught courses on Web writing and usability. Her Web site, www.ellenfinkelstein.com, 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 PowerPoint, OpenOffice.org ( OpenOffice.org For Dummies), Flash (such as Flash CS3 For Dummies), and Web technologies (for example, Syndicating Web Sites with RSS Feeds For Dummies). You re holding the ninth edition of this book, which previously appeared for AutoCAD releases 14, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Top customer reviews
The good: A very comprehensive, thoughtful book, logically laid out, with good, clear instructions for the most part.
The bad: Exercises and text are aimed at Imperial unit users, not metric, which is a bit of a pain. The text could also be tightened up with good editing. There's inevitably a lot of repetition, and because AutoCad is such a beast, there's a lot of information relating to previous versions of the software, detailing ways of doing commands that are unlikely to be used.
The ugly: The enclosed dvd didn't have one of the drawings to use in an exercise, and not every exercise worked as planned. The text is small and the print quality not great
Conclusion: A good buy. Don't be intimidated by the sheer bulk of the book- after getting going in the first few chapters, you can dip into the advanced sections as you need to.
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