Mastering AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008 by George Omura

By George Omura

Gaining knowledge of AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008 bargains a different combination of instructional and reference that comes with every thing you must start and remain forward with AutoCAD. instead of simply displaying you ways each one command works, this booklet exhibits you AutoCAD 2008 within the context of a significant task. you are going to the best way to use instructions whereas engaged on a precise undertaking and progressing towards a objective. skilled writer George Omura presents a starting place on that you can construct your individual equipment for utilizing AutoCAD and develop into an AutoCAD professional. assurance contains every thing from the fundamentals of AutoCAD to programming in AutoLISP and VBA to fitting and developing AutoCAD. no matter if you are an AutoCAD beginner or AutoCAD all-star, getting to know AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008 has anything for you.

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Book Page 13 Monday, June 25, 2007 11:37 PM TAKING A GUIDED TOUR The Dashboard The menu bar provides most of the commands you need in a format that most Windows users will find easy to understand, and many users are more comfortable using the menu bar. If you prefer using toolbars with their graphic icons, you can start to use the Dashboard. The Dashboard offers many of the same commands as the menu bar but in a more compact format that is quicker to access. The Dashboard is a collection of lists, buttons, and tools that invoke commands.

The UCS Icon In the lower-left corner of the drawing area, you see an L-shaped arrow. This is the User Coordinate System (UCS) icon, which tells you your orientation in the drawing. This icon becomes helpful as you start to work with complex 2D drawings and 3D models. The X and Y arrows indicate the X and Y axes of your drawing. The little square at the base of the arrows tells you that you’re in what is called the World Coordinate System. Chapter 21 discusses this icon in detail. For now, you can use it as a reference to tell you the direction of the axes.

Chapter 18, “Drawing Curves and Solid Fills,” gives you an in-depth look at some special drawing objects, such as splines and fitted curves. In Chapter 19, “Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings,” you’ll practice getting information about a drawing and learn how AutoCAD can interact with other applications, such as spreadsheets and desktop-publishing programs. You’ll also learn how to copy and paste data. Part 4: 3D Modeling and Imaging Although 2D drafting is AutoCAD’s workhorse application, AutoCAD’s 3D capabilities give you a chance to expand your ideas and look at them in a new light.

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