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AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008 Bible [With DVD]


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About the Author. Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgments. Part I: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Basics. Quick Start: Drawing a Window. Chapter 1: Starting to Draw. Chapter 2: Opening a Drawing. Chapter 3: Using Commands. Chapter 4: Specifying Coordinates. Chapter 5: Setting Up a Drawing. Part II: Drawing in Two Dimensions. Chapter 6: Drawing Simple Lines. Chapter 7: Drawing Curves and Points. Chapter 8: Viewing Your Drawing. Chapter 9: Editing Your Drawing with Basic Tools. Chapter 10: Editing Your Drawing with Advanced Tools. Chapter 11: Organizing Drawings with Layers, Colors, Linetypes, and Lineweights. Chapter 12: Obtaining Information from Your Drawing. Chapter 13: Creating Text. Chapter 14: Drawing Dimensions. Chapter 15: Creating Dimension Styles. Chapter 16: Drawing Complex Objects. Chapter 17: Plotting and Printing Your Drawing. Part III: Working with Data. Chapter 18: Working with Blocks and Attributes. Chapter 19: Referencing Other Drawings. Chapter 20: Working with External Databases. Part IV: Drawing in Three Dimensions. Chapter 21: Specifying 3D Coordinates. Chapter 22: Viewing 3D Drawings. Chapter 23: Creating 3D Surfaces. Chapter 24: Creating Solids and Editing in 3D. Chapter 25: Rendering in 3D. Part V: Organizing and Managing Drawings. Chapter 26: Keeping Control of Your Drawings. Chapter 27: Working with Other Applications. Chapter 28: Getting on the Internet. Part VI: Customizing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. Chapter 29: Customizing Commands, Toolbars, Tool Palettes, and the Dashboard. Chapter 30: Creating Macros and Slide Shows with Script Files. Chapter 31: Creating Your Own Linetypes and Hatch Patterns. Chapter 32: Creating Shapes and Fonts. Chapter 33: Customizing Menus. Part VII: Programming AutoCAD. Chapter 34: Understanding AutoLISP and Visual LISP Basics. Chapter 35: Exploring AutoLISP Further. Chapter 36: Exploring Advanced AutoLISP Topics. Chapter 37: Programming with Visual Basic for Applications. Part VIII: Appendixes. Appendix A: Installing and Configuring AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. Appendix B: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Resources. Appendix C: What's on the DVD. Index. End-User License Agreement.

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,, 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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