AutoCAD 2005 For Dummers by Mark Middlebrook

By Mark Middlebrook

* exhibits the way to use the prime technical drawing software-AutoCAD-and its less-expensive sister product, AutoCAD LT, within the pleasant, easy-to-understand For Dummies sort * indicates first-time AutoCAD clients the best way to create distinct and effective 2-D technical drawings and start with 3D technical drawings * subject matters coated comprise making a simple structure; drawing and enhancing; writing textual content in drawings; plotting, developing, and modifying exterior reference documents; CAD criteria; and drawing on the web * Explores new beneficial properties within the newest model of AutoCAD, together with textual content advancements, streamlined Plot and web page Setup discussion packing containers, elevated emphasis on software palettes, higher instruments for transmitting units of digital documents, and masses extra * features a new bankruptcy on sheet units and a brand new choice of beneficial properties for developing, dealing with, and publishing the entire drawings that make up a venture

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Autodesk creates AutoCAD LT by starting with the AutoCAD program, taking out a few features to justify charging a lower price, adding a couple of features to enhance ease of use versus full AutoCAD, and testing the result. As a result, AutoCAD LT looks and works much like AutoCAD. The opening screen and menus of the two programs are nearly identical. ) 13 14 Part I: AutoCAD 101 In fact, the major difference between the programs has nothing to do with the programs themselves. The major difference is that AutoCAD LT lacks support for several customization and programming languages that are used to develop AutoCAD add-ons.

Knowing how to use the command line, as described in the section, “Take an order: The command line area,” is one of the secrets of becoming a competent AutoCAD user. In reading about and using AutoCAD, you encounter two additional topics frequently: system variables, which are AutoCAD’s basic control levers, and dialog boxes, many of which put a friendlier face on the system variables. Sizzling system variables System variables are settings that AutoCAD checks before it decides how to do something.

Chapter 4 describes AutoCAD’s coordinate conventions and how to use this area of the status bar. 23 24 Part I: AutoCAD 101 Running object on/off Cursor coordinates Ortho on/off Lineweight display on/off Status bar menu Manage Xrefs Figure 2-4: Status (bar) check. Communication center Snap on/off Polar tracking on/off Cursor in model space or paper space Object snap tracking on/off If the coordinates in the lower-left corner of the screen are grayed out, then coordinate tracking is turned off. Click the coordinates so that they appear in dark lettering that changes when you move the cursor in the drawing area.

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