Aside from this book, you have many other resources for learning about AutoCAD. These resources range from AutoCAD's New Features Workshop to Web sites, and include everything else in between.
This book's DVD contains a document containing clickable links for the Internet resources in this appendix. Look in the
AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT are not programs that you can easily pick up as you work with them. You'll need some formal education, whether by using this book, taking a course, or using a combination of methods.
AutoCAD's own Help resources are a good place to start when you have a question. In Chapter 3, I explain how to use Help. You can also try the New Features Workshop, which includes explanations and demonstrations that are related to the new 2010 features. Click the Help (?) button's down arrow (at the right side of the AutoCAD title bar), and choose New Features Workshop.
You're supposed to learn AutoCAD from your dealer. Most dealers offer some training when you purchase AutoCAD. However, the amount of training and follow-up support varies greatly, and so does the price. If you have more than one AutoCAD dealer nearby, check not only the cost of AutoCAD but also the cost of training.