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AutoCAD® 2011 & AutoCAD LT® 2011 Bible

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In-depth coverage of all new software features of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT

AutoCAD is the leading drawing software, used by design and drafting professionals to create 2D and 3D technical drawings. This popular reference-tutorial has once again been revised by AutoCAD guru Ellen Finkelstein to provide you with the most up-to-date coverage of both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

You'll begin with a Quick Start tutorial so that even if you're brand new to AutoCAD, you can get started working with it right away. You'll then move on to the basics of creating drawings, using commands, and specifying coordinates. After developing a solid foundation on the essentials of AutoCAD, the book gradually builds upon early chapters as it covers more and more complex topics and techniques.

  • Presenting the popular AutoCAD reference-tutorial, once again revised by Ellen Finkelstein a long-time AutoCAD instructor and advocate

  • Starts with a tutorial on AutoCAD that covers the basics of creating drawings, using commands, and specifying coordinates

  • Builds on early chapters to cover more complex 2D and 3D drawing techniques, including using layers, creating dimensions, 3D coordinates, solids, and rendering

  • Discusses advanced topics such as customization of commands and toolbars, and programming AutoCAD using AutoLISP and VBA

  • The DVD contains before and after drawings for each tutorial, bonus appendices, the book in searchable PDF format, a 30-day trial version of AutoCAD, and more

Packed with essential information on both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, this resource is a must-have if you're eager to get started creating 2D and 3D technical drawings.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Credits
  4. Foreword
  5. Acknowledgements
  6. Introduction
    1. Is This Book for You?
      1. If you are a new AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT user
      2. If you are upgrading to AutoCAD 2011 or AutoCAD LT 2011
      3. If you are switching from another CAD program
    2. How This Book Is Organized
      1. Part I: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Basics
      2. Part II: Drawing in Two Dimensions
      3. Part III: Working with Data
      4. Part IV: Drawing in Three Dimensions
      5. Part V: Organizing and Managing Drawings
      6. Part VI: Customizing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
      7. Part VII: Programming AutoCAD
      8. Part VIII: Appendixes
    3. How to Use This Book
      1. As a tutorial
      2. As a reference
      3. Using the Kindle version
    4. Doing the Exercises
    5. Conventions Used in This Book
      1. Using commands
      2. Figures
      3. Prompts, your input, and instructions
      4. Mouse and keyboard terms
    6. What the Icons Mean
    7. About the DVD
    8. Other Information
    9. Contacting the Author
  7. I. AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Basics
    1. QS. Drawing a Window
      1. QS.1. Summary
    2. 1. Starting to Draw
      1. 1.1. AutoCAD's Advantages
      2. 1.2. Comparing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
      3. 1.3. Starting AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
      4. 1.4. Creating a New Drawing
      5. 1.5. Using the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Interface
        1. 1.5.1. The drawing area
          1. 1.5.1.1. The UCS icon
          2. 1.5.1.2. The crosshairs
        2. 1.5.2. The Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar
        3. 1.5.3. Using the Application menu
        4. 1.5.4. The command line and dynamic input tooltip
        5. 1.5.5. The status bar
      6. 1.6. Creating a New Folder
      7. 1.7. Using the Interface
      8. 1.8. Saving a Drawing
      9. 1.9. Closing a Drawing and Exiting from AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
      10. 1.10. Summary
    3. 2. Opening a Drawing
      1. 2.1. Creating a New Drawing from a Template
      2. 2.2. Working with Templates
        1. 2.2.1. Customizing the default template
        2. 2.2.2. Creating your own templates
      3. 2.3. Creating a Drawing with Default Settings
      4. 2.4. Opening an Existing Drawing
        1. 2.4.1. Using other ways to open drawings
        2. 2.4.2. Switching among open drawings
      5. 2.5. Saving a Drawing under a New Name
      6. 2.6. Summary
    4. 3. Using Commands
      1. 3.1. The AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Interface
        1. 3.1.1. Using the Ribbon
        2. 3.1.2. Using menus
        3. 3.1.3. Using shortcut menus
        4. 3.1.4. Using dialog boxes
        5. 3.1.5. Using the Quick Access Toolbar
        6. 3.1.6. Using palettes
        7. 3.1.7. Tool palettes
      2. 3.2. The Command Line and Dynamic Input
        1. 3.2.1. Using Dynamic Input
        2. 3.2.2. Understanding command names
        3. 3.2.3. Responding to commands
      3. 3.3. Command Techniques
        1. 3.3.1. Repeating commands
        2. 3.3.2. Using recent input
        3. 3.3.3. Canceling commands
        4. 3.3.4. Undoing a command
        5. 3.3.5. Redoing a command
        6. 3.3.6. Using one command within another command
      4. 3.4. Of Mice and Pucks
      5. 3.5. Getting Help
        1. 3.5.1. Getting help on a command
        2. 3.5.2. Finding help with Quick start links
        3. 3.5.3. Using the main Help system
          1. 3.5.3.1. The Help content
          2. 3.5.3.2. The Index
          3. 3.5.3.3. The Search feature
        4. 3.5.4. Working with Help pages
        5. 3.5.5. Using the InfoCenter
          1. 3.5.5.1. Search Help
          2. 3.5.5.2. The Subscription Center
          3. 3.5.5.3. The Communication Center
          4. 3.5.5.4. Favorites
      6. 3.6. Summary
    5. 4. Specifying Coordinates
      1. 4.1. Understanding the X,Y Coordinate System
        1. 4.1.1. Drawing units
        2. 4.1.2. Typing Coordinates
        3. 4.1.3. Using the Dynamic Input tooltip to enter coordinates
          1. 4.1.3.1. Typing coordinates in the Dynamic Input tooltip
          2. 4.1.3.2. Specifying Dynamic Input settings
            1. 4.1.3.2.1. Pointer Input section
            2. 4.1.3.2.2. Dimension Input section
            3. 4.1.3.2.3. Dynamic prompts section
          3. 4.1.3.3. Overriding Dynamic Input settings
        4. 4.1.4. Absolute Cartesian coordinates
        5. 4.1.5. Relative Cartesian coordinates
        6. 4.1.6. Polar coordinates
        7. 4.1.7. Direct distance entry
        8. 4.1.8. Orthogonal mode
        9. 4.1.9. Polar tracking
          1. 4.1.9.1. Setting polar tracking angles
          2. 4.1.9.2. Using polar tracking
      2. 4.2. Displaying Coordinates
      3. 4.3. Picking Coordinates on the Screen
        1. 4.3.1. Using Snap settings
          1. 4.3.1.1. Snapping to a grid
          2. 4.3.1.2. Snapping at polar angles
          3. 4.3.1.3. Viewing with the grid
        2. 4.3.2. Using Object snaps
        3. 4.3.3. Running object snaps and Object Snap mode
      4. 4.4. Overriding Coordinate Settings
      5. 4.5. Locating Points
        1. 4.5.1. Object snap tracking
        2. 4.5.2. Using the temporary tracking feature
        3. 4.5.3. Point filters
        4. 4.5.4. From feature
      6. 4.6. Summary
    6. 5. Setting Up a Drawing
      1. 5.1. Choosing Unit Types
        1. 5.1.1. Setting the drawing units
        2. 5.1.2. Setting the angle type
        3. 5.1.3. Setting the angle measure and direction
      2. 5.2. Drawing Limits
      3. 5.3. Understanding Scales
        1. 5.3.1. Working with scale formats
        2. 5.3.2. Using annotative scales
        3. 5.3.3. Customizing the scale list
        4. 5.3.4. Deciding on a scale and sheet size
      4. 5.4. Creating a Titleblock
      5. 5.5. Specifying Common Setup Options
      6. 5.6. Customizing with the MVSETUP Command and Setup Wizards
      7. 5.7. Summary
  8. II. Drawing in Two Dimensions
    1. 6. Drawing Simple Lines
      1. 6.1. Using the LINE Command
      2. 6.2. Drawing Rectangles
      3. 6.3. Drawing Polygons
      4. 6.4. Creating Construction Lines
      5. 6.5. Creating Rays
      6. 6.6. Summary
    2. 7. Drawing Curves and Points
      1. 7.1. Drawing Circles
        1. 7.1.1. Understanding the circle options
        2. 7.1.2. Drawing circles
      2. 7.2. Drawing Arcs
        1. 7.2.1. Understanding arc options
        2. 7.2.2. Drawing arcs
      3. 7.3. Creating Ellipses and Elliptical Arcs
        1. 7.3.1. Understanding ellipse options
          1. 7.3.1.1. Creating ellipses
          2. 7.3.1.2. Creating elliptical arcs
        2. 7.3.2. Drawing ellipses
      4. 7.4. Making Donuts
        1. 7.4.1. Understanding DONUT options
        2. 7.4.2. Drawing donuts
      5. 7.5. Placing Points
        1. 7.5.1. Changing the point style
        2. 7.5.2. Creating points
      6. 7.6. Summary
    3. 8. Viewing Your Drawing
      1. 8.1. Regenerating and Redrawing the Display
      2. 8.2. Panning
        1. 8.2.1. Using the PAN command
        2. 8.2.2. Using the scroll bars
      3. 8.3. Using the ZOOM Command
        1. 8.3.1. Understanding ZOOM options
        2. 8.3.2. Using ZOOM Dynamic
      4. 8.4. Using the SteeringWheel
      5. 8.5. Creating Named Views
        1. 8.5.1. Saving a view
        2. 8.5.2. Displaying a view
        3. 8.5.3. Managing named views
        4. 8.5.4. Creating animated presentations from named views
        5. 8.5.5. Using named views to manage a drawing
          1. 8.5.5.1. A drawing with a view
          2. 8.5.5.2. Partially opening a drawing
          3. 8.5.5.3. Using named views with sheet sets
      6. 8.6. Working with Tiled Viewports
        1. 8.6.1. Configuring tiled viewports
          1. 8.6.1.1. Creating tiled viewports
          2. 8.6.1.2. Removing tiled viewports
        2. 8.6.2. Using tiled viewports
        3. 8.6.3. Saving and restoring viewport configurations
      7. 8.7. Using Snap Rotation
      8. 8.8. Understanding User Coordinate Systems
        1. 8.8.1. Understanding UCS options
        2. 8.8.2. Saving and restoring a custom UCS
        3. 8.8.3. Controlling the UCS icon
        4. 8.8.4. Using a custom UCS
      9. 8.9. Creating Isometric Drawings
        1. 8.9.1. Understanding isometric planes
        2. 8.9.2. Drawing in Isometric mode
      10. 8.10. Summary
    4. 9. Editing Your Drawing with Basic Tools
      1. 9.1. Editing a Drawing
        1. 9.1.1. Understanding object-selection basics
        2. 9.1.2. Erasing objects
        3. 9.1.3. Moving objects
        4. 9.1.4. Copying objects
        5. 9.1.5. Copying and moving objects from one drawing to another
        6. 9.1.6. Rotating objects
        7. 9.1.7. Scaling objects
        8. 9.1.8. Using the CHANGE command
          1. 9.1.8.1. Changing lines
          2. 9.1.8.2. Changing circles
      2. 9.2. Selecting Objects
        1. 9.2.1. Selecting objects after choosing a command
        2. 9.2.2. Cycling through objects
        3. 9.2.3. Selecting objects before choosing a command
        4. 9.2.4. Implied windowing
        5. 9.2.5. Customizing the selection process
          1. 9.2.5.1. Pickbox Size
          2. 9.2.5.2. Selection Preview
          3. 9.2.5.3. Noun/verb selection
          4. 9.2.5.4. Use Shift to Add to Selection
          5. 9.2.5.5. Press and Drag
          6. 9.2.5.6. Implied windowing
          7. 9.2.5.7. Object grouping
          8. 9.2.5.8. Associative Hatch
      3. 9.3. Summary
    5. 10. Editing Your Drawing with Advanced Tools
      1. 10.1. Copying and Moving Objects
        1. 10.1.1. Mirroring objects
        2. 10.1.2. Using the ARRAY command
          1. 10.1.2.1. Rectangular arrays
          2. 10.1.2.2. Polar (circular) arrays
        3. 10.1.3. Offsetting objects
        4. 10.1.4. Aligning objects
          1. 10.1.4.1. Using the ALIGN command
          2. 10.1.4.2. Using the 3DALIGN command
      2. 10.2. Resizing commands
        1. 10.2.1. Trimming objects
        2. 10.2.2. Extending objects
        3. 10.2.3. Lengthening objects
        4. 10.2.4. Stretching objects
      3. 10.3. Using Construction Commands
        1. 10.3.1. Breaking objects
        2. 10.3.2. Joining objects
        3. 10.3.3. Creating chamfered corners
        4. 10.3.4. Creating rounded corners
      4. 10.4. Creating a Revision Cloud
      5. 10.5. Hiding Objects with a Wipeout
      6. 10.6. Constraining Objects with Parameters
        1. 10.6.1. Using geometric constraints
        2. 10.6.2. Auto-constraining objects
        3. 10.6.3. Using dimensional constraints
        4. 10.6.4. Working with the Parameters Manager
      7. 10.7. Double-Clicking to Edit Objects
      8. 10.8. Grips
        1. 10.8.1. Stretching with grips
          1. 10.8.1.1. Stretching one line
          2. 10.8.1.2. Stretching multiple lines
        2. 10.8.2. Moving with grips
        3. 10.8.3. Rotating with grips
        4. 10.8.4. Scaling with grips
        5. 10.8.5. Mirroring with grips
        6. 10.8.6. Customizing grips
      9. 10.9. Editing with the Quick Properties Palette and the Properties Palette
        1. 10.9.1. Using the Quick Properties palette
        2. 10.9.2. Using the Properties palette
      10. 10.10. Selection Filters
        1. 10.10.1. Using Quick Select to select objects
        2. 10.10.2. Using the FILTER command
          1. 10.10.2.1. Creating a single filter
          2. 10.10.2.2. Adding a second filter
        3. 10.10.3. Naming and editing filters
        4. 10.10.4. Using filters
      11. 10.11. Groups
        1. 10.11.1. Creating and modifying groups in AutoCAD
          1. 10.11.1.1. Creating a new group
          2. 10.11.1.2. Changing a group
        2. 10.11.2. Creating and modifying groups in AutoCAD LT
          1. 10.11.2.1. Creating a new group
          2. 10.11.2.2. Changing a group in AutoCAD LT
        3. 10.11.3. Using groups
      12. 10.12. Summary
    6. 11. Organizing Drawings with Layers and Object Properties
      1. 11.1. Working with Layers
        1. 11.1.1. Understanding layers
        2. 11.1.2. Creating new layers
          1. 11.1.2.1. Naming the layer
          2. 11.1.2.2. Assigning a color
          3. 11.1.2.3. Assigning a linetype
          4. 11.1.2.4. Assigning a lineweight
          5. 11.1.2.5. Assigning a transparency value
        3. 11.1.3. Using layers
          1. 11.1.3.1. Switching the current layer
          2. 11.1.3.2. Changing a layer's state
          3. 11.1.3.3. Saving layer states
          4. 11.1.3.4. Changing an existing object's layer
          5. 11.1.3.5. Making an object's layer current
        4. 11.1.4. Using special layer tools
        5. 11.1.5. Modifying layers
          1. 11.1.5.1. Managing columns
          2. 11.1.5.2. Filtering the layer list
          3. 11.1.5.3. Changing a layer's color, linetype, lineweight, and transparency
          4. 11.1.5.4. Renaming layers
          5. 11.1.5.5. Deleting layers
          6. 11.1.5.6. Purging layers and linetypes
      2. 11.2. Changing Object Color, Linetype, Lineweight, and Transparency
        1. 11.2.1. Changing an object's color
        2. 11.2.2. Changing the current color
        3. 11.2.3. Changing an object's linetype
        4. 11.2.4. Changing the current linetype
        5. 11.2.5. Changing an object's lineweight
        6. 11.2.6. Changing the current lineweight
        7. 11.2.7. Changing an object's transparency
        8. 11.2.8. Changing the current transparency
      3. 11.3. Working with Linetype Scales
        1. 11.3.1. Changing linetype spacing by using a different linetype
        2. 11.3.2. Changing linetype spacing by changing the global linetype scale
        3. 11.3.3. Changing linetype spacing by changing the object linetype scale
          1. 11.3.3.1. Changing the current object linetype scale
          2. 11.3.3.2. Changing an existing object's linetype scale
      4. 11.4. Importing Layers and Linetypes from Other Drawings
      5. 11.5. Matching Properties
      6. 11.6. Summary
    7. 12. Obtaining Information from Your Drawing
      1. 12.1. Drawing-Level Information
        1. 12.1.1. Listing the status of your drawing
        2. 12.1.2. Listing system variables
        3. 12.1.3. Tracking drawing time
      2. 12.2. Object-Level Information
        1. 12.2.1. Listing objects
        2. 12.2.2. Finding coordinates
        3. 12.2.3. Measuring objects
        4. 12.2.4. Getting information from the Properties palette
        5. 12.2.5. Getting information from the Quick Properties panel
      3. 12.3. Dividing and Spacing Commands
        1. 12.3.1. Dividing objects
        2. 12.3.2. Measuring objects
      4. 12.4. AutoCAD's Calculator
        1. 12.4.1. Calculating numbers
        2. 12.4.2. Using coordinates
        3. 12.4.3. Using object snaps
        4. 12.4.4. Using the scientific calculator
        5. 12.4.5. Converting units
        6. 12.4.6. Working with QuickCalc variables
        7. 12.4.7. Using QuickCalc in the Properties palette
      5. 12.5. Summary
    8. 13. Creating Text
      1. 13.1. Creating Single-Line Text
        1. 13.1.1. Justifying single-line text
        2. 13.1.2. Setting the height
        3. 13.1.3. Setting the rotation angle
        4. 13.1.4. Adding special characters and formatting
        5. 13.1.5. Editing single-line text
          1. 13.1.5.1. Scaling text
          2. 13.1.5.2. Justifying text
      2. 13.2. Understanding Text Styles
        1. 13.2.1. Creating a new text style
          1. 13.2.1.1. Font
          2. 13.2.1.2. Size
          3. 13.2.1.3. Effects
        2. 13.2.2. Renaming and deleting text styles
        3. 13.2.3. Modifying a text style
        4. 13.2.4. Making a style current or changing a text object's style
        5. 13.2.5. Importing a text style
      3. 13.3. Creating Multiline Text
        1. 13.3.1. Using the In-Place Text Editor
          1. 13.3.1.1. Specifying and changing line spacing
          2. 13.3.1.2. Specifying width and rotation
        2. 13.3.2. Creating text for different scales
        3. 13.3.3. Editing paragraph text
        4. 13.3.4. Importing text
      4. 13.4. Creating Tables
        1. 13.4.1. Inserting a table
        2. 13.4.2. Specifying a table style
          1. 13.4.2.1. General properties
          2. 13.4.2.2. Text properties
          3. 13.4.2.3. Border properties
          4. 13.4.2.4. Completing the table style
        3. 13.4.3. Adding data to a table
          1. 13.4.3.1. Entering data into a table
          2. 13.4.3.2. Linking to external data
          3. 13.4.3.3. Extracting data from drawing objects
        4. 13.4.4. Modifying a table
          1. 13.4.4.1. Changing the text
          2. 13.4.4.2. Changing table properties
          3. 13.4.4.3. Changing cell properties
          4. 13.4.4.4. Breaking a table into sections
      5. 13.5. Inserting Fields
        1. 13.5.1. Creating fields
        2. 13.5.2. Editing and updating fields
      6. 13.6. Managing Text
        1. 13.6.1. Using Quicktext
        2. 13.6.2. Using AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT fonts
        3. 13.6.3. Turning off text layers
        4. 13.6.4. Using MIRRTEXT
      7. 13.7. Finding Text in Your Drawing
      8. 13.8. Checking Your Spelling
      9. 13.9. Summary
    9. 14. Drawing Dimensions
      1. 14.1. Working with Dimensions
        1. 14.1.1. The elements of a dimension
        2. 14.1.2. Preparing to dimension
      2. 14.2. Drawing Linear Dimensions
        1. 14.2.1. Specifying the dimensioned object
        2. 14.2.2. Using dimension options
          1. 14.2.2.1. MText
          2. 14.2.2.2. Text
          3. 14.2.2.3. Angle
          4. 14.2.2.4. Horizontal/Vertical
          5. 14.2.2.5. Rotated
        3. 14.2.3. Creating jogged dimension lines
      3. 14.3. Drawing Aligned Dimensions
        1. 14.3.1. Specifying the dimensioned object
        2. 14.3.2. Using the options
      4. 14.4. Creating Baseline and Continued Dimensions
        1. 14.4.1. Drawing baseline dimensions
        2. 14.4.2. Drawing continued dimensions
      5. 14.5. Dimensioning Arcs and Circles
        1. 14.5.1. Marking arc and circle centers
        2. 14.5.2. Dimensioning arc lengths
        3. 14.5.3. Creating radial dimensions
        4. 14.5.4. Creating diameter dimensions
      6. 14.6. Dimensioning Angles
      7. 14.7. Creating Ordinate Dimensions
      8. 14.8. Drawing Leaders
        1. 14.8.1. Creating a multileader
        2. 14.8.2. Editing multileaders
        3. 14.8.3. Creating a multileader style
        4. 14.8.4. Aligning and combining leaders
      9. 14.9. Using Quick Dimension
      10. 14.10. Creating Inspection Dimensions
      11. 14.11. Creating Geometric Tolerances
        1. 14.11.1. Starting the tolerance frame
        2. 14.11.2. Inserting the tolerance frame
        3. 14.11.3. Editing a tolerance frame
      12. 14.12. Editing Dimensions
        1. 14.12.1. Editing associativity
          1. 14.12.1.1. DIMREASSOCIATE
          2. 14.12.1.2. DIMDISASSOCIATE
          3. 14.12.1.3. DIMREGEN
        2. 14.12.2. Using the DIMEDIT command
        3. 14.12.3. Using the DIMTEDIT command
        4. 14.12.4. Flipping dimension arrows
        5. 14.12.5. Editing dimension text
        6. 14.12.6. Using the Properties palette to edit dimensions
        7. 14.12.7. Changing annotative scales
        8. 14.12.8. Spacing dimensions equally apart
        9. 14.12.9. Breaking dimensions
        10. 14.12.10. Using Quick Dimension to edit dimensions
        11. 14.12.11. Using grips to edit dimensions
        12. 14.12.12. Editing objects and dimensions together
      13. 14.13. Summary
    10. 15. Creating Dimension Styles
      1. 15.1. Understanding Dimension Styles
      2. 15.2. Defining a New Dimension Style
        1. 15.2.1. Managing dimension lines
          1. 15.2.1.1. Dimension lines
          2. 15.2.1.2. Extension lines
        2. 15.2.2. Defining symbols and arrows
          1. 15.2.2.1. Defining arrowheads
          2. 15.2.2.2. Defining symbols
        3. 15.2.3. Managing dimension text
          1. 15.2.3.1. Text appearance
          2. 15.2.3.2. Text placement
          3. 15.2.3.3. Text alignment
        4. 15.2.4. Fitting dimensions into tight spaces
          1. 15.2.4.1. Fit Options
          2. 15.2.4.2. Text Placement
          3. 15.2.4.3. Scale for Dimension Features
        5. 15.2.5. Defining primary units
          1. 15.2.5.1. Linear Dimensions
          2. 15.2.5.2. Angular Dimensions
        6. 15.2.6. Defining alternate units
        7. 15.2.7. Formatting tolerances
      3. 15.3. Changing Dimension Styles
        1. 15.3.1. Choosing a new current dimension style
        2. 15.3.2. Creating a variant of a dimension style
        3. 15.3.3. Modifying a dimension to use a new dimension style
        4. 15.3.4. Modifying dimension styles
        5. 15.3.5. Overriding a dimension style
        6. 15.3.6. Updating dimensions
        7. 15.3.7. Comparing dimension styles
        8. 15.3.8. Copying dimension styles from other drawings
      4. 15.4. Summary
    11. 16. Drawing Complex Objects
      1. 16.1. Creating and Editing Polylines
        1. 16.1.1. Using the PLINE command
        2. 16.1.2. Editing polylines with the PEDIT command
        3. 16.1.3. Grip editing polylines
        4. 16.1.4. Editing polylines with the Properties palette or Quick Properties palette
      2. 16.2. Drawing and Editing Splines
        1. 16.2.1. Understanding splines
        2. 16.2.2. Creating splines
          1. 16.2.2.1. Drawing a spline with the Fit method
          2. 16.2.2.2. Drawing a spline with the Control Vertices method
        3. 16.2.3. Editing splines
      3. 16.3. Creating Regions
      4. 16.4. Creating Boundaries
      5. 16.5. Creating Hatches
        1. 16.5.1. Understanding hatch patterns
        2. 16.5.2. Defining a hatch
          1. 16.5.2.1. Specifying the hatch type and pattern
          2. 16.5.2.2. Setting the hatch angle and scale
          3. 16.5.2.3. Setting hatch properties
          4. 16.5.2.4. Setting the hatch origin
        3. 16.5.3. Determining the hatch boundary
        4. 16.5.4. Managing Islands
        5. 16.5.5. Dragging and dropping hatch patterns
        6. 16.5.6. Creating gradient fills
        7. 16.5.7. Editing hatches
        8. 16.5.8. Using the SOLID command
      6. 16.6. Creating and Editing Multilines
        1. 16.6.1. Creating a multiline style
          1. 16.6.1.1. Defining multiline style properties
          2. 16.6.1.2. Saving a new multiline style
          3. 16.6.1.3. Loading a multiline style
        2. 16.6.2. Drawing multilines
        3. 16.6.3. Editing multilines
      7. 16.7. Creating Dlines in AutoCAD LT
      8. 16.8. Using the SKETCH Command
      9. 16.9. Digitizing Drawings with the TABLET Command
      10. 16.10. Summary
    12. 17. Plotting and Printing Your Drawing
      1. 17.1. Preparing a Drawing for Plotting or Printing
        1. 17.1.1. Doing a draft plot
        2. 17.1.2. Plotting a drawing from model space
      2. 17.2. Creating a Layout in Paper Space
        1. 17.2.1. Entering paper space
        2. 17.2.2. Using the Layout Wizard
        3. 17.2.3. Laying out a drawing in paper space on your own
          1. 17.2.3.1. Managing layouts
          2. 17.2.3.2. Using the Page Setup Manager
          3. 17.2.3.3. Preparing layers
          4. 17.2.3.4. Inserting a titleblock
          5. 17.2.3.5. Creating floating viewports
          6. 17.2.3.6. Returning to model space while on a layout
          7. 17.2.3.7. Setting viewport scale
          8. 17.2.3.8. Locking the viewport
          9. 17.2.3.9. Setting viewport size, placement, and display
          10. 17.2.3.10. Controlling scale for noncontinuous linetypes
          11. 17.2.3.11. Setting layer visibility and properties within a viewport
          12. 17.2.3.12. Setting hidden and shaded views for viewports
        4. 17.2.4. Annotating a layout
          1. 17.2.4.1. Using annotation objects on a layout
          2. 17.2.4.2. Adding text and dimensions in paper space
          3. 17.2.4.3. Export a layout to model space of a new drawing
        5. 17.2.5. Saving a layout template
      3. 17.3. Working with Plot Styles
        1. 17.3.1. Setting the plot-style mode
        2. 17.3.2. Creating a plot-style table
          1. 17.3.2.1. Creating a named plot-style table
          2. 17.3.2.2. Editing a plot-style table
        3. 17.3.3. Attaching a plot-style table to a layout
        4. 17.3.4. Setting the plot-style property for a layer or object
      4. 17.4. Plotting a Drawing
        1. 17.4.1. Specifying plot settings
        2. 17.4.2. Previewing your plot
        3. 17.4.3. Creating a plot stamp
        4. 17.4.4. Creating the plot
      5. 17.5. Summary
  9. III. Working with Data
    1. 18. Working with Blocks and Attributes
      1. 18.1. Combining Objects into Blocks
        1. 18.1.1. Understanding base points and insertion points
        2. 18.1.2. Creating a block
        3. 18.1.3. Saving blocks as files
        4. 18.1.4. Replacing an existing file
      2. 18.2. Inserting Blocks and Files into Drawings
        1. 18.2.1. Using the Insert dialog box
        2. 18.2.2. Using the DesignCenter
      3. 18.3. Managing Blocks
        1. 18.3.1. Working with layers
        2. 18.3.2. Exploding blocks
        3. 18.3.3. Using the XPLODE command
        4. 18.3.4. Redefining a block
        5. 18.3.5. Editing blocks
          1. 18.3.5.1. Using the Block Editor to edit blocks
          2. 18.3.5.2. Editing blocks with grips
          3. 18.3.5.3. Updating blocks
          4. 18.3.5.4. Substituting blocks
      4. 18.4. Creating and Using Dynamic Blocks
        1. 18.4.1. Understanding action-based parameters
        2. 18.4.2. Understanding the work flow of dynamic blocks
        3. 18.4.3. Defining a dynamic block with action-based parameters
          1. 18.4.3.1. Adding a parameter
          2. 18.4.3.2. Adding an action
          3. 18.4.3.3. Adding visibility parameters
          4. 18.4.3.4. Adding lookup parameters and actions
          5. 18.4.3.5. Using parameter sets
        4. 18.4.4. Using parametric constraints
          1. 18.4.4.1. Creating a Block Table
          2. 18.4.4.2. Saving and testing dynamic blocks
        5. 18.4.5. Inserting and using dynamic blocks
      5. 18.5. Using Windows Features to Copy Data
        1. 18.5.1. Manipulating objects with the Windows Clipboard
        2. 18.5.2. Using drag-and-drop
      6. 18.6. Working with Attributes
        1. 18.6.1. Creating attribute definitions
          1. 18.6.1.1. Mode section
          2. 18.6.1.2. Attribute section
          3. 18.6.1.3. Text Settings section
          4. 18.6.1.4. Insertion Point section
          5. 18.6.1.5. Creating the block
        2. 18.6.2. Inserting blocks with attributes
        3. 18.6.3. Editing attributes
          1. 18.6.3.1. Editing attribute properties with the BATTMAN command
          2. 18.6.3.2. Editing attribute properties with the ATTEDIT command
          3. 18.6.3.3. Making global changes in attributes
          4. 18.6.3.4. Redefining attributes
        4. 18.6.4. Extracting a database from attributes
      7. 18.7. Summary
    2. 19. Referencing Other Drawings
      1. 19.1. Understanding External References
        1. 19.1.1. Attaching an external reference
        2. 19.1.2. Opening an xref
        3. 19.1.3. Using the External References palette
      2. 19.2. Editing an Xref within Your Drawing
        1. 19.2.1. Choosing the xref or block to edit
        2. 19.2.2. Editing the xref
      3. 19.3. Controlling Xref Display
        1. 19.3.1. Xrefs and dependent symbols
          1. 19.3.1.1. Xrefs and layers
          2. 19.3.1.2. The XBIND command
        2. 19.3.2. Circular references
        3. 19.3.3. Clipping xrefs
        4. 19.3.4. Speeding up the display of large xrefs
          1. 19.3.4.1. Demand loading
          2. 19.3.4.2. Spatial indexes
          3. 19.3.4.3. Layer indexes
      4. 19.4. Managing Xrefs
        1. 19.4.1. Xref notification
        2. 19.4.2. DesignCenter
        3. 19.4.3. The xref log file
      5. 19.5. Working with DWF, DGN, and PDF Underlays
        1. 19.5.1. Attaching a DWF underlay
        2. 19.5.2. Attaching a DGN underlay
        3. 19.5.3. Attaching a PDF underlay
        4. 19.5.4. Modifying an underlay
          1. 19.5.4.1. Adjusting the appearance of an underlay
          2. 19.5.4.2. Clipping an underlay
          3. 19.5.4.3. Displaying the frame of an underlay
          4. 19.5.4.4. Using object snaps with underlays
          5. 19.5.4.5. Control the layers of an underlay
      6. 19.6. Summary
    3. 20. Working with External Databases
      1. 20.1. Understanding External Database Access
      2. 20.2. Preparing for Database Connectivity
        1. 20.2.1. Organizing the database structure
        2. 20.2.2. Configuring a data source
      3. 20.3. Connecting to Your Database
        1. 20.3.1. Connecting a database to a drawing
        2. 20.3.2. Opening a data table
        3. 20.3.3. Editing data in the Data View window
      4. 20.4. Linking Data to Drawing Objects
        1. 20.4.1. Creating a link template
        2. 20.4.2. Creating a link
          1. 20.4.2.1. Viewing linked objects and rows
          2. 20.4.2.2. Editing links
          3. 20.4.2.3. Exporting link information
      5. 20.5. Creating Labels
        1. 20.5.1. Creating label templates
        2. 20.5.2. Creating attached labels
        3. 20.5.3. Creating freestanding labels
      6. 20.6. Querying with the Query Editor
        1. 20.6.1. Using the Quick Query tab
        2. 20.6.2. Using the Range Query tab
        3. 20.6.3. Using the Query Builder tab
          1. 20.6.3.1. Building a query with multiple criteria
          2. 20.6.3.2. Specifying fields and sorting
        4. 20.6.4. Using the SQL Query tab
        5. 20.6.5. Creating selection sets with Link Select
      7. 20.7. Working with Query Files
        1. 20.7.1. Storing queries
        2. 20.7.2. Importing and exporting queries
      8. 20.8. Summary
  10. IV. Drawing in Three Dimensions
    1. 21. Specifying 3D Coordinates
      1. 21.1. Working in a 3D Environment
      2. 21.2. Using 3D Coordinates
        1. 21.2.1. Absolute and relative Cartesian coordinates in 3D
        2. 21.2.2. Cylindrical and spherical coordinates
        3. 21.2.3. Using editing commands with 3D wireframes
        4. 21.2.4. Using point filters, object snaps, object tracking, and grips in 3D
          1. 21.2.4.1. Point filters
          2. 21.2.4.2. Object snaps
          3. 21.2.4.3. Object tracking
          4. 21.2.4.4. Grips
        5. 21.2.5. Creating 3D polylines
        6. 21.2.6. Creating helixes
        7. 21.2.7. Using point clouds
      3. 21.3. Using Elevation and Thickness
        1. 21.3.1. Creating surfaces with thickness
        2. 21.3.2. Using the HIDE command
        3. 21.3.3. Controlling the display of hidden lines and objects
        4. 21.3.4. Adding elevation to objects
      4. 21.4. Working with the User Coordinate System
        1. 21.4.1. Using the UCS icon
          1. 21.4.1.1. UCSs and viewpoints
        2. 21.4.2. Using UCS options to change the UCS
        3. 21.4.3. Changing the UCS dynamically
      5. 21.5. Summary
    2. 22. Viewing 3D Drawings
      1. 22.1. Working with the Standard Viewpoints
        1. 22.1.1. Using the VPOINT command
        2. 22.1.2. Looking at a drawing from the standard viewpoints
        3. 22.1.3. Using DDVPOINT
      2. 22.2. Using the ViewCube to View Your Drawing
      3. 22.3. Creating a Named View with a Camera
        1. 22.3.1. Creating a camera
        2. 22.3.2. Editing a camera
        3. 22.3.3. Adding a Background to a Named View
        4. 22.3.4. Working with the Tripod and Compass
        5. 22.3.5. Displaying a Quick Plan View
      4. 22.4. Displaying Parallel and Perspective Projections
      5. 22.5. Using 3D Orbit
        1. 22.5.1. Starting 3D Orbit
        2. 22.5.2. Navigating with 3D Orbit
          1. 22.5.2.1. Using the 3D Orbit visual aids
          2. 22.5.2.2. Creating a continuous orbit
          3. 22.5.2.3. Resetting the view
        3. 22.5.3. Refining your 3D Orbit view
          1. 22.5.3.1. Panning in 3D Orbit
          2. 22.5.3.2. Zooming in 3D Orbit
          3. 22.5.3.3. Using Zoom options in 3D Orbit
          4. 22.5.3.4. Adjusting the camera distance
          5. 22.5.3.5. Controlling view properties
          6. 22.5.3.6. Creating parallel and perspective views
          7. 22.5.3.7. Using a preset view
      6. 22.6. Using ShowMotion to Cycle Through Views
        1. 22.6.1. Creating shots
        2. 22.6.2. Displaying shots
      7. 22.7. Walking through a Model
        1. 22.7.1. Navigating in Walk mode
        2. 22.7.2. Specifying Walk mode settings
        3. 22.7.3. Flying through a model
        4. 22.7.4. Saving the walk as a movie file
        5. 22.7.5. Using a motion path to save a movie file
      8. 22.8. Navigating with the Wheel
      9. 22.9. Using DVIEW to Create a Perspective View
        1. 22.9.1. Using DVIEW
        2. 22.9.2. Understanding the DVIEW options
      10. 22.10. Working with Visual Styles
        1. 22.10.1. Displaying visual styles in AutoCAD
        2. 22.10.2. Creating custom visual styles
        3. 22.10.3. Using the shading options in AutoCAD LT
        4. 22.10.4. Display materials, textures, and lights as you work
      11. 22.11. Laying Out 3D Drawings
        1. 22.11.1. Using SOLVIEW to lay out paper space viewports
        2. 22.11.2. Using SOLDRAW to create hidden lines and hatching
        3. 22.11.3. Using SOLPROF to create profiles
        4. 22.11.4. Flattening 3D drawings
      12. 22.12. Printing in 3D
      13. 22.13. Summary
    3. 23. Creating 3D Surfaces
      1. 23.1. Drawing Surfaces with 3DFACE
        1. 23.1.1. Using the 3DFACE command
        2. 23.1.2. Making 3D face edges invisible
          1. 23.1.2.1. Controlling visibility during 3D face creation
          2. 23.1.2.2. Using the EDGE command
          3. 23.1.2.3. Using the SPLFRAME system variable
      2. 23.2. Drawing Surfaces with PFACE
      3. 23.3. Creating Polygon Meshes with 3DMESH
        1. 23.3.1. Using the 3DMESH command
        2. 23.3.2. Using the 3D command
      4. 23.4. Drawing Procedural and NURBS Surfaces
      5. 23.5. Creating Plane Surfaces
        1. 23.5.1. Revolved Surfaces
        2. 23.5.2. Using the REVSURF command
        3. 23.5.3. Using the REVOLVE command
      6. 23.6. Drawing an Extruded Surface
        1. 23.6.1. Working with the TABSURF command
        2. 23.6.2. Working with the EXTRUDE command
        3. 23.6.3. Sweeping objects along a path
      7. 23.7. Drawing Surfaces Between Objects
        1. 23.7.1. Creating ruled surfaces
        2. 23.7.2. Lofting objects
        3. 23.7.3. Using the EDGESURF command
        4. 23.7.4. Using the SURFNETWORK command
        5. 23.7.5. Connecting surfaces with the SURFBLEND command
        6. 23.7.6. Patching holes with the SURFPATCH command
      8. 23.8. Editing and Analyzing Surfaces
        1. 23.8.1. Creating surfaces with the SURFOFFSET command
        2. 23.8.2. Trimming and extending surfaces
        3. 23.8.3. Filleting surfaces with the SURFFILLET command
        4. 23.8.4. Projecting objects onto surfaces
        5. 23.8.5. Analyzing surfaces
      9. 23.9. Working with Multiple Types of Objects
        1. 23.9.1. Converting 2D objects to surfaces
        2. 23.9.2. Converting meshes to smooth surfaces
        3. 23.9.3. Thickening a surface into a solid
        4. 23.9.4. Sculpting surfaces to create a solid
        5. 23.9.5. Extracting edges from a surface or a region
      10. 23.10. Summary
    4. 24. Creating Solids and Editing in 3D
      1. 24.1. Drawing Basic Smooth Solids
        1. 24.1.1. Drawing a box
        2. 24.1.2. Drawing a wedge
        3. 24.1.3. Drawing a cone
        4. 24.1.4. Drawing a sphere
        5. 24.1.5. Drawing a cylinder
        6. 24.1.6. Drawing a torus
        7. 24.1.7. Drawing a pyramid
      2. 24.2. Creating Extruded Solids
        1. 24.2.1. Managing objects used to make other objects
        2. 24.2.2. Using the EXTRUDE command
      3. 24.3. Drawing Swept Solids
      4. 24.4. Drawing Revolved Solids
      5. 24.5. Drawing Lofted Solids
      6. 24.6. Drawing Polyline-Like Solids
      7. 24.7. Manipulating Solids
        1. 24.7.1. Grip-editing solids
        2. 24.7.2. Selecting sub-objects
        3. 24.7.3. Moving, rotating, and scaling with the gizmos
          1. 24.7.3.1. Using the Move gizmo and the 3DMOVE command
          2. 24.7.3.2. Using the Rotate gizmo and the 3DROTATE command
          3. 24.7.3.3. Using the Scale gizmo and the 3DSCALE command
      8. 24.8. Working with Mesh Shapes
        1. 24.8.1. Creating meshes
        2. 24.8.2. Editing meshes
          1. 24.8.2.1. Using grips and gizmos to edit meshes
          2. 24.8.2.2. Adjusting mesh smoothness
          3. 24.8.2.3. Refining a mesh
          4. 24.8.2.4. Extruding a face
          5. 24.8.2.5. Splitting a face
          6. 24.8.2.6. Creasing a mesh
        3. 24.8.3. Converting solids and meshes
          1. 24.8.3.1. Converting smooth solids and surfaces to meshes
          2. 24.8.3.2. Converting meshes to smooth solids
      9. 24.9. Creating Complex Solids
        1. 24.9.1. Combining solids
        2. 24.9.2. Subtracting solids
        3. 24.9.3. Creating a solid from the intersection of two solids
        4. 24.9.4. Creating a solid from surfaces that enclose a volume
        5. 24.9.5. Creating a new solid by using INTERFERE
        6. 24.9.6. Pressing or pulling a region
        7. 24.9.7. Using solid history
      10. 24.10. Sectioning and Slicing Solids
        1. 24.10.1. Using the SECTION command
        2. 24.10.2. Creating an interactive section object
        3. 24.10.3. Using the SLICE command
      11. 24.11. Using Editing Commands in 3D
        1. 24.11.1. Mirroring in 3D
        2. 24.11.2. Arraying in 3D
          1. 24.11.2.1. Creating 3D rectangular arrays
          2. 24.11.2.2. Creating 3D polar arrays
        3. 24.11.3. Rotating in 3D
        4. 24.11.4. Aligning in 3D
        5. 24.11.5. Trimming and extending in 3D
        6. 24.11.6. Filleting in 3D
        7. 24.11.7. Chamfering in 3D
        8. 24.11.8. Exploding and converting 3D objects
      12. 24.12. Using the SOLIDEDIT Command
        1. 24.12.1. Editing faces
          1. 24.12.1.1. Extruding faces
          2. 24.12.1.2. Moving faces
          3. 24.12.1.3. Offsetting faces
          4. 24.12.1.4. Deleting faces
          5. 24.12.1.5. Rotating faces
          6. 24.12.1.6. Tapering faces
          7. 24.12.1.7. Copying faces
          8. 24.12.1.8. Coloring faces
          9. 24.12.1.9. Attaching a material to a face
        2. 24.12.2. Editing edges
        3. 24.12.3. Editing bodies
          1. 24.12.3.1. Imprinting solids
          2. 24.12.3.2. Cleaning solids
          3. 24.12.3.3. Separating solids
          4. 24.12.3.4. Shelling solids
          5. 24.12.3.5. Checking solids
      13. 24.13. Listing Solid Properties
      14. 24.14. Summary
    5. 25. Rendering in 3D
      1. 25.1. Understanding Rendering
        1. 25.1.1. Learning the steps
        2. 25.1.2. Doing a default rendering
      2. 25.2. Creating Lights
        1. 25.2.1. Setting the default light
        2. 25.2.2. Creating a point light
          1. 25.2.2.1. Name
          2. 25.2.2.2. Intensity/Intensity factor
          3. 25.2.2.3. Status
          4. 25.2.2.4. Photometry
          5. 25.2.2.5. Shadow
          6. 25.2.2.6. Attenuation
          7. 25.2.2.7. Color/Filter Color
        3. 25.2.3. Creating a target point light
        4. 25.2.4. Creating a spotlight
        5. 25.2.5. Creating a Free spotlight
        6. 25.2.6. Creating a distant light
        7. 25.2.7. Simulating the sun
          1. 25.2.7.1. Set the geographic location
          2. 25.2.7.2. Set sun properties
        8. 25.2.8. Managing lights
      3. 25.3. Working with Materials
        1. 25.3.1. Attaching a material from the Materials Browser
        2. 25.3.2. Using the Materials Editor palette
        3. 25.3.3. Creating your own materials
          1. 25.3.3.1. Choose a material type
          2. 25.3.3.2. Choose a material color
          3. 25.3.3.3. Choose an image or procedural-based texture
          4. 25.3.3.4. Choosing properties specific to the material template
          5. 25.3.3.5. Adding other characteristics to a material
          6. 25.3.3.6. Adjusting the mapping
        4. 25.3.4. Attaching and removing materials
        5. 25.3.5. Using backgrounds
      4. 25.4. Doing the Final Render
        1. 25.4.1. Statistics
        2. 25.4.2. Saving rendered images
      5. 25.5. Summary
  11. V. Organizing and Managing Drawings
    1. 26. Keeping Control of Your Drawings
      1. 26.1. Accessing Drawing Components with the DesignCenter
        1. 26.1.1. Navigating with the DesignCenter
          1. 26.1.1.1. Finding named components and drawings
          2. 26.1.1.2. Using the Favorites folder
        2. 26.1.2. Accessing named drawing components
          1. 26.1.2.1. Inserting drawings
          2. 26.1.2.2. Opening drawings
          3. 26.1.2.3. Inserting blocks
          4. 26.1.2.4. Inserting raster images
          5. 26.1.2.5. Attaching an xref
          6. 26.1.2.6. Inserting layers and styles
        3. 26.1.3. Controlling the DesignCenter display
      2. 26.2. Accessing Drawing Content with Tool Palettes
        1. 26.2.1. Creating a new tool palette
        2. 26.2.2. Adding content tools
        3. 26.2.3. Adding command tools
          1. 26.2.3.1. Dragging objects from your drawing
          2. 26.2.3.2. Adding commands
        4. 26.2.4. Copying a tool
        5. 26.2.5. Setting tool properties
          1. 26.2.5.1. Adjusting the scale of inserted content
          2. 26.2.5.2. Moving, deleting, and renaming tools and tool palettes
          3. 26.2.5.3. Updating tools
          4. 26.2.5.4. Setting tool palette options
        6. 26.2.6. Organizing tool palettes
        7. 26.2.7. Using a tool palette
      3. 26.3. Setting Standards for Drawings
        1. 26.3.1. Using the CAD Standards tools
          1. 26.3.1.1. Creating a standards file
          2. 26.3.1.2. Associating a standards file with a drawing
          3. 26.3.1.3. Checking a drawing against standards
          4. 26.3.1.4. Specifying CAD standards settings
        2. 26.3.2. Using layer notification
        3. 26.3.3. Translating layers
          1. 26.3.3.1. Setting up the layer mapping
          2. 26.3.3.2. Managing layer translations
        4. 26.3.4. The Communication Center
        5. 26.3.5. Renaming named objects
      4. 26.4. Working with Sheet Sets
        1. 26.4.1. Understanding sheet sets
        2. 26.4.2. Creating a sheet set
          1. 26.4.2.1. Setting properties
          2. 26.4.2.2. Creating subsets
        3. 26.4.3. Setting up sheet set references
          1. 26.4.3.1. Configuring titleblock text
          2. 26.4.3.2. Configuring label and callout blocks
          3. 26.4.3.3. Adding and managing sheets
        4. 26.4.4. Using a sheet set
          1. 26.4.4.1. Creating viewports from named views
          2. 26.4.4.2. Inserting callout blocks
          3. 26.4.4.3. Plotting and publishing
          4. 26.4.4.4. Archiving and eTransmitting sheet sets
          5. 26.4.4.5. Creating a list of sheets
      5. 26.5. Organizing Your Drawings
        1. 26.5.1. Archiving drawings
        2. 26.5.2. Finding drawings
        3. 26.5.3. Specifying drawing properties
      6. 26.6. Maintaining Security
        1. 26.6.1. Password protection
        2. 26.6.2. Digital signatures
      7. 26.7. Keeping Track of Referenced Files
      8. 26.8. Handling Errors and Crashes
        1. 26.8.1. Taking care of temporary files
        2. 26.8.2. Repairing corrupted drawing files
        3. 26.8.3. Using backup drawings
        4. 26.8.4. Recovering from a crash
      9. 26.9. Managing Drawings from Prior Releases
      10. 26.10. Summary
    2. 27. Working with Other Applications
      1. 27.1. Importing and Exporting Other File Formats
        1. 27.1.1. Exporting drawings
          1. 27.1.1.1. Exporting to DXF format
          2. 27.1.1.2. Exporting to DGN format
          3. 27.1.1.3. Exporting to PDF format
          4. 27.1.1.4. Exporting to other file formats
          5. 27.1.1.5. Controlling the display of exported WMF files
        2. 27.1.2. Importing files
          1. 27.1.2.1. Importing a DGN file
          2. 27.1.2.2. Inserting a DXF file
      2. 27.2. Working with Raster Images
        1. 27.2.1. Attaching images
        2. 27.2.2. Managing images
        3. 27.2.3. Clipping images
        4. 27.2.4. Controlling image display
          1. 27.2.4.1. Image display
          2. 27.2.4.2. Image quality
          3. 27.2.4.3. Image transparency
          4. 27.2.4.4. Image frame
          5. 27.2.4.5. Draw order
      3. 27.3. Pasting, Linking, and Embedding Objects
        1. 27.3.1. Embedding objects into a drawing
        2. 27.3.2. Using Paste Special
          1. 27.3.2.1. Pasting data into your drawing
          2. 27.3.2.2. Pasting drawing objects into another application
        3. 27.3.3. Linking data
      4. 27.4. Summary
    3. 28. Creating Electronic Output
      1. 28.1. Sending Drawings
        1. 28.1.1. Using eTransmit
        2. 28.1.2. Specifying transmittal settings
      2. 28.2. Opening Drawings from the Web
        1. 28.2.1. Using the Browse the Web – Open dialog box
        2. 28.2.2. Using i-drop to drag objects into a drawing
      3. 28.3. Creating Object Hyperlinks
        1. 28.3.1. Creating a hyperlink
        2. 28.3.2. Using a hyperlink
        3. 28.3.3. Editing a hyperlink
      4. 28.4. Publishing Drawings
        1. 28.4.1. Understanding DWF and DWFx files
        2. 28.4.2. Creating 2D DWF and DWFx files
          1. 28.4.2.1. Starting the PUBLISH command
          2. 28.4.2.2. Adding drawings to the drawing list
          3. 28.4.2.3. Removing model space or layout tabs from the drawing list
          4. 28.4.2.4. Editing the drawing list
          5. 28.4.2.5. Defining the output
          6. 28.4.2.6. Setting publish options
          7. 28.4.2.7. Publishing
          8. 28.4.2.8. Creating DWF files from other applications
          9. 28.4.2.9. Auto-publishing
        3. 28.4.3. Creating 3D DWF and DWFx files
        4. 28.4.4. Using the Publish to Web Wizard
        5. 28.4.5. Posting DWF and DWFx files directly
        6. 28.4.6. Editing Web pages
        7. 28.4.7. Viewing DWF and DWFx drawings
          1. 28.4.7.1. Using view options
          2. 28.4.7.2. Printing and plotting
      5. 28.5. Summary
  12. VI. Customizing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
    1. 29. Customizing Commands, Toolbars, and Tool Palettes
      1. 29.1. Working with Customizable Files
        1. 29.1.1. Editing customizable files
        2. 29.1.2. Backing up customizable files
        3. 29.1.3. Using the command-line form of commands
        4. 29.1.4. Documenting your files
      2. 29.2. Creating Shortcuts for Commands
        1. 29.2.1. Creating shortcuts to Windows programs
        2. 29.2.2. Creating keyboard shortcuts to commands
      3. 29.3. Customizing Toolbars
        1. 29.3.1. Customizing classic toolbars
        2. 29.3.2. Removing buttons from an existing toolbar
        3. 29.3.3. Creating a new toolbar
          1. 29.3.3.1. Adding buttons
          2. 29.3.3.2. Creating a custom command
          3. 29.3.3.3. Using the Button Editor
          4. 29.3.3.4. Creating flyouts
        4. 29.3.4. Removing custom commands
      4. 29.4. Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar
        1. 29.4.1. Creating and displaying a Quick Access Toolbar
        2. 29.4.2. Adding a drop-down list
      5. 29.5. Customizing Tool Palettes
      6. 29.6. Summary
    2. 30. Creating Macros and Slide Shows
      1. 30.1. Creating Macros with Script Files
        1. 30.1.1. Creating the script file
        2. 30.1.2. Running a script file
          1. 30.1.2.1. Running a script file from within a drawing
          2. 30.1.2.2. Running a script when starting AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT
      2. 30.2. Recording Actions
        1. 30.2.1. Creating an action macro
        2. 30.2.2. Editing an action macro
        3. 30.2.3. Managing a macro file
        4. 30.2.4. Playing back a macro
      3. 30.3. Creating Slide Shows
        1. 30.3.1. Creating slides
        2. 30.3.2. Viewing slides
        3. 30.3.3. Using scripts to create slide shows
      4. 30.4. Creating Slide Libraries
      5. 30.5. Summary
    3. 31. Creating Your Own Linetypes and Hatch Patterns
      1. 31.1. Creating Linetypes
        1. 31.1.1. Creating simple linetypes
        2. 31.1.2. Creating complex linetypes
      2. 31.2. Creating Hatch Patterns
      3. 31.3. Summary
    4. 32. Creating Shapes and Fonts
      1. 32.1. Creating Shapes
        1. 32.1.1. Using shape files
        2. 32.1.2. Creating shape files
          1. 32.1.2.1. Using length and direction codes
          2. 32.1.2.2. Using supplemental shape codes
        3. 32.1.3. Editing shape files
      2. 32.2. Creating Fonts
      3. 32.3. Summary
    5. 33. Customizing the Ribbon and Menus
      1. 33.1. Working with the Customization File
        1. 33.1.1. Understanding the Customization file
        2. 33.1.2. Loading and unloading customization files
          1. 33.1.2.1. Loading and unloading a customization file
          2. 33.1.2.2. Loading and unloading partial customization files
          3. 33.1.2.3. Transferring customization between files
      2. 33.2. Customizing the Interface
        1. 33.2.1. Looking at a ribbon panel
        2. 33.2.2. Writing macros
        3. 33.2.3. Customizing the ribbon
          1. 33.2.3.1. Understanding ribbon panels
          2. 33.2.3.2. Adding a command to a ribbon panel
          3. 33.2.3.3. Adding a ribbon panel to a tab
          4. 33.2.3.4. Adding a tab to the ribbon
          5. 33.2.3.5. Adding a tab to a contextual tab state
        4. 33.2.4. Customizing the Menu bar and shortcuts menus
          1. 33.2.4.1. Creating sub-menus
          2. 33.2.4.2. Customizing shortcut menus
            1. 33.2.4.2.1. Object menus
            2. 33.2.4.2.2. Command menus
        5. 33.2.5. Customizing mouse buttons and tablet buttons
        6. 33.2.6. Customizing image-tile menus
        7. 33.2.7. Customizing tablet menus
        8. 33.2.8. Working with the Screen menu
        9. 33.2.9. Creating keyboard shortcuts
          1. 33.2.9.1. Working with shortcut keys
          2. 33.2.9.2. Working with temporary override keys
        10. 33.2.10. Customizing the double-click behavior
        11. 33.2.11. Customizing the Quick Properties palette and rollover tooltips
      3. 33.3. Summary
  13. VII. Programming AutoCAD
    1. 34. Understanding AutoLISP and Visual LISP Basics
      1. 34.1. Introducing Visual LISP
        1. 34.1.1. Opening Visual LISP
        2. 34.1.2. Opening and loading an AutoLISP file with Visual LISP
        3. 34.1.3. Loading an AutoLISP file
        4. 34.1.4. Using an AutoLISP routine in AutoCAD
          1. 34.1.4.1. STEPS: Loading and Using an AutoLISP Routine
        5. 34.1.5. Looking at an AutoLISP routine
        6. 34.1.6. Using the Visual LISP editor
        7. 34.1.7. Closing a file and Visual LISP
          1. 34.1.7.1. STEPS: Using the Visual LISP Editor
      2. 34.2. Getting Help in Visual LISP
      3. 34.3. Working with AutoLISP Expressions
        1. 34.3.1. Understanding AutoLISP syntax
        2. 34.3.2. Working with numbers and text
      4. 34.4. Using AutoLISP on the Command Line
        1. 34.4.1.
          1. 34.4.1.1. STEPS: Working with Numbers and Text on the Command Line
      5. 34.5. Creating AutoLISP Files
        1. 34.5.1.
          1. 34.5.1.1. STEPS: Creating a New Visual LISP File
      6. 34.6. Summary
    2. 35. Exploring AutoLISP Further
      1. 35.1. Creating Variables
        1. 35.1.1.
          1. 35.1.1.1. STEPS: Using AutoLISP Variables from within AutoCAD
      2. 35.2. Working with AutoCAD Commands
        1. 35.2.1. Accessing AutoCAD commands
        2. 35.2.2. Creating functions
        3. 35.2.3. Creating functions with arguments
          1. 35.2.3.1. STEPS: Using AutoLISP Functions and Commands
        4. 35.2.4. Working with system variables
          1. 35.2.4.1. STEPS: Using AutoLISP to Work with System Variables
      3. 35.3. Working with Lists
        1. 35.3.1. Using lists for coordinates
        2. 35.3.2. Creating dotted pairs
          1. 35.3.2.1. STEPS: Working with AutoLISP Lists
      4. 35.4. Setting Conditions
        1. 35.4.1. Conditional statements
          1. 35.4.1.1. STEPS: Using the if Statement
        2. 35.4.2. Loop statements
          1. 35.4.2.1. STEPS: Using while, if, progn, and a Counter
      5. 35.5. Managing Drawing Objects
        1. 35.5.1. Getting information about an object
        2. 35.5.2. Modifying objects
        3. 35.5.3. Creating selection sets
          1. 35.5.3.1. STEPS: Creating Selection Sets
      6. 35.6. Getting Input from the User
        1. 35.6.1.
          1. 35.6.1.1. STEPS: Getting User Input
      7. 35.7. Putting on the Finishing Touches
        1. 35.7.1.
          1. 35.7.1.1. STEPS: Putting on the Finishing Touches
      8. 35.8. Summary
    3. 36. Exploring Advanced AutoLISP Topics
      1. 36.1. Understanding Global and Local Variables
      2. 36.2. Working with Visual LISP ActiveX Functions
        1. 36.2.1. Reviewing AutoLISP retrieval and modification
        2. 36.2.2. Using ActiveX with Visual LISP
          1. 36.2.2.1. Retrieving and modifying object information with ActiveX
          2. 36.2.2.2. Creating objects with ActiveX
      3. 36.3. Debugging Code
        1. 36.3.1. Using the Error Trace window
        2. 36.3.2. Working with breakpoints
        3. 36.3.3. Using the Watch window
      4. 36.4. Summary
    4. 37. Programming with .NET
      1. 37.1. Starting to Work with VB.NET
        1. 37.1.1. Opening the VB.NET environment
        2. 37.1.2. Getting acquainted with VB.NET
          1. 37.1.2.1. Namespaces and objects
          2. 37.1.2.2. Methods and properties
        3. 37.1.3. Investigating the hierarchy model
        4. 37.1.4. Accessing help
      2. 37.2. Writing VB.NET Code
        1. 37.2.1. Looking at VB.NET syntax
        2. 37.2.2. Saving and opening a VB.NET project
        3. 37.2.3. Compiling, loading, and using a VB.NET project
        4. 37.2.4. Using the VB.NET Editor
        5. 37.2.5. Understanding variables
        6. 37.2.6. Creating VB.NET statements
      3. 37.3. Getting User Input
      4. 37.4. Creating Dialog Boxes
        1. 37.4.1. Understanding the Toolbox window
        2. 37.4.2. Changing dialog box properties
        3. 37.4.3. Adding dialog box controls
          1. 37.4.3.1. Add a command button
          2. 37.4.3.2. Write the VB.NET code for a command button
          3. 37.4.3.3. Add a label
          4. 37.4.3.4. Add other dialog box controls
      5. 37.5. Modifying Objects
        1. 37.5.1. Using constants
        2. 37.5.2. Using functions
      6. 37.6. Trapping Errors
      7. 37.7. Moving to Advanced Programming
      8. 37.8. Summary
      9. 37.9. A Final Word
  14. VIII. Appendixes
    1. A. Installing and Configuring AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
      1. A.1. Installing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
        1. A.1.1. Preparing to install
        2. A.1.2. Starting installation
        3. A.1.3. Installing the VBA enabler
        4. A.1.4. Installing network licenses and CAD Manager tools
        5. A.1.5. Changing an installation
        6. A.1.6. Authorizing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
      2. A.2. Configuring and Using Workspaces
        1. A.2.1. Creating and modifying a workspace
        2. A.2.2. Switching between workspaces
      3. A.3. Using Initial Setup
      4. A.4. Configuring AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
        1. A.4.1. Customizing the status bar
        2. A.4.2. Configuring options
          1. A.4.2.1. The Files tab
          2. A.4.2.2. The Display tab
          3. A.4.2.3. The Open and Save tab
          4. A.4.2.4. The Plot and Publish tab
          5. A.4.2.5. The System tab
          6. A.4.2.6. The User Preferences tab
          7. A.4.2.7. The Drafting tab
          8. A.4.2.8. The 3D Modeling tab
          9. A.4.2.9. The Selection tab
          10. A.4.2.10. The Profiles tab
      5. A.5. Starting AutoCAD Your Way
        1. A.5.1. Using command-line switches
        2. A.5.2. Understanding configuration files
        3. A.5.3. Creating multiple configurations
      6. A.6. Configuring a Plotter
        1. A.6.1. Using the Plotter Manager
        2. A.6.2. Editing a plotter configuration
    2. B. AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Resources
      1. B.1. Discovering AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
        1. B.1.1. Using AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Help resources
        2. B.1.2. Learning from your reseller
        3. B.1.3. Taking a course
        4. B.1.4. Learning from other users
        5. B.1.5. Reading magazines and newsletters
      2. B.2. Accessing Technical Support
      3. B.3. Autodesk User Groups
      4. B.4. Internet Resources
    3. C. What's on the DVD
      1. C.1. System Requirements
      2. C.2. Using the DVD with Microsoft Windows
      3. C.3. What's on the DVD
        1. C.3.1. Using the Drawings folder
        2. C.3.2. Using the Results folder
        3. C.3.3. Using the Links folder
        4. C.3.4. Using the Videos folder
        5. C.3.5. Using the Bonus Exercise and Bonus Chapter 37 folders
        6. C.3.6. Using the Software folder
          1. C.3.6.1. Using Adobe Reader
          2. C.3.6.2. Using AutoLISP routines
          3. C.3.6.3. Using VBA programs
          4. C.3.6.4. Using .NET programs
          5. C.3.6.5. Using a setup or install file
        7. C.3.7. Applications
      4. C.4. Troubleshooting
      5. C.5. Customer Care
    4. Wiley Publishing, Inc.End-User License Agreement