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Inside AutoCAD® 2002

Book Description

This edition provides rock solid information on the latest changes and enhancements of the past two AutoCAD releases. The book guides you through the newest enhancements and shows you how to apply them to real projects. The great thing about this book is that it gets you up to speed fast and clearly outlines what is new from the previous versions. The CD-ROM has all the files to complete the tutorials. From Attributes to Xrefs, Inside AutoCAD 2002 details the features that put you on the fast track to AutoCAD success.

Find out how to use dimensions, explore 3D modeling, learn how to plot, and learn about dozens of other features just waiting to be utilized.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Meet the Experts Behind Inside AutoCAD 2002
  3. About the Authors
  4. About the Tech Editor
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. A Message from New Riders
  7. Introduction
  8. Introducing AutoCAD 2002
    1. What’s New in AutoCAD 2002
      1. The Seventeenth Release of AutoCAD
      2. Internet Improvements
      3. System Enhancements
      4. File Navigation Changes
      5. Empowered Output
      6. Increased Functionality
      7. Strengthened Modifiers
      8. Summary
  9. Starting New Projects with AutoCAD 2002
    1. Starting a Drawing in AutoCAD 2002
      1. The Startup Dialog Box
      2. Controlling Drawing Settings
      3. Summary
    2. Controlling the AutoCAD 2002 Drawing Environment
      1. Specifying Search Paths and Filenames
      2. Options for Display
      3. Open and Save Settings
      4. Setting Plotting Options
      5. Configuring the System
      6. Setting User Preferences
      7. Choosing Drafting Options
      8. Controlling Selection Methods
      9. Saving the Options to a Profile
      10. Summary
    3. Organizing a Drawing with Layers
      1. The Layer Properties Manager
      2. Standardizing Layer Names
      3. Controlling Object Properties
      4. Controlling Object Behavior
      5. Using Layer Filters
      6. Using Layer States
      7. Summary
    4. Using Linetypes and Lineweights Effectively
      1. Working with Existing Linetypes
      2. Assigning Linetypes
      3. Creating and Using Custom Linetypes
      4. Working with Lineweights
      5. Summary
  10. Creating and Editing Drawings
    1. Accuracy in Creating Drawings with AutoCAD 2002
      1. Coordinate Systems
      2. Changing Coordinate Systems
      3. Setting Up Drafting Settings
      4. Using AutoTrack
      5. From and Apparent Intersection Osnaps
      6. Extension and Parallel Osnaps
      7. Construction Lines and Rays
      8. Summary
    2. Creating Elementary Objects
      1. Using the LINE Command
      2. Using the ARC Command
      3. Using the CIRCLE Command
      4. Using the POLYGON Command
      5. Drawing Ellipses
      6. Summary
    3. Creating Polylines and Splines
      1. Polylines Versus Lines
      2. Creating Polylines
      3. Polyline Types
      4. The 3DPOLY Command
      5. Editing Polylines
      6. Creating True Splines
      7. Summary
    4. Understanding the Query Features in AutoCAD 2002
      1. Obtaining Object Information
      2. Inquiry Tools
      3. Querying for Areas in Blocks and Xrefs
      4. Understanding Block Attributes
      5. Attribute Tools
      6. Extracting Block and Attribute Data
      7. Summary
    5. Basic Object Editing
      1. Assembling a Selection Set
      2. Recovering from Unintentional Edits
      3. Resizing Objects
      4. Relocating Objects Using MOVE and ROTATE
      5. Duplicating Objects
      6. Chamfering Corners
      7. Filleting Objects
      8. Summary
    6. Advanced Geometry Editing
      1. Windows Functionality in AutoCAD
      2. Grip Editing
      3. Invoking the Grip Editing Copy Option
      4. Changing an Object’s Properties
      5. Using Quick Select
      6. Using Object Selection Filters
      7. Creating and Editing Groups
      8. Exploding Compound Objects
      9. Specialized Editing Commands
      10. Lengthening and Shortening Objects
      11. Aligning Objects
      12. Renaming Named Objects
      13. Deleting Named Objects
      14. Summary
    7. Applications for AutoCAD DesignCenter
      1. Understanding the AutoCAD DesignCenter Interface
      2. Loading Content into DesignCenter
      3. Adding Content to Drawings
      4. Summary
    8. Creating and Using Blocks
      1. Understanding Blocks
      2. Redefining Blocks with In-Place Reference Editing
      3. Using Nested Blocks
      4. Managing Blocks Effectively
      5. Summary
    9. Working with Drawings and External References Productively
      1. Working with Drawings Productively
      2. Working with External References Productively
      3. Managing Xrefs
      4. Summary
  11. Annotating, Dimensioning, and Plotting
    1. Text Annotation
      1. Drawing Single-Line Text
      2. Editing Single-Line Text
      3. Defining Text Styles
      4. Drawing Paragraphs of Text with MTEXT
      5. Performing a Spelling Check
      6. Looking at Additional Text Options
      7. Text Property Modification
      8. Creating Your Own Shape File
      9. Summary
    2. Drawing Hatch Patterns
      1. Creating Hatch Patterns Using BHATCH
      2. Editing Hatch Patterns
      3. Other Hatching Considerations
      4. Customizing Hatch Patterns
      5. Using BOUNDARY to Delineate Areas and Islands
      6. Summary
    3. Productive Dimensioning
      1. Becoming Proficient at Productive Dimensioning
      2. Other Dimensions
      3. Increasing Productivity with Third-Party Programs
      4. Dimension Placement in the Drawing
      5. Improving Productivity: Tips and Techniques
      6. Summary
    4. Advanced Dimensioning
      1. Defining Dimension Styles
      2. Modifying Dimensions
      3. Associative Dimensioning
      4. Summary
    5. Paper Space Layouts
      1. Using Paper Space Layouts
      2. Working with Viewports in a Layout
      3. Summary
    6. Productive Plotting
      1. Configuring a Plotter
      2. Defining Plot Styles
      3. Creating Page Setups
      4. Plotting from AutoCAD 2002
      5. Summary
  12. Customizing and Advanced Concepts
    1. Customizing Without Programming
      1. Creating Command Aliases
      2. Customizing AutoCAD Toolbars
      3. Adding a Command to the Cursor Menu
      4. Scripts and Slides
      5. Summary
    2. Introduction to AutoLISP Programming
      1. Introducing AutoLISP
      2. Using AutoLISP for Keyboard Macros
      3. Creating a Simple AutoLISP Program
      4. Understanding ACAD.LSP and ACADDOC.LSP
      5. A Brief Look at Visual LISP
      6. Summary
    3. Effective Applications for OLE Objects in AutoCAD 2002
      1. Understanding Object Linking and Embedding
      2. Importing Objects into AutoCAD Using OLE
      3. Controlling OLE Object Properties
      4. Working with Linked OLE Objects
      5. Exporting AutoCAD Objects by Using OLE
      6. Summary
    4. Using External Databases
      1. Setting Up AutoCAD to Work with External Databases
      2. Working with Database Tables
      3. Working with Data and Objects
      4. Using Queries
      5. Summary
  13. CAD on the Internet
    1. Publishing on the Web
      1. AutoCAD 2002: Where Design Connects to the Web
      2. Understanding the Capabilities of the Web-Oriented AutoCAD 2002
      3. Viewing Design Data on the Web
      4. URLs as First-Class Citizens
      5. Viewing DWG Files
      6. Viewing DWF Files with WHIP!
      7. Preparing Your Drawings for the Web
      8. ePlot
      9. Publishing Drawings to the Web
      10. Summary
    2. Project Collaboration over the Internet
      1. Coordination and the Iterative Design Process
      2. Collaborative Internet Technologies
      3. Internet Xrefs
      4. Case Study Background: Architekton
      5. Implementation
      6. Going Live Online
      7. Taking the Architekton Tour
      8. Summary
  14. Auto CAD in 3D
    1. Introduction to 3D
      1. Understanding 3D Coordinate Systems
      2. Defining a User Coordinate System in 3D Space
      3. Using Viewports
      4. Interactive Viewing in 3D
      5. Shading a Model
      6. Summary
    2. Drawing in 3D in AutoCAD
      1. Working with Lines, Polylines, and 3D Polylines
      2. Using Object Snaps and Point Filters
      3. 3D AutoCAD Editing Commands
      4. EXTEND,TRIM, and Other Editing Commands in 3D
      5. Working with Regions
      6. Summary
    3. Surfacing in 3D
      1. Basic Surfacing Techniques
      2. Working with Advanced Surfacing Commands
      3. Considering 3D Meshes
      4. Editing Mesh Surfaces
      5. Summary
    4. Solid Modeling
      1. The ACIS Solid Modeler
      2. Creating Primitives
      3. Working with EXTRUDE and REVOLVE
      4. Working with 3D Boolean Operations
      5. Using the FILLET and CHAMFER Commands
      6. Controlling Surface Resolution
      7. Advanced Solid Modeling Commands
      8. Editing Solids
      9. Summary
    5. Rendering in 3D
      1. Types of Rendering Supported by AutoCAD
      2. The Rendering Process
      3. Summary
  15. Advanced Topics
    1. Visual LISP
      1. Understanding AutoLISP and Visual LISP
      2. Understanding the Visual LISP Interface
      3. Understanding the Advanced Programming Tools
      4. Summary
    2. Advanced Customization
      1. Understanding AutoCAD Menu File Types
      2. Understanding AutoCAD Menu File Sections
      3. Creating Menu Macros
      4. Creating Custom Toolbars
      5. Summary
    3. AutoCAD 2002 CAD Standards
      1. Configuring Standards
      2. Checking Standards
      3. Layer Translation
      4. Summary
    4. Customizing with DIESEL
      1. Introducing DIESEL
      2. Creating Custom Status Lines with DIESEL
      3. Catalog of Frequently Used DIESEL Functions
      4. Summary
    5. Installing 2002 in the Business Environment
      1. Planning Your Network Installation
      2. Summary
    6. Advanced Plotting
      1. Publishing Drawings on the Internet with ePlot
      2. Understanding the AutoCAD Batch Plot Utility
      3. Summary
  16. Reference Materials
    1. Before the Drawing Begins: Planning and Organizing Projects
      1. Getting Started: Key Factors to Organize First
      2. Setting Up Your Drawing
      3. Using AutoCAD Features that Help in Project Delivery
      4. DesignCenter
      5. Summary
    2. What You’ll Find on the CD- ROM
      1. System Requirements
      2. Loading the CD Files
      3. Exercise Files
      4. Third-Party Programs
      5. Read This Before Opening the Software