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Mastering AutoCAD® 2010 and AutoCAD LT® 2010

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An award-winning author presents a detailed tutorial covering every feature of this popular program

Each year, Mastering AutoCAD appears at the top of the AutoCAD book sales charts; it's the world's all-time bestselling series on the AutoCAD design software. This revision thoroughly covers all the new features and gives you a complete education in AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

Whether you're an architect or drafter, involved in another discipline that uses CAD software, or an AutoCAD instructor, you'll benefit from Omura's comprehensive coverage.

  • Award-winning Autodesk Authorized Author, George Omura, has written more than 20 books on AutoCAD

  • Uses concise explanations, focused examples, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on projects to fully cover both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT

  • Introduces the basics of the interface and drafting tools, then moves into intermediate skills such as effectively using hatches, fields, and tables

  • Elaborates on the more important skills for real world applications like layouts, plotting, and quick 3D modeling

  • Showcases the newest features including parametric design, free-form 3D mesh modeling, and enhanced PDF support

  • Details advanced skills including attributes, dynamic blocks, drawing curves, and macro programming

  • Explores 3D modeling and imaging, and discusses customization and integration

  • DVD includes video tutorials, a searchable PDF of the book, "before and after" tutorial files, a trial version of AutoCAD 2010, and additional tools and utilities

Mastering AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD LT 2010 is equally effective as a tutorial and a stand-alone reference for this extremely popular technical drawing software.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Dear Reader,
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. About the Author
  5. Foreword
  6. Introduction
    1. How to Use This Book
    2. AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD LT 2010
    3. Getting Information Fast
      1. The Mastering Series
    4. What to Expect
      1. Part 1: The Basics
      2. Part 2: Mastering Intermediate Skills
      3. Part 3: Mastering Advanced Skills
      4. Part 4: 3D Modeling and Imaging
      5. Part 5: Customization and Integration
      6. The Appendixes
      7. What's on the DVD
    5. The Minimum System Requirements
    6. Doing Things in Style
    7. New Features of AutoCAD 2010
    8. Contact the Author
  7. 1. The Basics
    1. 1. Exploring the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Interface
      1. 1.1. Taking a Guided Tour
        1. 1.1.1. The AutoCAD Window
        2. 1.1.2. Using the Application Menu
        3. 1.1.3. Using the Ribbon
          1. 1.1.3.1. Expanding Panels
          2. 1.1.3.2. Understanding Flyouts
        4. 1.1.4. Picking Points in the Drawing Area
        5. 1.1.5. Using the UCS Icon
        6. 1.1.6. Working in the Command Window
      2. 1.2. Working with AutoCAD
        1. 1.2.1. Opening an Existing File
        2. 1.2.2. Getting a Closer Look
        3. 1.2.3. Saving a File as You Work
        4. 1.2.4. Making Changes
        5. 1.2.5. Working with Multiple Files
        6. 1.2.6. Adding a Predrawn Symbol with the Tool Palettes
      3. 1.3. The Bottom Line
    2. 2. Creating Your First Drawing
      1. 2.1. Getting to Know the Home Tab's Draw and Modify Panels
      2. 2.2. Starting Your First Drawing
      3. 2.3. Specifying Exact Distances with Coordinates
        1. 2.3.1. Specifying Polar Coordinates
        2. 2.3.2. Specifying Relative Cartesian Coordinates
      4. 2.4. Interpreting the Cursor Modes and Understanding Prompts
        1. 2.4.1. Understanding Cursor Modes
        2. 2.4.2. Choosing Command Options
          1. 2.4.2.1. Selecting Options from a Shortcut Menu
      5. 2.5. Selecting Objects
        1. 2.5.1. Selecting Objects in AutoCAD
          1. 2.5.1.1. Providing Base Points
        2. 2.5.2. Using Noun/Verb Selection
          1. 2.5.2.1. Using Autoselect
          2. 2.5.2.2. Restrictions on Noun/Verb Object Selection
      6. 2.6. Editing with Grips
        1. 2.6.1. Stretching Lines by Using Grips
        2. 2.6.2. Moving and Rotating with Grips
      7. 2.7. Using Dynamic Input
      8. 2.8. Getting Help
        1. 2.8.1. Using the InfoCenter
        2. 2.8.2. Using Context-Sensitive Help
        3. 2.8.3. Finding Additional Sources of Help
        4. 2.8.4. Staying Informed with the Communication Center
      9. 2.9. Displaying Data in a Text Window
      10. 2.10. Displaying the Properties of an Object
      11. 2.11. The Bottom Line
    3. 3. Setting Up and Using AutoCAD's Drafting Tools
      1. 3.1. Setting Up a Work Area
        1. 3.1.1. Specifying Units
        2. 3.1.2. Fine-Tuning the Measurement System
        3. 3.1.3. Setting Up the Drawing Limits
        4. 3.1.4. Looking at an Alternative to Limits
        5. 3.1.5. Understanding Scale Factors
        6. 3.1.6. Using Polar Tracking
        7. 3.1.7. Setting the Polar Tracking Angle
      2. 3.2. Exploring the Drawing Process
        1. 3.2.1. Locating an Object in Reference to Others
        2. 3.2.2. Getting a Closer Look
        3. 3.2.3. Modifying an Object
          1. 3.2.3.1. Trimming an Object
          2. 3.2.3.2. Exploring the Trim Options
      3. 3.3. Planning and Laying Out a Drawing
        1. 3.3.1. Making a Preliminary Sketch
        2. 3.3.2. Using the Layout
        3. 3.3.3. Erasing the Layout Lines
        4. 3.3.4. Putting On the Finishing Touches
        5. 3.3.5. Aligning Objects by Using Object Snap Tracking
          1. 3.3.5.1. Getting Set Up
          2. 3.3.5.2. Drawing the Sink
      4. 3.4. Using the AutoCAD Modes as Drafting Tools
        1. 3.4.1. Using Grid Mode as a Background Grid
        2. 3.4.2. Using the Snap Modes
      5. 3.5. The Bottom Line
    4. 4. Organizing Objects with Blocks and Groups
      1. 4.1. Creating a Symbol
        1. 4.1.1. Understanding the Block Definition Dialog Box
      2. 4.2. Inserting a Symbol
        1. 4.2.1. Scaling and Rotating Blocks
        2. 4.2.2. Using an Existing Drawing as a Symbol
      3. 4.3. Modifying a Block
        1. 4.3.1. Unblocking and Redefining a Block
        2. 4.3.2. Saving a Block as a Drawing File
        3. 4.3.3. Replacing Existing Files with Blocks
          1. 4.3.3.1. Understanding the Write Block Dialog Box Options
        4. 4.3.4. Other Uses for Blocks
      4. 4.4. Understanding the Annotation Scale
      5. 4.5. Grouping Objects
        1. 4.5.1. Grouping Objects for LT Users
        2. 4.5.2. Modifying Members of a Group
        3. 4.5.3. Working with the Object Grouping Dialog Box
        4. 4.5.4. Working with the LT Group Manager
      6. 4.6. The Bottom Line
    5. 5. Keeping Track of Layers and Blocks
      1. 5.1. Organizing Information with Layers
        1. 5.1.1. Creating and Assigning Layers
          1. 5.1.1.1. Using Auto-Hide with the Layer Properties Manager
          2. 5.1.1.2. Using True or PANTONE Colors
          3. 5.1.1.3. Understanding the Layer Properties Manager Palette
          4. 5.1.1.4. Controlling Layers through the Layer Command
          5. 5.1.1.5. Assigning Layers to Objects
        2. 5.1.2. Working on Layers
        3. 5.1.3. Controlling Layer Visibility
        4. 5.1.4. Finding the Layers You Want
        5. 5.1.5. Taming an Unwieldy List of Layers
          1. 5.1.5.1. Filtering Layers by Their Properties
          2. 5.1.5.2. Creating Layer Groups
          3. 5.1.5.3. Naming Layers to Stay Organized
        6. 5.1.6. Assigning Linetypes to Layers
        7. 5.1.7. Adding a Linetype to a Drawing
          1. 5.1.7.1. Controlling Linetype Scale
          2. 5.1.7.2. Adding the Final Detail
        8. 5.1.8. Controlling Lineweights
      2. 5.2. Keeping Track of Blocks and Layers
        1. 5.2.1. Getting a Text File List of Layers or Blocks
      3. 5.3. The Bottom Line
  8. 2. Mastering Intermediate Skills
    1. 6. Editing and Reusing Data to Work Efficiently
      1. 6.1. Creating and Using Templates
        1. 6.1.1. Creating a Template
        2. 6.1.2. Using a Template
      2. 6.2. Copying an Object Multiple Times
        1. 6.2.1. Making Circular Copies
        2. 6.2.2. Making Row and Column Copies
        3. 6.2.3. Fine-Tuning Your View
        4. 6.2.4. Finishing the Kitchenette
      3. 6.3. Developing Your Drawing
        1. 6.3.1. Importing Settings
        2. 6.3.2. Using Osnap Tracking to Place Objects
          1. 6.3.2.1. Roughing In the Line Work
          2. 6.3.2.2. Cleaning Up the Line Work
          3. 6.3.2.3. Placing the Door Accurately
          4. 6.3.2.4. Using Polar and Osnap Tracking as Construction Line Tools
      4. 6.4. Finding an Exact Distance along a Curve
      5. 6.5. Changing the Length of Objects
      6. 6.6. Creating a New Drawing by Using Parts from Another Drawing
        1. 6.6.1. Eliminating Unused Blocks, Layers, Linetypes, Shapes, Styles, and More
          1. 6.6.1.1. Selectively Removing Unused Elements
          2. 6.6.1.2. Removing All Unused Elements
      7. 6.7. The Bottom Line
    2. 7. Mastering Viewing Tools, Hatches, and External References
      1. 7.1. Assembling the Parts
      2. 7.2. Taking Control of the AutoCAD Display
        1. 7.2.1. Understanding Regeneration and Redrawing
          1. 7.2.1.1. Saving Views
        2. 7.2.2. Understanding the Frozen Layer Option
      3. 7.3. Using Hatch Patterns in Your Drawings
        1. 7.3.1. Placing a Hatch Pattern in a Specific Area
        2. 7.3.2. Positioning Hatch Patterns Accurately
        3. 7.3.3. Updating a Block from an External File
        4. 7.3.4. Changing the Hatch Area
        5. 7.3.5. Modifying a Hatch Pattern
          1. 7.3.5.1. Editing Hatch Patterns from the Hatch Edit Dialog Box
          2. 7.3.5.2. Editing Hatch Patterns from the Properties Palette
      4. 7.4. Understanding the Boundary Hatch Options
        1. 7.4.1. Using Additional Hatch Features
          1. 7.4.1.1. Islands
          2. 7.4.1.2. Boundary Retention
          3. 7.4.1.3. Boundary Set Options
          4. 7.4.1.4. Gap Tolerance
          5. 7.4.1.5. Inherit Options
        2. 7.4.2. Using Gradient Shading
          1. 7.4.2.1. Choosing a Gradient Color
          2. 7.4.2.2. Using Two Colors
          3. 7.4.2.3. Selecting Gradient Patterns
        3. 7.4.3. Tips for Using Boundary Hatch
        4. 7.4.4. Space Planning and Hatch Patterns
          1. 7.4.4.1. Using Associative Hatch
          2. 7.4.4.2. Overlapping Objects with Draw Order
      5. 7.5. Using External References
        1. 7.5.1. Attaching a Drawing as an External Reference
        2. 7.5.2. Other Differences between External References and Blocks
        3. 7.5.3. Other External Reference Options
          1. 7.5.3.1. Options in the External References Palette
          2. 7.5.3.2. The Attach External Reference Dialog Box
        4. 7.5.4. Clipping Xref Views and Improving Performance
          1. 7.5.4.1. Clipping Views
          2. 7.5.4.2. Controlling Xref Settings in the Options Dialog Box
      6. 7.6. Editing Xrefs in Place
        1. 7.6.1. Using the External Reference Tab
        2. 7.6.2. Adding and Removing Objects from Blocks and Xrefs
        3. 7.6.3. Understanding the Reference Edit Dialog Box Options
          1. 7.6.3.1. Create Unique Layer, Style, and Block Names
          2. 7.6.3.2. Display Attribute Definitions For Editing
          3. 7.6.3.3. Lock Objects Not in Working Set
      7. 7.7. The Bottom Line
    3. 8. Introducing Printing, Plotting, and Layouts
      1. 8.1. Plotting the Plan
      2. 8.2. Understanding the Plotter Settings
        1. 8.2.1. Paper Size
        2. 8.2.2. Drawing Orientation
        3. 8.2.3. Plot Area
        4. 8.2.4. Plot Scale
          1. 8.2.4.1. Scale
          2. 8.2.4.2. Custom Scale
          3. 8.2.4.3. Adding a Custom Scale to the Scale Drop-Down List
          4. 8.2.4.4. Scale Lineweights
        5. 8.2.5. Shaded Viewport Options
          1. 8.2.5.1. Shade Plot
          2. 8.2.5.2. Quality and DPI
        6. 8.2.6. Plot Offset
        7. 8.2.7. Plot Options
          1. 8.2.7.1. Plot in Background
          2. 8.2.7.2. Plot Object Lineweights
          3. 8.2.7.3. Plot with Plot Styles
          4. 8.2.7.4. Plot Paperspace Last
          5. 8.2.7.5. Hide Paperspace Objects
          6. 8.2.7.6. Plot Stamp On
          7. 8.2.7.7. Save Changes to Layout
        8. 8.2.8. Exit Options
      3. 8.3. WYSIWYG Plotting Using Layout Views
        1. 8.3.1. Setting Plot Scale in the Layout Viewports
      4. 8.4. Adding an Output Device
        1. 8.4.1. Editing a Plotter Configuration
      5. 8.5. Storing a Page Setup
      6. 8.6. Plotter and Printer Hardware Considerations
        1. 8.6.1. Understanding Your Plotter's Limits
        2. 8.6.2. Knowing Your Plotter's Origins
      7. 8.7. The Bottom Line
    4. 9. Understanding Plot Styles
      1. 9.1. Choosing between Color-Dependent and Named Plot Style Tables
      2. 9.2. Creating a Color Plot Style Table
      3. 9.3. Editing and Using Plot Style Tables
        1. 9.3.1. Making Your Plot Styles Visible
        2. 9.3.2. Making Changes to Multiple Plot Styles
        3. 9.3.3. Setting Up Line Corner Styles
        4. 9.3.4. Setting Up Screen Values for Solid Areas
        5. 9.3.5. Controlling the Visibility of Overlapping Objects
        6. 9.3.6. Other Options in the Plot Style Table Editor
          1. 9.3.6.1. The General Tab
          2. 9.3.6.2. The Table View Tab
          3. 9.3.6.3. The Form View Tab
      4. 9.4. Assigning Named Plot Styles Directly to Layers and Objects
        1. 9.4.1. Using Named Plot Style Tables
        2. 9.4.2. Assigning Plot Styles to Objects
        3. 9.4.3. Assigning Plot Style Tables to Layers
      5. 9.5. The Bottom Line
    5. 10. Adding Text to Drawings
      1. 10.1. Preparing a Drawing for Text
        1. 10.1.1. Organizing Text by Styles
        2. 10.1.2. Getting Familiar with the Text and Annotation Scale Control Panels
      2. 10.2. Setting the Annotation Scale and Adding Text
        1. 10.2.1. Exploring Text and Scale
      3. 10.3. Understanding the Text Style Dialog Box Options
        1. 10.3.1. Style
          1. 10.3.1.1. New/Set Current/Delete
          2. 10.3.1.2. Font
          3. 10.3.1.3. Effects
      4. 10.4. Exploring Text Formatting in AutoCAD
        1. 10.4.1. Adjusting the Text Height and Font
        2. 10.4.2. Understanding the Text Formatting Toolbar
        3. 10.4.3. Adding Symbols and Special Characters
          1. 10.4.3.1. Text Justification and Osnaps
          2. 10.4.3.2. Changing Justification of Multiple Text Objects
        4. 10.4.4. Setting Indents and Tabs
      5. 10.5. What Do the Fonts Look Like?
      6. 10.6. Adding Simple Single-Line Text Objects
        1. 10.6.1. Justifying Single-Line Text Objects
        2. 10.6.2. Using Special Characters with Single-Line Text Objects
          1. 10.6.2.1. Using the Character Map Dialog Box to Add Special Characters
      7. 10.7. Using the Check Spelling Feature
        1. 10.7.1. Choosing a Dictionary
      8. 10.8. Substituting Fonts
      9. 10.9. Finding and Replacing Text
      10. 10.10. The Bottom Line
    6. 11. Using Fields and Tables
      1. 11.1. Using Fields to Associate Text with Drawing Properties
      2. 11.2. Adding Tables to Your Drawing
        1. 11.2.1. Creating a Table
        2. 11.2.2. Adding Cell Text
        3. 11.2.3. Adjusting Table Text Orientation and Location
      3. 11.3. Editing the Table Line Work
      4. 11.4. Adding Formulas to Cells
        1. 11.4.1. Using Formulas Directly in Cells
        2. 11.4.2. Using Other Math Operations
      5. 11.5. Importing and Exporting Tables
        1. 11.5.1. Exporting Tables
      6. 11.6. Creating Table Styles
        1. 11.6.1. The Table Style Options
      7. 11.7. The Bottom Line
    7. 12. Using Dimensions
      1. 12.1. Understanding the Components of a Dimension
      2. 12.2. Creating a Dimension Style
        1. 12.2.1. Setting Up the Primary Unit Style
        2. 12.2.2. Setting the Height for Dimension Text
        3. 12.2.3. Setting the Location and Orientation of Dimension Text
        4. 12.2.4. Choosing an Arrow Style and Setting the Dimension Scale
        5. 12.2.5. Setting Up Alternate Units
        6. 12.2.6. Setting the Current Dimension Style
        7. 12.2.7. Modifying a Dimension Style
      3. 12.3. Drawing Linear Dimensions
        1. 12.3.1. Understanding the Dimensions Panel
        2. 12.3.2. Placing Horizontal and Vertical Dimensions
        3. 12.3.3. Continuing a Dimension
          1. 12.3.3.1. Continuing a Dimension from a Previous Dimension
        4. 12.3.4. Drawing Dimensions from a Common Base Extension Line
          1. 12.3.4.1. Continuing from an Older Dimension
        5. 12.3.5. Adjusting the Distance between Dimensions
      4. 12.4. Editing Dimensions
        1. 12.4.1. Appending Data to Dimension Text
        2. 12.4.2. Using Grips to Make Minor Adjustments to Dimensions
        3. 12.4.3. Changing Style Settings of Individual Dimensions
          1. 12.4.3.1. Moving Fixed Dimension Text
        4. 12.4.4. Editing Dimensions and Other Objects Together
        5. 12.4.5. Associating Dimensions with Objects
        6. 12.4.6. Adding a String of Dimensions with a Single Operation
        7. 12.4.7. Adding or Removing the Alternate Dimensions
      5. 12.5. Dimensioning Non-orthogonal Objects
        1. 12.5.1. Dimensioning Non-orthogonal Linear Distances
        2. 12.5.2. Dimensioning Radii, Diameters, and Arcs
        3. 12.5.3. Skewing Dimension Lines
      6. 12.6. Adding a Note with a Leader Arrow
        1. 12.6.1. Creating Multileader Styles
        2. 12.6.2. Editing Multileader Notes
        3. 12.6.3. Breaking a Dimension Line for a Leader
      7. 12.7. Applying Ordinate Dimensions
      8. 12.8. Adding Tolerance Notation
        1. 12.8.1. Adding Inspection Dimensions
      9. 12.9. The Bottom Line
  9. 3. Mastering Advanced Skills
    1. 13. Using Attributes
      1. 13.1. Creating Attributes
        1. 13.1.1. Adding Attributes to Blocks
        2. 13.1.2. Copying and Editing Attribute Definitions
        3. 13.1.3. Turning the Attribute Definitions into a Block
        4. 13.1.4. Inserting Blocks Containing Attributes
      2. 13.2. Editing Attributes
        1. 13.2.1. Editing Attribute Values One at a Time
        2. 13.2.2. Editing Attribute Text Formats and Properties
        3. 13.2.3. Making Global Changes to Attribute Values
        4. 13.2.4. Making Invisible Attributes Visible
        5. 13.2.5. Making Global Format and Property Changes to Attributes
          1. 13.2.5.1. Other Block Attribute Manager Options
        6. 13.2.6. Redefining Blocks Containing Attributes
      3. 13.3. Extracting and Exporting Attribute Information
        1. 13.3.1. Performing the Extraction
          1. 13.3.1.1. Using the Data Extraction Wizard
          2. 13.3.1.2. Selecting What to Extract
          3. 13.3.1.3. Saving the Attribute Data to a File
        2. 13.3.2. Extracting Attribute Data to an AutoCAD Table
      4. 13.4. The Bottom Line
    2. 14. Copying Existing Drawings into AutoCAD
      1. 14.1. Methods for Converting Paper Drawings to AutoCAD Files
      2. 14.2. Importing a Raster Image
      3. 14.3. Working with a Raster Image
        1. 14.3.1. Scaling a Raster Image
        2. 14.3.2. Controlling Object Visibility and Overlap with Raster Images
        3. 14.3.3. Clipping a Raster Image
        4. 14.3.4. Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Fade
        5. 14.3.5. Turning Off the Frame, Adjusting Overall Quality, and Controlling Transparency
      4. 14.4. Working with PDF Files
        1. 14.4.1. Importing a PDF
        2. 14.4.2. Scaling and Osnaps with PDFs
        3. 14.4.3. Controlling the PDF Display
      5. 14.5. The Bottom Line
    3. 15. Advanced Editing and Organizing
      1. 15.1. Using External References (Xrefs)
        1. 15.1.1. Preparing Existing Drawings for Cross-Referencing
        2. 15.1.2. Assembling Xrefs to Build a Drawing
          1. 15.1.2.1. Updating Blocks in Xrefs
        3. 15.1.3. Importing Named Elements from Xrefs
        4. 15.1.4. Controlling the Xref Search Path
      2. 15.2. Managing Layers
        1. 15.2.1. Saving and Recalling Layer Settings
        2. 15.2.2. Other Tools for Managing Layers
          1. 15.2.2.1. Using Layer Walk to Explore Layers
          2. 15.2.2.2. Changing the Layer Assignment of Objects
          3. 15.2.2.3. Controlling Layer Settings through Objects
      3. 15.3. Using Advanced Tools: Filter and Quick Select
        1. 15.3.1. Filtering Selections
          1. 15.3.1.1. Working with the Object Selection Filters Dialog Box
          2. 15.3.1.2. Saving Filter Criteria
          3. 15.3.1.3. Filtering Objects by Location
          4. 15.3.1.4. Creating Complex Selection Sets
        2. 15.3.2. Using Quick Select
      4. 15.4. Using the QuickCalc Calculator
        1. 15.4.1. Adding Foot and Inch Lengths and Finding the Sum of Angles
        2. 15.4.2. Using the Display Area and Units Conversion
        3. 15.4.3. Using QuickCalc to Find Points
          1. 15.4.3.1. Using Osnap Modes in QuickCalc Expressions
        4. 15.4.4. Pasting to the Command Line
        5. 15.4.5. Finding Fractional Distances between Two Points
        6. 15.4.6. Using QuickCalc While in the Middle of a Command
          1. 15.4.6.1. Finding a Point Relative to Another Point
          2. 15.4.6.2. Combining Coordinates and Expressions
        7. 15.4.7. Storing Expressions and Values
        8. 15.4.8. Guidelines for Working with QuickCalc
      5. 15.5. The Bottom Line
    4. 16. Laying Out Your Printer Output
      1. 16.1. Understanding Model Space and Paper Space
        1. 16.1.1. Switching from Model Space to Paper Space
        2. 16.1.2. Setting the Size of a Paper Space Layout
        3. 16.1.3. Creating New Paper Space Viewports
        4. 16.1.4. Reaching inside Viewports
      2. 16.2. Working with Paper Space Viewports
        1. 16.2.1. Scaling Views in Paper Space
        2. 16.2.2. Setting Layers in Individual Viewports
        3. 16.2.3. Creating and Using Multiple Paper Space Layouts
      3. 16.3. Creating Odd-Shaped Viewports
      4. 16.4. Understanding Lineweights, Linetypes, and Dimensions in Paper Space
        1. 16.4.1. Controlling and Viewing Lineweights in Paper Space
        2. 16.4.2. The Lineweight Settings Dialog Box
        3. 16.4.3. Linetype Scales and Paper Space
        4. 16.4.4. Dimensioning in Paper Space Layouts
          1. 16.4.4.1. Using Associative Dimensioning in Paper Space
          2. 16.4.4.2. Updating Associative Dimensions
          3. 16.4.4.3. Paper Space Dimensioning without Associative Dimensioning
        5. 16.4.5. Other Uses for Paper Space
      5. 16.5. The Bottom Line
    5. 17. Making 'Smart' Drawings with Parametric Tools
      1. 17.1. Why Use Parametric Drawing Tools
      2. 17.2. Connecting Objects with Geometric Constraints
        1. 17.2.1. Using Autoconstrain to Automatically Add Constraints
        2. 17.2.2. Editing a Drawing Containing Constraints
          1. 17.2.2.1. Removing a Constraint
          2. 17.2.2.2. Adding a Constraint
        3. 17.2.3. Using Other Geometric Constraints
        4. 17.2.4. Using Constraints in the Drawing Process
      3. 17.3. Controlling Sizes with Dimensional Constraint
        1. 17.3.1. Adding and Editing a Dimensional Constraint
      4. 17.4. Using Formulas to Control and Link Dimensions
        1. 17.4.1. Adding a Formula Parameter
        2. 17.4.2. Testing the Formula
        3. 17.4.3. Using Other Formulas
      5. 17.5. Editing the Constraint Options
      6. 17.6. Putting Constraints to Use
      7. 17.7. The Bottom Line
    6. 18. Using Dynamic Blocks
      1. 18.1. Exploring the Block Editor
        1. 18.1.1. Editing a Block and Creating New Blocks
      2. 18.2. Creating a Dynamic Block
        1. 18.2.1. Adding a Parameter
        2. 18.2.2. Adding an Action
        3. 18.2.3. Adding an Increment Value
        4. 18.2.4. Editing Parameters and Actions
        5. 18.2.5. Keeping an Object Centered
      3. 18.3. Using Constraints in Dynamic Blocks
      4. 18.4. Adding a List of Predefined Options
      5. 18.5. Creating Multiple Shapes in One Block
      6. 18.6. Rotating Objects in Unison
      7. 18.7. Filling in a Space Automatically with Objects
      8. 18.8. Including Block Information with Data Extraction
      9. 18.9. The Bottom Line
    7. 19. Drawing Curves
      1. 19.1. Introducing Polylines
        1. 19.1.1. Drawing a Polyline
        2. 19.1.2. Setting Polyline Options
      2. 19.2. Editing Polylines
        1. 19.2.1. Setting Pedit Options
        2. 19.2.2. Smoothing Polylines
        3. 19.2.3. Editing Vertices
          1. 19.2.3.1. Edit Vertex Suboptions
            1. 19.2.3.1.1. The Next and Previous Options
            2. 19.2.3.1.2. The Break Option
            3. 19.2.3.1.3. The Insert Option
            4. 19.2.3.1.4. The Move Option
            5. 19.2.3.1.5. The Regen Option
            6. 19.2.3.1.6. The Straighten Option
            7. 19.2.3.1.7. The Tangent Option
            8. 19.2.3.1.8. The Width Option
      3. 19.3. Creating a Polyline Spline Curve
      4. 19.4. Using True Spline Curves
        1. 19.4.1. Drawing a True Spline
        2. 19.4.2. Fine-Tuning Spline Curves
          1. 19.4.2.1. Controlling the Fit Data of a Spline
          2. 19.4.2.2. When Can't You Use Fit Data?
      5. 19.5. Marking Divisions on Curves
        1. 19.5.1. Dividing Objects into Segments of Equal Length
        2. 19.5.2. Dividing Objects into Specified Lengths
      6. 19.6. The Bottom Line
    8. 20. Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings
      1. 20.1. Finding the Area of Closed Boundaries
        1. 20.1.1. Finding the Area of an Object
        2. 20.1.2. Using Hatch Patterns to Find Areas
        3. 20.1.3. Adding and Subtracting Areas with the Area Command
      2. 20.2. Getting General Information
        1. 20.2.1. Determining the Drawing's Status
        2. 20.2.2. Keeping Track of Time
        3. 20.2.3. Getting Information from System Variables
        4. 20.2.4. Keeping a Log of Your Activity
        5. 20.2.5. Capturing and Saving Text Data from the AutoCAD Text Window
        6. 20.2.6. Storing Searchable Information in AutoCAD Files
        7. 20.2.7. Searching for AutoCAD Files
        8. 20.2.8. Recovering Corrupted Files
      3. 20.3. Using the DXF File Format to Exchange CAD Data with Other Programs
        1. 20.3.1. Exporting DXF Files
        2. 20.3.2. Opening or Importing DXF Files
      4. 20.4. Using AutoCAD Drawings in Page-Layout Programs
        1. 20.4.1. Exporting Raster Files
        2. 20.4.2. Exporting Vector Files
          1. 20.4.2.1. WMF Output
          2. 20.4.2.2. PostScript Output
      5. 20.5. Using OLE to Import Data
        1. 20.5.1. Editing OLE Links
        2. 20.5.2. Importing Worksheets as AutoCAD Tables
        3. 20.5.3. Understanding Options for Embedding Data
        4. 20.5.4. Using the Clipboard to Export AutoCAD Drawings
      6. 20.6. The Bottom Line
  10. 4. 3D Modeling and Imaging
    1. 21. Creating 3D Drawings
      1. 21.1. Getting to Know the 3D Modeling Workspace
      2. 21.2. Drawing in 3D Using Solids
        1. 21.2.1. Creating a 3D Box
        2. 21.2.2. Editing 3D Solids with Grips
        3. 21.2.3. Constraining Motion with the Gizmo
        4. 21.2.4. Rotating Objects in 3D Using Dynamic UCS
        5. 21.2.5. Drawing on a 3D Object's Surface
        6. 21.2.6. Pushing and Pulling Shapes from a Solid
        7. 21.2.7. Making Changes to Your Solid
      3. 21.3. Creating 3D Forms from 2D Shapes
        1. 21.3.1. Extruding a Polyline
      4. 21.4. Isolating Coordinates with Point Filters
      5. 21.5. Moving around Your Model
        1. 21.5.1. Finding Isometric and Orthogonal Views
        2. 21.5.2. Rotating Freely around Your Model
        3. 21.5.3. Changing Your View Direction
        4. 21.5.4. Changing Where You Are Looking
        5. 21.5.5. Flying through Your View
        6. 21.5.6. Changing from Perspective to Parallel Projection
      6. 21.6. Getting a Visual Effect
        1. 21.6.1. Using Visual Styles
        2. 21.6.2. Creating a Sketched Look with Visual Styles
      7. 21.7. Turning a 3D View into a 2D AutoCAD Drawing
      8. 21.8. The Bottom Line
    2. 22. Using Advanced 3D Features
      1. 22.1. Setting Up AutoCAD for This Chapter
      2. 22.2. Mastering the User Coordinate System
        1. 22.2.1. Defining a UCS
        2. 22.2.2. Saving a UCS
        3. 22.2.3. Working in a UCS
        4. 22.2.4. Building 3D Parts in Separate Files
      3. 22.3. Understanding the UCS Options
        1. 22.3.1. UCS Based on Object Orientation
        2. 22.3.2. UCS Based on Offset Orientation
        3. 22.3.3. UCS Rotated around an Axis
        4. 22.3.4. Orienting a UCS in the View Plane
        5. 22.3.5. Saving a UCS with a View
      4. 22.4. Using Viewports to Aid in 3D Drawing
      5. 22.5. Creating Complex 3D Surfaces
        1. 22.5.1. Laying Out a 3D Form
        2. 22.5.2. Spherical and Cylindrical Coordinate Formats
        3. 22.5.3. Using a 3D Polyline
        4. 22.5.4. Creating a Curved 3D Surface
        5. 22.5.5. Converting the Surface into a Solid
        6. 22.5.6. Shaping the Solid
        7. 22.5.7. Finding the Interference between Two Solids
        8. 22.5.8. Creating Tubes with the Sweep Tool
        9. 22.5.9. Using Sweep to Create Complex Forms
      6. 22.6. Creating Spiral Forms
      7. 22.7. Creating Surface Models
        1. 22.7.1. Slicing a Solid with a Surface
        2. 22.7.2. Finding the Volume of a Cut
        3. 22.7.3. Understanding the Loft Command
          1. 22.7.3.1. Ruled and Smooth Fit
          2. 22.7.3.2. Normal To
          3. 22.7.3.3. Draft Angles
          4. 22.7.3.4. Close Surface or Solid and Preview Changes
      8. 22.8. Moving Objects in 3D Space
        1. 22.8.1. Aligning Objects in 3D Space
        2. 22.8.2. Moving an Object in 3D
        3. 22.8.3. Rotating an Object in 3D
      9. 22.9. Getting around in Your Model
      10. 22.10. The Bottom Line
    3. 23. Rendering 3D Drawings
      1. 23.1. Creating a Quick-Study Rendering
      2. 23.2. Simulating the Sun
        1. 23.2.1. Setting Up the Sun
        2. 23.2.2. Setting Polar North
        3. 23.2.3. Adding a Distant Light
      3. 23.3. Using Materials
        1. 23.3.1. Adjusting the Global Material
        2. 23.3.2. Creating a New Material and Changing Its Properties
        3. 23.3.3. Adding a Background
      4. 23.4. Creating Effects Using Materials and Lights
        1. 23.4.1. Adding a Self-Illuminated Material
        2. 23.4.2. Assigning Materials by Layer
        3. 23.4.3. Simulating a Night Scene with Spotlights
        4. 23.4.4. Adding a Point Light
        5. 23.4.5. Editing Lights
      5. 23.5. Applying and Adjusting Texture Maps
        1. 23.5.1. Creating a Building from a Box
        2. 23.5.2. Adjusting a Material to Fit an Object
        3. 23.5.3. Exploring Your Other Material-Mapping Options
        4. 23.5.4. Specifying the Size of a Bitmap
        5. 23.5.5. Simulating Trees and People with Opacity Maps
      6. 23.6. Understanding the Rendering Options
        1. 23.6.1. Checking and Saving Renderings in the Render Window
      7. 23.7. Adding Cameras for Better View Control
        1. 23.7.1. Making Adjustments to Your Camera
        2. 23.7.2. Creating an Animated Walk-Through
        3. 23.7.3. Fine-Tuning the Animation
      8. 23.8. Printing Your Renderings
      9. 23.9. Simulating Natural Light
        1. 23.9.1. Rendering Interior Views
        2. 23.9.2. Using the Sun and Sky Simulation
      10. 23.10. The Bottom Line
    4. 24. Editing and Visualizing 3D Solids
      1. 24.1. Understanding Solid Modeling
      2. 24.2. Creating Solid Forms
        1. 24.2.1. Joining Primitives
      3. 24.3. Creating Complex Solids
        1. 24.3.1. Tapering an Extrusion
        2. 24.3.2. Extruding on a Curved Path
        3. 24.3.3. Revolving a Polyline
      4. 24.4. Editing Solids
        1. 24.4.1. Splitting a Solid into Two Pieces
        2. 24.4.2. Rounding Corners with the Fillet Tool
        3. 24.4.3. Chamfering Corners with the Chamfer Tool
        4. 24.4.4. Using the Solid Editing Tools
          1. 24.4.4.1. Finding Tools in the Solid Editing Panel
          2. 24.4.4.2. Moving a Surface
          3. 24.4.4.3. Offsetting a Surface
          4. 24.4.4.4. Deleting a Surface
          5. 24.4.4.5. Rotating a Surface
          6. 24.4.4.6. Tapering a Surface
          7. 24.4.4.7. Extruding a Surface
          8. 24.4.4.8. Turning a Solid into a Shell
          9. 24.4.4.9. Copying Faces and Edges
          10. 24.4.4.10. Adding Surface Features
          11. 24.4.4.11. Separating a Divided Solid
      5. 24.5. Streamlining the 2D Drawing Process
        1. 24.5.1. Drawing Standard Top, Front, and Right-Side Views
        2. 24.5.2. Adding Dimensions and Notes in a Layout
        3. 24.5.3. Using Visual Styles with a Viewport
      6. 24.6. Visualizing Solids
      7. 24.7. The Bottom Line
    5. 25. Exploring 3D Mesh Modeling
      1. 25.1. Creating a Simple 3D Mesh
        1. 25.1.1. Creating a Mesh Primitive
        2. 25.1.2. Understanding the Parts of a Mesh
        3. 25.1.3. Smoothing a Mesh
      2. 25.2. Editing Faces and Edges
        1. 25.2.1. Stretching Faces
        2. 25.2.2. Moving an Edge
        3. 25.2.3. Adding More Faces
        4. 25.2.4. Rotating an Edge
        5. 25.2.5. Adding a Crease
        6. 25.2.6. Splitting and Extruding a Mesh Face
      3. 25.3. Creating Mesh Surfaces
        1. 25.3.1. Revolved Surface
        2. 25.3.2. Edge Mesh
        3. 25.3.3. Ruled Mesh
        4. 25.3.4. Tabulated Mesh
      4. 25.4. Converting Meshes to Solids
      5. 25.5. The Bottom Line
  11. 5. Customization and Integration
    1. 26. Using the Express Tools
      1. 26.1. Using Enhancements Straight from the Source
        1. 26.1.1. Blocks Panel Tools
        2. 26.1.2. Text Panel Tools
          1. 26.1.2.1. Masking Text Backgrounds
          2. 26.1.2.2. Adding Linked Text Documents
          3. 26.1.2.3. Other Text Tools
        3. 26.1.3. Modify Panel Tools
          1. 26.1.3.1. Interacting with Blocks
          2. 26.1.3.2. Using Extended Clip to Clip a Raster Image to a Curved Shape
        4. 26.1.4. Layout Panel Tools
          1. 26.1.4.1. Aligning Model Space Objects with Layout Objects
          2. 26.1.4.2. Aligning Multiple Viewports to a Single Viewport
          3. 26.1.4.3. Finding Viewport Scales and Merging Layouts
        5. 26.1.5. Draw Panel Tools
          1. 26.1.5.1. Creating Custom Hatch Patterns with Super Hatch
        6. 26.1.6. Dimension Panel Tools
          1. 26.1.6.1. Using Dimstyle Export and Dimstyle Import
        7. 26.1.7. Tools Panel Tools
          1. 26.1.7.1. Controlling Shortcuts with the Command Alias Editor
          2. 26.1.7.2. Using Make Linetype to Create a Custom Linetype
          3. 26.1.7.3. Creating Custom Shapes as an Alternative to Blocks
          4. 26.1.7.4. Attaching Data to Objects
        8. 26.1.8. Web Panel Tools
        9. 26.1.9. Tools You Won't Find on the Ribbon
          1. 26.1.9.1. Using File Management Tools
          2. 26.1.9.2. Using Selection Tools
      2. 26.2. Putting AutoLISP to Work
        1. 26.2.1. Loading and Running an AutoLISP Program
        2. 26.2.2. Managing Your AutoLISP Library
        3. 26.2.3. Loading AutoLISP Programs Automatically
        4. 26.2.4. Creating Keyboard Macros with AutoLISP
          1. 26.2.4.1. Storing AutoLISP Macros as Files
      3. 26.3. The Bottom Line
    2. 27. Exploring AutoLISP
      1. 27.1. Understanding the Interpreter
        1. 27.1.1. Defining Variables with Setq
        2. 27.1.2. Understanding Data Types
      2. 27.2. Using Arguments and Functions
        1. 27.2.1. Using Text Variables with AutoLISP
        2. 27.2.2. Storing Points as Variables
      3. 27.3. Creating a Simple Program
        1. 27.3.1. Dissecting the Rectangle Program
          1. 27.3.1.1. Getting Input from the User
          2. 27.3.1.2. Taking Lists Apart
          3. 27.3.1.3. Combining Elements into a List
          4. 27.3.1.4. Getting Other Input from the User
      4. 27.4. Selecting Objects with AutoLISP
        1. 27.4.1. The Ssget Function
          1. 27.4.1.1. Using Ssget in an Expression
          2. 27.4.1.2. Controlling Memory Consumption with Local Variables
      5. 27.5. Controlling the Flow of an AutoLISP Program
        1. 27.5.1. Using the If Function
        2. 27.5.2. Repeating an Expression
        3. 27.5.3. Using Other Built-in Functions
          1. 27.5.3.1. Geometric Operations
          2. 27.5.3.2. String Operations
      6. 27.6. Converting Data Types
      7. 27.7. Storing Your Programs as Files
      8. 27.8. Getting More Help with AutoLISP
      9. 27.9. The Bottom Line
    3. 28. Customizing Toolbars, Menus, Linetypes, and Hatch Patterns
      1. 28.1. Using Workspaces
      2. 28.2. Customizing the User Interface
        1. 28.2.1. Taking a Quick Customization Tour
        2. 28.2.2. Understanding the Customizations In All Files Panel
        3. 28.2.3. Getting the Overall View
        4. 28.2.4. Finding Commands in the Command List
        5. 28.2.5. Opening Preview, Button Image, and Shortcuts
        6. 28.2.6. Getting to the Core of Customization in the Properties Group
        7. 28.2.7. Creating Your Own Ribbon Panels and Menus
        8. 28.2.8. Customizing Ribbon Panel Tools
          1. 28.2.8.1. Creating a Custom Tool
          2. 28.2.8.2. Creating a Custom Icon
      3. 28.3. Creating Macros in Tools and Menus
      4. 28.4. Pausing for User Input
      5. 28.5. Opening an Expanded Text Box for the Macro Option
      6. 28.6. Editing Keyboard Shortcuts
      7. 28.7. Saving, Loading, and Unloading Your Customizations
      8. 28.8. Understanding the Diesel Macro Language
        1. 28.8.1. Using Diesel at the Command Line
        2. 28.8.2. Using Diesel in a Custom Menu Macro
        3. 28.8.3. Using Diesel as a Menu Bar Option Label
        4. 28.8.4. Using Diesel and Fields to Generate Text
      9. 28.9. Creating Custom Linetypes
        1. 28.9.1. Viewing Available Linetypes
        2. 28.9.2. Creating a New Linetype
        3. 28.9.3. Understanding the Linetype Code
        4. 28.9.4. Creating Complex Linetypes
      10. 28.10. Creating Hatch Patterns
      11. 28.11. The Bottom Line
    4. 29. Managing and Sharing Your Drawings
      1. 29.1. Sharing Drawings over the Internet
        1. 29.1.1. Sharing Project Files with eTransmit
        2. 29.1.2. Protecting AutoCAD Drawing Files
          1. 29.1.2.1. Adding Password Protection to Files
          2. 29.1.2.2. Using a Digital Signature
          3. 29.1.2.3. Adding Your Digital Signature to Multiple Files
      2. 29.2. ePublishing Your Drawings
        1. 29.2.1. Exchanging Drawing Sets
        2. 29.2.2. Exploring Other Publish Options
          1. 29.2.2.1. Shortcut Menu Options
          2. 29.2.2.2. The Publish Options Dialog Box
        3. 29.2.3. Creating a DWF File by Using the Plot Dialog Box
        4. 29.2.4. Adding Hyperlinks to Drawings
          1. 29.2.4.1. Creating Hyperlinks
          2. 29.2.4.2. Editing and Deleting Hyperlinks
          3. 29.2.4.3. Taking a Closer Look at the Hyperlink Options
      3. 29.3. Managing Your Drawings with DesignCenter and the Tool Palettes
        1. 29.3.1. Getting Familiar with DesignCenter
        2. 29.3.2. Opening and Inserting Files with DesignCenter
        3. 29.3.3. Finding and Extracting the Contents of a Drawing
          1. 29.3.3.1. Exploring the Search Options
          2. 29.3.3.2. Automatically Scaling Blocks at Insertion
        4. 29.3.4. Exchanging Data between Open Files
        5. 29.3.5. Loading Specific Files into DesignCenter
        6. 29.3.6. Downloading Symbols from DesignCenter Online
        7. 29.3.7. Customizing the Tool Palettes with DesignCenter
          1. 29.3.7.1. Customizing a Tool
          2. 29.3.7.2. Adding Hatch Patterns and Solid Fills
          3. 29.3.7.3. Managing the Tool Palettes
      4. 29.4. Establishing Office Standards
        1. 29.4.1. Establishing Layering and Text Conventions
        2. 29.4.2. Checking Office Standards
          1. 29.4.2.1. Setting Up Standards Files
          2. 29.4.2.2. Using the Standards Command to Associate Standards
          3. 29.4.2.3. Checking Standards for Multiple Drawings
          4. 29.4.2.4. Reviewing Previously Saved Standards Audits
      5. 29.5. Converting Multiple Layer Settings
        1. 29.5.1. Exploring Other Layer Translator Options
      6. 29.6. The Bottom Line
    5. 30. Keeping a Project Organized with Sheet Sets
      1. 30.1. Understanding Sheet Sets
        1. 30.1.1. Organizing by Reference Files and Sheet Files
        2. 30.1.2. Managing Your Files with Sheet Sets
      2. 30.2. Creating a Sheet Set from an Existing Project
        1. 30.2.1. Using the Create Sheet Set Wizard
        2. 30.2.2. Exploring the Sheet Set Manager
          1. 30.2.2.1. Formatting Sheet Sets with the Import Options
          2. 30.2.2.2. Previewing and Opening Drawings in the Sheet Set Manager
          3. 30.2.2.3. Adding the Resource Drawings
        3. 30.2.3. Adding New Sheets to Your Sheet Set
          1. 30.2.3.1. Pointing to a Sheet Template
          2. 30.2.3.2. Adding a New Sheet
      3. 30.3. Managing Title Blocks and Cross-References
        1. 30.3.1. Creating a New Sheet Set Based on an Existing One
        2. 30.3.2. Building a Set of Drawings
          1. 30.3.2.1. Setting Up Some Views
          2. 30.3.2.2. Creating a Sheet
          3. 30.3.2.3. Adding Your Views to the New Sheet
          4. 30.3.2.4. Editing the View Numbers
        3. 30.3.3. Adding Callout Blocks as Cross-Reference Symbols
        4. 30.3.4. Editing Sheet Numbers and Title Block Information
        5. 30.3.5. Closing a Sheet Set
      4. 30.4. Customizing Sheet Sets
        1. 30.4.1. Customizing a Title Block
          1. 30.4.1.1. Setting Up Sheet Numbers and Titles
          2. 30.4.1.2. Adding Custom Sheet Set Properties
          3. 30.4.1.3. Saving Your New Title Block as a Template
          4. 30.4.1.4. Testing the New Template
        2. 30.4.2. Creating Custom View Labels and Callout Blocks
          1. 30.4.2.1. Creating the Components of Your View Label
          2. 30.4.2.2. Turning the Components into a Block
          3. 30.4.2.3. Including Your View Label in the Sheet Set
          4. 30.4.2.4. Creating a Callout Block
          5. 30.4.2.5. Reviewing the Steps for Creating Custom Callout and View Label Blocks
      5. 30.5. Archiving, Publishing, and eTransmitting Sheet Sets
        1. 30.5.1. Archiving Your Sheet Set
          1. 30.5.1.1. Modifying the Archive Setup
          2. 30.5.1.2. Saving the Vital Statistics of Your Archive
        2. 30.5.2. Batch-Plotting and Publishing Your Sheet Set
        3. 30.5.3. Packaging Sheet Sets with eTransmit
        4. 30.5.4. Preparing Your Project Files
      6. 30.6. The Bottom Line
  12. A. The Bottom Line
    1. A.1. Exploring the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Interface
    2. A.2. Creating Your First Drawing
    3. A.3. Setting Up and Using AutoCAD's Drafting Tools
    4. A.4. Organizing Objects with Blocks and Groups
    5. A.5. Keeping Track of Layers and Blocks
    6. A.6. Editing and Reusing Data to Work Efficiently
    7. A.7. Mastering Viewing Tools, Hatches, and External References
    8. A.8. Introducing Printing, Plotting, and Layouts
    9. A.9. Understanding Plot Styles
    10. A.10. Adding Text to Drawings
    11. A.11. Using Fields and Tables
    12. A.12. Using Dimensions
    13. A.13. Using Attributes
    14. A.14. Copying Existing Drawings into AutoCAD
    15. A.15. Advanced Editing and Organizing
    16. A.16. Laying Out Your Printer Output
    17. A.17. Making "Smart" Drawings with Parametric Tools
    18. A.18. Using Dynamic Blocks
    19. A.19. Drawing Curves
    20. A.20. Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings
    21. A.21. Creating 3D Drawings
    22. A.22. Using Advanced 3D Features
    23. A.23. Rendering 3D Drawings
    24. A.24. Editing and Visualizing 3D Solids
    25. A.25. Exploring 3D Mesh Modeling
    26. A.26. Using the Express Tools
    27. A.27. Exploring AutoLISP
    28. A.28. Customizing Toolbars, Menus, Linetypes, and Hatch Patterns
    29. A.29. Managing and Sharing Your Drawings
    30. A.30. Keeping a Project Organized with Sheet Sets
  13. B. Installing and Setting Up AutoCAD
    1. B.1. Before Installing AutoCAD
    2. B.2. Proceeding with the Installation
      1. B.2.1. Installing the AutoCAD Software
    3. B.3. Configuring AutoCAD
      1. B.3.1. The Files Tab
      2. B.3.2. The Display Tab
        1. B.3.2.1. The Window Elements Group
        2. B.3.2.2. The Display Resolution Group
        3. B.3.2.3. The Layout Elements Group
        4. B.3.2.4. The Display Performance Group
        5. B.3.2.5. The Crosshair Size Slider
        6. B.3.2.6. Fade Control
      3. B.3.3. The Open and Save Tab
        1. B.3.3.1. The File Save Group
        2. B.3.3.2. The File Safety Precautions Group
        3. B.3.3.3. The File Open Group
        4. B.3.3.4. The Application Menu Group
        5. B.3.3.5. The External References (Xrefs) Group
        6. B.3.3.6. The ObjectARX Applications Group
      4. B.3.4. The Plot and Publish Tab
      5. B.3.5. The System Tab
        1. B.3.5.1. The 3D Performance Group
        2. B.3.5.2. The Current Pointing Device Group
        3. B.3.5.3. The Layout Regen Options Group
        4. B.3.5.4. The dbConnect Options Group
        5. B.3.5.5. The General Options Group
        6. B.3.5.6. The Live Enabler Options Group
      6. B.3.6. The User Preferences Tab
        1. B.3.6.1. The Windows Standard Behavior Group
        2. B.3.6.2. The Insertion Scale Group
        3. B.3.6.3. The Fields Group
        4. B.3.6.4. The Priority For Coordinate Data Entry Group
        5. B.3.6.5. The Associative Dimensioning Group
        6. B.3.6.6. The Hyperlink Group
        7. B.3.6.7. The Undo/Redo Group
        8. B.3.6.8. Block Editor Settings
        9. B.3.6.9. Initial Setup
        10. B.3.6.10. Lineweight Settings
        11. B.3.6.11. Edit Scale List
      7. B.3.7. The Drafting Tab
        1. B.3.7.1. The AutoSnap Settings Group
        2. B.3.7.2. The AutoSnap Marker Size Slider
        3. B.3.7.3. The Object Snap Options Group
        4. B.3.7.4. The AutoTrack Settings Group
        5. B.3.7.5. The Alignment Point Acquisition Group
        6. B.3.7.6. The Aperture Size Slider
        7. B.3.7.7. The Drafting Tooltip Settings
        8. B.3.7.8. The Lights Glyph Settings
        9. B.3.7.9. The Cameras Glyph Settings
      8. B.3.8. The 3D Modeling Tab
        1. B.3.8.1. 3D Crosshairs
        2. B.3.8.2. Display ViewCube or UCS Icon
        3. B.3.8.3. Dynamic Input
        4. B.3.8.4. 3D Objects
        5. B.3.8.5. 3D Navigation
      9. B.3.9. The Selection Tab
        1. B.3.9.1. The Pickbox Size Slider
        2. B.3.9.2. The Selection Preview Group
        3. B.3.9.3. The Selection Modes Group
        4. B.3.9.4. The Grip Size Slider
        5. B.3.9.5. The Grips Group
        6. B.3.9.6. The Ribbon Options Group
      10. B.3.10. The Profiles Tab
    4. B.4. Configuring the Tablet Menu Area
    5. B.5. Turning On the Noun/Verb Selection Method
    6. B.6. Turning On the Grips Feature
    7. B.7. Setting Up the Tracking Vector Feature
    8. B.8. Adjusting AutoCAD's 3D Graphics System
      1. B.8.1. The Adaptive Degradation Group
      2. B.8.2. The Hardware And Performance Tuning Group
      3. B.8.3. The Manual Performance Tuning Dialog Box
    9. B.9. Finding Hidden Folders That Contain AutoCAD Files
  14. C. Hardware and Software Tips
    1. C.1. The Graphics Display
    2. C.2. Pointing Devices
    3. C.3. Output Devices
    4. C.4. Fine-Tuning the Appearance of Output
      1. C.4.1. Making Detailed Adjustments with the Printer/Plotter Configuration Options
        1. C.4.1.1. The Media Category
        2. C.4.1.2. The Physical Pen Configuration Category (Shown Only for Pen Plotters)
        3. C.4.1.3. The Graphics Category
        4. C.4.1.4. The Custom Properties Category
        5. C.4.1.5. The Initialization String
        6. C.4.1.6. User-Defined Paper Sizes & Calibration
          1. C.4.1.6.1. Plotter Calibration
          2. C.4.1.6.2. Custom Paper Sizes
          3. C.4.1.6.3. Modify Standard Paper Size
        7. C.4.1.7. Import, Save As, and Defaults
      2. C.4.2. Adding a Plot Stamp
      3. C.4.3. Controlling How Lines Overlap
      4. C.4.4. Filtering Paper Sizes
      5. C.4.5. Filtering Printers
      6. C.4.6. Controlling the Plot-Preview Background Color
      7. C.4.7. Controlling the Windows Metafile Background Color
    5. C.5. Memory and AutoCAD Performance
      1. C.5.1. AutoCAD and Your Hard Disk
      2. C.5.2. Keep Your Hard Disk Clean
    6. C.6. AutoCAD Tools to Improve Memory Use
      1. C.6.1. Using Partial Open to Conserve Memory and Improve Speed
      2. C.6.2. Using Spatial and Layer Indexes to Conserve Memory
      3. C.6.3. Using the Incremental Save Percentage to Conserve Disk Space
    7. C.7. Setting Up Architectural Desktop to Act Like Standard AutoCAD
    8. C.8. When Things Go Wrong
      1. C.8.1. Starting Up or Opening a File
      2. C.8.2. Restoring Corrupted Files
      3. C.8.3. Troubleshooting Other Common Problems
  15. D. System Variables and Dimension Styles
    1. D.1. System Variables
    2. D.2. Taking a Closer Look at the Dimension Style Dialog Boxes
      1. D.2.1. The Dimension Style Manager Dialog Box
        1. D.2.1.1. Preview of:
        2. D.2.1.2. The Styles List Box
        3. D.2.1.3. The List Drop-Down List
        4. D.2.1.4. Don't List Styles in Xrefs
        5. D.2.1.5. The Set Current Button
        6. D.2.1.6. The New Button
        7. D.2.1.7. The Modify Button
        8. D.2.1.8. The Override Button
        9. D.2.1.9. The Compare Button
      2. D.2.2. The New/Modify/Override Dimension Style Dialog Box
        1. D.2.2.1. The Lines Tab
          1. D.2.2.1.1. The Dimension Lines Group
          2. D.2.2.1.2. The Extension Lines Group
        2. D.2.2.2. The Symbols And Arrows Tab
          1. D.2.2.2.1. Arrowheads
          2. D.2.2.2.2. The Center Marks Group
          3. D.2.2.2.3. The Arc Length Symbol Group
          4. D.2.2.2.4. The Radius Dimension Jog Group
        3. D.2.2.3. The Text Tab
          1. D.2.2.3.1. The Text Appearance Group
          2. D.2.2.3.2. The Text Placement Group
          3. D.2.2.3.3. The Text Alignment Group
        4. D.2.2.4. The Fit Tab
          1. D.2.2.4.1. The Fit Options Group
          2. D.2.2.4.2. The Text Placement Group
          3. D.2.2.4.3. The Scale for Dimension Features Group
          4. D.2.2.4.4. The Fine Tuning Group
        5. D.2.2.5. The Primary Units Tab
          1. D.2.2.5.1. The Linear Dimensions Group
          2. D.2.2.5.2. The Measurement Scale Group
          3. D.2.2.5.3. The Zero Suppression Group
          4. D.2.2.5.4. The Angular Dimensions Group
        6. D.2.2.6. The Alternate Units Tab
          1. D.2.2.6.1. The Alternate Units Group
          2. D.2.2.6.2. The Zero Suppression Group
          3. D.2.2.6.3. The Placement Group
        7. D.2.2.7. The Tolerances Tab
          1. D.2.2.7.1. The Tolerance Format Group
          2. D.2.2.7.2. Tolerance Alignment Group
          3. D.2.2.7.3. The Zero Suppression Groups
          4. D.2.2.7.4. The Alternate Unit Tolerance Group
      3. D.2.3. Notes on Metric Dimensioning
        1. D.2.3.1. Using the AutoCAD Metric Template
      4. D.2.4. Drawing Blocks for Your Own Dimension Arrows and Tick Marks
  16. E. About the Companion DVD
    1. E.1. What You'll Find on the DVD
      1. E.1.1. PDF of the Book
      2. E.1.2. Adobe Reader
      3. E.1.3. Tutorial Files
      4. E.1.4. AutoCAD 2010 Video Tutorials
      5. E.1.5. AutoCAD 2010
      6. E.1.6. AutoCAD 2010 Video Demos
      7. E.1.7. Autodesk Design Review
      8. E.1.8. Autodesk Impressions
      9. E.1.9. Autodesk DWG TrueView
      10. E.1.10. ShapeBook 2009
      11. E.1.11. HatchMaker
    2. E.2. System Requirements
    3. E.3. Using the DVD
    4. E.4. Troubleshooting
      1. E.4.1. Customer Care