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Up and Running with AutoCAD 2011

Book Description

Gindis introduces AutoCAD with step by step instructions, stripping away complexities to  begin working in AutoCAD immediately.  All concepts are explained first in theory, and then shown in practice, helping the reader understand what it is they are doing and why, before they do it.

Divided into three parts, the book covers beginning through advanced AutoCAD, including 3D features. 

Also included is an extensive Appendix for each part, detailing additional useful CAD-related information not often found in other text books

The book contains supporting graphics (screen shots) and a summary with a self-test section at the end of each chapter. Also included are drawing examples and exercises, and two running “projects? that the student works on as he/she progresses through the chapters .


1) Strips away complexities, both real and perceived and reduces AutoCAD to easy-to-understand basic concepts.

2) Teaches only what is essential to operating AutoCAD first, thereby immediately building student confidence.

3) All basic commands are documented step-by-step, meaning that what the student needs to type in and how AutoCAD responds is all spelled out in discrete and clear steps with screen shots added as needed.

4) Using the author’s extensive multi-industry knowledge of what is important and widely used in practice versus what is not, the material is presented by immediately immersing the student in practical, critically essential knowledge, with no padding of text or filler material.

5) All concepts are explained first in theory, and only then is AutoCAD introduced and the actual “button pushing? discussed. This  is one of the key concepts in having students understand exactly what it is they are doing and why, before they do it.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About the Author
  7. Preface
  8. Level 1: Chapters 1–10
    1. Chapter 1: AutoCAD Fundamentals
    2. Chapter 2: AutoCAD Fundamentals
    3. Chapter 3: Layers, Colors, Linetypes, and Properties
    4. Chapter 4: Text, Mtext, Editing, and Style
    5. Chapter 5: Hatch Patterns
    6. Chapter 6: Dimensions
    7. Chapter 7: Blocks, Wblocks, Dynamic Blocks, and Purge
    8. Chapter 8: Polar and Rectangular Arrays
    9. Chapter 9: Basic Printing and Output
    10. Chapter 10: Advanced Output
  9. Level 2: Chapters 11–20
    1. Chapter 11: Advanced Linework
    2. Chapter 12: Advanced Layers
    3. Chapter 13: Advanced Dimensions
    4. Chapter 14: Options, Shortcuts, CUI, Design Center, and Express Tools
    5. Chapter 15: Advanced Design and File Management Tools
    6. Chapter 16: Importing and Exporting Data
    7. Chapter 17: External References (Xrefs)
    8. Chapter 18: Attributes
    9. Chapter 19: Advanced Output and Pen Settings
    10. Chapter 20: Isometric Drawing
  10. Level 3: Chapters 21–30
    1. Chapter 21: 3D Basics
    2. Chapter 22: Primitives
    3. Chapter 23: Object Manipulation
    4. Chapter 24: Boolean Operations
    5. Chapter 25: Solid Modeling
    6. Chapter 26: Advanced Solids, Faces, and Edges
    7. Chapter 27: Surfaces and Meshes
    8. Chapter 28: UCS, Vports, Text, and Dimensions in 3D
    9. Chapter 29: Dview, Walk and Fly, Animations, and Action Recording
    10. Chapter 30: Lighting and Rendering
  11. Appendices
    1. Appendix A: Additional Information on AutoCAD
    2. Appendix B: Other CAD Software and Design and Analysis Tools and Concepts
    3. Appendix C: File Extensions
    4. Appendix D: Custom Linetypes and Hatch Patterns
    5. Appendix E: Principles of CAD Management
    6. Appendix F: AutoLISP Basics and Advanced Customization Tools
    7. Appendix G: PC Hardware, Printers and Plotters, and Networks
    8. Appendix H: What Are Kernels?
    9. Appendix I: Lighting, Rendering, Effects, and Animation
    10. Appendix J: AutoCAD Certification Exams
    11. Appendix K: AutoCAD Employment
    12. Appendix L: AutoCAD Humor, Oddities, Quirks, and Easter Eggs
  12. Index