Autocad 14 In Easy Steps: Covers Version 14 for PC and Mac

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AutoCAD 14 in easy steps is an indispensable guide to this complex design program. With step by step instructions, and screen-shot illustrations to further guide you, this book covers all the essential features.

The first chapter introduces the reader to AutoCAD 14 draughting techniques and compares these to traditional draughting techniques before explaining how to: start/finish AutoCAD 14; save/open drawings; and give commands to AutoCAD 14 amongst other features.

Further chapters cover areas such as: drawing lines and circles; snapping to objects; Zoom and Pan; Grips; Polylines; isometric shapes; 3-D drawing; setting up new layers; linetypes; inserting blocks; working with Xrefs; dimensioning; UCSICON command and its features; creating Internet files; and .dwf files.

With such a wide variety of features concisely covered within this book, it is ideal for both home-users and professionals alike, whether a first time user of AutoCAD 14 or an experienced user needing some help on the software.

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The days of the professional draughtsperson slaving over a drawing board are now ancient history with the arrival of Computer Aided Design.

CAD has revolutionised the design and engineering industries offering an easy, accurate, high-tech alternative to traditional drawing techniques.

Autocad 14 in Easy Steps is a beginners guide to understanding the ins and outs of this undoubtedly powerful, but sometimes overly complex, drawing tool.

The early chapters ease the reader gently through the basics, starting with the creation and sizing of documents through to drawing simple shapes and using different types of co- ordinates.

Comprehensive throughout, the book offers time-saving methods for using many of the program's features from the basic to the more advanced, with the section detailing isometric drawing and viewports proving especially interesting. Also worth a mention is the chapter detailing dimensioning, perhaps one of the most important facets of the entire package.

Once your confidence has increased a bit you can have a crack at creating wireframe models and rendering them complete with surface textures and multiple light sources.

Autocad 14 in Easy Steps won't teach you design skills but it does offer a cheap, easy-to-understand way to realise your ideas on screen. --Steve Russell

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At just under 200 pages, AutoCAD 14 in easy steps is a concise guide to the industry's most popular and complete Cad program...If you don't have the luxury of a manual (for whatever reason) or do need no-nonsense explanation then there are few other options around for under a tenner. -- Computer Shopper, April 1999

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