Acknowledgments ix Foreword xxxi Introduction xxxiii Part I: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Basics 1 Quick Start: Drawing a Window 3 Chapter 1: Starting to Draw 15 Chapter 2: Opening a Drawing 29 Chapter 3: Using Commands 35 Chapter 4: Specifying Coordinates 53 Chapter 5: Setting Up a Drawing 91 Part II: Drawing in Two Dimensions 107 Chapter 6: Drawing Simple Lines 109 Chapter 7: Drawing Curves and Points 119 Chapter 8: Viewing Your Drawing 135 Chapter 9: Editing Your Drawing with Basic Tools 167 Chapter 10: Editing Your Drawing with Advanced Tools 193 Chapter 11: Organizing Drawings with Layers and Object Properties 259 Chapter 12: Obtaining Information from Your Drawing 295 Chapter 13: Creating Text 325 Chapter 14: Drawing Dimensions 383 Chapter 15: Creating Dimension Styles 437 Chapter 16: Drawing Complex Objects 471 Chapter 17: Plotting and Printing Your Drawing 517 Part III: Working with Data 555 Chapter 18: Working with Blocks 557 Chapter 19: Adding Attributes to Blocks 607 Chapter 20: Referencing Other Drawings 629 Part IV: Drawing in Three Dimensions 657 Chapter 21: Specifying 3D Coordinates 659 Chapter 22: Viewing 3D Drawings 691 Chapter 23: Creating 3D Surfaces 747 Chapter 24: Creating Solids and Editing in 3D 795 Part V: Organizing and Managing Drawings 867 Chapter 25: Keeping Control of Your Drawings 869 Chapter 26: Working with Other Applications 925 Chapter 27: Collaborating and Creating Electronic Output 951 Part VI: Customizing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 983 Chapter 28: Customizing Commands, Toolbars, and Tool Palettes 985 Chapter 29: Creating Macros and Slide Shows 1013 Chapter 30: Creating Your Own Linetypes and Hatch Patterns 1027 Chapter 31: Creating Shapes and Fonts 1039 Chapter 32: Customizing the Ribbon and Menus 1051 Part VII: Programming AutoCAD 1083 Chapter 33: Understanding AutoLISP and Visual LISP Basics 1085 Chapter 34: Exploring AutoLISP Further 1101 Chapter 35: Exploring Advanced AutoLISP Topics 1129 Part VIII: Appendixes 1149 Appendix A: Installing and Configuring AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 1151 Appendix B: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Resources 1191 Appendix C: What's on the Companion Website 1197 Index 1201
Ellen Finkelstein learned AutoCAD in Israel. Besides writing computer books she created on-line courses for Autodesk and taught at Autodesk University. Her website, www.ellenfinkelstein.com, is replete with AutoCAD information and tips. Lee Ambrosius has been a power-user of AutoCAD for almost two decades. He is best known for his in-depth knowledge of extending the AutoCAD program through customization and custom application development. Lees website contains a variety of tips, programming resources, and sample code.