AutoCAD 2005 For Dummies

From the Inside Flap
Use sheet sets, collaborate nicely, and go LT for 2005
Find out how to use DWF, live up to new standards, and share files online

AutoCAD can be complicated, but this book isn’t! Here’s where you’ll discover how to set up a drawing, toe the lines, add dimension and text, share your stuff, and more, in AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT. Now you’ll be able to create a presentable, usable, printable, and sharable drawing without getting old before your time.

The Dummies Way

Explanations in plain English
Get in, get out information
Icons and other navigational aids
Tear-out cheat sheet
Top ten lists
A dash of humor and fun
Discover how to:

Manage projects with sheet sets
Import data into drawings using text tables
Collaborate with other users
Standardize drawing components with tool palettes
Use the streamlined Plot and Page Setup features
From the Back Cover
Use sheet sets, collaborate nicely, and go LT for 2005
Find out how to use DWF, live up to new standards, and share files online

AutoCAD can be complicated, but this book isn’t! Here’s where you’ll discover how to set up a drawing, toe the lines, add dimension and text, share your stuff, and more, in AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT. Now you’ll be able to create a presentable, usable, printable, and sharable drawing without getting old before your time.

The Dummies Way

Explanations in plain English
“Get in, get out” information
Icons and other navigational aids
Tear-out cheat sheet
Top ten lists
A dash of humor and fun
Discover how to:

Manage projects with sheet sets
Import data into drawings using text tables
Collaborate with other users
Standardize drawing components with tool palettes
Use the streamlined Plot and Page Setup features

About the Author
Mark Middlebrook used to be an engineer but gave it up when he discovered that he couldn’t handle a real job. He is now principal of Daedalus Consulting, an independent CAD and computer consulting company in Oakland, California. (In case you wondered, Daedalus was the guy in ancient Greek legend who built the labyrinth on Crete. Mark named his company after Daedalus before he realized that few of his clients would be able to pronounce it and even fewer spell it.) Mark is also a contributing editor for CADALYST magazine and Webmaster of markcad.com. When he’s not busy being a cad, Mark sells and writes about wine for Paul Marcus Wines in Oakland. He also teaches literature and philosophy classes at St. Mary’s College of California ― hence “Daedalus.” AutoCAD 2005 For Dummies is his sixth book on AutoCAD.

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