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autocad 2005 and autocad lt 2005: no experience required
AutoCAD 2005 and AutoCAD LT 2005: No Experience Required
by David Frey  ISBN:0782143415
Sybex © 2004 (667 pages)

Written for the drafting novice, this introductory book gives you a solid grounding in the essentials of AutoCAD 2005 and AutoCAD LT 2005. Step-by-step instructions and hands-on projects cover each phase of designing a summer cabin.

Table of Contents
AutoCAD 2005 and AutoCAD LT 2005—No Experience Required
Chapter 1 - Getting to Know AutoCAD
Chapter 2 - Basic Commands to Get Started
Chapter 3 - Setting Up a Drawing
Chapter 4 - Gaining Drawing Strategies: Part 1
Chapter 5 - Gaining Drawing Strategies: Part 2
Chapter 6 - Using Layers to Organize Your Drawing
Chapter 7 - Grouping Objects into Blocks
Chapter 8 - Generating Elevations
Chapter 9 - Working with Hatches and Fills
Chapter 10 - Controlling Text in a Drawing
Chapter 11 - Dimensioning a Drawing
Chapter 12 - Managing External References
Chapter 13 - Using Layouts to Set Up a Print
Chapter 14 - Printing an AutoCAD Drawing
Appendix - A Look at Drawing in 3D
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Sidebars

AutoCAD 2005 and AutoCAD LT 2005: No Experience Required is your step-by-step introduction to the latest versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, the world’s leading customizable CAD software. Inside this perfectly-paced guide are the clear-cut explanations and practical tutorials that you need to complete even the most elaborate AutoCAD projects.

Discover AutoCAD 2005’s newest features as you plan and develop a complete project. Follow the tutorials sequentially or begin at any chapter. Either way, you’ll develop a solid grounding in the essentials and learn how to use AutoCAD’s productivity tools to get your work done efficiently.

Gain Critical AutoCAD Skills

  • Find your way around AutoCAD and LT
  • Understand the basic commands and how to set up a drawing
  • Apply AutoCAD’s coordinate systems
  • Master drawing strategies
  • Employ Polar and Object Snap Tracking
  • Set up and manage layers, colors, and linetypes
  • Use blocks and Wblocks
  • Drag AutoCAD objects from one drawing to another
  • Generate elevations and orthographic views
  • Work with hatches and fills
  • Control text in a drawing
  • Manage external references
  • Set up layouts and print an AutoCAD drawing
  • Use AutoCAD’s enhanced tool palettes
  • Create and render a 3D model

About the Author

David Frey has been teaching AutoCAD to AEC design professionals, engineers, and high school students and teachers for more than a decade. His books for Sybex include four previous best-selling editions of AutoCAD: No Experience Required and AutoCAD 2000 Visual JumpStart. David holds a Master’s degree in architecture.

AutoCAD 2005 andAutoCAD LT 2005—No Experience Required

David Frey


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Acquisitions Editor:
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Developmental Editor:
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Production Editor:
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Technical Editor:
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Cover Illustrator:
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An earlier version of this book was published under the title AutoCAD 2004 and AutoCAD LT 2004: No Experience Required © 2003 SYBEX Inc.

Library of Congress Card Number: 2004104123 ISBN: 0-7821-4341-5

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To Irv and Ruth, Shirley and Sol, Phyllis and Jonas, and to Dick and Sylvia, for their enthusiasm and support for my writing this book.


Many people deserve acknowledgment and gratitude for their contribution to the development and publication of this book. Many thanks to the folks at Sybex who were involved in this project. Monica Baum of the contracts and licensing team helped me finalize the contract. Thanks also to Willem Knibbe, acquisitions editor, for his efforts to gain support for the publication of this book and for his help in getting me started. Mariann Barsolo served well as developmental editor through most of the project and gave excellent answers to my numerous questions.

I appreciate the efforts of Pat Coleman, who, returning in her role as copyeditor, continued to be diligent at improving the readability of the book. Mae Lum served (for the third time!) as production editor and has again done wonders to coordinate everything, keep me well informed, and make sure the book got done on time. Also, thanks to Sam Sol Matzkin, who served as the technical editor; his generosity in lending his experience as a civil engineer and as an AutoCAD trainer to this project is greatly appreciated.

I also want to mention the production team at Sybex: compositor Franz Baumhackl; proofreaders Laurie O’Connell and Nancy Riddiough; and indexer Ted Laux. They’ve been successful in maintaining the standards of high quality that Sybex is known for, and I appreciate their work on this book.