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autocad 2004: one step at a time, part ii
AutoCAD 2004: One Step at a Time, Part II
byTimothy Sean Sykes ISBN:0972814264
Forager Publications 2003 (598 pages)

With Part II of this resource, you will add Hatching and Section lines to your AutoCAD drawing, create and manipulate Groups, plot a drawing, learn Model and Paper space, reference one drawing to another, and much more.

Table of Contents
AutoCAD 2004 — One Step at a Time, Part II
Section IV - Razzle Dazzle
Chapter 17- Hatching and Section Lines
Chapter 18- Many as One — Groups and Blocks
Chapter 19- Advanced Blocks
Section V - Drawing Sharing, Display, and Arrangement
Chapter 20- Sharing Your Work with Others
Chapter 21- Space for a New Beginning
Chapter 22- The New Beginning Continues …
Chapter 23- Externally Referenced Drawings
Chapter 24- Other Application Files and AutoCAD
Chapter 25- Databases and AutoCAD
Appendix A- Drawing Scales
Appendix B- Function Keys and Their Uses
Appendix D- MText Keystrokes
Appendix E- Dimension Variables
Appendix F- Hotkeys
List of Figures


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In Part II, you’ll:

  • Know how to add Hatching and Section Lines to your AutoCAD drawing
  • Know how to edit hatch patterns using the Hatchedit command
  • Know how to use the Sketch command
  • Know how to create and manipulate Groups
  • Know how to use blocks in a drawing
  • Know how to create libraries of blocked objects
  • Know how to share blocks between drawings using the AutoCAD Design Center and Tool Palettes
  • Know how to create and manipulate Block Attributes
  • Know how to insert blocks with attributes
  • Know how to control the display of attributes
  • Know how to edit attribute information
  • Know how to redefine a block with attributes
  • Know how to extract attribute data to another program or for a bill of materials

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AutoCAD 2004 - One Step at a Time, Part II

Timothy Sean Sykes

Everyone involved in the publication of this text has used his or her best efforts in preparing it. These efforts include the development, research, and testing of the theories and programs to determine their effectiveness. The author and publisher make no warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, with regard to these programs or the documentation contained in this book. The author and publisher shall not be liable in any event for incidental or consequential damages in connection with, or arising out of, the furnishing, performance, or use of these programs.

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Where are Chapters 1 to 16?

This text continues AutoCAD 2004: One Step at a Time - Part I. Please look for those chapters in that text.

Where to Find the Required Files (and Review Questions) for Using This Text:

All of the files required to complete the lessons in this text can be downloaded free of charge from this site:

Select on the file called and save it to your computer. (You'll need a zip utility to open the file. If you need one, I suggest the free WinZip download at: The evaluation version will do to get your files.)

Once you've downloaded the zip file (and the WinZip utility, if necessary), follow these instructions.

  1. Double-click on the file. The WinZip program will begin and display a window with the files listed.

  2. Select the first file in the list, scroll to the bottom of the list and, holding down the Shift key, select the last file. The entire list will highlight.

  3. Right-click anywhere in the highlighted area, and select Extract... from the menu.

  4. WinZip will display an Extract dialog box. Be sure the desired path for your files appears in the Extract to text box. I strongly recommend showing only a C: in this box. This way, WinZip will extract the files into their own folders within a C:\Steps\ folder.

  5. Pick the Extract button. WinZip does the rest.

  6. Exit the WinZip program and you're ready to begin!

To get the review questions, simply pick on the jump at the end of the appropriate chapter. The text will open a PDF file in your Internet browser. These files are fully printable, or you can save them to your disk if you wish. The last page of each file contains the answers to the questions in that file.


I realize that graphics and tables in this document are either unprintable or would not make very good prints. In the case of the graphics, they've been optimized to look best on a computer screen rather than paper. But the appendices might make nice tools for your notebooks, so I've provided print-formatted documents for each. Simply pick on the title, and you'll be taken to a printable pdf at our website.

Graphics & The Best Resolution for Reading This Text:

A tremendous amount of effort went into creating the nearly 3,000 graphics associated with this text (both Book 1 and Book 2). We worked hard to make the right compromises between image quality and file size (we had to limit the final product to under 8Mb to satisfy Lightning Source's instructions). Hopefully, we achieved our goal.

You may notice that I took some occasional liberties in terms of cropping graphics to get them to fit better on the page. I ask your indulgence for these rare indiscretions - I believe I managed to avoid obscuring the purpose of the dialog boxes in question.

On my laptop (a Dell Inspiron), I find it best to view the final file at a page size of 100% in Adobe Reader 6.0. This proves adequate for both text and image viewing. If I'm just viewing the text, I can opt for a page width viewing size without sacrificing anything.

On my 17" desktop monitor (as well the 15" monitor on the family computer), I can view the file at anywhere from 100% to 150% and the quality of both text and graphics is quite pleasing.

Regardless of the monitor, however, I still need my "readers" to see anything clearly. Ah, the trials of hitting 50 before my time! (Can you do that?)

Contacting the Author/Publisher:

Although we tried awfully hard to avoid errors, typos, and the occasional boo boos, I admit to complete fallibility. Should you find it necessary to let me know of my blunders, or to ask just about anything about the text - or even to make suggestions as to how to better the next edition, please feel free to contact me at: I can't promise a fast response (although I'm usually pretty good about answering my email), but I can promise to read (almost) everything that comes my way.

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