AutoCAD: Secrets Every User Should Know

  • 8h 20m
  • Dan Abbott
  • Sybex
  • 2007

Discover Powerful Techniques and Features That Most Users Overlook

Whether you're designing houses, landscapes, or machines, there are AutoCAD tricks-of-the-trade that even seasoned users don't know—tips that can improve your skills, understanding, and productivity. This practical, in-depth book reveals those secrets. You'll find smart ideas on customization, applying graphics standards, managing symbol libraries, leveraging 3D, and more. It even includes an insider's look at features that are used in the field but often ignored in other books, such as DOS functions, scripts, and AutoLISP programming. The final chapter, AutoCAD Puzzlers, challenges readers to solve real problems from real AutoCAD users.

  • Explore real-world solutions and best practices. Is it faster to produce an accurate drawing or an inaccurate one? Find out why you should take technical graphics standards seriously and how to make AutoCAD apply them
  • Harness information rarely found in other books, such as how to rapidly change thousands of drawings using scripts and batch files, how to use the Visual LISP editor to produce and debug AutoLISP programs, and more
  • Take full advantage of AutoCAD's interface to improve your productivity

About the Author

Dan Abbott is a consultant, professor, and award-winning Autodesk University presenter. He is an Autodesk Authorized Author and Developer who has been teaching at the college level since 1989 and has won three "Top Speaker" awards for Autodesk University sessions.

In this Book

  • AutoCAD Productivity
  • Managing Your System
  • Customizing the AutoCAD Interface
  • Applying Graphics Standards
  • Symbols, Tables, and Fields
  • Plotting
  • AutoCAD Scripts
  • AutoLISP by Example—Getting Started
  • AutoLISP by Example—Getting Better
  • 3D For Everyone
  • AutoCAD Puzzlers