AutoCAD for Dummies Seventeenth Edition by Bill Fane | PDF Free Download.
PART 1: GETTING STARTED WITH AUTOCAD
PART 2: LET THERE BE LINES
PART 3: IF DRAWINGS COULD TALK
PART 4: ADVANCING WITH AUTOCAD
PART 5: ON A 3D SPREE
PART 6: THE PART OF TENS
Unlike many other For Dummies books, this one often tells you to consult the official software documentation. AutoCAD is just too big and powerful for a single book to attempt to describe it completely.
The book that ultimately covers every AutoCAD topic would need a forklift to move it.
Literally. They stopped shipping paper instruction manuals with the software somewhere around 1995, when the full documentation package grew to about a dozen volumes and more than 30 pounds.
In AutoCAD For Dummies, I occasionally mention differences from previous releases so that everyone gains some context
and so that upgraders can more readily understand the differences; plus, you’re bound to encounter a few of the billions and billions of drawings that were created using older methods.
I also mention the important differences between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.
In particular, AutoCAD LT has no programming language and has extremely limited support for parametrics (Chapter 19) and 3D (Chapter 21).
This book is not Mechanical Drafting For Dummies, or Architectural Drafting For Dummies, or even Crash Testing For Dummies It doesn’t cover drafting principles and procedures,
but it does cover the AutoCAD commands necessary to create drawings.
Remember, though, that knowing AutoCAD’s drawing commands won’t make you a great designer, just as knowing how to touch-type and run a word processor won’t make you a great author.
The job title CAD operator doesn’t exist, but almost all drafters and designers use CAD.
In addition, the book does not cover the discipline-specific features in AutoCADbased vertical market products,
such as AutoCAD Electrical or AutoCAD Mechanical, although most of the information in this book applies to the general-purpose features of those programs as well. This book covers AutoCAD 2015 through 2017.
The obvious major differences between these versions and 2014 and earlier are the initial startup screen and the format of the Ribbon menu. The underlying principles remain the same.
I will draw your attention to other differences where appropriate. Late in 2010, Autodesk released the first non–Microsoft Windows version of AutoCAD in 20 years.
Although AutoCAD for Mac is now available, AutoCAD For Dummies covers only the Windows version.
The two versions are file-compatible, but they differ in many ways in how they look and what they can do.
If you have AutoCAD for Mac, you should be able to grasp basic concepts but you might be better off with a Mac-specific book such as Mastering AutoCAD For Mac, by George Omura and Rick Graham (Sybex Publishing) or What’s Inside?
AutoCAD for Macintosh, by Ralph Grabowski, available as an e-book at www.worldcadaccess. com/ebooksonline/2015/07/wia.html. AutoCAD has a large, loyal, dedicated group of longtime users.
AutoCAD For Dummies is not for you if you’ve been using AutoCAD for a decade or more, if you plan your vacation time around Autodesk University,
if you used AutoCAD to create your wedding invitations, if you tell police officers that you can walk a straight line if they will press F8 first, or if you read 1,200-page technical tomes about AutoCAD for pleasure.