Many talented and hardworking people gave their best effort to produce Mastering AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018. I offer my sincerest gratitude to those individuals who helped bring this book to you. Heartfelt thanks go out to the editorial and production teams at Sybex for their efforts. Mary Beth Wakefield managed the project and helped us make all the right connections. Jody Lefevere made sure things got off to a great start and provided support from beginning to end.
Gary Schwartz skillfully managed the development process. Richard Hawley did an excellent technical editing job and offered many great suggestions. On the production side, Rebecca Anderson kept the production end of things running smoothly, and Judy Flynn made sure that I wasn’t trying out new uses of the English language. Thanks also go to Denis Cadu, who has always given his support to our efforts over many projects. Jim Quanci always gives his generous and thoughtful assistance to us author types.
Thanks to Elinor Actipis for providing help with general Autodesk matters. Finally, thanks go to Alison Keller, Daniel Kuhman, and KB Lee of the AutoCAD Customer Counsel and the AutoCAD team for generously allowing us to have a look at the prerelease software. And a great big thank you to my family and friends, who have been there for me through thick and thin. Welcome to Mastering AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018. As many readers have already discovered, this book is a unique blend of tutorial and reference, which includes everything that you need to get started and stay ahead with Autodesk® AutoCAD® software.
With this edition, you get coverage of the latest features of both AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 software along with detailed information on existing features. Rather than just showing you how each command works, this book shows you AutoCAD 2018 in the context of a meaningful activity. You’ll learn how to use commands while working on an actual project and progressing toward a goal. This book also provides a foundation on which you can build your own methods for using AutoCAD and become an AutoCAD expert. For this reason, we haven’t covered every single command or every permutation of a command response.
You should think of this book as a way to get a detailed look at AutoCAD as it’s used on a real project. As you follow the exercises, we also encourage you to explore AutoCAD on your own, applying the techniques that you learn to your own work. Both experienced and beginning AutoCAD users will find this book useful. If you aren’t an experienced user, the way to get the most out of this book is to approach it as a tutorial—chapter by chapter—at least for the first two parts of the book. You’ll find that each chapter builds on the skills and information that you learned in the previous one.
To help you navigate, the exercises are shown in numbered steps. To address the needs of all readers worldwide, the exercises provide both Imperial (feet/inches) and metric measurements. Some exercises use generic units of measurement, and if the focus of the exercise is not dependent on the measurement system, Imperial is used. After you’ve mastered the material in Part 1 and Part 2, you can follow your interests and explore other parts of the book in whatever order you choose..
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