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Using Autocad : an introduction to computer-assisted design for the theatre
DeCuir, L. J.
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Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, [2000]

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xii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
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The best tool will not make a designer, but there are powerful tools out there for the designer working in theatre today and few guides to using them. Now, L.J. DeCuir provides invaluable advice on using AutoCAD for lighting design, set design, and technical direction, demonstrating how to utilize your skills, talents, and knowledge in ways you never thought possible.

Intended as an introduction to AutoCAD, this book provides readers with:

instructions for configuring AutoCAD and working with the commands that are most useful for theatrical application end-of-chapter practice exercises specific chapters on lighting design, with an accompanying set of lighting symbols based on the latest USITT Lighting Design Graphic Recommended Practice chapters on the uses of AutoCAD for the technical director and on importing and exporting three-dimensional figures and files to and from 3D Studio MAX, Painter, and Poser immediately useful tools and techniques, with simplified application explanations an accompanying CD-ROM that includes sample files illustrating exercises from the book.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
The Program, Hardware, and Drive Basicsp. 1
The Programp. 1
Hardware Requirementsp. 4
Accessoriesp. 5
Drive Basicsp. 7
AutoCADp. 11
Introductionp. 11
Configuring the Program and Setting Preferencesp. 15
Configuring AutoCADp. 15
The AutoCAD Screen and Its Layout--Modifying the Opening Spacep. 23
Differences Between Versionsp. 23
Modifying the Opening Space in R12p. 23
Modifying the Opening Space in R13p. 29
Modifying the Opening Space in R14p. 33
Opening, Closing and Saving an AutoCAD Filep. 38
Printing a Simple Filep. 46
Exercise No. 1 Printing a Simple Filep. 50
Viewing the Drawingp. 50
Exercise No. 2 Viewing the Drawingp. 55
Saving Views, Transparent Commands, and Multiple Viewportsp. 56
Exercise No. 3 Using the View/Named View and Multiple Viewports Commandsp. 65
Exercise No. 4 Using the vports Commandp. 65
Using Settings and Control Commandsp. 66
Settingsp. 66
Control Commandsp. 70
Exercise No. 5 Using Settings and Control Commandsp. 73
Using Draw, Dimensioning, Object Snaps, Sketch, and Distance Commandsp. 74
Exercise No. 6 Using Draw, Dimensioning, Objects Snaps, Sketch, and Distance Commandsp. 96
Using Modify Commandsp. 97
Exercise No. 7 Using Modify Commandsp. 113
Using Modify/Construct Commandsp. 115
Exercise No. 8 Using Modify/Construct Commandsp. 121
Creating Text, Linetypes, and Layersp. 122
Exercise No. 9 Using Text, Linetypes, and Layer Commandsp. 142
Exercise No. 10 Working with Edit, Construct, and Modify Commandsp. 143
Drawing an Instrument and Working with Blocksp. 143
Exercise No. 11 Drawing an Instrumentp. 144
Exercise No. 12 Creating a Blockp. 145
Exercise No. 13 Inserting a Blockp. 151
Using Other Commands That Are Helpful with Blocksp. 153
Plottingp. 155
Exercise No. 14 Plotting a Drawingp. 164
Creating Isometric Drawingsp. 167
Exercise No. 15 Creating an Isometric Drawingp. 168
Three-Dimensional Drawing--Viewing the Drawingp. 169
Exercise No. 16 Viewing a Drawingp. 177
Three-Dimensional Drawing--Working with UCSsp. 179
Exercise No. 17 Working with UCSsp. 184
Three-Dimensional Drawing--Using Drawing Commandsp. 187
Exercise No. 18 Working with Drawing Commandsp. 194
Three-Dimensional Drawing--Using Editing Commandsp. 198
Exercise No. 19 Working with Editing Commandsp. 204
Exercise No. 20 Putting It All Togetherp. 212
Exporting the Drawing--Working with Files and Views from AutoCAD in Other Programsp. 224
Exporting for Use in 3D Studio MAXp. 224
Exporting for Use in Painterp. 227
Creating and Using a Lighting Instrument Libraryp. 230
Creating and Using a Set or Construction Libraryp. 234
AutoCAD .bak filesp. 234
Appendix Ap. 239
Integration: Sharing, Moving, Importing, and Exporting program filesp. 239
File Typesp. 239
Importing and Exporting Files from the Programsp. 247
Appendix Bp. 253
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 255
About the CD-ROMp. 259