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Title:
Inside AutoCAD 2000
Author:
Burchard, Bill.
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Edition:
Limited edition.
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : New Riders, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xix, 1296 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.).
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780735709478
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Book

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Summary

Companies with multiple seats of AutoCAD have issues that are uniqe to only them when they are getting ready to upgrade their software. They run into advanced customization issues, networking and file sharing problems brought on by the upgrade, and other problems associated with a new software purchase. Inside AutoCAD 2000, Limited Edition focuses on these special needs while providing complete, hands-on coverage of AutoCAD 2000. This limited edition includes the entire contents from Inside AutoCAD 2000 and seven entirely new chapters, 25% larger. Additional chapters cover - Visual LISP, Advanced customization (toolbars, menus, etc.); VBA; Migration Assistant, DIESEL; Installing 2000 in the Business Environment (setting up AutoCAD over a network), and Advanced Plotting. Chapters progresses from the most common tasks and functions to the most advanced and customizable. You learn by doing, and everything you learn can be expolated to your unique AutoCAD needs.


Author Notes

Bill Burchard is an information systems consultant, a registered Autodesk author/publisher, and a consulting author and technical editor with New Riders Publishing.
David Pitzer is an AutoCAD instructor and consultant. He is a frequent contributing editor for CADALYST magazine, and has also appeared in CADENCE magazine and the AutoCAD Tech Journal.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Introducing AutoCAD 2000p. 5
1 What's New in AutoCAD 2000p. 7
The Fifteenth Release of AutoCADp. 7
Improved Productivityp. 8
Improved Accessp. 16
Expanded Reachp. 21
Streamlined Outputp. 23
Greater Customizationp. 26
Summaryp. 27
Part II Starting New Projects with AutoCAD 2000p. 29
2 Starting a Drawing in AutoCAD 2000p. 31
The Startup Dialog Boxp. 32
Controlling Drawing Settingsp. 44
Summaryp. 47
3 Controlling the AutoCAD 2000 Drawing Environmentp. 49
Specifying Search Paths and Filenamesp. 50
Options for Displayp. 53
Open and Save Settingsp. 58
Setting Output Optionsp. 63
Configuring the Systemp. 64
Setting User Preferencesp. 68
Choosing Drafting Optionsp. 73
Controlling Selection Methodsp. 76
Saving the Options to a Profilep. 79
Summaryp. 84
4 Organizing a Drawing with Layersp. 85
The New Layer Properties Managerp. 86
Standardizing Layer Namesp. 87
Controlling Object Propertiesp. 90
Controlling Object Behaviorp. 99
Using Layer Filtersp. 105
Summaryp. 113
5 Using Linetypes and Lineweights Effectivelyp. 115
Working with Existing Linetypesp. 116
Creating and Using Custom Linetypesp. 123
Working with Lineweightsp. 134
Summaryp. 139
Part III Creating and Editing Drawingsp. 141
6 Accuracy in Creating Drawings with AutoCAD 2000p. 143
Coordinate Systemsp. 144
Changing Coordinate Systemsp. 154
Setting Up Drafting Settingsp. 167
Construction Lines and Raysp. 191
Summaryp. 192
7 Creating Elementary Objectsp. 193
Using the Line Commandp. 194
Using the ARC Commandp. 199
Using the Circle Commandp. 204
Using the Polygon Commandp. 208
Drawing Ellipsesp. 211
Summaryp. 220
8 Creating Polylines and Splinesp. 221
Polylines Versus Linesp. 222
Creating Polylinesp. 222
Polyline Typesp. 229
The 3DPOLY Commandp. 231
Editing Polylinesp. 231
Creating True Splinesp. 241
Controlling Splines with Splineditp. 244
Summaryp. 248
9 Understanding the Query Features in AutoCAD 2000p. 249
Obtaining Object Informationp. 250
Inquiry Toolsp. 252
Querying for Areas in Blocks and Xrefsp. 254
Understanding Block Attributesp. 256
Extracting Block and Attribute Datap. 261
Summaryp. 274
10 Basic Object Editingp. 277
Assembling a Selection Setp. 278
Recovering from Unintentional Editsp. 288
Resizing Objectsp. 292
Relocating Objects Using Move and Rotatep. 300
Duplicating Objectsp. 302
Chamfering Cornersp. 310
Filleting Objectsp. 315
Summaryp. 320
11 Advanced Geometry Editingp. 321
Windows Functionality in AutoCADp. 322
Grip Editingp. 326
Changing an Object's Propertiesp. 336
Using Quick Selectp. 341
Using Object Selection Filtersp. 345
Creating and Editing Groupsp. 348
Exploding Compound Objectsp. 351
Specialized Editing Commandsp. 353
Lengthening and Shortening Objectsp. 358
Aligning Objectsp. 358
Renaming Named Objectsp. 362
Deleting Named Objectsp. 363
Summaryp. 365
12 Applications for the New AutoCAD DesignCenterp. 367
Understanding the AutoCAD DesignCenter Interfacep. 368
Loading Content into DesignCenterp. 374
Adding Content to Drawingsp. 380
Summaryp. 384
13 Creating and Using Blocksp. 385
Understanding Blocksp. 386
Redefining Blocks with In-Place Reference Editingp. 405
Using Nested Blocksp. 408
Managing Blocks Effectivelyp. 409
Summaryp. 412
14 Working with Drawings and External References Productivelyp. 413
Working with Drawings Productivelyp. 414
Working with External References Productivelyp. 419
Managing Xrefsp. 432
Summaryp. 448
Part IV Annotating, Dimensioning, and Plottingp. 449
15 Text Annotationp. 451
Drawing Single-Line Textp. 452
Editing Single-Line Textp. 459
Defining Text Stylesp. 461
Drawing Paragraphs of Text with Mtextp. 467
Performing a Spelling Checkp. 473
Looking at Additional Text Optionsp. 475
Creating Your Own Shape Filep. 477
Using the Express Text Routinesp. 477
Summaryp. 477
16 Drawing Hatch Patternsp. 479
Creating Hatch Patterns Using Bhatchp. 480
Editing Hatch Patternsp. 494
Other Hatching Considerationsp. 497
Customizing Hatch Patternsp. 499
Using BOUNDARY to Delineate Areas and Islandsp. 501
Summaryp. 502
17 Productive Dimensioningp. 503
Becoming Proficient at Productive Dimensioningp. 504
Other Dimensionsp. 512
Increasing Productivity with Third-Party Programsp. 521
Dimension Placement in the Drawingp. 522
Improving Productivity: Tips and Techniquesp. 523
Summaryp. 524
18 Advanced Dimensioningp. 525
Defining Dimension Stylesp. 526
Modifying Dimensionsp. 540
Summaryp. 553
19 Paper Space Layoutsp. 555
Using Paper Space Layoutsp. 556
Working with Viewports in a Layoutp. 564
Summaryp. 585
20 Productive Plottingp. 587
Configuring a Plotterp. 588
Defining Plot Stylesp. 596
Creating Page Setupsp. 606
Plotting from AutoCAD 2000p. 614
Summaryp. 617
Part V Customizing and Advanced Conceptsp. 619
21 Customizing Without Programmingp. 621
Creating Command Aliasesp. 622
Customizing AutoCAD Toolbarsp. 625
Adding a Command to the Cursor Menup. 631
Scripts and Slidesp. 636
Summaryp. 639
22 Introduction to AutoLISP Programmingp. 641
Introducing AutoLISPp. 642
Using AutoLISP for Keyboard Macrosp. 644
Creating a Simple AutoLISP Programp. 651
Understanding ACAD.LSP and ACADDOC.LSPp. 661
A Brief Look at Visual LISPp. 662
Summaryp. 664
23 Effective Applications for OLE Objects in AutoCAD 2000p. 665
Understanding Object Linking and Embeddingp. 666
Importing Objects into AutoCAD Using OLEp. 667
Controlling OLE Object Propertiesp. 673
Working with Linked OLE Objectsp. 686
Exporting AutoCAD Objects by Using OLEp. 688
Summaryp. 691
24 Using External Databasesp. 693
Setting Up AutoCAD to Work with External Databasesp. 694
Working with Database Tablesp. 702
Working with Data and Objectsp. 715
Using Queriesp. 724
Summaryp. 728
Part VI CAD on the Internetp. 731
25 Publishing on the Webp. 733
AutoCAD 2000: Where Design Really Connectsp. 734
Understanding the Capabilities of the Web-Oriented AutoCAD 2000p. 736
Viewing Design Data on the Webp. 740
URLs as First-Class Citizensp. 741
Viewing DWG Filesp. 753
Viewing DWF Files with Whip!p. 755
Publishing Your Drawings on the Webp. 759
ePlotp. 765
Creating an Effective CAD-Oriented Web Sitep. 766
Using Other Web Toolsp. 779
Summaryp. 782
26 Project Collaboration over the Internetp. 785
Coordination and the Iterative Design Processp. 786
Collaborative Internet Technologiesp. 789
Internet Xrefsp. 793
Case Study Background: Architektonp. 795
Implementationp. 798
Going Live Onlinep. 800
Taking the Architekton Tourp. 803
Summaryp. 819
Part VII AutoCAD in 3Dp. 821
27 Introduction to 3Dp. 823
Understanding 3D Coordinate Systemsp. 824
Defining a User Coordinate System in 3D Spacep. 826
Using Viewportsp. 838
Interactive Viewing in 3Dp. 843
Shading a Modelp. 854
Summaryp. 857
28 Drawing in 3D in AutoCADp. 859
Working with Lines, Polylines, and 3D Polylinesp. 860
Using Object Snaps and Point Filtersp. 864
3D AutoCAD Editing Commandsp. 870
Extend, Trim, and Other Editing Commands in 3Dp. 880
Working with Regionsp. 883
Summaryp. 886
29 Surfacing in 3Dp. 887
Basic Surfacing Techniquesp. 888
Working with Advanced Surfacing Commandsp. 893
Considering 3D Meshesp. 905
Editing Mesh Surfacesp. 905
Summaryp. 907
30 Solid Modelingp. 909
The ACIS Solid Modelerp. 910
Creating Primitivesp. 910
Working with Extrude and Revolvep. 914
Working with 3D Boolean Operationsp. 919
Using the Fillet and Chamfer Commandsp. 921
Controlling Surface Resolutionp. 924
Advanced Solid Modeling Commandsp. 926
Editing Solidsp. 931
Summaryp. 942
31 Rendering in 3Dp. 943
Types of Rendering Supported by AutoCADp. 944
The Rendering Processp. 946
Summaryp. 977
Part VIII Advanced Topicsp. 979
32 Visual LISPp. 981
Understanding AutoLISP and Visual LISPp. 981
Understanding the Visual LISP Interfacep. 983
Understanding the Advanced Programming Toolsp. 993
Summaryp. 1001
33 Advanced Customizationp. 1003
Creating Menu Macrosp. 1012
Creating Custom Toolbarsp. 1022
Summaryp. 1030
34 AutoCAD 2000 Migration Assistancep. 1031
Understanding AutoCAD 2000 Migration Assistancep. 1032
Understanding the Batch Drawing Converterp. 1034
Understanding the AutoLISP Compatibility Analyzer (LCA)p. 1042
Understanding the Menu and Toolbar Porterp. 1048
Understanding the Command Alias (PGP) Porterp. 1056
Understanding the Color to Named Toolsp. 1061
Understanding the Network Deployment Toolp. 1066
Understanding the Serial Number Harvesterp. 1067
Understanding the ScriptPro Utilityp. 1068
Understanding the Compatibility Information Featurep. 1081
Summaryp. 1083
35 Customizing with DIESELp. 1085
Introducing DIESELp. 1086
Creating Custom Status Lines with DIESELp. 1097
Catalog of Frequently Used DIESEL Functionsp. 1103
Summaryp. 1109
36 Installing 2000 in the Business Environmentp. 1111
Planning Your Network Installationp. 1112
Summaryp. 1126
37 Advanced Plottingp. 1127
Publishing Drawings on the Internet with ePlotp. 1128
Understanding the AutoCAD Batch Plot Utilityp. 1135
Summaryp. 1151
Part IX Reference Materialsp. 1153
A Before the Drawing Begins: Planning and Organizing Projectsp. 1155
Getting Started: Key Factors to Organize Firstp. 1156
Setting Up Your Drawingp. 1171
Using AutoCAD Features that Help in Project Deliveryp. 1181
DesignCenterp. 1191
Summaryp. 1192
B The Express Toolsp. 1193
Installing the Express Toolsp. 1194
Express Tools At-A-Glancep. 1194
Express Tools Tutorialsp. 1200
C What You'll Find on the CD-ROMp. 1213
Indexp. 1217

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