This book isn’t release-specific, although AutoCAD 2007 is used throughout for the
graphics. Many offices don’t upgrade immediately to new releases, and I understand why.
Upgrades cost money and take time, and the law of unintended consequences often kicks
in at exactly the wrong time. Most of the material in this book applies to any release of
AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT. Where it doesn’t, I make that clear. The most obvious distinc-
tion occurs in Chapter 3, “Customizing AutoCAD’s Interface,” because of the introduction
of the Customizable User Interface in AutoCAD 2006....
AutoCAD is a very powerful 2D drafting application,
but behind the user interface (toolbars, pull-down
menus, and drawing window) lie the capabilities of
navigating and creating 3D models and generating
presentation-quality images from 3D models to share
with your clients. Before you begin navigating or creating
your own 3D models from 3D solids or surfaces or using
materials and user-defined lights to generate a photoreal-
istic rendering of a 3D model, you must become familiar
with how AutoCAD’s user interface works in 3D.
As with all good Windows programs — and AutoCAD is a very good
Windows program — you can make your drawings appear on-screen in
For a start, there’s the . . . er, Start button, the one that Mick and the Rolling
Stones sang about way back when Bill Gates launched Windows 95 on an
unsuspecting world. To get to AutoCAD 2007 (or AutoCAD LT 2007), you click
Start➪Programs➪Autodesk➪AutoCAD 2007➪AutoCAD 2007. (You can tell
you’re at the end of the line because the last AutoCAD 2007 has a unique pro-
gram icon rather than a generic folder icon beside it.
The user interface in AutoCAD® 2009
software has undergone a major renovation.
You are going to love how quickly you can
navigate to your favorite commands while
still maintaining plenty of room for your
Right of the bat you will notice that the
default model space background color has
changed to of-white, making it easy for
layer colors to be consistent in both model
space and paper space.
Welcome to the AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD LT 2007 Bible. Whether you use AutoCAD or
AutoCAD LT, you’ll find complete explanations of all of the powerful features that you
need to know to design and draw anything. This book is designed to be your comprehensive
guide to both the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT programs.
This book covers every significant AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT feature. If you’re a beginning
user, you’ll find everything you need to start out; if you’re already using AutoCAD or AutoCAD
LT regularly, the book covers advanced material as well.
software, Autodesk has just one goal in mind: increasing your productivity. AutoCAD 2009
boosts efficiency with customizable and extensible user interface enhancements that increase overall drafting
productivity by decreasing the number of steps needed to reach a command. Newly designed, innovative
features simplify working with layers and help make new users productive as quickly as possible. Easy-to-use
navigation tools make finding your way around 3D models a snap. Move to new highs of productivity with
AutoCAD software. ...
The book is a reference guide for AutoCAD programmers, and it’s primarily designed to
explain and demonstrate the features of AutoCAD 2006. As such, this isn’t a beginner’s guide;
however, if you’ve programmed in any language that can interface with other COM objects,
you should be able to easily understand and use this book.
In particular, the book is aimed at programmers who use AutoCAD for daily tasks and can
see the benefits of customizing and automating these tasks.
Being proficient with AutoCAD and its user interface can help make drafting tasks easier
based on how familiar you are with all the tools that are just a click away. The exercises
in this chapter give you an understanding of how to use the various interface elements that
AutoCAD has to offer to make sure you have the tools available when you need them.
The exercises in this chapter use the AutoCAD Classic workspace.
The dashboard is a special palette that displays buttons and controls that are associated with a task-based works
and it is used primarily for 3D modeling, viewing, and rendering. The dashboard provides a single interface elem
for modeling and rendering operations. It eliminates the need to display many toolbars and reduces the clutter
application window. Thus, you can maximize the area available for 3D work, and use a single interface for speed
convenience. The dashboard is organized into a series of control panels.
Providing comprehensive coverage of Visio's large feature set for technical and engineering professionals, the book begins with a quick introduction to the intuitive interface
This book quickly moves into the specialized stencils, shapes, and templates used in software and network design and documentation, engineering disciplines, and project management
Features strong coverage of Visio's tight integration with other Microsoft Office products and as well as its interoperability with related products from other vendors, including AutoCad...