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AutoCAD 14: No Experience Required Paperback – February 15, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0782121995 ISBN-10: 0782121993 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: No Experience Required
  • Paperback: 660 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (February 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782121993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782121995
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,317,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

AutoCAD 14: No Experience Required is an introduction to the basic features and commands of AutoCAD as they are used in computer-aided architectural drafting. The essential fourteen skills are presented as an on-going tutorial in which the reader is guided through the steps necessary to create a floor plan, elevations, and other drawings that illustrate a small cabin. As you move from skill to skill, you develop this set of drawings and learn, eventually, how to dimension, place text in a drawing, link external references and print from Paper Space. An introduction to the concepts and techniques for drawing in 3D is presented in the appendix.

About the Author

David Frey has been teaching AutoCAD to AEC design professionals, engineers, and high school students and teachers for more than a decade. His books for Sybex include four previous best-selling editions of AutoCAD: No Experience Required and AutoCAD 2000 Visual JumpStart. David holds a Master's degree in architecture.

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Customer Reviews

Individual ability to create such sets will depend upon prior architectural training.
Patrick R. Thrush
This book was easy to follow and Frey did a Great Job with explanations of terms and all the questions that I had were answered right there in the book.
Richard Gomez
I strongly recommend this book for anyone just starting to explore AutoCAD, especially if you are on a budget.
Raymond H.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
This reference is easy to follow for architectual drafting. If you are drawing simple box type structures this is the book for you. If you need a mechanical drafting Autocad learning reference dont buy this book. You will be disappointed. For example 12 pages are devoted to "laying out the kitchen". I suggest the author and the publisher do two things; 1) change the title of the reviewed book to Architectual-Autocad 14 and 2) write another book titled Mechanical-Autocad 14.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Patrick R. Thrush on May 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
For many years I have wanted to learn AutoCAD, but the complexity of earlier programs, and the instructional materials available made the task far too time consuming and difficult. In this book, David Frey presents a simple project which by continuing development of it cover to cover, takes an individual from the basic functions of AutoCAD R14 through 3 dimensional modeling.
Starting with a personal CAD knowledge base of zero, following Frey's lessons, I was able after about 8 hours with the book to create from scratch a basic architectural floorplan. Within four weeks, I had completed this book and was able to produce full, architectural quality construction drawings. Individual ability to create such sets will depend upon prior architectural training. But, one will most certainly be able to create simple plans, and make modifications to much more complex ones. As way of comparison, the easy to read and understand material presented here amounted to what is taught in a much more intense three month college introductory level CAD course. I give this book an A+.
A word of note. This book is written for those who are needing to aquire AutoCAD skills for architectural design, construction, or structure documentation purposes. In this respect, Frey delivers. It is not a book for mechanical engineering, or civil engineering CAD skills.
In conclusion, this work quickly provided me a comprehensive set of skills needed to assume a leadership role in historic preservation project management, cutting many months off what is normally a steep learning curve. I recommend it to anyone who needs to learn how to create or modify architectural drawings, without reserve.
Following this book, I recommend George Omura's "Mastering AutoCAD Release 14". Purchase these two together, and one will have a high quality architectural CAD training package and reference source.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Abu Amr on March 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
But be aware it is for you only if you are an Arcitecht... if you use autocad for other reasons I think you should consider another one..
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
Unlike most AutoCAD books that are filled with tips and shortcuts, this one assumes that 1) you don't know anything about AutoCAD, and 2) you want to. I had the luxery of a solid week at work to spend with the book and it was worth it. At the end I really knew what I was doing. I felt ready to actually start working.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is the best autocad learning manual. It concisely and clearly shows how to use the Autocad commands to draw in 2 and 3 dimensions. It is much clearer than Autocad for Dummies or Autocad Basic by Shumaker. It also shows how to use architect features. I have 11 books on Autocad, this is the best!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 1999
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I purchased this book for my new student worker. He was able to go through the book in about 40 hours and learned the basics of AutoCAD 14 in that time. He was able to start from clicking on the icon to finishing a drawing in this time frame. This book has even helped me in learning some of the new features in Release 14 and I have been doing AutoCAD for 13 years.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
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I bought this book to use as a textbook for a Beginning AutoCAD 14 internet class. I was on my own in learning and this book was just great. My intructor was amazed at how fast I was learning to draw. I highly recomend this book to any new users.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
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I found this book to be well-constructed and full of informative, helpful and practical examples for the novice and a great reference for the experienced. The book takes the user from a "WHAT IS AutoCAD?" level to the more advanced "JUST GIVE ME THE MEAT" level. From the very minute I opened the book I was able to start drawing. I have created a set of basic architectural drawings that has allowed me to analyze different remodeling and furniture layout scenarios. My next stop is to design an irrigation layout that maximizes my landscaping and watering effectiveness with minimum waste. This will be a treasured and well-used book in my personal library for a very long time.... Thanks David!
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