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AutoCAD 2014 Essentials: Autodesk Official Press Paperback – June 17, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1118575093 ISBN-10: 1118575091 Edition: 1st
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The book provides a useful introduction to AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for the novice or experienced draughtsperson embarking on the use of AutoCAD 2014. (The Structural Engineer, February 2014).

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Learn AutoCAD Quickly and Easily

Master the fundamentals of Autodesk's powerhouse architectural, engineering, and construction software with this practical, task-based guide. Using straightforward explanations, hands-on exercises, and full-color screenshots and examples, AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 Essentials gets you quickly up to speed on AutoCAD's core features and functions. In addition, you'll gain a solid understanding of 3D design concepts and real-world techniques that will elevate your drawing skills. This updated new edition covers the new geolocation feature and also helps you prepare for the AutoCAD certification exams.

Learn these AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT essentials—and more:

  • 2D drawing basics—lines, circles, arcs, fillets, and more
  • Editing entities and shaping curves
  • Organizing objects with blocks, groups, and xrefs
  • Locating your project in the real world using geolocation
  • Drawing and manipulating objects in 3D space
  • Applying dimension styles and adding constraints
  • Using 3D toolsets to build and document 3D models
  • Creating photorealistic renderings and dynamic walkthroughs

Learn how to draw and manipulate objects, blocks, and hatches

Create beautiful photorealistic renderings of 3D models

This striking Essentials book features:

  • Chapter-opening learning objectives
  • Step-by-step tutorials
  • Full-color screenshots and illustrations
  • Concise chapter summaries and suggested practice exercises
  • Downloadable exercise files

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (June 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118575091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118575093
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I received a degree in Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley and worked in a number of prominent architecture and engineering offices in San Francisco in the first chapter of my career. Computer aided design was young during the early 1990s and I discovered that I had a natural talent for it.

After a short while I missed the collegiate atmosphere so I started tutoring private students in AutoCAD, 3ds max, and Photoshop. Then I got some part time gigs teaching courses at several universities in the SF bay area and ended up leaving the architecture firm where I was working to take a teaching job at the Academy of Art University where I taught 38 semester courses over 6 years.

Around the turn of the millennium I started editing books and ended up tech-editing two dozen books. At this time I enjoyed being paid to learn! This experience expanded my knowledge not only of software but of the publishing industry and exactly how technical books are written. The next step I took was to write my own books of which I have authored or co-authored 12 books to date.

Along the way I have written numerous tips and tricks articles at AECbytes, and continue to write a column called Beyond Photoshop in Photoshop User Magazine (I've written 50+ articles at last count). I've given talks at various conventions and done consulting for many companies on AutoCAD, Photoshop, 3ds max, and SketchUp.

I now live on a rather remote island called Cortes in British Columbia with my family. Although it's only 100 miles (160 km) from Vancouver, it takes 3 car ferries and all day to get to our temperate-rainforest paradise which has the physical size of San Francisco but is home to all of 1000 people.

After studying crop circles, I started making digital art whose themes include these mysterious glyphs, number in itself (math and numerology), number in space (sacred geometry and architecture), number in time (musical principles), and number in space and time (astronomy and astrology).

After moving to Cortes I did a lot of reading and growing as a person. I had a series of epiphanies which resulted in me taking a new direction in 2009. It took me more than a year of full time work to create an epic documentary film called Secrets in Plain Sight, a densely-packed series about esoteric patterns found in art, architecture, and urban design. Volume 1 runs 3hrs43min and is free to watch online. This was very well received and has brought me a lot of joy and online friendship. Consequently I've done many interviews about the film.

Secrets in Plain Sight Volume 2 is my latest feature documentary film, a continuing mind-expanding exploration. Please join me!

Personal note: I was born without both of my legs below the knee and without my right hand due to fibrous amniotic bands that entrapped my limbs in utero. I've walked on artificial legs all my life but you probably wouldn't know it if you met me! This situation has given me a different perspective on life for which I am grateful. My defective vehicle helped me to see at an early age that the body is just that, a vehicle for the soul's journey.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan S. on March 10, 2014
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The book provides clear and helpful exercises in every chapter to help you get familiar with the software. I studied this book and tried to cover a chapter or two everyday for 14 days and helped me get a 94% (passing is 77 at my test site). I've had no previous experience with AutoCAD before, so if you're anxious about taking the test, study this book and also do some practice tests. This book is not perfect, but I'd still give it a 5/5. It only provides the fundamentals, and the actual exam questions are more complex than the exercises, but the tools that you will learn from this book should be enough to get you started with CAD. To really be proficient with AutoCAD, you will have to spend time with the software and do some hands-on exploring and drawing with it. Supplement your learning by watching online video tutorials, reading forums, answering practice tests, and hands-on drawing with the software.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas E. Graham on July 31, 2013
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A very readable and easy to follow guide. I would still be at ground zero without it. I highly recommend it.
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I found this book very helpful. It covered 90% of my questions very well, 5% OK, 5% fair to poor. Prior to purchase, I had 90 minutes AutoCAD instruction and about 80 hours trial-and-error of hands-on work, and could, with considerable effort, produce a respectable drawing (site plan with contours, existing and proposed conditions.) The book is well-organized, and it's readily apparent when it doesn't have the answer, so I haven't spend a lot of wasted time searching dead ends. The program-use tips alone, such as efficient use of the mouse keys, have more than paid for the book, and have saved me hours of time.
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By Harold Gibson on March 4, 2015
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Very good reference book.
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