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Learning AutoCAD 2013: A Video Introduction DVD-ROM – October 9, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1118465813 ISBN-10: 1118465814 Edition: 1st

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Eight Hours of Expert AutoCAD 2013 Instruction

Learn AutoCAD with this engaging video course based on real-world projects. The high-definition video features expert step-by-step instruction viewable on laptops, PCs, smartphones, and tablets.

Master these topics and more

  • Foundational skills for accurate 2D drawing
  • 3D modeling fundamentals
  • Using layers to organize content
  • Creating text, attributes, and fields
  • Applying hatch patterns, solid fills, and gradients
  • Using blocks and groups
  • Dimensioning and using constraints
  • Rendering photorealistic output

Easily navigate to the table of contents and included tutorial files

Go full screen with high-def, 1280x720 video, or work side by side with AutoCAD

Search lesson and chapter descriptions to find the instruction you need

Highlight, annotate, and quickly revisit key content with custom bookmarks

About the Author

Scott Onstott has more than 12 years of experience teaching and writing about AutoCAD. He's a frequent contributor to such popular industry websites as AECBytes.com, and has authored several books and training videos. video2brain has been helping people upgrade their skills with world-class video training for over 10 years.

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Product Details

  • DVD-ROM
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118465814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118465813
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,575,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry L on January 18, 2013
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I taught AutoCAD for several years at a community college.

This disk is very good and the price is decent. There are some things I would approach differently, but that is just a matter of opinion more than anything. Most instructors have their own ideas on how to teach something. Be that as it may, I would recommend this training aid to anyone wanting beginners instruction on AutoCAD. There are some things I may have left out or changed, such as "Blocks". Blocks are useful but not necessary in the beginning of AutoCAD. I may have used "Groups" instead or just left it out and stuck with more beginner stuff more likely to be used by the beginner. But the instruction is very good and explains things very well on all subjects covered.

Really, this is worth the cost.
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When personal one-on-one instruction is not available, the best way to learn any software is the "classroom-in-a-book/ disk" style.

This is where material and lessons are laid out and as the lesson progresses you work right along with it, stopping and reviewing or perhaps going through the lesson again for reinforcement. You're learning visually as well as by tactile engagement.

This is fundamentally different than just tutorials or even glossary-type books (think "Dummies") where there is no legitimate way to gauge your progress.

This is where a program like the "Learn AutoCAD 2013" comes in handy because you have a 8-hours of a virtual classroom where instructor Scott Onstott introduces a very good overview of AutoCAD and the many, many features that are a part of this industry-leading software.

The software itself can be played directly from the dvd drive on your computer or you can create a file/ image file and play it directly from your computer without the disk.

Additionally, should you ever need to refer to this video material but are not at home, Wiley gives you an access code in the folder and a dedicated webpage to view the tutorials there. Registration is necessary, but in the case of the AutoCAD 2013 disk-- a lot for that series seems to have had corrupted. I've talked with customer service several times and I'm still waiting on them to send me a new passcode to access the online archive.

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The videos are HD. When opened, it takes up your entire screen space, so if you want to get the best viewing option for this and/or the series, it may be best to have a second monitor available if you're have AutoCAD and want to work alongside it.

The video showcase is broken down into chapters.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kear VINE VOICE on January 24, 2013
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This is a fine instructional program for both the beginner as well as those who are more advanced students. I especially appreciate the "watch and work" mode which allows you to practice with the downloadable files as you learn. AutoCAD 2013 teaches basic 2D drawing skills, working with splines and polylines, using layers and objects, organizing objects with groups and blocks, using hatch patterns and gradients, working with blocks and cross-references, creating and editing text, dimensioning, using constraints and layouts, printing, editing and importing data, modeling in 3D, and presenting the design. Well worth the price.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hans Castorp VINE VOICE on March 14, 2013
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8 hours is not long when you are introduced to perhaps the best presentation of AutoCAD 2013 on the market. Other reviewers here get into some specific product details, including some who teach this professionally. But having looked thru this several times, all I can say is it is (for me at least), the perfect way to learn about AutoCAD!
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