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Mastering AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 Paperback – June 7, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0470952887 ISBN-10: 0470952881 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470952881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470952887
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Become an AutoCAD Expert with This Comprehensive Resource

This Autodesk Official Training Guide is a comprehensive reference and tutorial that will help you quickly master AutoCAD software. Written by award-winning author George Omura, it's a complete package, featuring concise explanations, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on projects based on real-world designs.

If you're new to AutoCAD, the tutorials will help you build skills right away. If you're an AutoCAD veteran, Omura's in-depth explanations of the latest features will turn you into an AutoCAD 2012 pro. And if you're preparing for certification, this Autodesk Official Training Guide will help you get ready for Autodesk's Certified Associate and Certified Professional exams.

Coverage includes:

  • Effectively using hatches, fields, and tables

  • Manipulating dynamic blocks and attributes

  • Controlling objects with Multi-functional Grips

  • Finding drawing elements with Autodesk Content Explorer

  • Linking drawings to databases and spreadsheets

  • Creating and editing associative arrays

  • Exploring parametric modeling with geometric constraints

  • Rendering realistic interior views with natural lighting

  • Presenting 3D models with cutaway and x-ray view

Featured on the DVD

Find all of the project files for the book's exercises, over a dozen video tutorials, bonus chapters on advanced topics, and additional tools and utilities.

  • Learn Everything You Need to Be an AutoCAD Expert

  • Turn Ideas into Reality with Powerful 3D Design Tools

  • Explore the Latest Features, Advanced Topics, and Best Practices

  • View Easy-to-Follow Video Tutorials on Important Tasks

  • Prepare for the AutoCAD Certified User, Associate,and Professional Certification Exams

"This comprehensive guide to AutoCAD is an indispensable resource that will help you become more productive in your daily work. —Diane Li, AutoCAD Senior Product Manager

About the Author

George Omura is a licensed architect and Autodesk Authorized Author who has more than 30 years of experience in architecture and has been using AutoCAD for more than 20 years. He has worked on design projects ranging from resort hotels to metropolitan transit systems to the San Francisco Library project. He is the all-time bestselling AutoCAD author and was cited as favorite CAD author by members of the Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) in AUGIWorld magazine's "Best of Everything CAD" issue.


More About the Author

George Omura is a licensed architect and Autodesk Authorized Author who has more than 30 years of experience in architecture and has been using AutoCAD for more than 20 years. As a CAD specialist, he has worked on design projects ranging from resort hotels to metropolitan transit systems to the San Francisco Library project. He is the all-time bestselling AutoCAD author and was cited as favorite CAD author by members of the Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) in AUGIWorld magazine's "Best of Everything CAD" issue.

Customer Reviews

It is very well written.
Patrick
Don't think it was ever proofed before being published, if it was the person who proofed it sure did not use the tutorials to complete any of the chapter drawings.
D. Wightman
This book is very good for beginner and intermediate users.
Nathan of Nha Trang

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nathan of Nha Trang on August 31, 2011
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This book is very good for beginner and intermediate users. If, you are looking to learn about SHEET SET MANAGER, you won't find it here. They totally left out this topic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Manuel I. Cordero on March 12, 2013
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This is my third Mastering AutoCAD book and I strongly recommend it as a great book to always have on your bookshelf as reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Moll on March 5, 2013
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it is helping me learn and grow as a seasoned draftsman/designer. It helps keep me up to date on the new revisions to the program.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on October 28, 2011
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I am a novice at using AutoCAD.
Before ordering this book I have learned enough to do very basic 2d drawings of sail panels for Falcon Sails. [...]

Now that I need to step up to 3d stuff, my just learn as I go approach does not work so well. I need to add to my knowledge base in a more structured way.

So far, I have read 100 pages of this book starting with the more difficult 3d chapter.
It is very well written. I rarely get lost and I am adding nicely to my autocad knowledge.
I really like the way it assumes you know very little about the layout of autocad, and consistently describes each step in detail so you are not left searching around & get hung up on simple things. At the same time the consistency of process documentation allows you to breeze over the sentences you do not need.
Even if you are an autocad expert, you may need this for a while when you step up from an older version of autocad.

This book has had multiple editions before this one. It shows that it has been continually improved.

Some people complained it is not in color. That would be better, but it is a minor issue. I will take the well written book over the color pictures every time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K Lee on December 27, 2012
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I would recommend this book for people that are new or even at least 2 years worth of professional experience with AutoCAD. Being a 15+ year veteran, I would say that this book would have been helpful to me in my first 1 to 2 years of using CAD. I started CAD back in high school which I used a similar reference book. It did help me understand the format and functions of how Autodesk environment work. Once you get past that, I believe the book is only 2 to 3 steps better than the help menu that AutoCAD software has. I was hoping for better examples (being that it's already 30 years since the launch of the software), but at a book that has over 800 pages and the margins and printing of this book are ample for your own notes, it almost feels like it could have been printed on 400 pages or less (I'm the kind of guy that likes very small margins in my reference books, just enough to get the edges of the pages dirty from my finger prints, but not to the point where I can write my own cliff notes along the margins in the book, that's what a "notebook" is for).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Wightman on April 3, 2012
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Been using and teaching AutoCad since release 10 in the 80's. This is by far the worst text book I have ever seen. The tutorials are very difficult to follow, text is scattered all over the board and does not follow a logical sequence. Text itself is filled with countless typos and errors. Chapter 6 alone has at least 6 error that make completing the assignment a tedious task. Don't think it was ever proofed before being published, if it was the person who proofed it sure did not use the tutorials to complete any of the chapter drawings. Save you money and get AutoCad books and texts by "Shrock" or "Wohlers". The Applying AutoCad series by Wohlers has been out for 20 years, there is a reason it has lasted the test of time. The "Mastering AutoCad 2012" text is a waste of time and money!!!!! Returning for a refund when my college class requiring it is over.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By proinwv on September 21, 2011
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The book is extensive in information but it's presentation is not the clearest. Also it would help if the images were in color. I wish I had purchased something else.
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