Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

AutoCAD: Secrets Every User Should Know 1st Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0470109939
ISBN-10: 0470109939
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$25.00 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
Buy new On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$31.80 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
More Buying Choices
31 New from $9.04 28 Used from $0.54
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Prime Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Windows10ForDummiesVideo
Windows 10 For Dummies Video Training
Get up to speed with Windows 10 with this video training course from For Dummies. Learn more.
$31.80 FREE Shipping. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • AutoCAD: Secrets Every User Should Know
  • +
  • AutoCAD: Professional Tips and Techniques
  • +
  • Expert CAD Management: The Complete Guide
Total price: $99.66
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

Let's face it... I have read just about every book that I could on AutoCAD over the years and thought that there was nothing new under the sun. Well... I stand corrected. Dan Abbott has created a MUST READ book that you need to add to your book shelf.

AutoCAD Secrets is a refreshing change from the usual presentation of AutoCAD information, tips and tricks that is found in most of the book written. He leaves no stone unturned in his attempt to tell you just about everything you need to know from basic to very advanced topics.

The eleven chapters of info starts off with a great chapter on AutoCAD productivity. Every topic was discussed in plain English and directly to the point (my kind of guy!). He covers the unspoken "boot camp" level principles and best practices of CAD with an in depth look at each topic. As I read it - I discovered nuggets of gold that renewed my enthusiasm for "common sense" CAD. (see my blog on this topic). He covers the foundational precepts and practices of sound file creation and data input.  As I read I kept wondering - "Is he going to mention this or that?" and sure enough, there it was. The bottom line guidelines that the whole world needs to be reminded of. Chapter One alone is worth the price of the book.

He continues in chapters covering the management of your files, customization issues, graphic standards, and more. He reviews the basics of Paper Space and Model Space, what goes where and offers sidebar tips at every turn of the page.

Covering the basics is just the starting point for him to launch into the advanced topics. There is a complete LISP programming class that is presented in logical steps for all to use. Plus there is actual full working code in the book - just type it in and use it. Or better yet the book tells you where to go online to get the code. It's like getting two books in one, plus online resources. He finishes up with 3D topics and finally AutoCAD Puzzlers.

AutoCAD Puzzlers is a compilation of real world problems and stumpers (he got me on quite a few). Each taken from real questions from the many interactions he has had with students and users. These Puzzlers are often the submittal busters that we all face at crunch time. He presents them as questions and then provides the answer at the end of the book. Thirty Five of the toughest questions and weird behaviors (and the answers to them all).

This ranks very very high on my list of must have books. I applaud him for his succinct language, honest approach and real world emphasis.Forget the new Harry Potter novel... Go buy this book!--Review by Mark Kiker, Editor, CADD Manager (www.caddmanager.com)

I've been using AutoCAD for 22 years, and have written a hundred books on the subject. I reviewed many CAD books back in the days when book reviews were common in CAD publications; some were innovative, others were just sad. But for nearly a decade, it's been mostly silence on the book review front.

Then earlier in the summer, a book arrived in the mail from Sybex: 'AutoCAD Secrets Every User Should Know' by Dan Abbott. Reading it, I got excited: here's a book for every AutoCAD user, even old-timers like me.

This book's conversational tone makes for easy reading. But you won't want to read it through. It's too overwhelming with one useful tip after another after another. I suggest reading a couple of pages a day, marking items with a yellow highlighter. Such as these tips:

  • You can use wildcards in the Rename dialog box.
  • Use Ctrl+R to find viewports that the mouse cursor cannot.
  • Use Lengthen to extend an arc to a specific length.

Worthwhile for the cost to order from Amazon.com. Good job, Mr Abbott!-- Book Review by Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine (upfrontezine.com)

From the Back Cover

Discover Powerful Techniques and Features That Most Users Overlook

Whether you're designing houses, landscapes, or machines, there are AutoCAD tricks-of-the-trade that even seasoned users don't know—tips that can improve your skills, understanding, and productivity. This practical, in-depth book reveals those secrets. You'll find smart ideas on customization, applying graphics standards, managing symbol libraries, leveraging 3D, and more. It even includes an insider's look at features that are used in the field but often ignored in other books, such as DOS functions, scripts, and AutoLISP® programming. The final chapter, AutoCAD Puzzlers, challenges readers to solve real problems from real AutoCAD users.

  • Explore real-world solutions and best practices. Is it faster to produce an accurate drawing or an inaccurate one? Find out why you should take technical graphics standards seriously and how to make AutoCAD apply them
  • Harness information rarely found in other books, such as how to rapidly change thousands of drawings using scripts and batch files, how to use the Visual LISP® editor to produce and debug AutoLISP programs, and more
  • Take full advantage of AutoCAD's interface to improve your productivity
  • Enjoy bonus extras, including the AutoLISP programs, other code used in the book, and a review of key features by release

www.sybex.com

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (January 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470109939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470109939
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Related Media

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
This is a great guide for everyday users. The chapter on Paper Space and Model Space alone is worth the price (very reasonable) of this book. The author has a friendly style, excellent examples, and great puzzlers at the end of the book. Most AutoCAD books are either "tips" books or "how to" books. This one is for people who already know and use the software. I attended one of Dan's presentations at AutoDesk University, and the book is just as great as his workshops. Thanks Dan!!!
Comment 25 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This book is a great source of tips and guidelines for any AutoCAD user, beginner or experienced. Dan's thorough explanation of the tabs and settings in the Options menu along with the recommendations for settings is worth the price of the book. The chapters on scripts and LISP will help anyone new to customization to start getting a grasp of how to use these tools to get AutoCAD to do be a more productive tool in their particular work environment.
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I purchased this book after reading all the reviews, but unfortunately I didn't look at the dates these reviews were written. I started using AutoCad in 2000 and am now an Architectural CAD student at my local community college. We are currently using AutoCad 2012 and after reading some of this book, I realized that a lot of the content is a little outdated. Some commands in the 2007 version the author talks about have been completely removed, or better more efficient methods have been incorporated in the newer versions. It still has some good information but beware if you are using a newer version of AutoCad, as this book will fall short of the glowing 5 star reviews posted here.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I've been a user of AutoCAD since release 10 (1991), at one time I used to purchase 2 to 4 reference books per AutoCAD release. I have not purchased a book on AutoCAD since AutoCAD 2000. Until now. Mr. Abbott's book is by far the best AutoCAD Productivity book on the market! If you have had formal or informal training for AutoCAD, or are a seasoned user of AutoCAD, get this book! Although Mr. Abbott packs this book full of real-world tips and tricks and enough examples to give one a good jump-start with customizing AutoCAD, my enthusiasm for this book is based on the fact that Mr. Abbott explains how and why AutoCAD works without being geeky. "AutoCAD: Secrets Every User Should Know", is a well written reference and tutorial book which will not become obsolete with the next release of AutoCAD.
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This is the first CAD book that I have bought in years (using AutoCAD since release 2.5), this book is a must have for anyone using AutoCAD. This is not a command reference guide, it truly shows you how to use the software through best practices, customization, automation and programming. It is a comprehensive book filled with tips, tricks, pitfalls, and examples. Mr. Abbott has brought together enough productivity tips for the user that the book will pay for itself through increased productivity.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
The index is a great resource for those in the world who were thrown into CAD with no formal training, like myself. To have this reference handy next to our company CAD station has been a budget saver, eliminating the fumbling and guessing that historically took place for our projects. Not only that, but the primary proofreader of the book, Paul, is a fantastic resource for nit-picky questions that I inevitably run across in my projects.

Thanks Dan.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By SD on December 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've been using AutoCAD for many years and have seen many books rehash the same old stuff.
This book addresses Autocad from a user standpoint, written by someone who not only completely understands AutoCAD but also knows how it's used in the real world.
A "must-have" for all AutoCAD users.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
AutoCAD Secrets every User should know is a fantastic Book.It helps me in my CAD Life.My favorite Chapters are Why Dos isnt dead yet and Chapter 7 AutoCAD Scripts.The Book has improved my productivity, and has enlarged my time off,making my Job easier.AutoCAD Secrets is written in a nice and understandable way.I hope that Dan Abbott writes another Book soon.

Thank You

Jose De Jesus
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

AutoCAD: Secrets Every User Should Know
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: AutoCAD: Secrets Every User Should Know

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: engineering mechanics