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AutoCAD2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008: No Experience Required

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Presenting you with the perfect step-by-step introduction to the world’s leading CAD software, this this perennial bestseller is completely revised and features comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the latest AutoCAD features, such as dynamic blocks, external references, and 3D design. You’ll get concise explanations and practical tutorials that you can follow sequentially or jump in at any chapter by downloading the drawing files from the Sybex Web site, www.sybex.com/go/acadner2008. Either way, you’ll master AutoCAD features, get a thorough grounding in its essentials, and see quick results.

AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008: No Experience Required is the perfect step-by-step introduction to the world's leading CAD software. It provides concise explanations and practical tutorials that clearly show you how to plan and develop a customized AutoCAD project. Follow the tutorials sequentially or just jump in at any chapter by downloading the drawing files from the Sybex Web site, www.sybex.com/go/acadner2008. Either way, you'll master AutoCAD features, get a thorough grounding in its essentials, and see quick results.

Completely revised, refreshed, and better than ever, this perennial bestseller includes comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the latest AutoCAD features, such as dynamic blocks, external references, and 3D design. It also offers a glossary and a supporting Web site with project files.

  • Utilize the AutoCAD interface as you learn basic commands and set up your own drawings
  • Build on your skills with groups, elevations, hatches, and by using text in drawings

  • Develop sophisticated drawings as you graduate to dimensioning, creating external references, using tables, leveraging dynamic blocks, and mastering layouts and printing

  • Take advantage of the 3D capabilities that make AutoCAD 2008 the complete design tool

Understand how to properly use hatch patterns to add a wealth of visual information to a drawing

Learn to define the appearance of working 3D drawings using the different visual styles

See how AutoCAD's dynamic block feature lets you create and adjust blocks to meet design requirements

About the Author

David Frey ( San Rafael, California) has been working in the fields of architecture and construction for more than 20 years and teaching AutoCAD to AEC design professionals, engineers, students, and teachers for 14 years. He is the author of seven previous best-selling editions of AutoCAD: No Experience Required. David holds a Master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jon McFarland (Cleveland) manages a design department at a property development company, where he uses AutoCAD and VIZ to create visualizations of proposed facility construction and expansions. He has also taught AutoCAD, VIZ, and 3ds Max courses at the university level.

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