Beginning AutoCAD 2007

1st Edition

Authors: Bob McFarlane
Paperback ISBN: 9780750683234
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 2nd November 2006
Page Count: 392


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Beginning AutoCAD 2007 is a course based on learning and practising the essentials of 2D drawing using AutoCAD. Bob McFarlane's hands-on approach is uniquely suited to independent learning and use on courses. The focus on 2D drawing in one book ensures the reader gets a thorough grounding in the subject, with a greater depth of coverage than tends to be available from general introductions to AutoCAD. As a result, this book provides a true, step-by-step, detailed exploration of the AutoCAD functions required at each stage of producing a 2D drawing - an approach often not found in the many software reference guides available.

The emphasis on learning through doing makes this book ideal for anyone involved in engineering, construction or architecture - where the focus is on productivity and practical skills. The author has also matched the coverage to the requirements of City and Guilds, Edexcel (BTEC) and SQA syllabuses.

The following new features in AutoCAD 2007 are covered in this book:

  • Create: Using enhanced commands and draughting tools to create all types of content
  • Manage: Using the Sheet Set Manager and Attribute Extraction to manage data and information
  • Produce: Using dynamic blocks, dynamic input and selection preview to increase productivity
  • Share: Using e-transmit, publish to the web and PDF files to share information Plus, a new companion website features AutoCAD files for selected activities for students to work with.

The result is a useful refresher course for anyone using AutoCAD at this level, and those upgrading to the new software release. The course is also designed to be fully relevant to anyone using other recent releases, including AutoCAD 2006.


Bob McFarlane has been writing books on AutoCAD fo

Key Features

  • A complete course on 2D design with AutoCAD in one book - ideal for independent learning
  • Exercises aid student learning and self assessment
  • Focus on 2D drawing provides in-depth coverage to this key introductory-level use of AutoCAD


Professional engineers and students in the fields of Engineering, Construction and Architecture.

Table of Contents

Preface Using the book The AutoCAD 2007 graphics screen Drawing and Erasing and using the Selection Set The 2D drawing aids Saving and Opening drawings Standard sheet 1 Line and Circle object creation Object snap Creating arcs, donuts, ellipses, points and polygons Layers Creating a working drawing Using the Modify commands 1 Text Dimensioning The MODIFY commands 2 Grips Viewing drawings Hatching Drawing assistance and information Polylines Additional draw and modify commands The array command Changing object properties Text tables Tolerances Using various units and paper sizes Multilines, complex lines and groups Blocks and attributes Wblocks and external references Dynamic blocks The Design Center Pictorial drawings Model and paper space Templates, standards and sheets Toolbars and tool palettes File formats and plotting ‘electronic’ AutoCAD Additional activities



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About the Author

Bob McFarlane

Bob has been writing AutoCAD books since 1993, the first being published for AutoCAD Release 12. Outside of work, Bob’s interests include Bonsai trees, stamp collecting, remote control aircraft and kite flying. At present Bob spend most of his time with his wife Helen, his children Linda and Stephen and his granddaughter Ciara.

Affiliations and Expertise

Autodesk Educational Developer, U.K.