AutoCAD 2005 and AutoCAD LT 2005: no experience required by David Frey

By David Frey

Up to date for the 2005 releases of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, this best-selling introductory booklet can provide a high-quality grounding within the necessities. you will get speedy gratification by means of following the step by step directions and hands-on initiatives that conceal every one part of designing a summer time cabin. you could development sequentially during the ebook or commence at any bankruptcy through downloading the drawing documents from the Sybex website. skilled writer David Frey is helping you bought and perform your new talents, getting ready you to delve into the extra complex subject matters and initiatives lined in George Omura's studying AutoCAD.

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You need to change the spacing for another reason: for the drawing task ahead, it will be more useful to have the spacing set differently. Remember how we turned Snap on, and the cursor stopped at each dot? If you set the dot spacing to 12", you can use Grid and Snap modes to help you draw the outline of the cabin because the dimensions of the outside wall line are in whole feet: 25'  16'. Here’s how: 1. Right-click the Grid button on the status bar, and choose Settings from the small menu that opens.

A limitation of this nature will be illustrated in Chapter 4. When entering relative coordinates, you need to type an “at” symbol (@) before the coordinates. In the previous example, you would enter the relative Cartesian coordinates as @8,0. The @ lets AutoCAD know that the numbers following it represent coordinates that are relative to the last point designated. Relative Cartesian Coordinates The Cartesian system of coordinates, named after the philosopher René Descartes, who invented the X,Y coordinate system in the 1600s, uses a horizontal (X) and vertical (Y) component to locate a point relative to the 0,0 point.

3: The Draw and Modify toolbars docked on the left side of the drawing area, and all status bar buttons except Model turned off 4. Click the Line button at the top of the Draw toolbar. Look at the bottom of the Command window and see how the Command: prompt has changed. The prompt now tells you that the Line command is started (Command: _line) and that AutoCAD is waiting for you to designate the first point of the line (Specify first point:). You can also start the Line command by choosing Draw Enter key.

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