AutoCAD is the most widely used PC-based design program in the world, with
approximately 4 million design professionals worldwide-from architects to
mechanical designers to electrical engineers-already using the program. The
latest version, AutoCAD 2000, has over 400 new features, including
significant changes to the user interface. "AutoCAD 2000 is a huge leap for
AutoCAD-effectively changing how our customers connect with their designs,"
said Ajay Kela, vice president of the AutoCAD group.
O'Reilly's newest release in the esteemed In a Nutshell series,
AutoCAD 2000 in a Nutshell
(by Dorothy Kent, $24.95), provides a complete and
comprehensive reference for AutoCAD 2000 users. AutoCAD 2000 in a
Nutshell contains alphabetically arranged descriptions of every command
and variable, including toolbar and command line launch options and
important command dialog boxes with detailed descriptions of the various
options available to the user. For advanced users who want to customize the
software, there is information on system variables used for scripts,
macros, and Autolisp.
"There are many wonderful enhancements to AutoCAD 2000, one being the new
AutoCAD DesignCenter," says author Dorothy Kent. "Another interesting
enhancement is the Object Properties Manager or the Properties window. It's
certainly a time saver and beats going to each individual edit command to
accomplish the same result. I also like the ability to have multiple paper
space layouts for each drawing. Each layout lets you create viewports, of
any shape, through which you can view your drawing. You can control the
scale factor, layer visibility, plotting parameters and the viewing angle
of objects. Therefore, depending on who's to receive the plotted output,
you can save all the layouts and plotting parameters for future use."
This important reference will save valuable time and increase productivity
with hundreds of tips culled from the author's years of experience as an
AutoCAD user and instructor.
About the In a Nutshell Series:
The In a Nutshell series from O'Reilly & Associates provides concise,
high-end reference books at low-end prices, for sophisticated computer
users who need the facts, but not the frills. To the point, authoritative,
no-nonsense solutions have always been a trademark of O'Reilly books. The
In a Nutshell books raise that philosophy to an art form.
In a Nutshell
books have earned a solid reputation in the field as the well-thumbed
reference that sits beside the knowledgeable user, programmer, or
administrator's keyboard. These lean, focused references offer practical
examples for those who live in a deadline-driven world.
In a Nutshell authors cover critical topics in a concise, easy-look up
format. O'Reilly & Associates president and founder, Tim O'Reilly,
explains: "These books aren't tutorials. They take a topic and drill down,
expand, and delight the reader by providing useful information the reader
didn't even expect to find. This "leap of usefulness" is crucial to an In a
About the author:
Dorothy Kent is a bestselling author and veteran trainer on AutoCAD. She
has taught hundreds of industry professionals and their support staff how
to be productive with AutoCAD. She has been a guest speaker at the Autodesk
University, is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Cadalyst
magazine, and has worked with Autodesk's Customer Education and Training
Department developing training materials for their Learning Resource Series
AutoCAD 2000 in a Nutshell
A Command Reference Guide
by Dorothy Kent
1st Edition February 2000 (US)
656 pages, 1-56592-690-0, $29.95 (US)