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Autodesk AutoCAD 2004 Tutorial - Userís Guide

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Chapter 1 Find the Information You Need
Install the Product
Use the Help System Efficiently
Find Information in Help
Use Searches
Use Ask Me
Understand How Help Topics Are Organized
Use the Up Arrow to Navigate Help Topics
Print Help Topics
Show and Hide the Contents Pane
Get Additional Help
Use Active Assistance
Learn the Product
Obtain Documentation Updates
Receive Product Updates and Announcements
Overview of Communication Center
Customize Program Update and Announcement Options
Receive New Information Notifications
View the Product Readme
Part I The User Interface
Chapter 2 Menus, Toolbars and Tool Palettes
Tool Palettes
Insert Blocks and Hatches Using Tool Palettes
Change Tool Palette Settings
Control Tool Properties
Customize Tool Palettes
Save and Share Tool Palettes
Toolbars
The Menu Bar
Shortcut Menus
The Object Snap Menu
Chapter 3 The Command Window
Enter Commands on the Command Line
Enter System Variables on the Command Line
Navigate and Edit Within the Command Window
Switch Between Dialog Boxes and the Command Line
Dock and Resize the Command Window
Chapter 4 DesignCenter
Overview of DesignCenter
Understand the DesignCenter Window
Access Content with DesignCenter
Add Content with DesignCenter
Retrieve Content from the Web with DesignCenter Online
Overview of DesignCenter Online
Understand DesignCenter Online Content Types
Retrieve Content on the Web
Chapter 5 Customize the Drawing Environment
Set Interface Options
Customize Startup
Save and Restore Profiles
Chapter 6 Pointing Devices
Pointing Device Buttons
Digitizing Tablets
Part II Start, Organize, and Save a Drawing
Chapter 7 Start and Save a Drawing
Start a Drawing from Scratch
Use a Setup Wizard
Use a Template File to Start a Drawing
Save a Drawing
Chapter 8 Open an Existing Drawing
Overview of Opening Drawings
Find a Drawing File
Specify Search Paths, File Names, and File Locations
Work with Multiple Open Drawings
Open Part of a Large Drawing (Partial Load)
Add Identifying Information to Drawings
Recover a Damaged File
Chapter 9 Specify Units, Angles, and Scale
Set Units of Measurement
Set Angle Conventions
Draw to Scale
Chapter 10 Organize Drawings and Apply Standards
Overview of CAD Standards
Define Standards
Check Drawings for Standards Violations
Translate Layer Names and Properties
Convert Layers to Established Drawing Standards
View Selected Drawing Layers
Purge Unreferenced Layers
Part III Control the Drawing Views
Chapter 11 Change a View in Two Dimensions
Pan a View
Magnify a View (Zoom)
Pan and Zoom with the Aerial View Window
Save and Restore Views
Chapter 12 Specify a 3D View
View a Parallel Projection in 3D
Overview of Viewing Parallel Projections in 3D
Choose Preset 3D Views
Define a 3D View with Coordinate Values or Angles
Change to a View of the XY Plane
Change a 3D View Dynamically
Display a Perspective View
Specify 3D Views Interactively (3D Orbit)
Overview of 3D Orbit
Set 3D Graphics Display Options (3D Orbit)
Set Lights and Materials (3D Orbit)
Locate the Camera Position (3D Orbit)
Use 3D Orbit Commands
Adjust Clipping Planes (3D Orbit)
Chapter 13 Display Multiple Views
Set Model Tab Viewports
Select the Current Viewport
Save and Restore Model Tab Viewport Arrangements
Part IV Create and Modify Objects
Chapter 14 Control the Properties of Objects
Overview of Object Properties
Display and Change the Properties of Objects
Copy Properties Between Objects
Work with Layers
Overview of Layers
Use Layers to Manage Complexity
Create and Name Layers
Change Layer Settings and Layer Properties
Filter and Sort the List of Layers
Save and Restore Layer Settings
Work with Colors
Set the Current Color
Change the Color of an Object
Use Color Books
Work with Linetypes
Overview of Linetypes
Load Linetypes
Set the Current Linetype
Change the Linetype of an Object
Control Linetype Scale
Display Linetypes on Short Segments and Polylines
Control Lineweights
Overview of Lineweights
Display Lineweights
Set the Current Lineweight
Change the Lineweight of an Object
Control the Display Properties of Certain Objects
Control the Display of Polylines, Hatches, Gradient Fills, Lineweights, and Text
Control the Display Order of Overlapping Objects
Chapter 15 Use Precision Tools
Use Coordinates and Coordinate Systems
Overview of Coordinate Entry
Enter 2D Coordinates
Enter 3D Coordinates
Control the User Coordinate System (UCS) in 2D
Specify Drawing Planes in 3D (UCS)
Assign User Coordinate System Orientations to Viewports
Control the Display of the User Coordinate System Icon
Snap to Locations on Objects (Object Snaps)
Use Object Snaps
Set Visual Aids for Object Snaps (AutoSnap)
Restrict Cursor Movement
Adjust Grid and Grid Snap
Use Orthogonal Locking (Ortho Mode)
Use Polar Tracking and PolarSnap
Lock an Angle for One Point (Angle Override)
Combine or Offset Points and Coordinates
Combine Coordinate Values (Coordinate Filters)
Track to Points on Objects (Object Snap Tracking)
Specify Distances
Enter Direct Distances
Offset from Temporary Reference Points
Specify Intervals on Objects
Extract or Calculate Geometric Information from Objects
Obtain Distances, Angles, and Point Locations
Obtain Area Information
Use the Geometry Calculator
Chapter 16 Draw Geometric Objects
Draw Linear Objects
Draw Lines
Draw Polylines
Draw Polygons
Draw Multiple-Line Objects
Draw Freehand Sketches
Draw Curved Objects
Draw Arcs
Draw Circles
Draw Polyline Arcs
Draw Donuts
Draw Ellipses
Draw Splines
Draw Construction and Reference Geometry
Draw Reference Points
Draw Construction Lines (and Rays)
Create and Combine Areas (Regions)
Create 3D Objects
Overview of 3D Objects
Add Extruded Thickness to Objects
Create Wireframe Models
Create Surfaces
Create 3D Solids
Create and Insert Symbols (Blocks)
Overview of Blocks
Create Blocks
Insert Blocks
Modify Blocks
Attach Data to Blocks (Block Attributes)
Remove Block Definitions
Create Revision Clouds
Chapter 17 Change Existing Objects
Select Objects
Select Objects Individually
Select Multiple Objects
Prevent Objects from Being Selected
Filter Selection Sets
Customize Object Selection
Group Objects
Correct Mistakes
Modify Objects
Overview of Modifying Objects
Remove Objects
Move Objects
Rotate Objects
Align Objects
Copy, Offset, or Mirror Objects
Change the Size and Shape of Objects
Create Fillets, Chamfers, or Breaks in Objects
Use Grips to Edit Objects
Modify Splines
Modify Compound Objects
Disassociate Compound Objects (Explode)
Modify Hatches and Solid-Filled Areas
Modify or Join Polylines
Modify Multilines
Modify 3D Solids
Overview of Modifying 3D Solids
Fillet and Chamfer 3D Solids
Section and Slice 3D Solids
Modify Faces of 3D Solids
Modify Edges of 3D Solids
Imprint 3D Solids
Separate 3D Solids
Shell 3D Solids
Clean and Check 3D Solids
Use Windows Cut, Copy, and Paste
Part V Hatches, Notes, and Dimensions
Chapter 18 Hatches, Fills, and Wipeouts
Overview of Hatch Patterns and Fills
Define Hatch Boundaries
Overview of Hatch Boundaries
Control the Hatching in Islands
Define Hatch Boundaries in Large Drawings
Create Unbounded Hatches
Choose Hatch Patterns and Solid Fills
Create Solid-Filled Areas
Create Gradient-Filled Areas
Use Predefined Hatch Patterns
Create User-Defined Hatch Patterns
Create a Blank Area to Cover Objects
Chapter 19 Notes and Labels
Overview of Notes and Labels
Create Text
Overview of Creating Text and Leaders
Create Single-Line Text
Create Multiline Text
Create Text with Leaders
Import Text from External Files
Work with Text Styles
Overview of Text Styles
Assign Text Fonts
Set Text Height
Set Text Obliquing Angle
Set Horizontal or Vertical Text Orientation
Change Text
Overview of Changing Text
Change Single-Line Text
Change Multiline Text
Change Text with a Leader
Change Text Scale and Justification
Check Spelling
Use an Alternate Text Editor
Overview of Using an Alternate Text Editor
Format Multiline Text in an Alternate Text Editor
Chapter 20 Dimensions and Tolerances
Understand Basic Concepts of Dimensioning
Overview of Dimensioning
Parts of a Dimension
Associative Dimensions
Use Dimension Styles
Overview of Dimension Styles
Compare Dimension Styles and Variables
Control Dimension Geometry
Control Dimension Text
Control Dimension Values
Set the Scale for Dimensions
Create Dimensions
Create Linear Dimensions
Create Radial Dimensions
Create Angular Dimensions
Create Ordinate Dimensions
Modify Existing Dimensions
Apply a New Dimension Style to Existing Dimensions
Override a Dimension Style
Modify Dimension Text
Modify Dimension Geometry
Change Dimension Associativity
Add Geometric Tolerances
Overview of Geometric Tolerances
Material Conditions
Datum Reference Frames
Projected Tolerance Zones
Composite Tolerances
Part VI Create Layouts and Plot Drawings
Chapter 21 Create Layouts
Overview of Layouts
Work in Paper Space and Model Space
Set Up a Layout
Overview of Layout Setup
Select a Paper Size for a Layout
Determine the Drawing Orientation of a Layout
Adjust the Plot Origin in a Layout
Set the Plot Area of a Layout
Set the Plot Scale for a Layout
Set the Lineweight Scale for a Layout
Use the Layout Wizard to Specify Layout Settings
Reuse Layouts and Layout Settings
Duplicate a Layout
Create a Layout Using a Template
Save a Layout Template
Insert a Layout Using DesignCenter
Import PCP or PC2 Settings into a Layout
Create and Use Named Page Setups
Create Layout Viewports
Work with Layout Viewports
Place Layout Viewports
Change the Properties of Layout Viewports
Lock the Scale of Layout Viewports
Control Visibility in Layout Viewports
Manage Layer Visibility in a Layout
Edit in Layout Viewports
Scale Views Relative to Paper Space
Scale Linetypes in Layout Viewports
Align Views in Layout Viewports
Rotate Views in Layout Viewports
Create a Nonrectangular Viewport
Redefine the Boundary of an Existing Viewport
Use Grips to Edit Nonrectangular Viewports
Zoom and Pan in Nonrectangular Viewports
Chapter 22 Plot Drawings
Overview of Plotting
How Plotting Has Changed from Previous Versions
Overview of How Plotting Has Changed from Previous Versions
Plot Drawings from Previous Versions
Migrate Pen Settings from Previous Versions
Use Plotter Configuration Files from Previous Versions
Set Up a Page for Plotting
Set Paper Size
Position the Drawing on the Paper
Control How Objects Are Plotted
Set Plot Scale
Set Options for Plotted Objects
Set Shaded Viewport Options
Use Plot Styles to Control Plotted Objects
Use Color-Dependent Plot Style Tables
Use Named Plot Style Tables
Change Plot Style Settings
Specify the Area to Plot
Preview a Plot
Plot Files to Other Formats
Plot to DXB File Formats
Plot to Raster File Formats
Create Adobe PostScript Files
Create Plot Files
Plot Batches of Drawings
Part VII Share Data Between Drawings and Applications
Chapter 23 Reference Other Drawing Files (Xrefs)
Overview of External References
Attach, Update, and Bind External References
Attach External References
Nest and Overlay External References
Update Attached External References
Clip External References and Blocks
Resolve Name Conflicts in External References
Archive Drawings That Contain External References (Bind)
Detach External References
Edit External References and Blocks in Place
Edit an Xref in a Separate Window
Edit Xrefs and Blocks Within Context
Set Paths to Externally Referenced Drawings
Resolve External Reference Errors
Resolve Missing External Reference Files
Resolve External References That Are Circular
Track External Reference Operations (Log File)
Increase Performance with Large Xrefs
Overview of Demand Loading
Unload Xrefs
Work with Demand Loading
Work with Layer and Spatial Indexes
Set Paths for Temporary Xref File Copies
Chapter 24 Link and Embed Data (OLE)
Overview of Object Linking and Embedding
Import OLE Objects
Overview of Importing OLE Objects into Drawings
Link OLE Objects in Drawings
Embed OLE Objects in Drawings
Limitations of OLE Objects in Drawings
Export OLE Objects from Drawings
Edit OLE Objects in Drawings
Chapter 25 Work with Data in Other Formats
Import Files Created in Other Formats
Export Drawings to Other File Formats
DXF Files
WMF Files
Raster Files
PostScript Files
ACIS Files
3D Studio Files
Stereolithograph Files
DWF Files
Use Drawings from Different Versions and Applications
Save Drawings to Previous Drawing File Formats
Work with AutoCAD Drawings in AutoCAD LT
Work with Custom and Proxy Objects
Chapter 26 Access External Databases
Overview of Using AutoCAD with External Databases
Access a Database from Within AutoCAD
Configure a Database for Use with AutoCAD Drawings
View Data in a Database Table
Edit Data in a Database Table
Link Database Records to Graphical Objects
Create and Edit Links and Link Templates
Identify and Select Existing Links
Find and Correct Link Errors
Export Link Information
Use Labels to Display Database Information in the Drawing
Create and Edit Labels and Label Templates
Update Labels with New Values from the Database
Use Queries to Filter Database Information
Overview of Queries
Construct Simple Queries
Use the Query Builder
Use SQL Queries
Combine Queries
Save and Reuse Queries
Share Link and Label Templates and Queries with Other Users
Work with Links in Files from Earlier Releases
Part VIII Work with Other People and Organizations
Chapter 27 Protect and Sign Drawings
Drawing Encryption
Overview of Encryption
Protect Drawings with Encryption
View Password-Protected Drawings
Sign Drawings
Overview of Digital Signatures
Personally Sign Drawings
View Drawings with Digital Signatures
Chapter 28 Use the Internet to Share Drawings
Get Started with Internet Access
Add Hyperlinks to a Drawing
Overview of Using Hyperlinks in a Drawing
Use a Hyperlink to Access a File or a Web Page
Use a Hyperlink to Create an Email Message
Use Hyperlinks in Blocks
Use a Hyperlink to Start a New Drawing
Convert Previously Attached URLs to Hyperlinks
Work with Drawing Files over the Internet
Open and Save Drawing Files from the Internet
Work with Xrefs over the Internet
Insert Content from a Website
Package a Drawing File Set for Internet Transmission
Use the Publish to Web Wizard to Create Web Pages
Chapter 29 Insert and View Markups
Overview of the Electronic Markup Feature
Insert Markup Data
Review Electronic Markups
Chapter 30 Publish Drawing Sets
Overview of Design Publisher
Create an Electronic Drawing Set
Create a Paper Drawing Set (and Plot to File)
Modify a Drawing Set
Republish a Drawing Set
View a Published Drawing Set
Configure a DWF6 Driver (Advanced)
Overview of Creating or Modifying a DWF6 Configuration File
Set the DWF File Resolution
Set the DWF File Compression
Set Font-Handling for the DWF File
Edit Pen Patterns for the DWF File
Part IX Create Realistic Images and Graphics
Glossary
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