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Discovering AutoCAD 2013

Discovering AutoCAD 2013 presents a hands-on, activity-based approach to the use of AutoCAD as a drafting tool–complete with techniques, tips, shortcuts, and insights that improve efficiency. Topics and tasks are carefully grouped to lead students logically through the AutoCAD command set, with the level of difficulty increasing steadily as skills are acquired through experience and practice. Straightforward explanations focus on what is relevant to actual drawing procedures, and illustrations show exactly what to expect on the computer screen. This edition features Web-based exercises, projects, and new test questions for each chapter.

Paperback: 696 pages

Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (June 25, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0132958562

ISBN-13: 978-0132958561

Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 10.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Update: I'm lowering my review down from 3 stars to 1 star for the following reasons.When I rely on this book to do my coursework, it ends up taking much longer than it should, along with a lot of guessing, because the majority(not just a lot, but most) of the drawings have very noticeable inaccuracies. On several of the drawing which require accurate dimensions to complete, the given information is not reliable. For example, just turning to a random drawing I've done in the past, Drawing 9-7, They are telling me a 2 foot hour tick will fit withing a 2 foot clock... and a 1 foot minute tick(very small in picture), is also a very small fraction. along with the Font of 2 feet, which clearly will not look good in a 2 foot clock. and an inch thick donut around the clock does not look like the picture.Another example drawing 10-1, suggests using a 1 foot snap, yet most of the placements of things are on the inch scale. and says to set precision to 0'-0', which is unheard of.I would recommend that people stay away from this book. It is very difficult to use, and now, I usually just ignore what they're telling me. As I sit here doing homework, I notice another inaccuracy, on drawing 11-2. The mp3 player is 6.18 units wide, with a 5.242 unit wide screen. The screen appears centered, but then it says it's edge is .5 units away from the edge of the player. Being centered, that means the mp3 player would be 5.242+.5+.5=6.242 which is greater than the actual width. If I place the screen as it describes, there is a noticeable Asymmetrical look to it, which is different than the text.If I could, I would rate this product 0 stars. It appears there was absolutely no proof-reading by a careless publisher.

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