Table of Contents
Introduction vii
Chapter 1 ¦ AutoCAD Productivity 1
Design Standards 2
AutoCAD Best Practices 5
Feature Review (All Releases) 12

Chapter 2 ¦ Managing Your System 41
Managing Files 42
Managing AutoCAD 45
Directories 60
Why DOS Isn’t Dead Yet 62
External Commands and Command Aliases 68

Chapter 3 ¦ Customizing the AutoCAD Interface 73
Tool Palettes (All Releases) 74
The Customizable User Interface (CUI) 83
Linetypes (All Releases) 97

Chapter 4 ¦ Applying Graphics Standards 105
Dimensions 106
Dimensioning Rules 130
Text Styles 133
Linetypes and Weights 135
Applying Standards 143

Chapter 5 ¦ Symbols, Tables, and Fields 155
Blocks 156
Dynamic Blocks 165
Symbol Libraries 167
Assigning and Extracting Attributes 172
XRefs: External References 182
Fields and Tables 189

Chapter 6 ¦ Plotting 195
Model Space, Paper Space, and Layouts 196
What to Put Where 212
Plotting a Layout 220
AutoCAD Graphics in Other Applications 243

Chapter 7 ¦ AutoCAD Scripts 247
Characteristics of Scripts 248
Writing and Running Scripts 248
Updating Thousands of Drawings 258

Chapter 8 ¦ AutoLISP by Example:
Getting Started 273
Background 274
Writing AutoLISP Programs 275
AutoLISP Examples 282
Automatic Loading 306

Chapter 9 ¦ AutoLISP by Example: Getting Better 311
Debugging Techniques 312
Error Handling 325
Annotation 328
Selection Sets and Entity Manipulation 331
IF Function 342
Repeat Function 348
WHILE Function 351
COND, INITGET, GETKWORD 354
Text and String Manipulation 357
Getting to DOS with AutoLISP 360

Chapter 10 ¦ 3D For Everyone 365
Overview 366
Managing Coordinate Systems 369
Creating a Model 373
Using Existing 2D Geometry 395
Final Suggestions 409

Chapter 11 ¦ AutoCAD Puzzlers 411
The Puzzlers 412
The Solutions 421
Index 435