AutoCAD is the most widely used computer-aided design (CAD) software in the world and Windows the leading graphical user interface. The latest version of AutoCAD, Relaese 13, runs under Windows in 32-bit mode, and is faster than all previous releases. It includes many enhancements such as: a new easier-to-use screen layout; additional tools; a text editor and spell checker; the ability to use TrueType fonts; many more dimensioning variables and styles of dimensioning; the presentation of the Command Line in a text window; a complete set of icon-driven toolbars; and the removal of the need for the Advanced Modelling Extension through the inclusion of the three-dimensional solid drawing commands within the native AutoCAD data. An Introduction to AutoCAD Release 13 is an introductory text written primarily for engineering students and those beginning to use the software for the construction of technical drawings. It covers all the basic features of the package assuming no previous knowledge, and familiarizes the reader with the software's abilities through a course of work in both two- and three-dimensional drawing.
The large number of exercises and questions then allow the reader to practise the techniques presented. The text is illustrated throughout with screen dumps and example AutoCAD drawings, together with a set of colour plates which demonstrate clearly the use and full capabilities of the package.This essential book provides unrivalled coverage of Release 13 suitable for students undertaking BTEC and City and Guilds engineering courses where CAD is taught. Those in industry who wish to learn how to produce drawings using AutoCAD Release 13 will welcome the friendly text and excellent use of diagrams.A Yarwood is the author of many books in the area of computer and technical drawing, including A Student's AutoCAD, An AutoCAD Workbook and An Introduction to 3D AutoCAD, all published by Longman. He has been a teacher and examiner in the field for over 30 years and is a Registered Developer with AutoCAD's manufacturer's, Autodesk.