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Introduction  
Welcome to Mastering AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017. As many readers have already discovered, this book is a unique blend of tutorial and reference, which includes everything that you need to get started and stay ahead with Autodesk® AutoCAD® software. With this edition, you get coverage of the latest features of both AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD LT® 2017 software along with detailed information on existing features.
 

How to Use This Book 

Rather than just showing you how each command works, this book shows you AutoCAD 2017 in the context of a meaningful activity. You’ll learn how to use commands while working on an actual project and progressing toward a goal. This book also provides a foundation on which you can build your own methods for using AutoCAD and become an AutoCAD expert. For this reason, we haven’t covered every single command or every permutation of a command response.

You should think of this book as a way to get a detailed look at AutoCAD as it’s used on a real project. As you follow the exercises, we also encourage you to explore AutoCAD on your own, applying the techniques that you learn to your own work. Both experienced and beginning AutoCAD users will find this book useful. If you aren’t an experienced user, the way to get the most out of this book is to approach it as a tutorial—chapter by chapter—at least for the first two parts of the book. You’ll find that each chapter builds on the skills and information that you learned in the previous one.

To help you navigate, the exercises are shown in numbered steps. To address the needs of all readers worldwide, the exercises provide both Imperial (feet/inches) and metric measurements. Some exercises use generic units of measurement or, if the focus of the exercise is not dependent on the measurement system, Imperial is used. After you’ve mastered the material in Part 1 and Part 2, you can follow your interests and explore other parts of the book in whatever order you choose. Part 3 takes you to a more advanced skill level.

There you’ll learn more about storing and sharing drawing data and how to create more complex drawings. If you’re interested in 3D, check out Part 4. If you want to start customizing right away, go to Part 5. You can check out Chapter 25 at any time because it gives you general information about sharing AutoCAD files with your co-workers and consultants. You can also use this book as a ready reference for your day-to-day problems and questions about commands.

“The Bottom Line” section at the end of each chapter will help you review and look at different ways to apply the information that you’ve learned. Experienced users will also find this book a handy reference tool. Finally, you can learn more about AutoCAD through the author-supplied bonus chapters found at www.omura.com/chapters. For example, if you run into problems using AutoCAD, see the section “When Things Go Wrong” in Bonus Chapter 3, “Hardware and Software Tips.” To delve into the details of printers and plotting, check out Bonus Chapter 5,” Understanding Plot Styles.”