Review: AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD LT 2006 Bible

6 Apr, 2006 By: Patrick Davis

Learn all the basics with this nonindustry specific book

Author: Ellen Finkelstein
Publisher: Wiley (2005)
Pages: 1208
Cost: $49.95

Highly Recommended If you have ever looked at purchasing an AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT book, you are well aware of how flooded the market is for this topic. With so many available, the trick is finding the AutoCAD book to fit your specific needs.

If you're looking for a nonindustry-specific AutoCAD text, look no further than the AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD LT 2006 Bible by Ellen Finkelstein. This massive 1,200+ page book touches on almost every aspect of AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD LT 2006 and provides this information in a format that is accessible to all user levels.

AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD LT 2006 Bible is organized in eight sections. The first two parts, "AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Basics" and "Drawing in Two Dimensions" are quick tutorials covering drawing and AutoCAD basics. Part III through Part V "Working with Data," "Drawing in Three Dimensions" and "Organizing and Managing Drawings" cover more advanced topics such as 2D and 3D drawing concepts, rendering and drawing management.

Part VI, "Customizing AutoCAD," and Part VII, "Programming AutoCAD," discuss more advanced topics such as customizing commands and toolbars, creating linetypes and hatch patterns and programming AutoCAD using AutoLISP and VBA. You will also find discussion on Autodesk's new CUI (customer user interface) tool.

The eighth and final section, "Appendixes," covers installation topics for AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT resources and information about AutoCAD's bonus CD-ROM. The book's CD-ROM includes a trial version of AutoCAD 2006, a searchable PDF version of the book, additional trial software, sample drawings and a few AutoLISP routines that might come in handy.

The AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD LT 2006 Bible is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a nonindustry-specific text or general reference manual. Because the book does such a good job covering AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2006 and it's reasonably priced, it would be a great tool for training centers and schools. If you're on a limited budget, then this is the one book you should consider. It is available from

Highly Recommended