Seems just like yesterday when I was thinking about starting to work on my AutoCAD 2008 content for my website, but that was actually abut 2+ months ago. I guess I have a little bit of catching up to do, now that my most recent ambitious project is done, fingers crossed it is time for some blogging once again. Most of you I am sure are aware of that AutoCAD 2008 has shipped and that was a couple of months ago already. With each new release comes a variety of new features and updates, and with updates there are bound to be AutoCAD books aplenty to help you learn about the new features. Below are some of the books that I have had the pleasure of reading through due to being the Technical Editor on the project or authoring some if not all of the content for.
AutoCAD 2008 3D Modeling Workbook For Dummies
Author: Lee Ambrosius
The AutoCAD 2008 3D Modeling Workbook focuses on the use of the 3D modeling features of AutoCAD 2008. You learn how to create and modify 3D solid, wireframe, and surface models. As you work with the different modeling techniques you learn about to use many of the different features through 110+ exercises hat show both procedural and workflow driven approaches to harnessing the 3D modeling features in AutoCAD. Along with learning to model in 3D, you learn how to create renderings by applying materials and adding user-defined lights to your models.
The book ships with a DVD that contains all the exercise files from the book and includes 69 videos with audio narration of many of the exercises located in the book. So if you get stuck on trying to figuring out one of the exercises, you can watch the video to help you progress further with learning 3D modeling in AutoCAD. One of the things that For Dummies books try and stray a way from is getting too technical at times, but this book offers a good balance of technical information when appropriate. I would recommend this book for new and existing users that want to learn about the many exciting 3D modeling features that AutoCAD has to offer.
AutoCAD 2008 For Dummies
Author: David Byrnes
This book makes a great companion to AutoCAD as it focuses on the features that matter the most and stays clear of some of the technical heavy information that some books offer (not that is a bad thing, its just not for everyone); whether you are a new or existing user of AutoCAD. I would recommend the For Dummies books if you are new to AutoCAD or a feature like 3D modeling.
AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008 Bible
Author: Ellen Finkelstein
The AutoCAD Bible books are usually right there at the top of the list when it comes to AutoCAD books; this is because they offer so much content and are great reference books that you can go back to overtime. If you are an experienced user of AutoCAD and are looking to polish your skills or want to learn more about features that have been in AutoCAD for a number of years or have just been recently introduced, I would recommend this book. This book does pack in the technical information and therefore might not be for everyone; if you want lighter reading material I would recommend the For Dummies series.
AutoCAD 2008 Instructor
Author: James Leach
Like the AutoCAD Bible, this book offers a lot of information across all the features that are found in AutoCAD. The primary target audience of this book are students that are attending college or a university. I like this book for those that are looking for a way to get started with AutoCAD and don't have the time to attend a class, someone that likes to be self-taught. The reason for this is that it works you through the features and commends that you will be primarily be using to draft in AutoCAD and then it hooks back around and drags in more of the advanced features. I would recommend this book to those that are self-starting and like being self-taught.