Introduction To AutoCAD 2004 - Great New Book!!!

Discussion in 'AutoCAD' started by Lori, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. Lori

    Lori Guest

    Introduction to AutoCAD 2004 by Alf Yarwood is a great book for any
    user updating their knowledge from earlier versions of AutoCAD.

    Taking the reader step by step through the features of AutoCAD, Alf
    Yarwood provides a practical, structured course of work. Introducing
    first principles and the creation of 2D technical drawings, the author
    goes on to demonstrate construction of 3D solid model drawings and
    rendering of 3D models. Worked examples and exercises are included
    throughout the text, to enable the reader to apply theory into
    real-world engineering practice, along with revision notes and
    exercises at the end of chapters for checking understanding of the
    material covered.

    Accompanying website features a full colour AutoCAD gallery, where you
    can edit AutoCAD images on screen, work through drawing exercises
    featured in the book and additional 3D drawing work, and see specimen

    For this and other great AutoCAD related books go to

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    Lori, Jul 7, 2004
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    Greg Farris Guest

    My thoughts exactly!
    But then - I wonder if Autodesk is on the right track with their
    aggressive upgrade program. The debugging on the latest version is just
    getting seriously started when the next version is already out!

    Worse yet - they are risking one of their prime sales arguments.
    When asked "Why use AutoCad, when there are cheaper challengers?" the
    answer has always been, "Because that's what everyone is using". If you
    want to work with others, you have to use AutoCad. But now, with so many
    versions out there this argument is going by the wayside. I am currently
    working on a project where I have to save back to 2002, or the others
    cannot open my 2004DX files. I have some clients who are still on R14,
    which I can no longer write to. Autodesk's answer is "Tell them the
    cant do that any more. They need to upgrade" - Great business policy,
    tell your clients to go to hell.

    I would hate to have to go back to R14. As much as I loved it, so much
    has improved since then. On the other hand I don't like telling my
    clients I can no longer work with them because Autodesk has phased them
    out, and I'm getting worried that my own one-year-old program will soon
    be obsolescent.

    By forcing earlier AutoCad releases into obsolescence, Autodesk may be
    making excellent sales arguments for their competitors.

    Greg Farris, Nov 10, 2005
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    Happy Trails Guest

    Obsolete ?
    Perhaps they have a "de facto monopoly" problem.

    Years ago, when computers were called IBM machines, IBM had over 80%
    of the market for punch cards - the standard method of putting data
    and programs into computers.

    They were told this large volume constituted a monopoly of the punch
    card market, and were ordered by the FTC to divest themselves as soon
    as possible of a large part of this market.

    What did they do?

    At the time they were selling the cards for about $1 a box (2000

    They just doubled the price. This cost them about 30% of the market,
    bringing them well within the guidelines set by the FTC. More than
    half their customers just kept ordering from them anyway.

    They also tripled their profit on punch cards !

    Maybe Autocad has a similar problem, and are trying to lose customers.


    Happy Trails To You
    Happy Trails, Nov 11, 2005
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