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As noted by the editors of ArchitectureWeek.  Suggestions and submissions are welcome.






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Architect's Guide to QuickBooks Pro, Version 2002
Author: Karen Mitchell and Craig Savage
Publisher: Online Accounting
Year: 2002
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— A step-by-step guide through the best-selling accounting system for small businesses, with special instructions customized for an architect's office.

AutoCAD: Professional Tips and Techniques
Author: Lynn Allen and Scott Onstott
Publisher: Sybex/ Wiley Publishing
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $26.39
ArchitectureWeek— These useful AutoCAD tips have been selected to give intermediate and advanced users creative insights about how to harness little-known features and take advantage of the new functions in the new 2007 release. Topics cover the user interface, viewing, drawing, modeling, visualizing, dynamic blocks, sheet sets, annotating, sharing data, and publishing.

Mastering Autodesk VIZ 2007
Author: George Omura, Scott Onstott, and Jon McFarland
Publisher: Sybex/Wiley Publishing
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $69.99
ArchitectureWeek— A how-to book about transforming flat drawings and concepts into 3D visualizations using the latest version of Autodesk's 3D design, modeling, and animation tool. The tutorial includes real-world examples and this edition has been updated to cover VIZ 2007's new features asset tracking, revamped Xrefs, an updated interface, and improved rendering and editing tools. An enclosed CD includes a trial version of VIZ 2007 plus project files for the book's exercises.

Mastering AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD LT2007
Author: George Omura
Publisher: Sybex
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $31.49
ArchitectureWeek— This combination reference book and tutorial includes concise explanations, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on examples for novices and for longtime users who simply need to know about the latest updates. Coverage Includes creating and developing drawings. manipulating dynamic blocks and attributes, linking drawings to databases and spreadsheets, rendering, 3D modeling, creating animations, customizing AutoCAD using AutoLISP, and more.

AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD LT 2007 Bible
Author: Ellen Finkelstein
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $34.99
ArchitectureWeek— This comprehensive book begins with an overview of the basics of AutoCAD, such as creating drawings, using commands, and specifying coordinates. Then each chapter builds on the previous one, with discussions of 2D and 3D drawing techniques, using layers, creating dimensions, 3D coordinates, and rendering. It also teaches how to customize commands and toolbars and how to program in AutoLISP and VBA.

Just Enough AutoCAD 2007
Author: George Omura
Publisher: Sybex/ Wiley Publishing
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $16.49
ArchitectureWeek— A practical and comprehensive guide to easily learning the basics of AutoCAD, with straightforward explanations and a task-based approach, updated for AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD LT 2007. Suitable for novices or those needing a refresher course.

AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD LT 2007: No Experience Required
Author: David Frey
Publisher: Sybex/ Wiley Publishing
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $23.09
ArchitectureWeek— A step-by-step introduction to this leading CAD software. Concise explanations and practical tutorials that explain how to plan and develop a complete AutoCAD project. Matched with downloadable drawing files from the Sybex Web site.

Rendering with MicroStation
Author: Jerry Flynn
Publisher: Bentley Institute Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $70.00
ArchitectureWeek— Through illustrations and hands-on exercises, this how-to book explains how to render with MicroStation, from Bentley Systems. Topics include using cameras, materials, lighting, environment maps, procedural textures, atmospheric effects, and rendering settings. Learn how to create photorealistic materials such as water, glass, and trees and learn advanced rendering techniques using ray tracing and particle tracing.

AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD LT 2006 Bible
Author: Ellen Finkelstein
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— This how-to book on AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT is a reference for both novice an expert. Coverage ranges from the basics of using commands, specifying coordinates, and setting up a drawing through customizing menus and toolbars and programming with AutoLISP and VBA. An accompanying CD contains a trial version, drawings integrated with the exercises, additional software to streamline your work, and a searchable PDF version of the book.

SolidWorks For Dummies
Author: Greg Jankowski
Publisher: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
Year: 2005
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— Plain-English explanations of the application of 3D modeler and renderer SolidWorks. This how-to book explains creating and editing drawings, using templates, printing and plotting, reviewing drawings, automating drawings, and collaborating with others.

AutoCAD 2006 for Dummies
Author: Mark Middlebrook and David Byrnes
Publisher: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $21.36
ArchitectureWeek— Updated to reflect new features in the latest release of AutoCAD, this reader-friendly how-to includes the basics of adding text and dimensions, plotting, managing metric units, using dynamic blocks, and adding multiline text.

AutoCAD 2005 and AutoCAD LT 2005 Bible
Author: Ellen Finkelstein
Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc.
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $26.39
ArchitectureWeek— A tutorial, comprehensive guidebook, and reference for the latest versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. From the basics to advanced operations. Includes CD-ROM with examples, freeware, and shareware.

Contractor's Guide to Quickbooks Pro 2002
Author: Karen Mitchell, Craig Savage, and Jim Erwin
Publisher: Craftsman Book Company
Year: 2002
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— A guide to setting up a complete accounting system for a building contracting business using QuickBooks Pro. The book comes with a CD containing sample systems, standard forms, and estimating software.

CAD Manager's Guidebook
Author: Ralph Grabowski
Publisher: Delmar Publishers
Year: 2001
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— A guide to help CAD managers anticipate problems and devise solutions in their daily work. How to create standards and maximize efficiency. Comes with CD-ROM of standards, details, and the DWG file specification.

AutoCAD: Secrets Every User Should Know
Author: Dan Abbott
Publisher: Sybex
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $26.39
ArchitectureWeek— Here are AutoCAD tricks-of-the-trade that can improve your skills, understanding, and productivity. This practical, in-depth book gives ideas on customization, applying graphics standards, managing symbol libraries, leveraging 3D, and more. It also includes an insider's look at DOS functions, scripts, and AutoLISP programming.

 

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