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1. The Cad
2. Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth
3. The Courteous Cad (Miss Pickworth)
4. Enhancing CAD Drawings with Photoshop
5. Mastering mental ray: Rendering
6. Principles of CAD/CAM/CAE
7. The Architect's Guide to the U.S.
8. Expert CAD Management: The Complete
9. Digital Design and Manufacturing:
10. CAD for Interiors Basics, with
11. CAD for Interiors: Beyond the
12. A Dreadful Man - The Story of
13. Practical Problems in Mathematics
14. Applied Geometry for Computer
15. CAD and GIS Integration
16. Cads #2: Tech Battleground
17. Cadd Primer: A General Guide to
18. Memoirs of a Professional Cad
19. Mastering CAD/CAM (Engineering
20. State of the Art of CAD/Cam Restorations:

1. The Cad
by Edith Layton
Mass Market Paperback: 360 Pages (1998-09)
list price: US$5.99 -- used & new: US$19.99
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Asin: 0061087068
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Intimate Strangers

Bridget Cooke possesses the gifts London society prizes: genteel manners, intelligence, an exquisite figure. She lacks, however, a fortune. A companion to icy relatives, Bridget resigns herself to a life of solitude, especially because of the childhood scar that mars her lovely face. Little does she expect to receive the vigorous attentions of darkly handsome, rich widower Lord Ewen Sinclair, Regency England's most infamous rake.

In a matter of days, the Sinclair whisks Bridget to the altar and into his passionate embrace. Dismissing the vicious rumors surrounding their hasty marriage, Bridget is sure of Ewen's love, even when he is mysteriously called away. But then a shocking secret from his past emerges, threatening her happiness. If Ewen is a cad and their wedding a lie, as the gossips say, then why does Bridget's very stubborn heart still believe his love is true? ... Read more

Customer Reviews (13)

3-0 out of 5 stars OK but not a keeper!
The storyline is nice, with an original telling of a somewhat common theme. The Cad could have been a great novel.Unfortunately, it's not!The characters are lacking depth. Ewen has asked Bridget to be his mistress.She has a scar and consequently, lowered self-esteem. Bridget refuses his offer and Ewen goes the next step, asking for her hand.They marry.Some in the ton don't believe it nor understand it, and gossip prevails.

I gave the novel 3 stars as Amazon doesn't give option of 2 1/2.Fine to read, but not a keeper.

3-0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars overall....
and a solid 3.5 at that. Like other reviewers I have to agree-this was a book that started fantastically but quickly lost steam when the hero, called away, is seemingly gone for almost half of the book.

The saving grace to the story is the supporting characters (whom I understand will be prominant in future books) especially street urchins Gilly and little sister Betsy.

For a historical-the novel does have several plot problems-my biggest complaint is the servants rudeness to the heroine-who is now the Viscountess, AND their boss.

I find their behavior towards Bridget highly implausible-they would have treated ANY guest of the Viscount with respect for fear of losing their positions.
But-that being said-the novel's first half, and the promise of future storylines with these characters-makes this book enjoyable enough to recommend.
3.5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars ...not to be missed!!!!!!!!!
O My God. This is absolutely the best book ive ever read. i fell in love with Ewen completely. Its guaranteed that you will never come across a hero such as Ewen. He is one the best, most sensual, most romantic of hero's i've ever read about... The heroine Bridget is amazing/ vulnerable, yet strong and with such sadness that only Ewen could complete her and make her happy. I loved both these characters so much and was sooooo sad to turn that last page. Granted there seperation in the middle of the book was a little too long, nevertheless i still enjoyed these two characters immensely. They were two halves of a whole and i couldn't get enough of them. This book... is not to be missed!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars A solid 3.5 stars
In trying to sum up this book, the best word is intriguing.This is a very romantic book in the truest sense of the word.It keeps you wondering what is true and what is false.The characters are flawed but make sense together.I liked the secondary character until some of the other readers.First book of hers but it makes me want to check out another one. If you are looking for a Rachael Gibson or Nora Roberts, go elsewhere but she has solid writing.More like Kathleen Woodiweiss

3-0 out of 5 stars Actually..3 1/2 stars.......
"The Cad" began wonderfully..I love a book where we dont have to wait long for the H/H to meet...I really was into this at first and was so excited because I thought that I had found a keeper...well, imagine my disappointment then when this story fell flat on it's face a little more than half way through...There was a huge separation between the H/H that had me desperately skimming ahead to see when they would finally be together again..also, there were many secondary characters in this book that instead of making things more interesting just annoyed me..."The Cad" wasnt awful...but it was definitely not more than mediocre at best. ... Read more

2. Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 2)
by M. C. Beaton
Mass Market Paperback: 214 Pages (2004-07-01)
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Asin: 0446607142
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Murder Most Fowl When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiance home to Lochdubh, everybody in town is delighted...except for love-smitten Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet his affairs of the heart will have to wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla's engagement party, has just been found murdered-shot while on a grouse hunt. Now with many titled party guests as the prime suspects, each with a reason for snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish must smooth ruffled feathers as he investigates the case. When the hidden culprit strikes again, Hamish will find himself trying to save Priscilla from a miserable marriage-and catch a killer before he flies the coop. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Death of a Cad
This was a very intertaining book, as are all of M.C. Beaton's books The storylines keep me coming back for more.The Hamish Macbeth books are my favorites.A good mix of mystery and humor.

4-0 out of 5 stars good book and characters, ? mistake in solution
I really enjoyed reading the book, but wondered if anyone else noticed that when Hamish solves the mystery, he describes twice how Henry makes Peter's deathappear to be a suicide. No where else in the book is suicide ever mentioned. It appeared to be a hunting accident until Hamish proved it was murder. That discrepancy detracted from an otherwise enjoyable book.

4-0 out of 5 stars continuity
Death of a Cad is the second of many Hamish Macbeth mysterys. I did not discover this series until recently, so have read them out of order. Each one is individual and does not require the previous ones to enjoy the others.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and lighthearted!
Being a fan of MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin series I thought I'd give Hamish Macbeth a try too.I am pleasantly surprised to find, though the setting is in some ways quite different, the tone is nice and the stories not too dark or muddled.This is a great cozy and I highly recommend all of MC Beatons work.

4-0 out of 5 stars Could a champion huntsman have shot himself through carelessness?
M. C. Beaton is one of perhaps a dozen pseudonyms ofMarion Chesney (Mrs. Harry Scott) (1936 -) a writer born in Glasgow now living in England. Writing as M. C. Beaton, she has produced at least 42 detective novels: 18 about Agatha Raisin and 24 in the Hamish Macbeth series. DEATH OF A CAD is the second novel about Constable Hamish Macbeth of the northwest Scottish sea loch town of Lochdubh. This book is notably more complex and deeper than its predecessor in the series, DEATH OF A GOSSIP. Better detective yarn, better novel.

But DEATH OF A CAD does retain earlier formulaic elements. These include first chapter fingering for the reader of the person to be murdered (the Gossip, Cad, Outsider, Hussy, etc.), intrusion for a short time of the future victim into a group of a half dozen or a dozen persons in or near the village of Lochdubh, with the future dead person having already given or being about to give all or most of the group ample reason to want to kill him or her.

Thirty-something Hamish Macbeth solved his first murder case a year earlier (DEATH OF GOSSIP) but had made sure that a police higher up was given the credit so that Hamish would not be promoted from his comfortable, undemanding job. This sinecure gives him ample opportunities to poach fish and game and earn money on the side to support a brood of much younger brothers and sisters who depend on his remittances.

The novel's cad is quickly and unmistakably identified. He is Captain Peter Bartlett of the Highland Dragoons. He is already on hand as an early if not entirely welcome house guest of Colonel and Mrs Halburton-Smythe of Tommel Castle. The time is a couple of days before August 12th, "the Glorious Twelfth," first day of the annual four month grouse shooting season in the Highlands. The Halburton-Smythes have invited a few friends, acquaintances and relatives, young and old, to spend some days under their roof and celebrate the engagement of their daughter Priscilla to a suddenly famous nearly 40 years old playwright, Henry Withering.

For years Henry had cranked out serious Marxist plays and made himself beloved of radicals and communists. Suddenly from nowhere has sprung DUCHESS DARLING, a frothy comedy of upper class manners, and made the playwright an overnight celebrity. How on earth could he have done such an artistic flip flop and deliberately nosedived into the world of lowbrow literature?

The always in debt Captain Bartlett makes a bet of 5,000 pounds with immensely wealthy Jeremy Pomfret from Perth that he will shoot two grouse before Jeremy does. The Captain also informs Constable Macbeth the evening before that he will be paid another 2,000 pounds if he delivers his brace of grouse before noon of the Glorious Twelfth to a wealthy Arab who will send a helicopter to fetch them to London for an evening celebration. The two competitors are to set out together at 9:00 a.m.

But Bartlett cheats and slips out early, apparently unnoticed by anyone and is later found dead hanging on a fence, shot through the chest with both barrels of his shotgun. It seems an accident. But Constable Macbeth is suspicious andfairly soon produces evidence and leads which compel the killer to confess at novel's end. Meanwhile the killer has also murdered one of three female house guests with whom the randy Captain had slept one after the other in the night before the grouse hunt.

If you read DEATH OF A CAD too quickly, you can miss vital clues. But either a slower first reading or a more attentive re-reading shows that author Beaton has written a more reader-fair detective story this second time around. For we do not have to depend on Hamish Macbeth's uncanny and unreproducible sleuthing instincts so much as in DEATH OF A GOSSIP. The clues are fairly if unobtrusively laid out and readers will legitimately enjoy piecing them together.

In addition, DEATH OF A CAD provides the same wonderful feel for Scottish landscapes, sea views, weather, roads, Highland characters and social tensions as in DEATH OF A GOSSIP. The text becomes lightly didactic about grouse hunting and the care and cleaning of expensive shotguns.

The ultimate clue to unraveling the mystery comes when Hamish travels to London, interviews the deceased's aunt and learns more of the murdered Captain's psychology. He "had a magpie mind. He was always adopting other people's enthusiasms and hobbies" (Ch. 14). It turns out that one of those enthusiasms got him killed. -OOO- ... Read more

3. The Courteous Cad (Miss Pickworth)
by Catherine Palmer
Paperback: 400 Pages (2009-12-03)
list price: US$12.99 -- used & new: US$6.63
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Asin: 0842375554
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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On her tour of the English countryside, a chance encounter in the streets alerts Miss Prudence Watson to the inhumane working conditions at the worsted mill. She learns that the owner is William Sherbourne, a Royal Naval officer just returned from sea. Following in his wake is his reputation as a cad and a secret so ghastly he’ll do anything to protect it. Even worse, he’s handsome and charming and not at all the villain Prudence expected him to be. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good book! Entertaining
I really enjoyed this book.I loved the second book in Miss Pickworth series the best, but this book was still enjoyable.I hope Palmer has more regency period books coming, she is truly a great author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loving a certain cad...
This read was a breath of fresh air. What a delightful story! William is a cad indeed, but isn't each of us really a sinner and deserving of hell forever? Without our Lord and Saviour dying for us and paying the ultimate price, we forever would suffer. However we have his promise, much like our lady, Ms Prudence Watson, ends up giving him after all the wrong they have done to each other and others as well.

This book will make you laugh because Prudence is so delightful a character. I am so excited to read more "gossip" by Ms Pickworth. Makes delightful books, having the message so well weaved throughout! Bravo Ms. Palmer!!! Well done..

5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love Those Cads!
I loved this book. Catherine Palmer wrote well in describing poor working conditions in England in the 1800's.

Spunky Prudence Watson decides it is her job to crusade on behalf of a group of workers at a local worsted mill.

She is angry at William Sherbourne who is the owner of the mill and away at sea as a Royal Naval officer. He has a reputation as a handsome charming cad.

As the two people meet and begin to develop a relationship, Prudence realizes that William isn't aware of the circumstances of his mill and she intends to let him know the facts from working there undercover. Her secret doesn't last as she is discovered and has to explain herself.

Early on, the cad has fallen for Prudence, but he must begin to mature and come to grips with what he really wants out of life while Prudence is attracted to him, he falls short in her eyes. She has committed herself to never marry, let alone a handsome wealthy cad. Why he treats all the ladies the same and tugs at their heart strings, she believes.

It will take an old blacksmith's love and care for Prudence to straighten out both young people's thinking and get them to share truths from their past before they can move forward into the future together.

Tyndale House graciously gave me this book to review and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Paulette L. Harris

2-0 out of 5 stars Boring!!!
I found this book really really hard to get into. I read the first 3 chapters 5 times! It was slow and boring. Overall not a good book.The first one was soooo much better! If your wanting to fall asleep in the first two chapters then this is the book for you!

4-0 out of 5 stars What's a Woman to do?
"Marriage is not the object of my hearts desire...I shall never wed...when God reveals my mission, I mean to do it with all my heart."

"I shall champion those less fortunate than I." Miss Watson is serious about God's mission for her life; her sisters view it as silly. A woman as beautiful as Prudence should be seeking the most illegible partner, settling down and raising a family. This mission to help the poor was ridiculous thinking. Did this really come from God?

William Sherbourne agrees with Miss Prudence Watson about one thing, "I must say how delighted I am to learn your plan to remain unwed, partakers in uncorrupted innocence we shall be great friends forever. Chums, in fact."

William and Prudence are both smart, opinioned, beautiful people who enjoy verbal sparing. Neither will admit their feelings they have for the other.

William says, "You are correct in the wickedness you surmise about me. I am not a good man. I have committed such evil in fact, that I cannot hope to be forgiven."

Miss Watsons quick retort, "It is not my good opinion you should seek, Mr. Sherbourne...It is God's. You will find Him more forgiving than I and certainly more merciful. But I shall endeavor to like you. We are, after all chums."

This is fun filled book with substance. I was surprised by the risks Prudence took to fulfill her mission. Catherine Palmer urges us to "...take a closer look at ourselves, realize we are all a work in progress. We may reverse our opinions, make serious mistakes, and commit outright sin...The Holy Spirit wants to transform each of us into new creatures." I was entertained; I laughed and made to think about life in this Regency period story. I'm thankful for the review copy I received.

Nora St.Laurent
Finding Hope Through Fiction ... Read more

4. Enhancing CAD Drawings with Photoshop
by Scott Onstott
Paperback: 368 Pages (2005-01-21)
list price: US$44.99 -- used & new: US$11.51
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Asin: 0782143865
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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For architects who seek better ways to communicate their vision, here is the first book that explains how to transform CAD drawings into beautiful presentational pieces using Photoshop. First you'll learn the basic Photoshop skills, then find out how to add real-world textures (i.e. granite countertops), include "entourage" (i.e. trees and people), create realistic lighting effects and reflections, and even develop mood using antique or painterly effects. All discussions are reinforced by real-world tutorials and apply to any CAD program that outputs the.dwg file format. The CD features a Photoshop demo, sample scripts, utilities, and tutorial videos. The 16-page color insert highlights inspirational before-and-after images. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars amazing!
I am really amazed by the way the author delivers the information to readers. Even for Photoshop CS4 and CS5 users (the book tutorials are applied to CS version) there is no problems to understand the contest even for a moment. Great visual explanations and clear complete context arrangement. In addition, English is my second language, it is a great benefit for foreign students. Fast, easy and interesting way to learn new skills.

2-0 out of 5 stars Enhancing cad drawings with photoshop.
This book had many parts out of date. The Lisp program was not to be found in my photoshop CS 3 educational version. Autodesk VIZ is not in use anymore, the method works the same in differnt 3d programs. The calibrationsystem for the monitor was not to be found in the package Adobe offered for free download on the homepage. It is not included in Adobe gamma anylonger. The cad system is 2005 but this is ok because it is possible to find the topics in the helpmenu of Autodesk. The essential photoshop technics are very useful. Enhancing CAD Drawings with Photoshop

I would pay some more money and buy the new book by Omura called Photoshop for architects instead of this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Enhancing CAD drawings with Photoshop
Scott Onstott has a wealth of experience in architectural graphics and with many related 2D and 3D software. In this book he offers practical advice to enhance plans, elevations, etc. from CAD software such as Autocad using Photoshop techniques.

2-0 out of 5 stars Meh.
I'm a little disappointed with this book. I got it as an architecture student looking for some inspiration and helpful tips on producing better drawings. Unfortunately, this book focuses more on technical aspects than graphic ideas. Only a few pages are in color, and there's even a section on tweaking image color that uses black and white images as examples(!). It covers a lot of things I already know about photoshop and provides lots of useless information that won't actually enhance my work.

Many of the examples aren't 'Architectural' and come off as cheesy, I'd be ashamed to pin some of them up. This is not 'Architecture' with a capitol A, this is the kind of stuff I'd expect to see at the open house for a cheap cookie cutter housing development. In fact, I'd consider many of the 'enhanced' plans to be inferior to the original CAD drawings. Lastly, Adobe Illustrator should really be included. Its a crucial link between AutoCAD and Photoshop and this book ignores it. I'll use this thing as a reference periodically when I'm in need of technical assistance, but I wouldn't recommend it. When you already know what you want your drawings to look like this book could help you with the software, but it will not teach you how to produce good work!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
I'm teaching a course on Architectural Digital Illustration and found this book to be an excellent text book material. ... Read more

5. Mastering mental ray: Rendering Techniques for 3D and CAD Professionals
by Jennifer O'Connor
Paperback: 368 Pages (2010-04-19)
list price: US$59.99 -- used & new: US$31.94
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Asin: 0470563850
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Proven techniques for using mental ray effectively

If you're a busy artist seeking high-end results for your 3D, design, or architecture renders using mental ray, this is the perfect book for you. It distills the highly technical nature of rendering into easy-to-follow steps and tutorials that you can apply immediately to your own projects. The book uses 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design to show the integration with mental ray, but users of any 3D or CAD software can learn valuable techniques for incorporating mental ray into their pipelines.

  • Takes you under the hood of mental ray, a stand-alone or bundled product that is often used with 3D or CAD software in the creation of movies, games, architectural renders, and television
  • Focuses on only the most pertinent tools and techniques for busy professionals who need to quickly apply them on the job
  • Provides compelling, practical tutorials so you can start incorporating mental ray into your own production pipelines
  • Includes a DVD with step-by-step videos to help drive home concepts and techniques

Learn effective mental ray techniques with this great guide, then keep this practical book at your workstation for reference while you work!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on mental ray and Max!
If you are looking for a book on 3ds Max/Design 2011 and mental ray that covers that topic in a clear, understandable way then look no further. When I first started to read the review copy sent to me I knew immediately that it was an exceptional text. This is by far one of the best books dealing specifically with that subject. Throughout the book the emphasis is on how to get good fast results from mental ray. This is something we should all be looking for. Jennifer O'Connor goes into most of the settings in the renderer and shows you how to get the most from them. As the title of the book implies the book is directed more towards architectural visualization community but I believe other mental ray users will find as much value here as the architecturally inclined.

Jennifer O'Connor knows mental ray and she knows how to get you to understand the ins and outs of the renderer. The book 'Mastering mental ray: Rendering Techniques for 3D and CAD Professionals' is written in such a way that the concepts that are necessary to understand rendering in general, and rendering using mental ray are easily understood. It covers most of the features and certainly the most important ones in mr in a very comprehensive way. The structure of the book - the logical sequence of topics - makes learning and understanding mental ray an almost guaranteed conclusion. I've read a number of books on this great renderer, and have seen a number of video tutorials on this topic, but I learned things, or at least understood things better having read this book.

I believe this book may be best suited to a 3ds Max user who knows his or her way around Max fairly well. However, even a person starting out in Max would be able to get something out of this text. At the beginning of the book we are we are led through mental ray essentials. I could tell right from the start that we were in good hands.

Visually the layout of the book is impressive. All the illustrations are in full color. Any illustrations not shown in the book are provided on the DVD. The book's text is easy to follow with the accompanying illustration figures close by so you don't have to dig backwards or forwards to find them. At the beginning of each chapter we are made aware of the topics covered. I even liked the repeated "Next I cover....' within each chapter. The phrase is repeated enough to notice and I believe it reinforces the connections between different aspects of the renderer.

I liked the way each chapter ends with a `Bottom Line' paragraph, basically summarizing the chapter in a few sentences. Each summary is followed by a `Master It' challenge. The solutions to the tasks can be found in appendix A. If you try these little tests you find they go a long way in your mental ray education by reinforcing the concepts just learned. Speaking of learning, I liked her suggestion about a good way to tackle any new topic in any book. (I was familiar with the technique having read it on her website and used it on a few of the books I read for review purposes and personal education, and found it does help) Essentially you are urged to skim the book before reading it to get an idea of the topics covered. This gives you a kind of `road map' of what to expect in the text. I feel it helped me to zero on the relevant explanations as I read. Cool.

I recommend this book without hesitation. It is by far one of the most complete, informative book on the subject of mental ray in 3ds Max written by someone, who is without a doubt, very knowledgeable when it comes to mental ray. Jennifer O'Connor knows how to get the sometimes 'difficult to understand' concepts surrounding this complex renderer across to the reader. Yes it is complex - with many settings to learn, and many concepts to grasp, but this is the book that will get you up to speed.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book to add to your collection
This book is incredibly well thought out and can be understood at any level of expertise. It's far more than a book that just states a command or function without the "why" behind it. The author explains the techniques she is doing with just the right amount of detail. I never had one of those "how did they do that" moments. There is enough theory behind what she is doing, it helped me understand why things are done a certain way. Like I said this book is easy to follow, and detailed enough to comprehend. Ms. O'Connor takes the guessing and mystery out of Mental Ray. You'd be foolish to pass up this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mental Ray guru
What makes a guru?In my opinion it is someone who, not only knows the subject matter in and out, but explains it in a way that nearly anyone can pick up.I've always wrested with learning Mental Ray.While having to rely on other 3rd party renderers, I still felt like I needed to know Mental Ray since it comes in almost all 3d packages.I started doing some searching to see if there were any decent resources out there.After finding a bit Jennifer's techniques online, I blown away by how easy she made Mental Ray.When I heard about this book, I quickly got my hands on it.It's been an invaluable resource.When we had some problems with certain issues, I literally looked them up in the book and found ways to fix them.
For anyone, be it student, pro, or hobbyist, who wants to learn Mental Ray and not spend gobs of time feeling like you're being talked down to, or lost in techno-render jargon, pick up this book.She explains it all, simply.In addition to that, you also get some Max training for free on some of the new features, and a bunch of test scenes to practice your new-found Mental Ray skills.So come for the Mental Ray, stay for the Max!

5-0 out of 5 stars If you want to learn about Mental Ray this is the book for you!
Mental Ray has come a long way in the past 4 years.It still isn't the easiest thing to learn, but this is the first book that really gets into all areas from basic to advanced settings.Whether it's materials, indirect illumination, importons or irradiance, Jennifer does a great job of walking you through the settings step by step.The other benefit, as others have pointed out, is this is also about 3ds Max & Max Design 2011.This is the kind of book Mental Ray users have been looking for, for a very long time.In my opinion, it has delivered on all fronts.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginner/intermediate reference, some filler
Full Disclosure:I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for providing a review.

This book has been living on my desk for a couple of months as my go-to reference as I've been prepping a lot of my own and other people's mental ray scenes for final rendering.

Mastering mental ray (like k.d. lang, it's not capitalized) is a well-written, accessible reference covering the ins and outs of using mental ray with 3ds max 2010/2011 in design visualization work.Roughly half the book is devoted to an exhaustive explanation of every mental ray-related UI control in max.Unlike some other books that take this approach, Jennifer does not simply regurgitate the manual; providing tips, tricks, and guidance throughout (e.g. when to use and not use certain final gather modes, where her real-world experience runs counter to mental images and Autodesk's recommendations).

Most of the rest is devoted to concepts and procedures for global illumination and final gather rendering.Her extensive knowledge, which comes clearly in her prose, is tempered with real-world experience with making things work on clients' (often unrealistic) timetables with the available computer resources - she's not afraid to recommend cutting corners that don't drastically affect quality; and shows through image sequences the effect of settings from way too low to ludicrously high.She devotes over a chapter each to the hows and whys of dialing in final gather and global illumination settings for a variety of scene types.

One of my favorite chapters was the one on importance sampling (importons), a hidden feature that requires a fair bit of twiddling to enable in 3ds max 2011, but can boost quality while reducing render times rather dramatically in certain situations.Until this book, information on the topic had to be gleaned from forum postings scattered all over internet, and the author has done an admirable job of compiling, distilling, filtering, and explaining the information with plenty of illustrations.

One thing the book notably does not touch is shader programming (which often scares non-TDs off of mental ray learning materials), including the new mental mill shader builder.If you want to and are capable of writing your own shaders, this book is likely below your level.Also, this si squarely targeted at design vis users; animation issues get fairly scant attention.

Where this book loses a star is its brevity (330-ish pages with large type and lots of illustrations is a stretch at $59.99 list); and the fact that one of its chapters (on the arch & design material) is a fairly un-filtered rehash of the PDF that ships with max about the material, and another chapter is about the new material editor in 3ds max 2011 and doesn't have a lot to do with mental ray per se.Some will see its brevity as a benefit, however, and if Amazon allowed half stars it'd get a 4.5 from me. ... Read more

6. Principles of CAD/CAM/CAE
by Kunwoo Lee
Paperback: 640 Pages (1999-01-30)
list price: US$130.00 -- used & new: US$119.07
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Asin: 0201380366
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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An Introduction to CAD/CAM/CAE is a timely text with coverage of many modern topics, including: rapid prototyping, virtual engineering, NT-based solid modeling systems, and Web-related issues. This book provides balanced coverage of CAD/CAM (with slightly more emphasis on CAD topics) and bonus coverage of computer-aided engineering (CAE). This book's emphasis on the integration of three related disciplines-CAD, CAM, and CAE-makes it a great theoretical introduction to all subjects from geometric representation to the most sophisticated CAE subjects. Many illustrations and references ground the theory in practical examples.
The book also features a unique illustration of the whole product development process through a practical case study that gives readers a clear idea how CAD, CAM, and CAE systems are integrated to accelerate the product development process.
This book is carefully targeted toward today's students; topics are introduced in a concise, efficient manner, with mathematical terminology that is kept to a minimum. A background in programming, calculus, and matrix and vector algebra is helpful when using this text. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I'm anxious for this book for long time.
In my view this book contains very interesting and practical topic about CAD/CAM/CAE in various area.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exellent Work!
Interesting Contex

5-0 out of 5 stars Exelent Work!
Interesting Contex ... Read more

7. The Architect's Guide to the U.S. National CAD Standard
by Dennis J. Hall, Charles Rick Green
Hardcover: 264 Pages (2006-04-07)
list price: US$85.00 -- used & new: US$66.63
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Asin: 0471703788
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A definitive user's guide to the U.S. National CAD Standard

The Architect's Guide to the U.S. National CAD Standard helps make the National CAD Standard (NCS) more accessible to architects by presenting:
* Clear and succinct explanations of concepts and options in the NCS
* A step-by-step approach to seamlessly implement standardized drawings in any size firm
* Successful strategies design firms can use to best take advantage of the NCS requirements

The Architect's Guide to the U.S. National CAD Standard presents an informative overview of the NCS, including illustrations and frequently asked questions. It shows architects how to minimize immediate costs and downtime, how to reap immediate benefits, and how best to learn the system at an individualized pace. Used side by side with the Standard, this authoritative guide offers helpful insight into how the NCS is likely to be interpreted and presents a variety of available options for meeting the standardization requirements.

Interior designers, construction managers, urban planners, as well as owners, engineers, and facility managers will also find this authoritative reference to be invaluable! ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Too broad a guide to be truly useful.
This is only a GUIDE to the United States National CAD Standards which the guide assumes you have a copy of.BTW, a comprehensive copy of the US CAD Standards is about $400 US Dollars per copy.

It is a general discussion on recommended implementation strategies.I find it to be too broad to be useful.

5-0 out of 5 stars New Standard in Born
The new standard for the industry.A must buy for professionals. ... Read more

8. Expert CAD Management: The Complete Guide
by Robert Green
Paperback: 288 Pages (2007-04-30)
list price: US$49.99 -- used & new: US$5.06
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Asin: 0470116536
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Get the strategies you need for successful CAD management in this one-of-a-kind resource. You’ll learn basics such as how to assign tasks, set budgets, and formulate ROI-and gradually delve into more complex issues such as managing intellectual property, selling ideas to management and end users, and configuring for specific engineering environments. This indispensable resource is packed with savvy insights, practical techniques, and real-world advice to broaden your technical, business, and management skills. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must have!
A must have for all CAD managers.Enclosed are the tools to becoming an effictive CAD manager.

5-0 out of 5 stars CAD Management
Robert Greens book showed me how the higher Management in a company does think.We do have different workflows in Europe, but at the end of the day to save money is what counts for all of us.The book is a good source of knowledge, specially for Users that are becoming CAD Managers.
I like the idea that the book is not only written for Autodesk Users.
Users of other CAD Systems will find the Book interesting as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars GreatCADD Management Book
This is a must read for anyone involved with CADD Management. The author has real world experience and is shared well in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for all CAD Managers/Coordinators
This is a great book for CAD Managment, and for users who inspire to be leaders in the CAD field. Even though this book does not directly speak on specific CAD functions it covers a broader look at the task that a CAD Manager/Coordinator must know in order to be succesful in leading other CAD users, and helps you get a better understanding of the business side that we as technical people overlook a lot. If you are a manager or a user that would like to be better at your job or to advance to a better position, I would advise you to read this book. ... Read more

9. Digital Design and Manufacturing: CAD/CAM Applications in Architecture and Design
by Daniel Schodek, Martin Bechthold, James Kimo Griggs, Kenneth Kao, Marco Steinberg
Hardcover: 384 Pages (2004-12-06)
list price: US$85.00 -- used & new: US$63.54
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Asin: 0471456365
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A reliable, concise guide to computer-aided design and manufacturing
Positioned to be the leading book of its kind in the field, Digital Design and Manufacturing explains the ins and outs of CAD/CAM technologies and how these tools can be used to model and manufacture building components and industrial design products. It offers a comprehensive overview of the field and expertly addresses a broad range of recent initiatives and other issues related to the design of parts and assemblies for automated manufacturing and assembly.
Digital Design and Manufacturing presents the latest technical coverage of how to implement CAD/CAM technologies into the design process, including the broad range of software, computer numerical control (CNC) machines, manufacturing processes, and prototyping necessary. Insightful case studies are integrated throughout from the works of Frank Gehry, Bernard Franken, Raphael Vinoly, and many other leading architects. Product design case studies are also presented.
Students and professional architects will find techniques for going from representation to production, while avoiding the pitfalls of traditional manufacturing and allowing for the design and production of complex, free-form components that have been too expensive to use practically-until now.
Companion Web site: www.wiley.com/go/schodek ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book...
I have been enjoying the breadth and depth of CAD/CAM Applications in Architecture and Design for the past few weeks.This book does an extraordinarily good job at covering not only the current state of the art in CAD/CAM work, but provides a captivating look at the development of various mechanical production solutions dating back from power looms and early machining tools.

As an educator at Carnegie Mellon University, this book provides a remarkably useful overview of most aspects of this field - an area that is sure to define the future of architecture, since 3D imaging is only recently able to be directly fabricated with machines that permit tolerances of complex forms to within thousandths of an inch.

We are surely entering a new era of production with tremendous implications for architecture.Those familiar with the techniques possible will be able to create forms that were hitherto only imagined.This thoughtful book is an excellent introduction to those curious about this phenomenon.

5-0 out of 5 stars *THE* Textbook for Digital Builders
I've been waiting for a book like this to come along! Finally a comprehensive report on knowledge of building techniques that exploit digital tools. This textbook will be a required resource for both engineers and designer/architects. Excellent for anyone trying to grasp the creative implications of the new tools.Full of excellent case studies in product development, architectural design and structural engineering that show behind-the-scenes photos and sequential diagrams. In addition to the cutting-edge technologies, this book surveys the more tried and true manufacturing processes too. ... Read more

10. CAD for Interiors Basics, with DVD
by Joseph A. Fiorello
Paperback: 208 Pages (2009-02-03)
list price: US$55.00 -- used & new: US$35.55
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Asin: 0470185732
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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CAD for Interiors: Basics is a practical guide to getting started in AutoCAD(r) for interior designers. Taking a hands-on approach, the reader is taken on a step-by-step process to draw a detailed building floor plan. Beginning with instruction on how to create project templates, the reader works their way up to a professional-quality presentation. The basics of Architectural Desktop(r) and 3-D CAD are also included.

An included DVD complements the book, presenting videos of detailed AutoCAD(r) commands demonstrating the book's instruction using a unique audio-visual approach. No other product for designers offers a blended approach to make learning visually exciting and effective. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The basics, the core commands the interior designer will use.
This book falls into an interesting balance for the user.

First, it takes the point of view that the interior designer has to be able to produce drawings to illustrate the buildings he is designing. In today's world that really means that the student has to use a computer assisted design package.

Second it accepts that AutoCAD is the default standard for CAD systems. The author also realizes that AutoCAD has become so big, so powerful and so all encompassing that while it can be used for almost any kind of design job there is a subset of its capabilities, 'the basics' if you will, that the interior designer will really need to know.

As such, he has presented a basic AutoCAD manual oriented to the interior designer. He uses terminology from the interior design world rather than something else like say the plumbing world. And second as the title of the book says, he teaches the basics, the core commands, of using AutoCAD. With this book you can get your interior design job completed. And if you need to know more you can go to a more advanced book.

The DVD included with the book consists primarily of video presentations that talk about and illustrate the functionality of these core commands. ... Read more

11. CAD for Interiors: Beyond the Basics
by Joseph A. Fiorello
Paperback: 192 Pages (2010-04-12)
list price: US$50.00 -- used & new: US$32.72
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Asin: 0470438851
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Take your AutoCAD? and 3D drawing skills to the next level!
Like all advanced technology, AutoCAD? has been constantly evolving. To remain competitive, interior designers must understand and take advantage of the new tools and functionalities of the latest releases. Now you can with CAD for Interiors: Beyond the Basics, an ideal next step from Fiorello's CAD for Interiors: Basics.

Fiorello's user-friendly, hands-on approach makes learning exciting and effective by:

  • familiarizing you with the new 2D Drafting and Annotation Workspace and the 3D Modeling Workspace, which are key to accessing many AutoCAD? functions.
  • walking you step by step through the process of drawing detailed building floor plans, sections, and elevations.
  • introducing you to advanced 2D and basic 3D commands.
  • covering presentation and advanced plotting features for sharing AutoCAD? files efficiently.
  • providing practice exercises and videos of detailed AutoCAD? commands on DVD.

As you progress through this guide, you will advance to compiling a working set of detail construction documents for a millwork package for a commercial office project. In the end, you will have gone beyond the basics to genuine fluency in one of the most powerful and practical tools available to the interior designer. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A pick for arts, architecture and computer collections alike
Collections strong in architecture and interior design appealing to uses of AutoCAD and 3D drawing will appreciate a powerful hands-on approach to the latest 2D Drafting and Annotation Workspace and the 3D Modeling Workspace, keys to accessing many AutoCAD functions. It offers step-by-step reviews of drawing building floor plans and elevations and covers commands and advanced plotting features, making this a pick for arts, architecture and computer collections alike.

1-0 out of 5 stars Quite bad
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. It says beyond basics but it really isn't. What is covered here has already been covered in the earlier version Cad Basics. I had to return the book. ... Read more

12. A Dreadful Man - The Story of Hollywood's Most Original Cad, George Sanders
by Brian Aherne
 Paperback: 272 Pages (1981-01-01)
list price: US$2.75
Isbn: 0425047156
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars AWFUL !!!
By obtaining this book I was hoping to learn some information about George Sanders.How wrong I was.This book is about Brian Ahern's friendship and correspondance with one of Sanders's wives, Benita Hume (B-O-R-I-N-G)!!!Do not waste your time or money!

4-0 out of 5 stars George Sanders by Brian Aherne
A different sort of bio by Brian Aherne about George Sanders.Aherne has mostly just reprinted Benita Hume's letters to him with a few of Aherne's comments.You get some biographical info about Aherne but very little about Sanders.A fun read about old Hollywood, especially the British Colony of the 40's, but not a definitive bio of Sanders.

5-0 out of 5 stars 'THE' book on Sanders
This is THE book to get about sanders. Great photos and very sensitivley written. Ahern paints a picture of a very intricate, talented and complex man, an extremely rare individual who at times was a VERY difficult person. The book includes many letters of correspondence between Ahern, Sanders and Bentia. it is also a VERY sad book (in my oppinion) to read. In his later life Sanders was falling appart at the seams and unfortunaly those closest to him did not take the opportunity to threw him a lifeline and regretted not doing so for the rest of their lives. Whether he could have been saved is questionable.... we will never know.

5-0 out of 5 stars A page-turner
Benita Hume was a charming correspondent.Her letters bring her 2nd husband George Sanders to life in a way that a more objective observer probably never could.Who else would tell you that Sanders could play the guitar behind his back, or that he was an amateur electrician who routinely rewired his friends' houses?He had so many gifts, it's endlessly fascinating to me that he ended his life because he was bored.

This may not be a typical biography, but it's one of the best that I've read.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not enough about George Sanders just letters from BenitaHume
I am glad I picked this one up first. I did not see this as a real bio on George Sanders. It had pages on Brian Aherne's life. I found this to be not needed. The majority of the book is letters from Benita Hume(George Sanders wife) to Brian Aherne. I wanted a meat and potatoes bio on George. I suggest not wasting your money. You will only get bits and pieces of George. I am sure Brian meant well ,but it just did not turn out well. I am now reading George Sanders autobiography. I will let you know how that goes. ... Read more

13. Practical Problems in Mathematics for Drafting & CAD (Delmar's Practical Problems in Mathematics Series)
by John Larkin
Paperback: 286 Pages (2004-08-03)
list price: US$56.95 -- used & new: US$22.00
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Asin: 1401843441
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This book features contemporary drafting problems, CAD drawings, and industry applications and practices that will enhance the understanding of math by learners concentrating their studies in the field of drafting.A comprehensive compilation of integrated math problems and CAD operations facilitates critical thinking, problem solving, and basic mathematics literacy.Real-world, modern day applications include how to use the scientific calculator to approach math problems in drafting and CAD.Examples and figures cover a wide range of skills and levels of difficulty, and math principles provide a challenge for a variety of ability levels. ... Read more

14. Applied Geometry for Computer Graphics and CAD (Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series)
by Duncan Marsh
Paperback: 352 Pages (2004-11-05)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$23.56
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Asin: 1852338016
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Focussing on the manipulation and representation of geometrical objects, this book explores the application of geometry to computer graphics and computer-aided design (CAD).

New features in this revised and updated edition include: the application of quaternions to computer graphics animation and orientation; discussions of the main geometric CAD surface operations and constructions: extruded, rotated and swept surfaces; offset surfaces; thickening and shelling; and skin and loft surfaces; an introduction to rendering methods in computer graphics and CAD: colour, illumination models, shading algorithms, silhouettes and shadows.

Over 300 exercises are included, many of which encourage the reader to implement the techniques and algorithms discussed through the use of a computer package with graphing and computer algebra capabilities. A dedicated website also offers further resources and links to other useful websites.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good computer graphics text
This text has a novel approach to entry level computer graphics using homogeneous coordinates entirely.I struggled a bit with the use of these representations in perspective transformations.However once I got it I found the derivations and formulas to be easy to get and easy to use. The book has an extensive set of exercises with complete answers.I deducted one star because the theoretical aspects of homogeneous transformations could use expansion and simplification. ... Read more

15. CAD and GIS Integration
by Hassan A. Karimi, Burcu Akinci
Hardcover: 247 Pages (2009-12-17)
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Asin: 1420068059
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When used together effectively, computer-aided design (CAD) and geospatial information systems (GIS) have a solid track record for streamlining decision making and reducing inefficiencies in the design, planning, and execution of critical operations and projects. And a growing number of engineering tasks in numerous fields—including design, architecture, construction, and asset management—now require the knowledge of many interrelated yet disconnected CAD/GIS tools and task-specific software.

A multidisciplinary resource delineating existing and emerging solutions for CAD/GIS integration issues, CAD and GIS Integration provides a clear understanding of the state of the art in this area of growing importance. It brings together in-depth descriptions of existing and emerging techniques, methodologies, and technologies to examine approaches that enable data and operations interoperability between CAD/GIS. Starting with a review of fundamental concepts and theories, the book:

  • Addresses contemporary issues and challenges
  • Provides a collection of helpful methodologies, techniques, and technologies for integrating CAD and GIS
  • Presents balanced coverage of CAD and GIS technologies and applications
  • Highlights emerging trends in CAD/GIS integration
  • Explores the state-of-the-art in the application of CAD and GIS technologies, data, and operations for decision making

From early developments to current trends and future directions, this concise resource allows you to get up to speed quickly on what it takes to get the most of these two dynamic technologies. Numerous example applications of effective CAD/GIS integration provide the understanding needed to improve designs, make better decisions, and reduce or even eliminate costly errors in your next project.

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16. Cads #2: Tech Battleground
by John Sievert
Paperback: Pages (1986-04-01)
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Asin: 0821717901
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars CADS #2 Tech Battleground
Tech Battleground is a great read. I was especially suprised by the beginning of the book,and the realities of nuclear war. However,I think the technology used is quite cutting edge. I wonder if John Sievert has the inside scoop on high tech exoskeletons,or equipment.


3-0 out of 5 stars Series started out great...
Having read through the series (up thru #9) back before the 90's started, I really enjoyed the high-tech aspects. The series started out with great hope in a post nuclear engagement, but got real murky, with 'realistic'problems you just can't have to have a series survive, ie;broken parts,modifactions required with no manufacturing available. I must admit, itsnot a HOT as Out of the Ashes, but I enjoyed them, none the less. JohnSievert, what ever happened to you?, let us know ... Read more

17. Cadd Primer: A General Guide to Computer Aided Design and Drafting-Cadd, CAD
by Vijay Duggal
 Paperback: Pages (2000-06-01)
list price: US$32.95
Isbn: 0962916595
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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CADD PRIMER is a beginners reference book on computer aided design and drafting. It describes the general principles of working with CAD. It can give you a headstart in learning CAD regardless whatever CAD program you may have to use. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An invaluable, "user-friendly" how-to manual
Architect Vijay Duggal draws upon his many years of experience and expertise in CADD Primer to provide the reader with an effective and informative introduction and guide to "Computer Aided Design & Drafting", popularly referred to as CADD or CAD. Dugall describes what CADD can do and how it's best employed; introduces hundreds of common terms used in CADD; introduces a number of advanced techniques and professional shortcuts; provides a comprehensive listing of leading CADD programs and useful CADD resources on the Internet; and references modern CADD programs ncluding AutoCAD, MicroStation, and CADKEY. This invaluable, "user-friendly", how-to manual also offers the only online CADD tutorial (including seveny pages drawn directly from the book) for free download for students and interested architects. CADD Primer is a unique and highly recommended addition to any professional or architectural school reference collection. ... Read more

18. Memoirs of a Professional Cad : The Autobiography of George Sanders
by George Sanders
Hardcover: Pages (1960)

Asin: B000OGW5Y4
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A geat read
Like the other 2 reviews I too scoured the globe for a copy, its VERY hard to get hold of and fetches quite a price on the open market. George doesnt let his guard down very often in the book which is a shame as I feel he may have been a far more compassionate person than hes made out to be. It's not a auto-biography in the real sense but observations of people and the world around him. His master of the enlgish language is outstanding and he should have written more about himself. But I think he was a very private, shy man who kept things very close to his chest. I also have 'A dreadful man' which is a fantastic book, one which I read frequently and will treasure. This book realy does give you a peep into, who the real Sanders truely was.... an extremely talented and very exceptional person indeed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This book is listed a few times on Amazon.com under the various releases.Read reviews under the other posting.

I was introduced to read by my friends " A Dreadful Man. [by] Brian Aherne assisted by George Sanders and Benita Hume" several decades ago.I then immediately started the hunt for this book.It took many years and when it was finally reprinted in 1992 (it was originally released in 1960) I grabbed my copy and knew this was akeeper.Won't loan these 2 books out as I plan to reread often.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This book is listed several times in different releases on Amazon.com.Read all the reviews previously listed.My recommendation - is that you first read ------

A Dreadful Man. [by] Brian Aherne assisted by George Sanders and Benita Hume

and then follow with this little gem.

I won't loan this out and now I see you have to spend alot of money to get a copy of this book.Worth every cent! ... Read more

19. Mastering CAD/CAM (Engineering Series)
by Ibrahim Zeid
Hardcover: 992 Pages (2004-05-21)
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Asin: 0072868457
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******Text Available as of 5/21/2004!******

Zeid's Mastering CAD/CAM, first editioncovers an in-depth, comprehensive assembly of modern topics, including feature-based modeling, parametrics, NURBS, collaborative design, PDM, and PLM.The text integrates theory, practice and the use of CAD/CAM systems by presenting examples, tutorials, discussions, hands-on exercises, and end-of-chapter problems.Zeid provides readers with a large selection of topics, abundant activities for in-class discussions and outside-class assignments.The text provides the coverage of topics in a fashion that lends itself to customization to suit the instructor’s orientation in course scope and delivery.Suitable for second year to graduate level courses in CAD, CAM, and computational geometry, the text is intended for the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering audience and serves as an excellent reference for professionals. ... Read more

20. State of the Art of CAD/Cam Restorations: 20 Years of Cerec
Paperback: 224 Pages (2006-06-30)
list price: US$98.00
Isbn: 1850971641
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"State of the art of CAD/CAM Restorations" deals with dentistry. ... Read more

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