It's a good question.
Several prospective purchasers of my brand-new What's Inside? AutoCAD 2010 ebook today asked me, "Will this also cover LT?" I've been telling them....
The ebook includes a page about what's new in AutoCAD LT. Autodesk has been keeping fairly mum on the new features in LT, since they don't actually want you buying it.
Essentially, they "turned on" a bunch of commands that already existed in earlier releases of AutoCAD (like Align and some Xref ones), plus added PDF import/export. I wrote the details in an earlier blog posting, "What's New in AutoCAD LT 2010."
So, why buy a book about the new features in AutoCAD 2010 when there are dozens of Weblogs parroting the new feature list issued by Autodesk? Here is one reason:
This is how Autodesk's Command and System Variable History provided with AutoCAD 2010 describes the changes to the 3dMove command:
In a 3D view, displays the 3D Move gizmo to aid in moving 3D objects a specified distance in a specified direction.
And here is the summary statement from my ebook on the changes made by AutoCAD 2010 to the same command:
3dMove now has longer axes, XYZ labels, and planar highlighting; adds a right-click shortcut menu with options; now works with point filters.
Another reason: detail. Below is a screen grab of a page that describes one of the new commands, 3dScale. (Click to see the full-size image.)
Other material you'll read in this ebook, but won't learn elsewhere:
- Undocumented commands.
- Undocumented system variables.
- Side-by-side screen grabs of old 2009 and new 2010 dialog boxes.
- The three most impressive features and the three most disappointing lapses.
- How to run AutoCAD 2010 on a netbook.
- Code names for Autodesk's 2010 software line-up.
(But, it does not cover programming issues.)
The 130-page What's Inside? AutoCAD 2010 ebook is available in PDF format for US$19.50 through its Web page at www.upfrontezine.com/wiaX .