Equipped with the right applications, a computer can be of great help in virtually any domain of activity. When it comes to designing and precision, no other tool is as accurate as a computer. Moreover, specialized applications such as AutoCAD give you the possibility to design nearly anything ranging from art, to complex mechanical parts or even buildings.
Suitable for business environments and experienced users
After a decent amount of time spent installing the application on your system, you are ready to fire it up. Thanks to the office suite like interface, all of its features are cleverly organized in categories. At a first look, it looks easy enough to use, but the abundance of features it comes equipped with leaves room for second thoughts.
Create 2D and 3D objects
You can make use of basic geometrical shapes to define your objects, as well as draw custom ones. Needless to say that you can take advantage of a multitude of tools that aim to enhance precision. A grid can be enabled so that you can easily snap elements, as well as adding anchor points to fully customize shapes.
With a little imagination and patience on your behalf, nearly anything can be achieved. Available tools allow you to create 3D objects from scratch and have them fully enhanced with high-quality textures. A powerful navigation pane is put at your disposal so that you can carefully position the camera to get a clearer view of the area of interest.
Various export possibilities
Similar to a modern web browser, each project is displayed in its own tab. This comes in handy, especially for comparison views. Moreover, layouts and layers also play important roles, as it makes objects handling a little easier.
Sine the application is not the easiest to carry around, requiring a slightly sophisticated machine to properly run, there are several export options put at your disposal so that the projects itself can be moved around.
Aside from the application specific format, you can save as an image file of multiple types, PDF, FBX and a few more. Additionally, it can be sent via email, directly printed out on a sheet of paper, or even sent to a 3D printing service, if available.
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All in all, AutoCAD remains one of the top applications used by professionals to achieve great precision with projects of nearly any type. It encourages usage with incredible offers for student licenses so you get acquainted with its abundance of features early on. A lot can be said about what it can and can't do, but the true surprise lies in discovering it step-by-step.
AutoCAD got its name from a traditional drafting acronym, used to describe “auto-computer-aided design”, referring to the CAD drawings produced on the computer and the computer’s aid to drafting (autocoding). AutoCAD uses internal graphic engines. Although it is not a replacement for the traditional methods of creating 2D drawings such as blueprints, architectural and engineering drawings, AutoCAD can be used to create 2D drafts of many types of products. AutoCAD is a widely used standard in the commercial drafting, engineering, architectural and technical fields for drafting, 2D and 3D visualization, design and architectural visualization, precision cutting, engraving, milling, welding, and sheet metal work.
There are several different versions of AutoCAD available. The original version was released in 1982. Since then, there have been a number of updates. These updates have added new features and tools. The most significant updates include AutoCAD R14, AutoCAD 2014, AutoCAD LT 2015, AutoCAD LT 2017, AutoCAD LT 2019, AutoCAD 2020, AutoCAD LT R14, AutoCAD LT R19, AutoCAD LT 2020, and AutoCAD LT 2021. In addition to this, there are numerous “special interest” versions that do not undergo the same rigorous testing as the general release versions, and have seen only limited use, such as AutoCAD Labs, AutoCAD LT Labs, AutoCAD LT Pro, AutoCAD LT Testbed, and AutoCAD R-Pro.
AutoCAD has been used to create more than 7 million drawings for the United States Federal Government. The 2015 Legacy Project, which is to convert many of the drawings created using AutoCAD into free and open source software, has the goal to preserve the software and its functionality.
AutoCAD’s user interface
AutoCAD has a rectangular user interface with a large area for creating, editing, and viewing drawing objects. A two-dimensional drawing window is located in the center of the user interface. This drawing area is the same size and shape as the screen, but does not occupy the entire screen; there is a small empty space around it. The drawing area is split up into two panels, called the “status bar” and the “content panel” (see figure 1). The status bar shows the current status of the application and has
Available as a standalone product for AutoCAD LT, the graphic editing software also allows extended formatting and file properties to be attached to a drawing file.
In addition to the file format, AutoCAD supports the DXF (Drawing Exchange Format), PDF (Portable Document Format), SLD (Schematic Line Drawing), EDF (Edge and Edge Drawing Format), ETR (Electronic Topology Representation) and DWG (Drawing and Visualization) file formats.
AutoCAD supports predefined views, which limit the viewport to a certain area. Views include a plan view, side view, top view, and viewport thumbnail.
AutoCAD (formerly AutoCAD R14) is a product of Autodesk which runs on Windows and macOS operating systems, Mac OS X v10.6 through 10.11 (Mavericks) and Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012 and 2016. It is available as a standalone application and as a member of the AutoCAD User’s product and can also be installed on a Windows machine running macOS as a virtual machine.
The pre-release version of AutoCAD for OS X v10.11 (Mavericks) is based on OS X v10.9 (Mavericks) and the macOS High Sierra v10.13.1 update is an update to v10.11.
AutoCAD was originally designed for use by the U.S. military. In the 1980s, Autodesk built the AutoCAD program on top of OSF/1 to enable the company to deliver a high-speed computer-aided design and drafting program. In 1991, the company released AutoCAD II as its first freely distributed CAD software.
During the 1990s, Autodesk developed a number of products which expanded the scope of its capabilities. These included:
AutoCAD 1998 – a web-based, collaborative drawing creation and revision system.
CAMWorks (1998) – an image-based BIM authoring tool for the construction industry, built on the CAMWorks 2000 product.
DNP system (1999) – a tool for the maintenance and modification of railway track data, created on top of the proprietary DNP System.
MicroStation (1998) – a CAD application which allows the creation of micro-station plans for construction projects, created on top of the proprietary MicroStation v8 application.
Open the program and click on the [Create a new drawing] option on the left bottom.
In the popup dialog you have to choose the target type [Default] or [Engine]. (Engine is fine)
In the name section you have to give the drawing a name. In the following example I’ve called it ‘Base1’ but you can give it a whatever name you want.
After you are done with the setup of the drawing, you can go to the [Layers] section and drag the new drawing layer you have just created on the [Layers] section.
To start a new drawing, click on the [Start] button in the dialog bar.
Import a drawing
In the drawing you want to import, click on the [File] menu and choose [Import] option.
In the following dialog, you have to choose the source file from the path you want to import into the new drawing. (In my example I’m importing ‘Base1.dwg’)
Click on the [Open] button to open the file in the drawing.
There is more information about this and the other feature you can find in the official Autocad 2012 Help site.
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Collaborate and work faster, smoother, and more reliably.
You no longer need to pin your layouts. Design with flexible toolbars, freely move toolbars and save layouts. You can configure toolbars according to your needs.
New 3D and 2D views, improved 2D drafters.
Integrated feedback into the design review process and we’re working to make it even better.
We’re still working on release notes but the enhancements in AutoCAD 2023 are some of the most significant we’ve seen in our current release cycle. This is especially true of improvements in AutoCAD Drafting & Annotation, AutoCAD Add-ins, and the new 3D View. You can find our release notes here and there are videos of many of the enhancements in this new release.
We’ve published a new AutoCAD Buyer’s Guide that gives you in-depth information on the new features, and over 270 AutoCAD videos that cover all of the new features.
More than just new features
When I was looking for videos that covered the new features in AutoCAD, I found many of the videos were focused on specific improvements in either Layout or Drawing. When I asked the company that created the videos for videos that covered all of the new features, I was surprised to find that the company had many videos that covered other new features. Those videos are included in this release.
There are a few features we haven’t covered that are included in this release. These include a few new add-ins (AutoCAD Base, Sheet Set Manager, and Graphical Region Manager), a few new contextual help tips, and some new user manuals. I’ve included those new feature links in this article, and I’ll post links to the new user manuals later in the article.
In general, these new videos are:
AutoCAD Drafting and Annotation
AutoCAD Help Videos
Timelines and Profiles
A few new AutoCAD 2D Drafters
The new 3D View
CAD & VRD Cloud
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