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.
Over the years, many iterations of AutoCAD have been introduced. In fact, the latest version of AutoCAD 2020 is the 12th major release.
A major focus of AutoCAD has been improving drawing quality, particularly for freehand drawing and technical drawing. While earlier versions of AutoCAD lacked this quality, later releases have addressed this problem. AutoCAD’s high quality is also responsible for its steep learning curve.
While many core aspects of AutoCAD remain unchanged, the program has also undergone several major revamps, both for design and business users. Major changes have occurred over the years, some to its nature and some to its strategy. Some were to improve it for users, some to increase the number of people who use it, and some to increase the business success of the program. AutoCAD’s licensees are Autodesk, a Canadian software company (which is now owned by Autodesk), Autodesk Research, and Autodesk University.
AutoCAD Version History
AutoCAD 2016 is the second major update of AutoCAD after AutoCAD 2014. It introduced a new UI called Web Topology. AutoCAD 2016 was released on December 13, 2016, and is the first version of AutoCAD to receive a Full-Featured Name. A new feature called ‘Icons and Logos’, which automatically generates and applies company logos, is introduced. Like AutoCAD 2013, this release also adds support for the Direct Parametric Release standard, a new tag tag system, data exchange with AutoCAD 2013 and older releases, and support for Microsoft Excel workbooks in CAD files.
AutoCAD 2017 (2016.1) is the third major update of AutoCAD since AutoCAD 2014. AutoCAD 2017 introduces a new tag system called ‘tag bags’, a feature where various types of tags can be added to a drawing. This release also introduces a new ‘flaw’ feature to help drawers get to grips with symmetry.
AutoCAD 2018 (2016.2) is the fourth major update of AutoCAD since AutoCAD 2014. It features a new user interface, new advanced tools and the AutoCAD 360 camera system, which displays a
The AutoCAD software has a history of stability and popularity. It has been available for more than 10 years with a number of support releases and steady improvements in capabilities. The features that are supported in the most recent release are listed below.
Features New since AutoCAD Release 2009
In AutoCAD 2010, new drawing commands were added for creating labels (through the Drawing → Text → Label command) and printing labels (through the Labels dialog box). The Print dialog box provides an option to select a label style in the style field and apply it to a drawing. Also, in AutoCAD 2010, a new Dockable Label Style Manager dialog box was added. The Dockable Label Style Manager dialog box contains all the options associated with dockable label styles. Label objects can be attached to various places such as text boxes, sketch lines, annotation marks, label attributes, and object properties. They can also be edited using the Label object property sheet.
Features New in AutoCAD Release 2013
AutoCAD 2013 introduced the AutoLISP programming language, which allows designers to build an application using AutoLISP and share it with other AutoCAD users, without needing to convert it to AutoCAD’s native format (DSF). AutoLISP is described as a declarative programming language. AutoLISP, which has been around for over a decade, is rarely used. However, it is still supported in AutoCAD 2013, and the new Labels dialog box allows users to create and edit labels programmatically.
Features New in AutoCAD 2015
The AutoCAD 2015 release has many new features. Notably, the Draw view of the ribbon is split in two so it is easy to open and manage multiple drawings on the screen at the same time. The new LiveScale feature allows you to freely scale objects in the drawing while keeping their precise positions unchanged. LiveScale combines the best of the conventional dimensioning feature and the snap-to-grid feature. You can still use the dimensioning feature as you expect, but also manipulate objects with up to three axis without having to go through AutoCAD’s snapping system. In the A360° Camera function, the new 360° Camera tool provides easier to read camera views of the drawings.
Features New in AutoCAD 2016
AutoCAD 2016 brought a lot of changes to the application. For instance, the top row of the ribbon is now called the Dynamics
# Activate the key and you will see that the software is activated and has been installed.
Right click any annotative object in the drawing and select Edit. Quickly add markups that are converted to electronic annotations, with the option to make them editable.
Add and edit annotations for technical drawings (i.e. CNC cutouts, dimensions, symbols, colors, etc.).
Add annotations with in-place edits for pre-press specifications (i.e. ink/toner requirements, bleed marks, title block and barcodes, etc.).
Simplify the workflow by quickly importing and editing any kind of markups within your drawings.
New Insight Filters:
See an overview of the latest 3D models and designers in your inventory. Get a quick view of all your designs that have been imported from other CAD systems.
A new 3D Insight feature allows users to see all of their 3D designs from different CAD applications, displayed side-by-side.
Add any new models to your library at the press of a button.
CNC milling machine inspection and capacity management. 3D Insight allows you to instantly access and make modifications to your CNC machine plans.
New 3D Model feature:
Model traceability from CAD to the shop floor. Visualize your CNC and other 3D models in AutoCAD directly from the CAD drawing.
Automate your shop floor workflow and see all of your 3D models displayed side-by-side.
Navigate through your models by selecting the 3D mode button from the View menu.
Import multiple 3D models from various file formats.
View all your 3D models from one place.
New 3D and Mesh Layers feature:
Analyze, optimize, and create new designs on a 3D model. Convert 2D objects to 3D in one click.
Create 3D models in a variety of ways (3D solid, mesh, surface, and wireframe), all from one tool.
Easily convert, scale, and mirror objects in your designs.
New Filter Criteria:
Quickly filter out objects based on multiple criteria using the new filter criteria feature. Filter out objects based on colors, line styles, object type, project type, etc.
Filter using the intuitive filtering feature.
Create custom filter criteria based on your requirements.
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Memory: 1GB RAM
Video: 512 MB DirectX 9-compatible video card
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