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.
On the early AutoCAD releases, the graphic display window was centered on the monitor screen, but users quickly became disenchanted with the small viewport. A native feature that provides a larger viewport was added with version 1.1 and was enabled by default. In subsequent versions, additional enhancements to the viewport were added. By the time AutoCAD 3.0 was released, the viewport was scaled to fit the entire screen, up to 640 by 400 pixels (with the full-screen feature disabled). A key benefit of the scaling feature is that it preserves graphics scaling. For example, if a technical drawing is scaled to 100 percent, graphics remain at the same scale when the viewport is enlarged or reduced.
The horizontal and vertical scroll bars, for moving the viewport around the screen, were introduced in AutoCAD 2.0 and became an industry standard feature.
From version 1.0 through version 8.3, the name AutoCAD was singular, as opposed to the plural AutoCADesk.
Early versions of AutoCAD ran on the Xerox Alto and included five primary screen windows: the drawing window (also known as the working drawing window), the annotation window, the tool palette, the status bar, and the tooltip. The drawing window was displayed directly on the desktop. The annotation window was a preview area where the user could see the selected objects in the working drawing. It could be resized to cover the entire desktop. The tool palette was a dedicated menu to the right side of the annotation window. It displayed the symbols used to manipulate drawing objects. The status bar was a vertical bar to the left side of the annotation window. It displayed the values for dimensions, coordinates, and other drawing objects. The tooltip was a pop-up window that appeared below the working drawing window and contained the name of any selected objects and other information relevant to the working drawing.
AutoCAD 2.0 was released in September 1987 and was the first version to run on a PC and to include graphic scaling. Several other notable features were added to AutoCAD 2.0, including two-sided printing and plotter control. Another notable feature of AutoCAD 2.0 was the “Open palette” command, which allowed the user to quickly launch a predefined program that was available on the AutoCAD menu.
AutoCAD 2.0 also introduced a new
Direct XAML, or Direct3D’s XAML format, is one of the primary drawing interfaces. It supports dynamically loading components through embedded binaries (DLLs or EXEs) or through use of an external application that interprets the XAML.
The following features were introduced with AutoCAD 2014:
Support for vector graphics with the introduction of:
Vector graphics and a vector editor in the Drawing Window.
Color in the Design Center.
Vector data export, import, and edit within the Design Center.
AutoCAD 2020 replaces AutoCAD’s native Windows menu system with a replacement application called AutoCAD Main Menu, which can be used to run AutoCAD from various menu options as well as show dialog boxes. This menu system was also added for AutoCAD at the AutoCAD 2010 Beta 1, and was eventually integrated into AutoCAD 2009, releasing as an option as part of the desktop version.
AutoCAD was initially developed for and sold by Computer Associates. It is now a product of Autodesk. From 1994 to 1996, it was available for a monthly subscription fee.
The first public release was AutoCAD 1.0 in June 1991, and the first release on CD-ROM was AutoCAD 1.0.x (also known as 1.0), released in September 1993. The current version is AutoCAD 2020, a part of Autodesk AutoCAD 2020 is available free as part of the subscription to AutoCAD Professional. The components of AutoCAD were originally released as a commercial product at a monthly subscription price, and since the release of AutoCAD 2017 the components are available as a subscription to Autodesk Design Suite and AutoCAD Professional at per month. The AutoCAD R14 (release 14) was also available as a free download.
AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT were formerly owned by Micrografx, a Canadian company that also produced the Graphisoft Vector Graphics Suite for AutoCAD and V-Ray. Vector Graphics was released in late 2010. It is a collection of various CAD programs for Autodesk and other software companies that can create custom vector-based drawings and animations. Vector Graphics is a component of the Autodesk Design Suite.
AutoCAD 2013, released in March 2013, is the
– When the Autodesk Autocad message screen appears, click yes to proceed.
– You will be prompted to enter your license key. If you do not already have one, the keygen automatically generates one for you.
– You will now be asked to enter the activation code. Enter the code that is located on your license key.
For more information about this feature, please refer to the following link:
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Posted: June 4, 2013
3D Architectural Modeling Introduction
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Posted: April 9, 2013
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Rapidly send and incorporate feedback into your designs. Import feedback from printed paper or PDFs and add changes to your drawings automatically, without additional drawing steps. (video: 1:15 min.) Markup Assist:
Create and send live, interactive markup from the command line. As you’re drawing, AutoCAD simultaneously creates a list of commands that you can quickly paste into the command line to create and send markup. (video: 1:32 min.)
Create and send live, interactive markup from the command line. As you’re drawing, AutoCAD simultaneously creates a list of commands that you can quickly paste into the command line to create and send markup. (video: 1:32 min.) Export to DXF:
Drawing elements as standard DXF blocks allows them to be incorporated into existing 3D models. (video: 1:16 min.)
Drawing elements as standard DXF blocks allows them to be incorporated into existing 3D models. (video: 1:16 min.) Support for IGES files:
Designed to work with your choice of third-party CAD applications, Autodesk IGES support is available for AutoCAD and Autodesk Fusion 360. (video: 1:11 min.)
Designed to work with your choice of third-party CAD applications, Autodesk IGES support is available for AutoCAD and Autodesk Fusion 360. (video: 1:11 min.) Customizable icons:
Three new icons are included for quick and easy access to your drawing settings. (video: 0:46 min.)
Three new icons are included for quick and easy access to your drawing settings. (video: 0:46 min.) Document Link:
Instant file sharing between documents — wherever you are. Upload a drawing to the cloud and access it from anywhere. (video: 1:01 min.)
Instant file sharing between documents — wherever you are. Upload a drawing to the cloud and access it from anywhere. (video: 1:01 min.) Improved shape interpolation:
Improve the quality and speed of AutoCAD shapes. Now, you can easily add up to 100 polygons with one command. (video: 0:57 min.)
Improve the quality and speed of AutoCAD shapes. Now, you can easily add up to 100 polygons with one command. (video: 0:57 min.) New
OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP2/7 SP1
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4000+
Memory: 1GB RAM
Graphics: Shader Model 3.0
DirectX: Version 9.0
Hard Drive: 32GB
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit
Processor: Intel Core i7 4790K
Memory: 6GB RAM
Graphics: Shader Model 5.0
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