Last updated: May 4, 2020
AutoCAD is a commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application. Developed and marketed by Autodesk, AutoCAD was first released in December 1982 as a desktop app running on microcomputers with internal graphics controllers. Before AutoCAD was introduced, most commercial CAD programs ran on mainframe computers or minicomputers, with each CAD operator (user) working at a separate graphics terminal.
AutoCAD is used in industrial and architectural design, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, industrial engineering, electrical and telecommunications engineering, architecture, geographic information systems, map-making, automotive design, film and TV production, computer game development, and print and packaging design. AutoCAD supports, drawing viewports, optional real-time viewports for motion simulation and tracking, and AutoCAD also has a wide variety of specialized 2D and 3D geometric primitives that cover a wide range of design tasks.
AutoCAD’s software architecture and modeling tools make it useful for advanced modeling and rendering and a wide range of fabrication tasks. AutoCAD, which runs on the Windows, macOS, Linux and Unix operating systems, has been ported to numerous non-x86 platforms, including the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation. AutoCAD 2016 and newer releases are not compatible with Windows XP or Windows Vista, although older releases and Windows 10 support will continue to be available.
The latest AutoCAD 2020 release adds support for new file formats, improved rendering and animation, enhanced Web Services (and WebSlicer), new window layouts, and new modeling tools.
An AutoCAD drawing, also known as an AutoCAD drawing file, is a hierarchical representation of a model of some sort. All such representations are graphic elements, whether 2D or 3D. The drawing is viewed in a viewport and is created and edited with tools associated with the viewport.
A drawing is an “open” graphic element. When it is first created, it can be in “In View,” “Out Of View,” or “Hidden” state. When it is viewed, it moves from one state to another. When it is edited, it moves between states, or its attributes are changed. When it is saved, it moves back to one of its states. When the drawing is closed, all its states are “hidden.”
A drawing is usually created from a number of other
AutoCAD Serial Key’s predecessors were NCR-PDP-11 DRAW and MicroStation.
AutoCAD was originally based on MicroStation and was called MicroStation AutoCAD or simply Autocad as it did not have the ‘AutoCAD’ name.
MicroStation AutoCAD 3 was first released in 1989 and later became the de facto standard for AutoCAD.
In 1991, MicroStation AutoCAD 5 was released, which greatly expanded on the features of previous releases.
In 1998, Autodesk’s.NET Framework was released and with it, the version of AutoCAD called AutoCAD 2000. It was marketed as the Microsoft Windows equivalent to the MicroStation AutoCAD series.
In 2001, Autodesk began releasing updates for its MicroStation series, including AutoCAD 2000.
On 1 October 2004, AutoCAD was re-released as AutoCAD 2004. It was initially only available for Windows, but support for Windows 2000 was added in a later release.
In 2007, a new version of AutoCAD with the title “AutoCAD R14” was released. It included many new features, and many popular features from AutoCAD 2004 were incorporated into the new software.
In 2009, Autodesk released the first version of AutoCAD 2009 which included a new drawing and editing application, and a completely new GUI. AutoCAD 2009 was a major update, providing many new features. AutoCAD 2009 was designed to work on both PCs and Macs.
In 2010, Autodesk released AutoCAD 2010. It was a major update that included many new features and some improvements from AutoCAD 2009. Many of the previous changes and features from AutoCAD R14 and AutoCAD 2004 were incorporated into this new version. It was available for the Windows and Mac operating systems.
In 2016, AutoCAD R2016 was released. It included many new features, and some of the previous changes from AutoCAD 2010 were incorporated into this new version.
AutoCAD has supported many programming languages. These include:
Visual Basic (AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004)
Visual Basic.NET (AutoCAD 2009, AutoCAD 2010)
C# (AutoCAD 2009, AutoCAD 2010)
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Start Menu Editor.
Create tables and headings for your tables and drawings with the new multi-level structure of the Table and Heading tool. (video: 3:30 min.)
Object selection using Bounding Boxes with the BBOX tool now has a Fuzzy Select option. (video: 4:28 min.)
Rapidly create a polyline or polygon using a single point or corner using the new Quick Polyline tool. (video: 4:56 min.)
The new Intersection tools let you quickly connect two lines and intersections to create arcs or Bézier curves. (video: 4:54 min.)
Add reference data to create reusable elements to save time in your drawings. (video: 1:19 min.)
Draw lines with tooltips when drawing on a page. (video: 2:02 min.)
Select a specific layer when adding or modifying content in a drawing. (video: 2:20 min.)
Place selected objects on a sheet and edit the geometry of the objects at the same time. (video: 4:43 min.)
Open more than one drawing at once from the drop-down menu and use them together as a linked model. (video: 1:56 min.)
Open the new format of.gbr files (cross-platform). (video: 1:25 min.)
Save your AutoCAD drawings as a.DWG or.CAD file format, to easily share them with others. (video: 2:16 min.)
Synchronize your drawing on your tablet, smart device or computer and access your drawings anywhere. (video: 3:27 min.)
Automatic Line Weight Control
With the new Line Control palette, AutoCAD automatically applies line weight to lines based on the line object’s length. (video: 2:35 min.)
Line Control options
Transition line width as the line is edited. (video: 2:20 min.)
Stretch lines automatically to lengths that are the same as the line object. (video: 2:13 min.)
Line controls appear on the line. (video: 2:22 min.)
Control line visibility. (video: 2:14 min.)
Create patterns for lines. (video: 2:19 min.)
Set different line weights to individual segments of the line. (video: 2:27 min.)
Add edges to
System Requirements: System Requirements:
Windows 8.1 64-bit, Windows 8.1 32-bit, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 64-bit, Windows Server 2012 R2 32-bit, Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit, Windows Server 2008 R2 32-bit
Mac OS X 10.10.3
Mac OS X 10.10.4
Mac OS X 10.11.4
Mac OS X 10.11.
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