AutoCAD is the name for three main software products developed by Autodesk. The first is the AutoCAD software suite, the second is the AutoCAD LT software, and the third is the.dwg files produced by AutoCAD.
AutoCAD originated from computerized engineering drafting programs that were developed in the late 1970s. In October 1978, The Engineer’s Edge published an article called “Real-Time Drafting” which discussed CAD software for the first time. It described a system where four users could share a single host computer, each with their own drawing, and move the host into real-time mode, all working in unison. All four users would enter commands at the same time. One user would select a piece of paper, set the host to real-time mode, and move the cursor to the new paper. The other three would start drawing on the same paper as the first user. They would be working in tandem in real-time mode, and on the same piece of paper. The fourth user would draw on a new piece of paper, and the process would repeat. If one user missed entering a command while others were drawing, the others would “linger” in their drawings, waiting for that user to finish entering his or her command. Drawing was an interactive process where users could move the cursor, make marks, draw lines, change scale, and define shape and scale factors.
The software industry was very small in 1978. Only a few companies were producing such products at that time, and they typically used proprietary interfaces for a network of operators to access the data. There were no computers powerful enough to do the complex calculations needed by engineering drafting systems.
In 1980, Michael A. Newell, a student at UCLA, developed a version of the real-time four-person system, called “Living Blue”, which ran on two Host systems. He described his real-time software product as a “computer-based drafting environment”. The Newell system was limited to one host at a time and was not commercially viable.
AutoCAD was developed from the early 1980s onwards in the offices of the John Deere Company in Moline, Illinois. Donald Fisher, a pioneer of CAD at John Deere, saw the potential of computer-aided drafting for modeling and design. His team at John Deere, led by Bill Smith, created a team to build and
Topics of Autodesk ACAD software to beginners include: functions for geometric modeling, visual development and editing, visual rendering, and model organization and retrieval. In the field of drafting, the software provides functions such as the ability to draw curves, polylines, arcs, splines, and lines. Other features include support for the measurement, numbering and algebra, workplane management, and the ability to create and draw multiple objects at once. It is possible to view, analyze and edit parametric drawings, as well as model and animate drawings and create animations.
Autodesk Maxon is a cross-platform tool for 2D and 3D motion graphics and animation. Using the Autodesk Media and Motion APIs, it provides tools for creating, animating, and rendering 2D and 3D graphics and animations. Maxon is able to work with various 2D and 3D graphics libraries, including Adobe Flash, Java, and OpenGL. It can be used for motion design, video editing, visual effects, visual development and simulations, graphic and visual design, and character animation.
Another product that can be used for motion graphics is Adobe Flash Professional. Adobe Flash Professional supports animation, vector graphics and character animation, bitmap graphics, sound effects, and more. Flash Professional is fully integrated with the Adobe Creative Suite of applications and content, making it easier than ever to create and share.
Autodesk MotionBuilder provides functions for 2D and 3D modeling and animation. It supports a wide variety of features, including vector modeling, parametric modeling, constraints, animation, and dynamic editing. It can create and edit dynamic layouts, animations, menus, gestures and expressions, and simulations. It can work with various 3D graphics, including Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions such as CATIA, SOLIDWORK
Starting a new drawing in Autocad
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Exported Drawings and Analysis:
Make sure you export your drawings to a standard CAD format to guarantee your drawings are readable by other applications. Plus, you’ll have options for how to distribute your CAD files.
All your CAD files will be viewable and searchable. You can choose to view your CAD files from your hard drive, email, cloud storage or over a local network, and share them with clients and colleagues.
Autodesk Alias Technology:
Alias technology will introduce native AutoCAD support for Autodesk Fusion 360 files, allowing you to load and annotate your designs, view them in CAD and bring them to market with a fast and easy workflow.
This new capability means you can use Autodesk Fusion 360 software to annotate and annotate directly into your AutoCAD drawings. Annotation created in Fusion 360 will be viewable in all AutoCAD versions and provide native support for the ability to easily share designs.
Work with new 3D visual effects
You’ll be able to view 3D visual effects in design views such as 3D exploded views and 3D assemblies.
New Fusion 360 UI:
The new UI incorporates a ribbon and task panes that allows you to more easily share files, view what you are working on, and interact with colleagues and other co-workers.
How can you use new 3D visual effects?
Here’s how you’ll be able to:
In the ribbon, select the visual effects tab.
Then, under the visual effects drop down menu select the visual effects you want to use.
For example, you can choose to view a cloud icon when the Project View is expanded.
Or, you can choose to select a cube when you view an exploded assembly.
How can you use the new Fusion 360 UI?
Here’s how you’ll be able to:
Select the ribbon:
Select the Visual Effects tab:
Select a Visual Effect from the Visual Effects drop-down menu:
How can you import and annotate Fusion 360 files in CAD?
Here’s how you’ll be able to:
OS : Win7 64bit / Win8 64bit
: Win7 64bit / Win8 64bit CPU : Intel® Core™ i3 or greater
: Intel® Core™ i3 or greater Memory : 4GB RAM
: 4GB RAM Graphics : DirectX 11 graphics card that supports 64-bit processing
: DirectX 11 graphics card that supports 64-bit processing Resolution : 1280 x 720, 1024 x 768 or lower
: 1280 x 720, 1024 x 768 or lower Sound : DirectX 10 compatible sound card
: DirectX 10 compatible
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