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.
There are two versions of AutoCAD (prior to 2018, these versions were numbered as ‘AutoCAD X’ and ‘AutoCAD LT’).
AutoCAD X : ‘AutoCAD X’ is the earliest release of AutoCAD. Released in February 1987, the first version of AutoCAD X was a 64-bit application. In October 1988, the first commercial release of AutoCAD was AutoCAD LT, an upgraded and improved version of AutoCAD X.
AutoCAD LT : AutoCAD LT is AutoCAD’s standard release, and in 2019, it is the latest release of AutoCAD. It was originally sold for $6,995 in a boxed version, and the retail price was set by the annual subscription model. The boxed version includes a single hard drive and the ability to run in 32-bit mode, whereas the retail box of the software has three hard drives. AutoCAD LT runs on many platforms including Windows, macOS, and Linux, and has also been used in embedded platforms.
Along with BIM (Building Information Modeling), AutoCAD is the most popular CAD software for architects and engineers. The key features in AutoCAD are:
Drawing and Object
The core feature of AutoCAD is the ability to create and edit drawings. Using this application, one can create and edit 2D objects, including simple geometric shapes, complex surfaces, 3D objects (including solids), line drawings, text, and raster images, etc. A drawing is the graphical representation of a design on a digital canvas, which is created using geometric shapes and other 2D objects. In AutoCAD, a drawing can be drawn in different views, including orthographic, isometric, and oblique.
View: These include 2D views like, orthographic, isometric, and oblique.
These include 2D views like, orthographic, isometric, and oblique. Drafting: These include Line, Arc, Surface, Text, and Raster views.
These include Line, Arc, Surface, Text, and Raster views. Dimensions: The dimensions for all the drawings can be defined in the drawings.
The dimensions for all the drawings can be defined in the drawings. Protected: An object can be protected and viewable by the selected user.
An object can be protected and viewable
As well as providing the Autodesk Exchange Apps program, Autodesk also provides a number of AutoCAD-based products which are suitable for the classroom, education, and home use.
AutoCAD and other Autodesk applications are certified for use on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
As of AutoCAD 2018, the built-in drawing and CAD-related features allow users to make accurate drawings that look like other drawings. In general, any drawing or drawing style that can be created or modified in the standard drawing tools can be exported to AutoCAD.
AutoCAD uses proprietary technologies to render 3D drawings.
Rendering can be done using true 3D space, or using a camera view. The following views are supported:
2.5D, which uses a top-down, orthographic view of the two-dimensional part, but does not show how the three-dimensional part is constructed.
3D with textures, which uses the same view as in 2.5D, but includes an image texture, which can be assigned to different surfaces.
True 3D which uses the most sophisticated rendering technology to show three-dimensional objects as a series of 2D layers, using graphics processing units (GPUs). This is especially useful for highly complicated objects, such as buildings and turbines.
CAD, which renders the CAD model of the object in a 2.5D view.
SmartCAD, which renders the CAD model in a 3D view with textures. In AutoCAD 2012, the full 3D view with textures has been replaced by a 3D view with transparency, which provides a 2.5D view of the CAD model with the transparency effect of 3D rendering.
The rendering speed can be affected by the number of objects and textures used. The rendering can also be affected by the use of the GPU.
, AutoCAD files use the following file extensions:
.dwg – Importable dxf file format
.dgn – External file format for AutoCAD Architectural and Automotive, and other customization projects.
.dwf – Fixed-dimension import and export format
.dxf – DXF, the import/export standard for 3D drawing files, supports both 2D and 3D.
.kml – KML and KMZ – 3D floor plan with distance information, a format of Google Earth
Open the Autocad Help dialog.
Select Autocad and then select Autocad Options.
Click Edit Keys.
Create your key.
Click Save and then Click Close.
This will enable you to use Autocad in your installation folder.
Create a new project and set the installation folder of Autocad.
Open Autocad and make a copy of the default.dwg file found under C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Autocad.
Paste the.DWG file under your Autocad installation folder.
NOTE: If the file doesn’t show up, you must check the file permission.
Open Autocad again and from the menu, select Preferences.
Now go to: Preferences > Default location > Directories, check the box: Save and load, and click Ok.
Now select: Autocad > Advanced > Advanced > General Options.
Now, select: Autocad > Advanced > General Options > Add-Ins.
Copy the key you made into here.
Select Autocad and then click File > Options.
Go to the Add-Ins tab and press Change.
Make sure Add-Ins is checked.
Click the plus sign and select Autocad Add-Ins > Add.
Paste the key you made into the Key field.
Now you can press the (Download Add-Ins) button to install the Add-Ins.
Once the add-ins are installed, close Autocad.
Open Autocad again and then click File > Options.
Now press the (Load) button and select Add-Ins.
Paste the key you made into the Key field.
Click Ok and then press the (Start Autocad) button.
Once Autocad is started, click File > Open.
Select Autocad and then click Open.
Draft, toolpath, and other improvements for traditional drawing tools and additional enhancements to the annotator. For example, you can write in the annotator by using the Command+A keystroke combination. (video: 2:21 min.)
Import PDF files into AutoCAD and easily create annotated PDF files. (video: 2:02 min.)
Export to Excel, Word, and other file formats:
Save your drawings to many file formats to collaborate with others. (video: 2:04 min.)
Compatibility improvements and new features for multiple platforms:
Run AutoCAD on Apple Mac OS X and Windows platforms, and support for Google Chromebooks.
CAD Output Improvements:
Improved format consistency with Inkscape, enabling the viewing of imported drawings in Inkscape format.
Integrated 3D Modeling with Autodesk Fusion 360:
Design, share, and collaborate with others using 3D models.
An improved dashboard that makes it easier to access and organize commonly used features and settings.
Improved Camera Tracking:
Use the new tracking technology to improve the accuracy and precision of camera tracking.
Drag and Drop improvements:
More improvements to the ability to drag and drop in AutoCAD.
Integrated Raster Graphics Tools:
Graphics and raster editing improvements. Use a pen tool or canvas to draw directly on the drawing canvas, export raster graphics, edit raster graphics, and export to other raster file formats.
More New Features:
Access numerous guides and articles that explain AutoCAD.
AutoCAD drawing tool improvements:
A new toolbox with a new “Ribbon” interface.
Enhancements to drawing tools:
Make all drawing tools more intuitive and improve the accuracy of the user interface.
New and enhanced features for annotating drawings:
Add drawings and annotations to drawings with the new annotation manager. Attach notes, comments, and shapes to specific lines or sections of drawings.
New features for personalizing your workspace:
Personalize your workspace with backgrounds, screensavers, and custom keyboard shortcuts.
Improvements to advanced features:
Improvements to the workgroup editing features, such as lock
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