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.
Autodesk says that AutoCAD is the “leading solution for 2D and 3D design, engineering, and fabrication, with more than 30 million users worldwide and over 5 million active users in 2015.”
Highly advanced and comprehensive, AutoCAD is, in Autodesk’s words, “the industry-standard CAD software application designed to make you more productive and to help you work smarter.” AutoCAD is bundled with Autodesk 360, Autodesk Alias, Autodesk Navisworks, and Autodesk Maya. Autodesk Viewer is a free open-source viewer that supports many Autodesk formats. AutoCAD is available for Microsoft Windows and macOS.
AutoCAD 2018 is available in three editions: AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD Premier, and AutoCAD Professional. AutoCAD LT is a free user trial version of the software. AutoCAD LT can run on a Windows 10, macOS, or Linux computer. AutoCAD Premier is a cost-effective edition that includes toolbars, blocks, and the ability to create 3D models. AutoCAD Premier is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux computers. AutoCAD Professional is a cost-effective full version of the software that is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
An AutoCAD Education Edition is available for the Mac and is intended for educational use in secondary schools, colleges, and universities.
Autodesk says, “If you are a user of AutoCAD, you are almost certainly a user of AutoCAD LT. And if you use AutoCAD LT, you will find it easy to migrate your design into AutoCAD. AutoCAD LT is an easy-to-use, feature-rich version of AutoCAD, offering all of the industry-standard features of the application with a user interface that makes it easy to use.”
History of AutoCAD
Autodesk first developed AutoCAD in 1981 and released the first version in 1982. AutoCAD was the first CAD program to run on a desktop computer and was initially available only for the Apple II computer platform. It was the first commercially released design application for a desktop computer and was designed for engineering and drafting. For many years, the software was only available as a “Turbo Edition” costing $1,000, which included an attractive, turquoise case and was “Turbo” themed, with
Drawings can be converted from various file formats (AutoCAD Crack R12, R2000, DWG/DXF, TIA/TAB, etc.) to AutoCAD DXF drawings.
Drawings created in AutoCAD can be printed using any PostScript or PDF printer and can also be published to a web browser using Active Server Pages (ASP) or Java Server Pages (JSP)
Autodesk Revit Architecture does not support sheets or tabs, so they are stored on different file. The Autodesk Revit Architecture Explorer allows users to easily retrieve and analyze the sheets and tabs of a Revit Architecture file.
Revit Architecture users can also create a standard based on a reference model. These can be organized in project collections for storing in the file system or for sharing on the Internet.
Revit is based on the AECLISP programming language, but it has expanded to use many other programming languages (AutoCADLISP, Visual LISP, AutoCAD, etc.).
The first version of Revit (1.0) was released in November 2004 and was created by Autodesk. Revit’s first release came with a free add-on product called Active Architecture that enabled users to view and annotate drawings with the free 1.0 release.
Revit version 3.0 (2012) introduced an API for VBA and.NET to automate tasks in Revit.
Revit 2020 release is also the first release that supports the Microsoft Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 10.
Revit Architecture 2012 release introduced the new Dynamic Component functionality, which lets users control objects in Revit using the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection.
Revit 2.0 (2016) introduced the ability to create linked objects in the models.
Revit 2017 release introduced the ability to control Revit from Microsoft’s HoloLens virtual reality headset.
Revit 2018 release introduced a new development environment called Revit Elements, which includes a new renderer (default choice of rendering for Revit files), a new scripting language called AECLISP, and the ability to create and edit views, models, elements, and views of elements. This release also introduced the ability to collaborate and share models and files across different devices (mobile, web, etc.). The latter is available as part of Autodesk Anywhere.
Revit 2019 release introduced:
Markup Assist is designed to allow users to quickly and easily add detailed notes directly to your drawings, keeping them up-to-date as you design.
Seamlessly blend CAD and DFX
You’ll be able to take advantage of an improved drafting experience by combining CAD and DFX. AutoCAD’s rich feature set, including 2D and 3D drafting tools, laser marking, and powerful graphics, is enriched with the new DFX, such as physical sizing, allowing you to physically size objects with great precision and realism.
By pairing these two technologies, you can deliver drawings with precision and with the same results as you would on paper. You’ll be able to view CAD, DFX, and physical prototypes in the same environment.
Imported 3D objects will be 2D, so you can easily edit them in the same way.
See what you’re drawing on and in your drawing when using DFX
DXF files are opened in AutoCAD as a 2D object in a DFX canvas. This provides unparalleled accuracy. For example, you can see the paper stock you’re drawing on. You can draw directly on these surfaces without having to go back and forth to a separate paper drawing or physical prototype.
You can modify your drawings in the same way as you would a conventional drawing.
A single 2D DXF file can contain the same information as a physical prototype.
With AutoCAD, you can combine CAD and DFX.
Work with 2D, 3D, and imported CAD objects on the same drawing canvas
Create and edit drawings containing 3D objects that are imported from 3D CAD models. On top of that, you can also use 2D drafting tools and view DFX files.
Powerful graphics in the 2D and 3D viewports
Get a new look and feel for your drawings
Designers can create, modify, and view drawings using a new and streamlined interface. The more detailed an object, the more information you see on screen.
New icons and high-resolution color schemes
Create more detailed drawings with icons that better reflect the complexity of your designs. And with customizable color palettes, you’ll be able to display any color scheme that works best for your drawing.
Get a more responsive, faster, and lightweight experience
OS: Windows XP/Vista (32/64-bit)
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 @ 2GHz with SSE2
Memory: 1 GB RAM
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