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.
AutoCAD was one of the earliest computer-aided drafting (CAD) applications, and it is still one of the most popular desktop CAD applications. AutoCAD is designed to import CAD files from other CAD programs, as well as vector graphics files from other software programs. AutoCAD uses many sophisticated techniques for creating 3D and 2D drawings.
Over the past decade, AutoCAD has acquired many different capabilities, such as the ability to run in many operating systems and languages, work with other software programs, and import and export DXF, DWG, and PDF files. AutoCAD is the centerpiece of the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT products, but it also has numerous add-ons and add-on applications, such as 2D and 3D annotation tools. AutoCAD LT is a version of AutoCAD available for Microsoft Windows and other operating systems.
AutoCAD is also available as a web application (WebCAD) and as a mobile app. AutoCAD mobile apps for iOS and Android devices allow users to open and edit drawings on smartphones and tablets. AutoCAD mobile apps are available for users of Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems. You can also use AutoCAD mobile apps to view, annotate, and edit drawings from anywhere, even when you are offline.
Key Features of AutoCAD
You can import data from other CAD programs, such as CAD files saved in several different file formats. In addition, you can import data from Photoshop and other graphics programs.
AutoCAD provides many standard and custom commands. You can customize the keyboard shortcuts to use when performing many common commands.
The AutoCAD command line enables you to automate certain repetitive tasks.
You can create layer and linetype groups. A layer group contains a set of layers, which are stacked on top of each other to allow you to apply a specific appearance to a set of objects.
You can navigate through a drawing, which includes a canvas that is divided into X, Y, and Z axes. You can define a viewport and move the viewport around.
You can move objects and group them using the move function. You can use the reposition function to move objects in both one and two dimensions.
You can rotate objects and group them using the rotate function.
You can define and manipulate object snaps.
AutoCAD was originally developed by Autodesk in 1982 for the 16-bit DOS operating system. It was first released in 1985. The first version for Windows was AutoCAD 1986, and version 3 for Windows was AutoCAD LT (abbreviated as LT). In 1992, AutoCAD was available as a multi-platform product (32-bit, Windows, OS/2, OS/9, and 32-bit and 64-bit Linux).
One of the biggest influences on AutoCAD came in the form of other CAD programs from other companies such as MicroStation, Creo, and D-Shape. The speed of the program was a desired feature, so a project was started to speed up the development process by making it more like a scripting language. Originally the project was named Autocad Pro, but was later renamed to LISP and then ObjectARX. The ObjectARX project was integrated with AutoCAD LT, but is no longer supported. ObjectARX was designed to be very easy to learn, but also very flexible. Developers had the choice of multiple languages, such as VBA for AutoLISP and Visual Basic for.NET. AutoCAD LT was designed as a simple project that could run on a standard Pentium microprocessor. This was designed to run on a single workstation with a single processor. In 1992, the first version of ObjectARX was created. In 1997, ObjectARX 3D was released, the last release of the original ObjectARX.
AutoCAD 2D, released in 1993, was a quick update to AutoCAD 1986, which came with AutoCAD LT, that was designed to add more features to AutoCAD. The next version, AutoCAD 2D/3D was released in 1996, and brought 2D and 3D capabilities to AutoCAD. Later in 1996, the QuickCAD version was released, and in 1998, the integrated Design Review was released. A year later, in 1999, the 64-bit version was released, which had a higher performance. In 2002, AutoCAD 2003 was released with 32-bit and 64-bit versions. AutoCAD 2004 brought AutoLISP scripting to AutoCAD, and added features such as toolbars, the ability to use the Windows shell, dynamic updating, LASP, and others. In 2006, a new 64-bit version was released, and in 2007, ObjectAR
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Change and Reorder Layouts:
Automatically change and reorder the places of a range of components. Reorder complex mechanical and electrical layouts with just a few clicks.
Supports 3D Printing:
Run the same drawing to 3D-print multiple geometries. 2D, 3D or both.
Enhancements for DraftSight:
Add and measure and export for 3D printing the exact template for an object.
Assign to Snap:
Add and move the most relevant elements to a given control point. You will have a viewport representation of any drawing object associated with a control point. And then you can directly assign the drawing objects to those control points from the workspace. (video: 4:37 min.)
Show existing layout object in the drawing:
If you have created a new layout, add the existing objects to the layout. You can now simply select an object from the drawing, move it into the layout, and directly apply the layout to the object.
AutoCAD now supports a schematic version of a drawing. Schematic (actually it is a schematic section), which is not connected to the topological net, but that, like a section, is physically cut and it has a representation (the section or schematic) to be directly inserted into a layout.
Add control points to curve:
You can add control points to the curve, which is useful for toggling to the selected control points.
Select the style sheet for a new drawing. Quickly switch between the style sheets.
Work with schematic view:
Work with the schematic view in the 2D mode of the 3D layout, or create 2D views with 3D objects.
Print the drawing in multiple pages. Print from the outline to the center of a viewport, or from the left to the right side of a drawing area. Print and keep the original layer structure, or print individual layers or entire drawings.
Make the equations aware of the coordinate systems where they will be used, by allowing for easy adjustment and conversion to or from linear and angular coordinates.
Configure the conversion rules for the coordinate systems that AutoCAD uses. Easily convert between common coordinate systems such as
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