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.
Since its creation, AutoCAD has been used to design everything from aircraft to buildings, but it is now best known as the de facto standard for designers of most computer-aided drafting (CAD) work products. AutoCAD is so ubiquitous among architects, engineers and other drafters that it has been reported that the cadastral work performed by the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands is done entirely in AutoCAD.
In the past 30 years, AutoCAD has been updated about every 18 months and has added new features and functionality to its application. The current version of AutoCAD, released in 2017, is called AutoCAD LT.
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History of AutoCAD
The AutoCAD name, an acronym for Automatic Computer-Aided Drafting, is actually a combination of the words “Auto” and “CAD.” AutoCAD is the result of years of development that began in 1982 when Autodesk co-founder Carl Bass founded the company. Since then, thousands of businesses have used AutoCAD in one form or another.
Before the introduction of AutoCAD, some businesses used specialized CAD software like the Minicomputer-Aided Drafting System (MADS). MADS, which was owned by Fairchild Graphic Systems, worked in conjunction with a dedicated “control panel,” and the graphics operator was trained to manipulate the panel and then draw the drawings as instructed. Because of the lack of a central computing system, these systems were hard to control and were difficult to update.
When AutoCAD came out in 1982, it was initially for microcomputer-based microcomputers like the Apple II. The first version, AutoCAD 1.0, was written in assembly code and took about four years to complete. It ran on 80×25 graphics terminals with four color displays. The first computers to use AutoCAD were the Apple IIe and a new IBM PC using the Intel 8088 microprocessor. AutoCAD initially cost $6,500, and it had a learning curve of up to 200 hours before a drafter was comfortable with using it.
AutoCAD 1.0 was released in 1982, but it was not the first application with a drafting program on a microcomputer. In 1980, one of the first successful drafting programs was released for the Tandy Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 and Model 200. This
AutoCAD has a feature called Dynamic Input which allows you to programmatically change and output the state of an AutoCAD drawing, based on data acquired through scripts and macros. Dynamic Input is supported in ObjectARX. It is limited to AutoCAD 2015.
AutoCAD has a SQL database-based database available for use in creating reports and queries. It is based on ObjectARX. It is the successor to the database named ARX.
AutoCAD’s proprietary “Graphical Design System” (GDS) which provides specific API for programmatic access to features, objects and drawings, and development of drawings. The design objects are held in a hierarchical tree of the Design Center. GDS was the precursor of ObjectARX.
AutoCAD has been an important platform for CAD/CAM and CAD/CAM/CAE computer-aided design, manufacture, and construction. It can be used as a 3D modelling program, and is an essential part of many integrated engineering systems. A 2017 survey showed AutoCAD to be the most popular CAD program, used in 80% of projects. AutoCAD and other CAD software are often a key part of a project, as well as a major part of the system and architecture.
, AutoCAD is licensed under the terms of the Autodesk Inc. EULA.
As of version 15, AutoCAD runs on all major platforms running Windows, Linux and macOS (Intel, AMD and PowerPC), as well as IBM Power AIX. It was originally written for the 68000 architecture, but ported to the 8086, Z80, ARM, PowerPC, x86 and MIPS processors. AutoCAD runs on a range of computing platforms ranging from desktop computers to mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. In 2008, the iPad version was named one of the world’s best computer applications.
AutoCAD and other 3D-CAD programs can be used for handheld devices such as tablets, smartphones and smartwatches. AutoCAD is available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Many mobile programs are created by third party developers, most of whom use AutoCAD’s native API as a basis.
AutoCAD has been tested and certified as running on the Microsoft Surface Pro.
In addition to 3D graphics, AutoCAD can also be used to create two-dimensional images in the.DXF and.DWG formats,
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Markup Assist is a beta feature in AutoCAD 2023. You can use it to send parts, components and/or drawings to Autodesk engineers for immediate design feedback. This may be for visual feedback (i.e. “Is it what you intended?”), or for improvement in geometric accuracy, component-specific data, BOM data or other parameters. You can import an approved drawing from PDF or printout.
You can send any drawing by selecting the drawing from a list of drawings. The drawings are copied and an email is sent with a link to the drawing. An annotated version of the drawing is automatically stored in your Drafts library.
The drawings are sent to the Autodesk engineering team who will review the drawing and provide feedback. When changes are approved, the annotated drawing is copied and you receive an email with the new drawing. You can also add text to the new drawing and save it for your own future reference.
The Annotations field in the feedback email includes a link to a drawing containing the annotation. If you change your mind and delete an annotation, you can also use the link to delete the drawing.
Graphical View Offsets:
You can now set graphical view offsets for a drawing and edit the offsets. Set view offsets on the drawing to make it easier to view the drawing in a predefined view.
The view offsets have a snap to view and snap to drawing system, which makes it easier to access the drawing and snap to the view you want to work in. (i.e. “Is it what you intended?”) To set view offsets, select the drawing, then navigate to View > Setup View (Ctrl+S). On the View tab of the View Setup dialog, you can set view offsets for different aspects of the drawing window.
To help you save time when working in AutoCAD, a number of new features help you to manage your toolbars quickly.
To save time working with toolbars, you can now group multiple toolbars in a toolbar group. Just drag and drop toolbars to a group.
You can now customize the shortcut keys for the toolbar groups. Just drag the group icons to the Keyboard toolbar group. You can then add the shortcut keys you want to use and, finally, release them for use.
When you change the size of the toolbars, the drawing view becomes frozen
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