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.
First beta version of AutoCAD released, containing basic features, including 2D drafting and plotting.
Hands-on demonstration program released that allowed users to import and edit data in other programs; including Photoshop, MetaCAD and 3D Studio MAX.
First version of AutoCAD released; first app to natively support DXF, ASCII, IBM PC’s COBOL, and corelDRAW formats.
First version of AutoCAD released that natively supports Mac-formatted files, enhancing compatibility with Apple computers.
AutoCAD can be used to assemble a 3D model of a building or a ship.
AutoCAD acquires Grapher, a graphically-enabled CAD tool, making AutoCAD the industry-standard for 2D drafting and 3D visualization.
First 3D version of AutoCAD released; uses 4D functionality of earlier 2D and 3D versions.
First AutoCAD light version released; retains basic design features of the standard product.
First design software for Windows NT operating system released, offering features such as bitmap graphics support, scripting and hardware acceleration.
A draft, annotation and drawing enhancement (DAD) layer is introduced that allows designers to create and link layers in an entire drawing file.
The ability to move objects within AutoCAD is made possible with Dynamic Input.
First version of AutoCAD released for the Macintosh, allowing the desktop to be used for a variety of purposes.
First version of AutoCAD released for the Macintosh and Windows NT that includes a native object-oriented database (OODB), which enables designers to move, copy and delete objects without physically modifying the drawing file.
The ability to select an entire region with a single button, and to display an area on the screen with multiple views simultaneously, is made possible with Dynamic Input.
The ability to import external formats of files and their conversion to AutoCAD formats is made possible with Dynamic Input.
First Apple Mac OS-based version of AutoCAD released, allowing Macintosh users to import and edit data in other programs.
The original version of Autodesk’s VectorWorks rendering and visualization package was released, which includes basic file-based 3D.
First version of AutoC
DXF, supports import from CAD, GIS, and other formats.
Autodesk design and engineering software can interoperate with most other Windows, Linux, and Mac applications that support the Application Programming Interface (API) standard, Open Applications Interface (OAI). When using a CAD or GIS application, the OAI standard allows the CAD or GIS software to interact with other Windows-based software using standard operating system application programming interfaces (APIs), such as the Microsoft Windows API.
In addition, there are CAD interoperability standards: NX Open and eCADlink.
Academic and technical software
Autodesk licensed software (including academic and technical software) are typically available through two types of licenses: perpetual, and per-user, per-computer. Perpetual licenses are considered to have an unlimited lifespan, and are typically used for professional software, while per-user and per-computer licenses are intended for non-professionals.
A perpetual license costs one or more hundred times the cost of a per-user license, and includes all future updates and support for the software. A per-user license is the primary choice for single users, or a small number of users. A per-computer license is the choice for a single computer, and is generally only used for personal use. A per-computer license allows installing and using the software on up to ten computers at the same time. As with the above types of licenses, each license type has a cost. For example, Autodesk’s AutoCAD software can be licensed for a perpetual cost ranging from $150 to $15,000.
Many types of software made by Autodesk for individual use are distributed on compact disc, such as the Autodesk Certified User
In Autocad, go to File->New->3D Modeling->3D Warehouse
Choose to create a model from a VRML file.
Enter the path to your autocad.vrdl file and click OK.
Select your model name and click OK.
In 3D Warehouse create a new folder named “Stencil”.
Drag and drop the texture file and the newly created stencil to the “Stencil” folder.
Repeat the same process with.dxf,.stl and.stp files.
Drag and drop the various models into the “Stencil” folder.
In Autocad, rename all the models in “Stencil” folder to use a different name.
Choose File->Export->File Format->Vector format (.stl).
In 3D Warehouse, click on File->Open and locate your new.stl file and open it.
Choose File->Export->3D Model->Stencil.
In Autocad, repeat the process with.wrl,.wrl2 and.wrl3 files.
Drag and drop each file and then click OK.
Choose File->Import->3D Model->Stencil.
In Autocad, click on File->Open and locate your new.wrl file and open it.
Choose File->Import->3D Model->Stencil.
Repeat the process with each.wrl2,.wrl3,.stl and.stp file.
Drag and drop the various models into the “Stencil” folder and rename them to use a different name.
That will give you the autocad files (.stl,.dxf,.stp,.stl,.dxf,.wrl2,.wrl,.wrl3,.stl,.dxf,.wrl2,.wrl,.wrl3,.stp,.stl,.stp)
Now you can use them to make your own stencil in your favourite design software such as 3ds max or maya.
Import and edit digital, print-ready files from Adobe InDesign and PDFs. Send print-ready files to Adobe LiveCycle Suite apps, Adobe Photoshop or other editing tools. (video: 1:20 min.)
Create editable, digital models in Autodesk Revit Architecture from your CAD drawings. The digital model is made up of 2D shapes that flow, change and morph over time. You can apply time-based dimensions, constraints and lights to your digital model. (video: 1:22 min.)
Create sophisticated drawing styles that improve readability and help keep your designs consistent. Adjust the appearance of your text, shapes, dimensions and fills. (video: 2:03 min.)
Compatible with the industry-standard Inkscape vector graphics application. (video: 1:23 min.)
New Responsive Design Modes:
Responsive Design modes let you create, edit and view your drawings in two ways. You can drag, resize and pan around the drawing at any resolution you choose. The drawing automatically adjusts to fit your screen.
Or you can work on a reduced drawing size at one fixed resolution, without having to pan or resize your drawing. You can use responsive design modes for screen drawings only. You can also use fixed size drawings to create print-ready PDFs, Web and Mobile site files. (video: 3:23 min.)
New Popular Trusted Shapes:
AutoCAD 2023 includes a new set of Trusted Shapes that are automatically and permanently included in all new drawings and drawings opened from last year’s version. Trusted Shapes are available to you as well as all your customers.
Trusted Shapes are named according to their most common function. They are:
M, T, W, X, Z, O, S, C, G, P, E, R, F, B, I, V, U, J, K, L, T, N, A, H, B, I, S, G, P, E, R, F, B, I, V, U, J, K, L, T, N, A, H, B, I, S, G, P, E, R, F, B, I, V, U, J, K, L, T, N, A, H, B, I, S, G, P
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