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.
Although the first AutoCAD was released in 1982, the first public release was in 1983. The company’s first press release made AutoCAD free for its first 100 users. The first documentation released was the user’s manual, released the day after the release of AutoCAD 1.0 on October 25, 1983. The first version to be released as freeware was AutoCAD 2.0 in 1988.
Autodesk (a brand of the Intuit Corporation) officially acquired AutoCAD in December 1995 for US$50.5 million.
Over the years, AutoCAD has had several upgrades and various tools have been added to it, both free and commercial. There have been 13 AutoCAD releases, with the last release in 2010.
AutoCAD – What’s New in AutoCAD 2020?
With the availability of AutoCAD 2020, a whole new dimension is added to AutoCAD. With its new features, AutoCAD 2020 is designed to offer the most accurate and convenient drafting.
New Features in AutoCAD 2020
– Scanned Drawings: AutoCAD 2020 comes with a built-in Scan feature which lets the users instantly obtain a CAD drawing from a real-world object. This feature is especially useful for AutoCAD users who work in retail businesses and need to get client’s receipts from the store scanned and updated in their software.
– New Features in Drafting: AutoCAD is a tool for architects, engineers, and planners. With the new drafting features in AutoCAD 2020, users can now work with more accurate and convenient 2D and 3D drafting.
– New Advanced Features: AutoCAD 2020 provides advanced 3D modeling features like 3D points, 3D lines, and 3D surfaces. It also provides a new 2D annotation tools such as the ruler, rectangular selection, and other tools.
– New Help and Training Center: AutoCAD users can get unlimited access to a set of training materials, videos, tutorials, and tutorials.
– 2D and 3D Drawing Tools: With the new drawing tools in AutoCAD 2020, users can work with more accurate and convenient 2D and 3D drawing.
– 3D Tools: The new AutoCAD 2020 3D tools include the modeling and editing tools like 3D points, lines, and surfaces. It also provides a new 3D
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Easily attach comments, shapes and other objects to your drawings. Use AutoCAD’s powerful markup language to add visual cues that help you review and comment on your design, quickly and easily. (video: 1:19 min.)
Make 3D annotations with the new 3D Component Tool. Use it to quickly add an annotated 3D view to your drawing. (video: 1:42 min.)
Resize and align text quickly. With the new new Text Sizing Tool and Anchor options, text elements can be resized and moved to reference objects on the drawing canvas. You can also now automatically align text to feature elements on the drawing canvas. (video: 1:10 min.)
Get help at your fingertips. Quickly access the best online help and help content for all of your projects with AutoCAD. Simply open Help (by double-clicking on a command) to gain access to the best online help and help content.
Navigate the drawing canvas with the new Zoom to Geometry feature. A new Pointing Zoom option and Pointing Objects (shift+click) option also make it easier to navigate in your drawing. (video: 1:29 min.)
Draw with confidence. Using the new wire diameter feature, you can set the diameter of a line or spline to any value. Use the new AutoDiameter feature to automatically adjust the diameter to fit within a specified distance. (video: 1:24 min.)
Speech functionality. Work smarter with the new speech-enabled features:
If you prefer, dictate your drawing commands. You can type in a clear text or dictate with any Windows Speech recognition software. Using speech recognition, you can dictate your next command directly into the Command Line. (video: 1:15 min.)
Skip multi-step processes with the new dynamic shortcut commands. You can now use dynamic shortcut commands to speed up repetitive tasks or to perform complex commands. (video: 1:12 min.)
Add your own custom actions. With the new Custom Actions UI option, you can customize the interface for the command line and add your own custom commands. (video: 1:14 min.)
Work with design and engineering teams more efficiently. Work with the new batching system that lets you access multi-user settings, and use them for a specific command or apply the settings to every command. (video: 1:28 min.)
OS: Windows XP (SP3) or later
Processor: 2.8 GHz
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: 128 MB
Network: Broadband Internet connection with TCP/IP protocol support
Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card (minimum 16-bit)
Additional: Any Xbox 360 controller preferred
OS: Windows Vista (SP1) or later