AutoCAD is a product of Autodesk, which was founded in 1982 by American computer graphics pioneer John Warnock. Warnock had previously been part of the original team that developed the first version of MacPaint, a vector graphics editor and CAD program for Apple Macintosh computers. Upon leaving Apple in 1979, Warnock assembled a group of entrepreneurs to found Autodesk, with whom he eventually acquired the rights to MacPaint’s source code, which he then modified to create AutoCAD. Autodesk’s first product, AutoCAD 1.0, was released in December 1982.
AutoCAD added features such as the Dynamic Input Box (a new type of command box which would appear as a function of the type of object in the drawing) and Dynamic Block Height (a new type of geometric shape which could be annotated onto a drawing), which was the first of many advances in the evolution of AutoCAD. Soon, the program was selling 2,000 licenses per day. One of the key features of AutoCAD was that it allowed drafting to be automated by generating and printing finished blueprints, rather than relying on hand-drawn blueprints, which increased productivity by about five times.
Other features of AutoCAD included plotting (one of the first 3D plotting applications), the ability to reuse the same design on a variety of mediums (stereolithography, two-color printing, foil, and vinyl lettering), and the ability to work collaboratively. AutoCAD was the first desktop app to do 3D. AutoCAD 2.0 was released in 1985. In 1989, AutoCAD allowed electronic design interchange (EDI), and AutoCAD 3.0, released in 1992, included a number of “killer applications”, such as interactive furniture design and shared drawing databases.
AutoCAD 4.0 was released in 1994, and then AutoCAD 4.5 in 1999. In 2000, Autodesk released AutoCAD LT, an open-source version of AutoCAD for Microsoft Windows, and AutoCAD 2000 in 2001, which incorporated a number of major advances in feature-set, performance, and usability. With AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD added object-level locking and dynamic measurement, which allowed large-scale 3D drawings to be easily modeled. AutoCAD 2003 for Windows was the first version to support stereolithography (SLA) printing, which allowed the creation of “paper
VBA, Visual LISP, AutoLISP, and.NET
VBA, Visual LISP, and AutoLISP are programming languages used in AutoCAD. AutoLISP is used to perform general programming tasks. VBA is used to create macros or custom code for AutoCAD, including customizing the user interface, input devices, and output devices.
AutoLISP is a general purpose computer programming language that operates under the Mac OS X operating system. This programming language was originally developed in 1993 and is currently owned by Autodesk.
Visual LISP is a general purpose computer programming language. It is part of the Visual LISP system. It was originally developed by AutoDesk in the 1980s and is currently owned by Autodesk.
.NET is a cross-platform, object-oriented, general-purpose, and parallel-processing, full-featured programming environment and run-time technology created by Microsoft for the development of desktop and server applications and services. It is similar to, but different from, Microsoft Visual Studio (MSVS), Microsoft’s main programming environment. In 2008, Autodesk acquired Xura Technology, a company that develops and supports.NET for Autodesk products, so that it can be used in AutoCAD.
Xura Net is a C++ class library for AutoCAD with native development based on.NET and Visual LISP. Xura Net supports all AutoCAD APIs for application developers. It is used in a variety of applications that combine the graphical nature of AutoCAD with the programmatic approach of the.NET platform. Xura Net was a component of Autodesk’s Application Builder Suite. Autodesk Application Builder Studio was a complete suite of tools for building applications on top of Xura Net. Autodesk Exchange Apps is an additional suite of tools for developers to build applications on top of Xura Net and Autodesk Exchange SDK.
AutoLISP is a programming language developed by Autodesk. It is a general-purpose programming language, as it supports the task of general programming in AutoCAD.
AutoLISP is a VBA, Visual LISP,.NET and ObjectARX cross-platform programming language. AutoLISP is a fully functional
Log on to Autodesk Autocad.
On the ribbon, click on File > New > From Template > other.
Click on other, then a new window will open and a new folder will appear on the left.
Double click on the.bat folder.
Click on OK.
The autocad.bat file is located in “c:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\Autocad 2018\Bin\”
The.bat file is a batch file.
Open the.bat file by clicking on it.
From the menu, choose Run.
When prompted, press Enter.
It will launch the Autocad 2018 application.
Once loaded, select File > New.
You will be shown with a new window.
Choose the previous file we copied in step 5 as template.
You can close the.bat file and leave the installation mode.
You can select Use default settings or Create a new drawing.
For now, we’ll select Use default settings.
The options will be presented to you.
Select Drawing type and press OK.
Name of the drawing is automatically filled.
To save the file to your hard disk, click on Save and then click on Browse.
Select where you want to save the file and click on Save.
Click on OK.
Next, you have to create a new part on the drawing.
In the side menu bar, you have a dropdown of all of the parts we have in Autocad.
Right click anywhere on the drawing screen.
Choose Part from the menu.
From the menu, choose New from the Part Picker.
A new part will appear on the drawing screen.
Creating work area
To create a new section, press ctrl+R.
Then drag with your mouse to create a new section.
Once you release your mouse click, your section will be created.
To move your section in the drawing, hold down the Ctrl key and click and drag it.
To move your section in the drawing, hold down the Shift key and click and drag it.
You can also scroll with the Scroll Wheel.
If you press the Esc key you will be able to revert back to the normal view of the drawing.
Organize your drawing
To organize your drawing, press ctrl+R.
New markup type: Callout. (video: 1:05 min.)
New icons: Add media controls to an annotation. (video: 3:08 min.)
New icons: Show the effect of a text change on an annotation. (video: 3:19 min.)
New icons: Style a text element. (video: 3:05 min.)
Issue with undoing steps in a table of figures dialog.
Issue with having a table of figures and a table of points when using the elevation symbol.
Issue with select group tool labels being displayed in 3D space.
Rendering may not be optimized for Windows 10.
The Microsoft Office ribbon may be missing from the ribbon panel.
Resolution of the ribbon issue is under investigation.
In AutoCAD 2018, when you imported a file with specific styles in a previous version of AutoCAD, the imported styles are duplicated. That is no longer the case in AutoCAD 2023.
Annotation colors may not change when a callout is added.
In AutoCAD 2018, when you added more than one text box to a viewport, the text boxes appeared at different locations. In AutoCAD 2023, the text boxes are all displayed in the same location.
Acceleration of the Table of Figures Wizard:
Automatic change of table of figures dimensions from table column to table row. (video: 2:03 min.)
The Table of Figures Wizard is now interactive. You can see all the table of figures elements that are already set up, as well as how to change a table of figures element. You can create a table of figures with a table column and table row. You can change the table column to be a table row and vice versa, even if the table of figures is partially complete. (video: 2:07 min.)
Changes to the Table of Figures Wizard:
Automatic change of table of figures dimensions from table column to table row.
You can now specify the alignment of the table column.
You can now change the labels for table column, table row, and table header.
You can now choose which table column is a table header.
You can now choose whether to show the titles for table column, table row, and table header in the table of figures.
• Fixed a bug in the way each mod was created, which may have lead to corrupted data files and/or issues with loading up corrupted data.
• Created a build.js script to make it easier to develop mods for Source Filmmaker.
• The save dialog is no longer set to pop up automatically for an autosave, making it easier to use the autosave from the console.
• Added confirmation