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.
The original purpose of AutoCAD was to assist in the preparation of architectural, engineering, and construction drawings. Architectural drawings are typically prepared for the design and construction of buildings and other structures. A professional architect typically uses the standard suite of AutoCAD tools and packages together with the tools of an architect to prepare drawings for construction and renovation. Engineers may use AutoCAD for drafting engineering drawings. Civil, mechanical, and electrical engineers typically prepare drawings for the design and construction of the components of buildings, including electrical circuits, mechanical systems, and structures, such as roadways and parking garages.
AutoCAD 2.0 was first released in April 1989 as a desktop app. Since then, the application has had several new releases. AutoCAD 2019 released in May 2018, for example, brings the most significant update since AutoCAD 2015.
AutoCAD 2.0 Release History
AutoCAD 2.0 (April 1989)
AutoCAD Release Year 2.0 (April 1989) 2.5 (May 1992) 3.0 (June 1994) 3.5 (December 1994) 3.5 (June 1995) 3.5 (May 1996) 3.5 (September 1996) 3.5.1 (November 1996) 3.6 (June 1998) 3.6.1 (August 1998) 3.6.1 (April 1999) 3.6.2 (June 2000) 3.6.2 (October 2000) 3.6.3 (January 2001) 3.6.3 (May 2001) 3.7 (September 2002) 3.7.1 (April 2003) 3.7.2 (October 2003) 3.7.2 (February 2004) 3.7.2 (May 2004) 3.7.2 (September 2004) 3.7.2 (May 2005) 3.7.2 (June 2006) 3.7.2 (November 2006) 3.7.2 (June 2007) 3.7.2 (November 2007) 3.7.2 (September 2008) 3.7.2 (June 2009) 3.7.2 (November 2009) 3.7.2 (June 2010) 3.7.2 (May 2011) 3.7.2 (September 2011) 3.7.2 (December 2011) 3.7.2 (June 2012) 3.7.2 (December 2012) 3.7.2 (October 2013) 3
Synchronized cross-platform mobile apps
AutoCAD Product Key also creates applications and templates for the iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms using the Unity game engine. Applications produced using these tools can be uploaded to app stores and can access AutoCAD’s APIs and information.
A number of APIs are available from 3rd party developers.
There are also a number of APIs for developers to use to create custom plug-ins or add-on programs for AutoCAD using C++,.NET, Java, C# and VB.NET.
A number of programs are available for combining AutoCAD elements to create custom paper-based and electronic presentations, web pages and maps.
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Jens Mayer. “50 years of AutoCAD technology development”, a conversation with Martin Bader and Lada Bikova. The CAD Teacher. 2013, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 24–29
Martin Bader. “Autodesk AutoCAD 150 years of applications and services”, The CAD Teacher. 2013, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 7–16
John Zelechowski. “Welcome to the world of microcontrollers with AutoCAD”, The CAD Teacher. 2012, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 8–14
AutoCAD 15th Anniversary Video (by Autodesk)
The Autodesk Autocad FAQ
AutoCAD Architecture Blog
Autodesk 360 on Autodesk’s website
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1. Select the “How to use” menu at the upper-left of the application, then select the “Install, Activate and Uninstall” option.
2. On the “Install” tab, click the “Add (click here to begin installation)”.
3. In the program selection, select “autocad”.
4. After selecting “autocad”, select “Next”.
5. On the “Install Options” tab, select “Install my documents and settings” and then click “Next”.
6. On the “License Agreement” tab, select “I accept the license agreement” and click “Next”.
7. On the “Setup Information” tab, scroll to the bottom and click “Finish”.
8. You will now see a “Setup Complete” window.
9. Press Enter to return to the product.
10. Click the “Help” menu (upper-left) and select “Program Help”.
11. Click the “About Autodesk Autocad” menu.
12. You will now see the Autocad Application Name, Autocad Version, Product Version and File Version.
13. Click “Exit” and close the program.
14. Place the license key into a text file, and then place the license file on your computer.
15. Use Autocad and Autodesk Autocad to complete the installation.
16. For more information about licenses, go to the Autodesk Autocad documentation at:
17. To contact Autodesk, go to the Autodesk Autocad support web page at:
1. Install Autodesk Autocad and activate it.
2. Select the “How to use” menu at the upper-left of the application,
The AutoCAD® 2D / 3D legend has been improved.
OLE DRAWING, FILL and GRAPHIC DRAWING enhancements for:
Save hours of work through the new OLE Drawing. Insert or replace a Drawing object in your drawing with another OLE Drawing file. (video: 3:00 min.)
The Graphic Drawing, Fill and Pie Chart objects now display more intuitively in AutoCAD 2023.
Mixed Fills in Customized Linear Style:
Choose the specific looks of your lines when they are filled with a standard, linear pattern, like a grid or a bar graph. (video: 4:50 min.)
Fully resizable parts in AutoCAD 2D:
Create more flexible drawings with fully resizable parts. (video: 1:15 min.)
Extend connections between points:
Connect lines and polylines with new Extend Edge tool. Now you can extend and bend your paths just as you can with regular lines and arcs. (video: 3:00 min.)
Handy way to replace groups of drawings in one go:
Replace a group of drawings in one go.
Expressions for drawing lines:
Draw new lines by setting a string of expression commands to a drawing parameter. (video: 3:00 min.)
Draw lines in a straight or curved way:
Add new ways to draw lines. You can also draw straight or curved lines and arcs. (video: 1:50 min.)
New command for loading and saving maps and overlays:
Save and load and use images, such as OpenStreetMap, Google, or Bing, with custom extensions to create and edit your own templates. (video: 3:00 min.)
New ability to change line color by touching and dragging with the pen:
Draw lines and curves with the pen in AutoCAD. (video: 3:00 min.)
More ways to make ribbons from layers:
Create ribbons from layers. You can create ribbons from any number of drawing layers. (video: 3:00 min.)
New dialog box for settings and preferences:
See all your settings at once. You no longer have to dig through options to find what you’re looking for. (video: 3:00 min.)
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