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.
AutoCAD, like other Autodesk software, is a licensed, object-based CAD application. The concept of an object-based CAD system is, in essence, a way to represent a design project as a collection of discrete parts (design entities or parts). By defining the part shape and the way it relates to other parts, a designer can define a finished part that meets a particular design specification. In an object-based CAD system, the design entities are arranged in a “tree structure,” which may be stored as a hierarchical database file on a computer disk or diskette. A user may interact with the tree structure to build and modify design entities, such as features, symbols, text boxes, tables, views, and layers.
The product of a commercial CAD package includes various special-purpose tools, utilities and “plug-ins.” The special-purpose tools are typically part of the “Business” or “Engineering” modules of the product. Examples include multi-pass mechanical and electrical design tools, scanning tools, and other specialized “Design” tools. The utilities (or “Plug-ins”) provide such features as optimization, command-line interface (CLI), enhanced 2D and 3D drawing commands, visual display, database retrieval and management tools. This article describes a set of AutoCAD scripts that can be used to automate repetitive processes in your AutoCAD drawings.
The scripts described in this article are available on the author’s web site at:
Autodesk does not support the use of these scripts on personal computers. If you wish to use these scripts on an AutoCAD system at your workplace, you must obtain a license from Autodesk.
This article also contains links to other scripts that are not included with AutoCAD:
• In this article, we will use the term AutoCAD to include AutoCAD LT. For compatibility purposes, the “AutoCAD” scripts described here will work with AutoCAD LT.
• The term “layer” refers to the layered viewing capability of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. In AutoCAD LT, the term is used to refer to the layer styles, which are the visual effects assigned to a drawing layer.
• The term “selection” refers to the selection functionality of AutoCAD and AutoCAD
File type filtering in the viewer.
Operations and workbenches
User Services API
AutoCAD was first released in 1989 as a commercial product for AutoDesk’s AutoLISP scripting language.
In 1993, AutoCAD Extended (later known as AutoCAD LT) became the first version of AutoCAD to support the Windows graphical user interface.
In 1994, AutoCAD LT was released for Mac OS.
In 1995, AutoCAD Map 3D introduced the world’s first true 3D modeling environment, providing a space-based 3D modeling experience through a combination of CAD and GIS capabilities.
AutoCAD Inventor, a CAD application that integrates with AutoCAD, was first released in 2001. AutoCAD Online, a web-based CAD editor, was first released in 2003.
In 2006, AutoCAD Map 3D was released, featuring a large number of visualization tools.
AutoCAD Architecture was released in 2014 to extend the AutoCAD family of CAD applications for creating architectural designs.
AutoCAD Mechanical was released in 2017 for creating mechanical designs.
AutoCAD Architecture for Mac, a CAD application that integrates with AutoCAD, was first released in 2018.
AutoCAD 2019 is a successor of AutoCAD 2018. It comes with a completely revamped user interface, workflow and capability.
Windows and MAC versions are available.
The foundation is MDS (Model Definition Service) file format, introduced in AutoCAD 2013.
3D modeling has been enhanced with a new Boolean editing and management tool.
Dynamic Connection Editing
DXF Import and Export for AutoCAD Architecture 2019
AutoCAD 2019 works with AutoCAD LT 2015 and later
The Bridge Modeling Tool for adding geometry and connectivity, enhanced in AutoCAD Architecture.
The Direct Edit tool.
The user interface has been completely revised.
The ribbon has been redesigned to reflect the primary flow of work.
New icons were introduced to represent all primary categories.
A new Ribbon tab has been added to AutoCAD Architecture 2019, for creating building and construction models, which is a category that was previously accessible only through the Extension Manager, and was not accessible directly through the ribbon.
Israel’s Mossad director Tamir Pardo leaves his office at the Herzliya Pituah Hotel in the Mediterranean port city of Herzliya, some 10 km (6 miles) north of Tel Aviv, July 13, 2011. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Mossad spy agency said on Thursday it had foiled an Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington, a rare, successful operation in a world still awash with suicide bombs.
The alleged plot, if true, suggests the extent of Tehran’s willingness to go to further extremes in a long-running conflict with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. It also deepens suspicions in the West of Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions.
Mossad said it arrested a Hamas militant in the occupied West Bank on June 12 and that two other men were in custody.
“During questioning, the plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States was discovered. The suspect planned to stage his assassination in a crowded place in the capital,” Mossad said in a statement.
“The suspect also planned to bomb the embassy. The Israel Security Agency thwarted this plot… by arresting the suspect in the West Bank. In addition to the assassination of the Saudi ambassador, three other bomb attacks were also prevented,” it said.
Mossad said it has no evidence that the two men arrested were directly linked to Tehran.
The U.S. ambassador to Israel, Michael Oren, told Israel Radio that Mossad had thwarted “an Iranian plot to carry out an unprecedented attack on the Saudi ambassador in Washington.”
“This is the first time the agency has announced that it has foiled an Iranian plot. We can say with some certainty that the Iranian regime’s interest in killing the Saudi ambassador stems from its desire to prevent a normalization of relations with Washington,” he said.
State-run Iran denied the plot, accusing Mossad of trying to divert attention from the arrest of a Sunni militant from a group that has been behind several suicide attacks in Israel, including an attack that killed nine people in March.
“This is the first time the Mossad claims foiling a plot,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told Iran’s Fars news agency.
“This is just a diversion, they are trying to
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New command to select solid or surface
: Select a top-down plane or select the face or edge of a solid or surface in a 3D model.
New commands for the grid and proportional grid
: Change the grid offset or grid scale.
New commands for the drawing annotation timeline
: Organize drawings using timelines. Use to manage both text and graphic annotations.
New command for selecting and re-selecting, or ‘grabbing’, multiple instances of an object
: Select and then reposition multiple instances of an object in a drawing.
New command to automatically rotate a 3D model
: Rotate a 3D model in AutoCAD.
New command to add the AutoCAD Axis tool to the Tools palette
: The Axis tool allows you to draw along predefined axes.
New command for placing and naming 3D views of 3D models
: View and name 3D models in your drawings.
New command for preparing multiple drawings for future insertions
: Join a set of drawings into a single drawing.
New command to load CAD models into the drawing
: Create a linked AutoCAD drawing.
New command to
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