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.
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Despite being a highly successful product, only a small percentage of architects, engineers, and drafters currently use AutoCAD. The main reason for this, according to Autodesk, is that “it can be very difficult to learn new software for the first time.” Thus, Autodesk has released a companion app, AutoCAD 360.
Introduced in 2006, AutoCAD 360 is a web-based version of AutoCAD and has been designed to be a “total design solution,” according to the Autodesk website. So, not only can you use it to quickly and accurately draw 2D drawings (for your own house plans, floor plans, etc.), but you can also use the free version to do 3D (design) modeling. AutoCAD 360 has currently reached the level of AutoCAD LT. If you currently use AutoCAD LT or you used it in the past, the transition from the desktop app to the web app is seamless.
An example of the use of AutoCAD 360 in the 3D modeling process, (courtesy of Autodesk)
AutoCAD 360 has recently undergone a major redesign. While the product still is a web app, it has moved to the Amazon Web Services cloud computing platform. While Amazon’s cloud-computing model is a bit more expensive than a traditional web app, the cloud app is in a class of its own with very little maintenance or upkeep required. It is billed in units of “hours.” You are only charged for the time you use AutoCAD 360, not for the data that you use. This means that the software is always running in the background, ready to be used when you need it. This can be extremely useful in a situation where you need to make a quick, but not necessarily detailed, drawing. To learn more about using AutoCAD 360 on the cloud, see: AutoCAD 360 on the Cloud (Part 1)
Autodesk has made extensive use of web-based 3D CAD technology and its applications. These software-based applications are called 3D Web Applications (3DWAs). The company provides several 3DWAs for use with AutoCAD including 3DWon, 3D Browser, 3D Pipe, 3D Attachments, 3D Layouts, 3D Browser for Designers and more. A free trial of AutoCAD 360 is available for use by registered members.
Here are links to 3DWAs that
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Autodesk DWG/DWF files
Autodesk DWG and AutoCAD Free Download DWG files can import and export a wide variety of information, including point clouds, 3D surfaces, line of sight, measurement data, material specs and 2D and 3D drawings.
AutoCAD has evolved from being a CAD tool to become a general purpose application, integrating a wide variety of functions with varying levels of usefulness. It has been used as a CAD application by professionals, students, and hobbyists. AutoCAD has been used as a layout application by businesses in the printing, construction, and food packaging industries.
AutoCAD can be used for a wide variety of purposes. Following is a list of notable applications.
AutoCAD LT is an alternative to the full-featured AutoCAD. It includes many of the functions of the full version, as well as a reduced number of features. It is the primary CAD application used by students to practice basic drafting skills.
AutoCAD LT is available for Microsoft Windows, and is typically installed side by side with the standard AutoCAD version.
AutoCAD LT is available for Mac OS X. AutoCAD LT for Mac OS X is free but lacks a lot of advanced features. AutoCAD LT does not support the “Simplify Geometry” command, resulting in possible long rendering times when modifying geometry.
Journal and bulletin boards
AutoCAD includes a web-based drawing database or sketchbook. The tool was originally called “AutoCAD News” and is now simply called “News”. It is available for Windows and Linux, and is primarily a sketchbook for storing freehand drawings and notes, though it also can store CAD drawing. In the default version, it only supports the.DWG CAD file format, although drawing databases can be imported. Users have also developed third party applications to convert CAD drawings to a variety of formats, including.PDF,.DWF,.DGN,.DXF, and.MDL.
Traditionally, AutoCAD maintained a bulletin board system (BBS) that provided the ability to upload and download CAD drawings. The bulletin board was split into 3 sections: Editorial, Programmer, and User Bulletin Boards (UBBs).
A number of third-party programs have been created that allow sending of CAD files to and from a web server and downloading of CAD
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What’s New in the AutoCAD?
Markups are now easily editable and moved around the screen.
Partial updates and merge paths:
AutoCAD can merge paths from multiple drawings on the same sheet and can also accept partial updates, as well as merge paths to preserve what you do not change in a drawing.
See how the 3D round feature can be used to preserve the shape of furniture and other surfaces.
Layers support more options for managing and using layer groups and, as a result, there are several enhancements to creating, managing, and modifying layers.
See more of a model or an object at once:
Layers let you see a model or object at once, based on layer visibility.
Add, copy, and rename layer names:
Use the name box to quickly name layers or layers and groups.
You can now add, copy, and rename layers in several ways.
You can add and delete layers from the Layers tab.
You can use the LayerName command to add and delete layers at the command line.
To rename layers in the Layers tab, just type the name in the name box.
To rename layers in the command line, right-click the layer name and select Rename Layer.
Layers can be visible or invisible and can be toggled on and off.
More background options:
Layers are supported with greater detail for a wider range of graphic and 3D features.
New Level-4 commands:
AutoCAD 2023 offers more commands based on familiar drawing commands, and some new commands.
You can adjust the orientation of a feature, plot path, and manage multiple blocks at once.
You can also change the appearance of a feature or plot path, scale a feature, and add text to features.
You can create a copy of a feature or plot path and you can preview features before you select them.
You can open multiple models in parts or in full view.
You can apply a global linetype to a feature or a block.
You can apply a shadow to a shape.
See the UserGuide
AutoCAD LT 2018
In AutoCAD LT, features and behaviors have been updated for faster use.
See the UserGuide
AutoCAD LT 2018
1 GB RAM
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Ladies and gentlemen, we are live at the last stop of the 2019 European leg of my ‘Road To Linux’ journey. This is the penultimate stop where I will take some time out to look at the OpenTTD game engine. OpenTTD is a game engine that is focused on the simulation of real-life transportation systems, which have, for the most part, been deliberately neglected by