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 history and milestones
AutoCAD’s name is a portmanteau of Auto and Graphic Design. Autodesk, Inc. began in 1978 as a software and services consulting firm to the aerospace and defense industries. In 1982, the company developed the first CAD software for the desktop, AutoCAD, and released it to the public in 1984. In 1990, AutoCAD was ported to the PC platform, and the desktop and PC versions were unified under a single name.
AutoCAD has grown rapidly over the last 30 years. The first version was released in December 1982, and the current version is AutoCAD 2017 released in August 2014. In addition to AutoCAD’s core features, there are many add-on features that enable it to be used for diverse applications.
AutoCAD 2017, the latest version of the popular desktop application, was released in August 2014.
The first version of AutoCAD was a simple drafting and design program that could be purchased by any student or architect who wanted to create basic drawings. The original AutoCAD was small in size and could run on a microcomputer without any external graphics card. It had a simple interface that allowed the user to add and delete objects in a screen grid, and then lay out, rotate, scale, and snap to that grid.
One of the AutoCAD’s earliest enhancements was the ability to show block references in the drawing area and print the number of units (such as feet or inches) contained in the block. It also incorporated many of the drafting concepts that came to be standard in CAD programs. By 1988, AutoCAD had matured into a more sophisticated product that could be used in conjunction with other CAD programs and additional AutoCAD tools. AutoCAD was the first CAD program that required an external graphics board. It also supported integrated help, formatting, and format negotiation. AutoCAD’s internal commands for editing features became standard in other CAD programs.
In 1989, the first true 3D modeling and engineering application was released.
In 1990, AutoCAD was released as a desktop application on the PC platform. In a departure from the original architecture of the first version of AutoCAD, the desktop version had the ability to run as a full-featured CAD program without requiring the installation of any hardware or drivers. A small line of hardware cards was available that enabled 3D work on the PC platform without the need for an external graphics board.
Document Synchronization and Duplication
AutoCAD Product Key R14 supports document synchronization and duplication, including the ability to create a backup of the current drawing as soon as it is opened. Support for synchronization of drawings to SharePoint is also in development.
AutoCAD is used extensively for editing. CAD information can be modified using a variety of tools. The most common is the layer-based view which allows an operator to see only the elements in the current active viewport (layer). It can be rotated, scaled, and manipulated with tools for line-editing (curve tool), arcs (arc tool), circles (circle tool) and polylines (polyline tool). It is also possible to place reference objects (defined by “placement objects”) as well as to move them. In addition, the operator can “tag” objects in the drawing (such as defining the nature of the object; line, block, etc.) or tag entire groups of objects. They can be colored with various fills and linetypes (which include solid and dashed lines), and the user can alter the appearance of these. They can be set to inherit properties (such as colors, linetypes, layers, etc.) of elements in another drawing or document.
Text and data annotation
Text can be placed, edited, and formatted. It can be annotated with data and referenced from other drawings. Text can be located on any layer and locked so that it cannot be modified. Text can be rendered in a variety of styles using the Text styles palette. These include colors, colors, emboss, gradations, and emboss gradations, as well as several fonts, both TrueType and PostScript. Text can be converted to AutoCAD’s standard typefaces, including North American Typewriter, Blackletter and Computer Modern, and then rendered in any of those. Drawings can also be annotated by the addition of other objects. These include standard drawing objects like doors, windows and more. It is also possible to place custom drawings or sheets, such as an architectural plan.
The first release of AutoCAD, version 1.0, was released in 1991. The first major release of AutoCAD was R10, released in April 1999. AutoCAD R14 was released in April 2008 and is version 2014. It introduced features such as improved performance, redesigned user interface and a new command set. A new user interface was planned for the release of AutoCAD
Install the “Modify-AutoCAD-Key” utility, it will be on the Files-menu. If you don’t have the Modify-AutoCAD-Key, then:
1. Create an empty text document, name it “Modify-AutoCAD-Key.txt” (without the “”)
2. Right-click on it, select “Properties”, and then click on the “Compatibility” tab.
3. Make sure the “Don’t show this dialog again” checkbox is not checked.
4. Click on the “Compatibility Settings” button and check the box “Show Advanced Compatibility Settings”.
5. Click on the “OK” button.
6. Run the “Modify-AutoCAD-Key” utility. It will prompt you to type your AutoCAD key.
7. Create a text document named “AEC2016.exe”.
8. Write the following lines in this file:
Print dialog improvements:
New dialog controls can resize, move, and reposition elements when the Print dialog is active. (video: 1:30 min.)
Use Smart Guides to help you navigate a complex drawing. Simply click and drag a line anywhere in the drawing and draw a path based on the context.
(video: 1:20 min.)
Add, remove, or toggle key combos based on your current editing mode. And, store shortcut sets for easy access.
Choose which projects to open or close on your Dashboard. And, make them all-or-nothing, or a sequence of projects. (video: 1:10 min.)
Project Building Blocks:
When creating a project, create a folder or add folders to hold specific drawing elements, such as line styles and annotations.
Make a selection all-or-nothing:
When adding elements to a drawing, choose a default selection mode and a default selection type.
Create single selection:
Add a single item or multiple items to a drawing.
Markup the selected elements:
Add markup to the elements or alter the markup on existing items.
Create a project:
Open a folder or drop drawing files and create a project, which holds all the files you need to complete a drawing.
Share your project:
Share or send your project, either directly to email or a public URL. (video: 2:05 min.)
Support for multiple drawing files:
Build a single project from more than one drawing file, such as one model and one parts list. Or, open multiple parts lists and draw them all together.
Updated Release Notes:
Ribbon pull-down menus:
Adjust and rearrange your ribbon tabs, find new ones, and copy and delete your tabs. (video: 1:20 min.)
Move tabs and views to different locations in the ribbon. Or, rearrange their order.
Themes and images:
Select your favorite fonts and color theme to quickly build your layouts and workflows.
Use the new Material and XP themes to quickly customize your drawings for
The device needs an Intel Atom N2600 processor or later. The RK3288 offers dual-core Atom CPUs, including the N2600, N2804, and N2807.
13.3″ or 16.7″ display
USB keyboard, USB mouse (not included)
HDMI output (DisplayPort not supported)
Linux and macOS versions are available as well.
This review is based on a beta build running on an Intel N