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.
An early version of AutoCAD (1982)
The AutoCAD product line is now comprised of AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD R14 and AutoCAD Architect. The original 1982 version was limited to desktops with built-in graphics controllers. Later versions supported the latest graphics technology, such as digital output, video capture, and digital camera input. The current version of AutoCAD, AutoCAD 2019, runs on the Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems. The current AutoCAD LT version, AutoCAD LT 2019, runs on Windows and macOS operating systems. The AutoCAD R14 and AutoCAD Architect version, AutoCAD R14 2019 and AutoCAD Architect 2019, run on Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems.
The history of AutoCAD
This history of AutoCAD is separated into two sections: the history of AutoCAD from 1982 to 2011, and the history of AutoCAD since 2011. Although all major versions of AutoCAD are important to AutoCAD’s history, the post-2011 version of AutoCAD is most important to the current version of AutoCAD 2019.
History of AutoCAD from 1982 to 2011
The history of AutoCAD from 1982 to 2011 includes the history of Autodesk, the history of its acquisition by Autodesk in 1999, the history of AutoCAD from the original 1982 version to the 1999 version, and the history of AutoCAD from the 1999 version to the current 2019 version. The history of AutoCAD in 2011 also includes the history of AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD R14 and AutoCAD Architect.
From 1982 to 1999
In 1982, Autodesk introduced AutoCAD for the Apple IIe. In 1984, it released AutoCAD for the IBM PC and the Commodore PET. In 1985, Autodesk created AutoCAD LT for the IBM PC. In 1988, Autodesk launched the VLSI option of AutoCAD for the X5. In 1990, Autodesk introduced AutoCAD for the Macintosh. In 1991, Autodesk introduced AutoCAD for the Atari ST.
In 1992, Autodesk acquired Bigstep Inc., which developed the later releases of AutoCAD for the Macintosh (1995 and 1997). In 1999, Autodesk acquired Graphisoft Inc., which created AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for the
(formerly AutoCAD LT) is the main release for use by non-technical users. It includes many additional features and enhancements for design and drafting. Among these are the ability to export to PDF, print to PDF, GCode, PDF, and DWG, to create PDF and GCode from the interactive drawing and to automatically crop, page combine, and expand pages into a single drawing file.
Graphical user interfaces
AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT for Windows, introduced with AutoCAD 2000, uses a windowing user interface and designates the main application window as “the drawing window”. The drawing window is split into four panes. The upper left contains the main drawing or edit workspace, the lower left contains tool palettes, the center is a zoom viewer, and the lower right is a tool bar. Most common operations are accessible by using a sequence of mouse clicks or keyboard shortcuts. For more complex operations, the user can invoke “segment drawers”, which allow predefined geometric entities such as circles, rectangles, and ellipses to be placed, moved, and rotated using a mouse or a graphic tablet. These drawers are located in various places, but in the center of the drawing window, which is the default workspace for the basic geometric and topology tools. Other commands are located in tool palettes.
AutoCAD LT, introduced with AutoCAD LT 2005, uses a newer tabbed user interface. The main application window is divided into multiple tabs, each representing a separate workspace. The workspaces are similar to those of AutoCAD, but simpler: there is only one main drawing space and no draw toolbar.
Windows Vista and later support a similar user interface.
Graphical user interfaces are also available for the Mac OS X operating system.
Extensions are utilities for creating custom features and working with the objects in a drawing. Autodesk has published a list of several hundred useful Autodesk extensions. These extensions are available on Autodesk Exchange Apps, Autodesk’s application store for Mac and Windows. A large number of extensions have been written for AutoCAD and Autodesk’s other products, AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD Architecture.
Compatibility and interoperability
The AutoCAD family of products has been designed from the beginning to work with other software and systems, and has wide compatibility with them. The core of the product has been developed in AutoLISP,
When the installation is done, make sure that it is activated in the Windows Keybord ( Start/Microsoft Windows/International/Panther/Panther ).
In Autocad, we need to use the Free Vector and Character Options to create and use the key to create a new key.
To do this, open the Free Vector and Character Options, and under the View menu, select the Char Projector and Change the Default Alpha Value to 1.
When everything is activated, press OK.
In the Vector and Character Options, under the Vector menu, we can create a new vector in the Normal type and make it the best for us.
When this is done, we need to use the Import Free Vector (right click and select the Import Free Vector) and save the file.
After this is done, we need to use the File menu and select Create Key.
In the key, you can see the new files that can be used to generate new keys.
When the key is created, we need to select Export File ( right click and select the Export File ) and save it.
When the file is saved, we need to use the File menu and select Generate Key.
When everything is done, we need to open the file that we created and check if it was successful.
How to work with the key
Once the key is generated, we need to add it into Autodesk Autocad.
To do this, open Autodesk Autocad, select the File menu, and select Open Project.
When the Project is open, we need to select File > Add > Key.
In the key, select the key that was created.
In the Add Key dialog, select the A-Z and the Delete Key.
When everything is done, press OK and go to the Export > Visual Key.
In the Export Visual Key dialog, make sure that the RGB Scale is on 12000 and that the Export Log File is on yes.
In the Export dialog, make sure that the Visual Key is checked.
When everything is done, press OK and check your project.
It’s time to create a new file in Autocad.
Open your project and save it to your hard disk.
To do this, go to File > Save.
Make sure that you save the file in your Hard Disk.
Go to File > Save As and choose your preferred file format.
Select your hard disk and press
A new button on the drawings window makes it simple to import a photo or similar file.
Import parts from any source without a drawing. Copy and paste parts from external files or from the web. (video: 1:24 min.)
There are three ways to import data into a drawing. One way is to select parts by dragging them onto a drawing. Another way is to import a drawing that contains the parts you want to insert. The third way is to drag and drop the parts from an external file.
There is a new window called “Layers with Drawings.” This window lets you view the layers that include the drawings you have open. The layers include all the drawings you have open and all drawings on the computer.
Open or save a copy of the same drawing on multiple computers: Just click Save and automatically have a copy of the drawing open in the other PC. (video: 2:42 min.)
Automatically see what’s different between your computer and the drawing files your work with.
There is a new “Markup and Compare” tool. This tool lets you compare two drawings side-by-side to see what has changed. (video: 2:02 min.)
Smart annotations: A new type of annotation now shows in the drawing viewport. With a click, you can type in a value such as dimension, angle, point, or text. (video: 1:44 min.)
New tabs in the 2D area to quickly view notes and other annotations.
Related workspaces. The RevitLink workspace makes it easier to work with your design-related files. (video: 1:28 min.)
ModelBrowser: Quickly browse and search for models and components.
Lookup panel in the Inventor tab: An easy way to find information quickly on more than 1 million items in the Autodesk family. (video: 2:10 min.)
Save time and improve accuracy when drafting a 3D model. Preview the 3D model while you work on your design. (video: 1:14 min.)
Faster, more efficient building experience. Using the 2D or 3D workspace, quickly open files you need to edit. Work as part of a larger building design with the new building model. (video: 1:45 min.)
Mac OS X 10.7.4 (Lion) or later
Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1
Windows XP with Service Pack 3 or later
PS3 (if you have a library you want to remove the books from and then move the books back to the library, you will need to do this from the PS3)
40GB hard drive or larger
12GB hard drive or larger