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 first version of AutoCAD was known as MicroStation CAD, from MicroStation Corporation, a division of Dow Jones & Company. The initial version of AutoCAD was command-line only, and was written in assembly language, and was priced at about $20,000. That same year, the first customer for AutoCAD was the Unisys Corporation.
In 1987, Autodesk rebranded AutoCAD as AutoCAD, and opened the application to non-Autodesk users (commercial, non-commercial, and hobbyists). They also changed the license to a shareware version, allowing users to keep the software after a limited time, and the price was reduced to $599. Around the same time, users could use the same software on their PCs.
The concept of CAX, an Autodesk format, was also introduced around this time, allowing the same files to run on any version of AutoCAD, as well as on AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD Map 3D. The CAX format was released in 1989.
Autodesk released AutoCAD LT, a stripped-down version of AutoCAD, in 1992. AutoCAD LT was the first product to include an optional software development kit (SDK), which allowed users to create custom 3D models that included raster, vector, animation, and rendering tools. AutoCAD LT was priced at $2,995 and shipped with a 3D display option.
Autodesk released AutoCAD Map 3D in 1995, which used a more streamlined user interface than AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. Unlike AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, which use a menu-driven user interface, AutoCAD Map 3D was originally designed to use a point-and-click method of menu selection, similar to the Apple Macintosh. AutoCAD Map 3D allowed users to create 3D drawings using the functions included with the program. The cost was $9,495 and it shipped with a 3D display option.
The first model in AutoCAD was a shapefile. This allowed users to insert 3D objects into a 2D sheet. These shapes were stored in a catalog, with detailed information about the object. Initially, the shapefile could store only simple shapes, such as rectangles, circles, and polygons. Over time, Autodesk released more sophisticated and fully featured shapefiles.
DI (Dynamic Input) which was developed with Microsoft Visual Basic, is based on the ObjectARX library.
A drawing view is a type of drawing within AutoCAD. Views are typically used for structural overviews of the drawing, such as floors, roofs, and walls. They are also used for architectural designs. The use of many different views is considered an essential component of a CAD system, and has been integral to the development of Autodesk’s products since the beginning of CAD. Views can be authored using the standard command line interface and saved in the DWG or DXF format. Individual views can be brought into or out of a drawing as needed and displayed in full screen or in a splitter window. AutoCAD also allows the definition of custom views that allow the user to place layers in a drawing, assign dimensions and levels, have predefined blocks, and so forth.
A layer is a separate object within a drawing. The layer acts as a flag to display or hide certain objects. They can be shown or hidden at any point in the drawing and can be individually viewed and edited. They can also be grouped into layers that are treated as a single unit, like a drawing. Layers have no effect on the physical objects, so that a change in the layer state does not affect the size, shape, or position of a physical object.
CAD applications have traditionally viewed the world in two dimensions. To create a three-dimensional model in CAD, users must draw geometric shapes called solids. The simplest solids are axis-aligned boxes. They are created by holding the SHIFT key and choosing one of the eight circle-radius corners. Because they are axis aligned, they can be combined to make other geometric shapes such as cylinders. The full capabilities of the ObjectARX library are then available. Other forms of solids can be created by combining multiple box primitives, or by extruding a box along an axis. 3D solids can be imported into AutoCAD via the DWG or DXF format. They can also be created directly within the program using the 2D tools or the 3D Modeling toolbar. The Modeling palette is used for manipulating solids, and allows editing, deleting, extruding, revising, and rotating solids. The 3D tab of the Modify panel provides specific tools to manipulate the geometry of solids. The 3D tab of the Geometry panel allows
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OS: Windows XP SP3 or Windows 7 SP1 or newer
CPU: Dual core processor
RAM: 2GB RAM
GPU: DX10 compliant GPU
Graphics: DirectX 9 GPU
OS: Windows 7 SP1 or newer
CPU: Quad core processor
RAM: 4GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 11 GPU