AutoCAD, released in 1982, was the first full-featured desktop CAD program available for personal computers. It is the de facto standard among architects, engineers, and designers worldwide for 2D and 3D CAD applications.
Features and capabilities in AutoCAD
AutoCAD is a comprehensive and powerful CAD software for 2D and 3D design and drafting. It includes the following:
A complete suite of drafting tools.
An extensive collection of drawing tools that allow you to create drawing templates and use your drawing to draw plan views, 3D models, assemblies, and even drawings with parametric features.
Rapid toolpaths, which allow you to create a path of cuts by clicking with a mouse.
A CAD database that includes predefined blocks of information such as walls, windows, doors, and components.
The ability to view and edit 3D models in your drawing.
The ability to place drawing layers to organize information in your drawing.
The ability to work with external drawing files such as PDF or DWG files.
A ribbon-based user interface that allows you to organize and manage drawing commands and commands using wizards.
The ability to import 3D models from other CAD programs.
The ability to export a DWG file.
A 3D feature-set that includes advanced features such as modeling, fabrication, and inspection.
Access to external libraries such as construction details and sound files.
The ability to integrate information and data from other programs.
Supports 2D vector, 2D raster, and 3D graphic display types, including layers and plots.
Allows the user to perform numerous other functions such as document management, parametric modeling, CAD block-up, and annotating drawings.
Supports a variety of file formats such as DXF, DWG, and CADML.
Links to third party plug-ins and Autodesk Labs.
AutoCAD’s user interface is also highly customizable. By creating macros or creating and utilizing templates, users can personalize the way their work is done.
AutoCAD offers two user interfaces: a conventional graphical user interface (GUI) and a ribbon-based interface. The conventional GUI features menu bars, toolbars, pull-down menus, buttons, and other navigation controls. The ribbon interface provides a complete set of drawing controls on the Ribbon. (See Figure 1
AutoCAD supports several object-oriented programming languages, in addition to a macro language, Visual Basic for Applications, or VBA.
AutoLISP is a high-level programming language designed for direct programming of parts of AutoCAD.
Visual LISP is an object-oriented programming language designed to be embedded into other applications, for automation of them.
VBA is a macro programming language and Object-Oriented Programming Language (OOPL) designed for Microsoft Windows.
.NET is a development environment and programming language for Microsoft Windows that enables the development of Windows programs using Microsoft Visual C++ or Visual Basic.
ObjectARX is a programming language developed by Autodesk in cooperation with developers from Argentina. It is designed for the development of plugin applications for the AutoCAD Software Suite. ObjectARX allows defining the design of the application and integrating it with AutoCAD functions. ObjectARX is mainly focused on object-oriented programming and it supports methods for creating, adding, and removing AutoCAD objects. It can create, add, and remove CAD objects (such as DLLs, forms, windows, etc.). The objectARX application template provides a base for creating applications. Using Visual Studio with the tool palette, the programmer can create and write new software modules.
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Open the Autocad program.
Type the following command into the command line (or the Autocad shortcut menu)
and incorporate feedback into your designs. Import feedback from printed paper or PDFs and add changes to your drawings automatically, without additional drawing steps. (video: 1:15 min.) Export to XAML. See your drawing results as a separate file to open in other software. (video: 1:24 min.)
See your drawing results as a separate file to open in other software. (video: 1:24 min.) Markup Assistant supports ink annotations to control your markings during export. You can also import these markings for use as guides in your designs.
Markup Assistant supports ink annotations to control your markings during export. You can also import these markings for use as guides in your designs. Lock and save annotations. Automatically lock one or more annotations, so they can’t be changed during the export process.
Automatically lock one or more annotations, so they can’t be changed during the export process. Automatically lock all annotations at the end of the export process.
Automatically lock all annotations at the end of the export process. Timelines, callouts, and other annotations are stored in separate files that can be exported independently.
Timelines, callouts, and other annotations are stored in separate files that can be exported independently. AutoText coordinates support for XAML. Track the coordinates of text and other objects in your XAML file.
Track the coordinates of text and other objects in your XAML file. Flexible numbering support for XAML. Add flexible numbering to your XAML drawing that can change with insertion or deletion of lines.
Add flexible numbering to your XAML drawing that can change with insertion or deletion of lines. Numeric data types support for XAML. Add different formatting to different data types.
Add different formatting to different data types. New A-Z icons for CAD fonts. Draw different icons for different CAD fonts.
Draw different icons for different CAD fonts. Artboards and guides. Easily use or turn off the different layers available in the various drawing views.
Easily use or turn off the different layers available in the various drawing views. Easier to change the color of dotted (polyline) lines in the workplane view.
Easier to change the color of dotted (polyline) lines in the workplane view. Fixed and linked layers in the CAD Workspace. Change the state of linked layers without
Windows 7, 8.1, 10
Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later
Vista SP2 or later
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz or faster
4 GB RAM
5 MB video memory
4 GB available hard disk space
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