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Berikut ini adalah beberapa perubahan di tiap versi dan pengembangan AutoCad sejak versi awal hingga yang terakhir di-relaese oleh pembuatnya “AutoDesk”:
1. Versi 1.0 (Release 1) Desember 1982
Pada versi pertama ini, AutoCAD pertama kali didemonstrasikan di sebuah pameran dagang COMDEX (Las Vegas, November 1982). Mulai dipasarkan Sebulan sesudahnya
2. Versi 1.2 (Release 2) April 1983
Sebuah fasilitas baru ditambahkan dengan istilah “Dimensioning” dalam pilihan ekstra
3. Versi 1.3 (Release 3) Agustus 1983
-Ditambahkan fasilitas konfigurasi
-Layer to layer move dirubah melalui command
-Diterapkannya Rubber-band and box cursors
-Kemampuan baru untuk right-justified text
-Dimasukannya Informasi header dalam file DXF
4. Versi 1.4 (Release 4) Oktober 1983
-Perbaikan pada command line (automatic polygon close, start line at end of last line or arc)
-Penggantian spesifikasi lingkaran dan busur lingkaran
-Perbaikan pada fasilitas ZOOM (Previous, Extents, magnification relative to current magnification)
-Fasilitas baru Array, mencakup aray berulang
-Perbaikan shape definitions (X-Y displacements, arcs)
-Fasilitas Command Script
-Mode/Coordinat Status garis
5. Versi 2.0 (Release 5) Oktober 1984
-Ditambahkan kemampuan dot/dash (LINETYPE, LTSCALE, dan LAYER Ltype commands)
-Layer tambahan tanpa ada batasan jumlah layer dalam menggambar
-Perkalian text dan shape bisa digunakan dalam menggambar
-Text styles: obliquing, mirroring, dan expansion/compression bisa digunakan untuk huruf command line (STYLE command).
-Warna standar bisa dispesifikasikan berdasarkan nomor ataupun berdasarkan nama
-fitur undo ditambahkan pada Command line
-Sudut telah memiliki format degrees, minutes, and seconds (perbaikan UNITS command )
6. Version 2.1 (Release 6) May 1985
-Interactive object selection, sehingga memungkinkan user memilih objek dari beberapa window
-Pathname directory dicantumkan disemua file, sehingga user dapat memantain beberapa file sekaligus atua bahkan beberapa konfigurasi AutoCAD
-Perbaikan Plotting( perbaikan rutin plot, rotasi plot 90 derajat dan optimasi pada saat pergantian pen)
-sebuah prototype gambar dapat digunakan untuk membuat patokan untuk gambar baru yang akan dibuat
7. Versi 2.5 (Release 7) Juni 1986
-ZOOM dan PAN lebih cepat dari versi sebelumnya
-Perbaikan loading menu, kapasitas ukuran menu dan akses keyboard ke menu
-Penggunaan fasilitas UNDO/REDO secara umum
-output PLOT dan PRPLOT bisa dihasilkan dalam sebuah file
-perbaikan text (middle dan justify mode dan suport ribuan jenis huruf)
-perbaikan dimensi (Kemampuan mendefenisikan berdasekan dimensi user deri segi baris melalui blocks dan kemampuan untuk menambahkan prefix dan suffix pada dimensi text secara otomais)
8. Version 2.6 (Release 8) April 1987
-ZOOM, PAN, VIEW dan REDRAW ditampilkan transparan
-Ditambahkan X/Y/Z point filtering
-Ditambahkan Assosiative dimensioning
The ZOOM, PAN, VIEW, and REDRAW commands allowed to be used transparently.
X/Y/Z point filtering added.
The AREA command was enhanced to compute the area of specified circles and Polylines, and to keep running totals.
You can now configure a default plot filename, a spooling directory for plot files, a directory for AutoCAD temporary files, and a unique network node name.
New ACADXMEM environment variable for extended memory control added (on DOS systems only).
Handling of the \ character in menu items revised to better cope with transparent commands.
Associative dimensioning added.
The DIMZIN dimensioning variable was enhanced.
A general dimensioning suffix facility was added.
A fractional mode added to the UNITS command.
3D Line and 3D Face entities added (3D Level 2).
The FILMROLL command added for production of files to be rendered by AutoShade.
- An append mode supported when opening files.
- The (rtos) function modified to use the setting of Dimzin.
- 3D points now handled.
- New user input functions (getkword), (getcorner), and (initget) added
9. Release 9 September 1987
This was the first version of AutoCAD to require an 80×87 math coprocessor in computers based on the Intel® 8086 family of microprocessors.
All files produced by this version of AutoCAD made compatible among all supported computers.
Box, Auto, and Single object-selection modes added.
Block insertion presets for scale and rotation added.
The MULTIPLE command modifier added.
New ACADLIMEM environment variable for expanded memory control added (on DOS systems only).
Menu items amended to repeat automatically.
Twenty additional text fonts added.
Attribute value requests during Insert allowed to be suppressed.
A “preset” property added for Attributes.
Creation of slide libraries added.
An Advanced User Interface added, incorporating a menu bar, pull-down menus, icon menus, and dialog boxes.
The DDEMODES, DDLMODES, and DDRMODES commands added to permit entity properties, layer properties, drawing aids to be set using dialog boxes.
The new DDATTE command added to permit Attribute editing to be done using a dialog box.
Attribute values requested during INSERT allowed to be entered using a dialog box.
Spline curves drawing permitted.
Crossing object selection boxes drawn as dotted lines.
A Rotate option was added to the VPOINT command.
3D Osnap extended to snap to the tops of extruded objects.
Built-in commands allowed to be undefined and redefined.
Provisions for 3D Lines and 3D Faces added to the DXB file format.
- A pause capability added for the (command) function
- (ssget) filters added
- Very large selection-sets handling added
10. Release 10 October 1988
The LINETYPE Load command updated to load several linetypes from the library file at once.
Restrictions on use of the PURGE command have been relaxed.
A binary form of DXF file supported.
ZOOM Previous expanded to restore the last ten views.
The Configurator updated to always allow I/O port configuration.
ADE-1 and ADE-2 were merged into ADE-3. New ADE-3 features included:
VIEWPORTS (or VPORTS) command for control of multiple viewports (for 2D as well as 3D applications). REDRAWALL and REGENALL commands operate on all active viewports.
Optional permanent handles for all entities, controlled by the HANDLES command. Handles can be extracted and stored in an external database related to the drawing. The entities to which the handles refer can be retrieved by AutoLISP routines.
A new CHPROP command streamlined the changing of entity properties.
New dimensioning variables were added to permit greater control over dimension arrows and the placement of dimension lines and text. New Dimzin values were added for suppression of leading and trailing decimal zeroes.
PEDIT updated to generate quadratic and cubic B-splines.
Additional 3D capabilities:
- Any entity can be drawn anywhere in space, rotated and tilted in any manner you wish, using the UCS and DDUCS commands to control the User Coordinate System. The UCSICON command controls display of an icon that helps you visualize the orientation of the current UCS.
- Any or all of a 3D Face’s edges can be made invisible.
- Fast zoom mode updated to work in 3D views as well as in plan view.
- The PLAN command expanded to generate a plan view of a specified UCS.
- The DVIEW command extended to allow you to view your 3D drawings in proper perspective.
- The LINE command extended to draw 3D lines.
- 3DPOLY, 3DMESH, RULESURF, TABSURF, REVSURF, and EDGESURF commands for construction of 3D Polylines and polygon meshes. PEDIT extended to handle editing and surface-fitting for these new entities.
- An optional version of AutoLISP made available for use with AT®-style extended memory.
- 3D-point translation functions provided.
- (findfile) searches the library path to locate the specified file, returning the full filename.
- (load) extended to search the library path to locate and load the specified file. Also, (load) can now be used from within another function.
- A user-defined start-up function added to run automatically when acad.lsp is loaded.
- (getenv) returns the value assigned to the specified system environment variable.
- Given the permanent handle for an entity, (handent) retrieves that entity’s current name.
- (vports) retrieves active viewport data.
11. Release 11 October 1990
The new TILEMODE system variable can be used to enable paper space, where Viewports are entities that display views into “model space” rather than being simple partitions of the display graphics area. The paper space mechanism adds the following capabilities to AutoCAD:
- Multiple views of the model can be plotted in a single plot operation, complete with additional production drafting graphics, such as sheet outlines, title blocks, annotation text, etc.
- Viewport-specific layer visibility.
Network support features
- A new file-locking system prevents more than one AutoCAD session from accessing the same file when it would be possible to corrupt data or crash one or more AutoCAD sessions as a result.
- Network server authorization allows the installation of a single copy of AutoCAD on a network server. The number of users specified at the time of purchase can execute AutoCAD on the network server. The maximum number of concurrent users can be increased through the purchase of a larger license count, for which an authorization code for the larger limit is issued. This “floating license” does not apply to versions of AutoCAD using workstation authorization codes or hardware locks.
- A pair of new system environment variables named -ACADPLCMD and ACADPPCMD, in conjunction with the “AUTOSPOOL” default plot filename, now allows the -AutoCAD PLOT and PRPLOT commands to invoke plot-spooling programs.
A personalization step has been added to the installation. This step allows two lines of ASCII text to be added to the executable program file. This text is displayed in the Main menu banner (or the equivalent) when AutoCAD is invoked. The labels for the strings are “Licensed to:” and “Obtained from:”. You can’t change these strings after installation is complete.
Dimensioning enhancements include:
- Dimstyle symbol table allows the saving, retrieval, modification and the retention of the variable settings for individual Dimension entities.
- Ordinate dimensions can now be input with AutoCAD.
- Different portions of a dimension entity can now be assigned different colors. The colors are controlled by the DIMCLRD, DIMCLRE and DIMCLRT variables.
- Dimension text can now be moved and edited with the TEDIT subcommand.
- Linear dimensions can now be specified with an oblique (non- perpendicular) angle between the dimension and extension lines.
- Dimension subcommands can now be abbreviated to the minimum number of characters to uniquely identify the subcommand.
- The allowable dimension text gap for linear dimensions to determine the position of the dimension line and arrows inside or outside the extension lines can now be configured with the DIMGAP variable. The clipping of the angular dimension arc against the dimension text box also relies on this value.
- DIMBLK, DIMBLK1, and DIMBLK2 are now supported for all dimension types, not just linear dimensions.
- The DIMSCALE variable can now be set to 0.0. This allows you to enter dimensions into model space and to scale dimension text and arrowheads so that they take on their specified size in paper space rather than model space. This is usually what will be wanted when plotting from paper space.
- Radial and Diameter dimensions now place their text, arrowheads and dimension lines in a more flexible (and reasonable) manner.
- Angular dimensions can now be acquired with 3 points as well as by selecting two line segments.
- Tolerance text size can now be scaled relative to the basic dimension text size.
- Null responses now terminate all dimension subcommands, except where noted in the prompt text and documentation.
The new Drawing File Recovery mechanism scans and recovers valid data from damaged drawing databases. There is also an AUDIT facility that scans drawing databases for invalid or damaged fields. The AUDIT facility can be invoked at any time in the editor and can be configured to run automatically after certain operations.
External reference drawings can now be dynamically attached to a drawing with the XREF command. This allows you to work with other AutoCAD drawings without adding them permanently to your drawing and without altering their contents.
The ACAD environment variable can now include multiple directories to specify a search path for library or support files.
The Advanced Modeling Extension (AME) provides the solid modeling capability of AutoSolid from within AutoCAD. Solid entity creation and basic editing features are provided in the standard package, while advanced features for some platforms can be purchased at additional cost.
The following enhancements have been made to the AUI dialog box mechanism:
- A line editor was added for use with all dialog box text string fields.
- Text strings can now be longer then their dialog box field via horizontal scrolling.
- Scroll bars are used for inspecting lists.
- All dialog boxes that deal with lists now have more than 5 fields, ranging from 10 to 15 items at a time.
- The arrow cursor is now visible when you point to the AUI menu bar and its pull-down menus.
“;” characters now denote comments in .pat, .lin and .shp files.
Abbreviations and aliases can now be defined for AutoCAD commands in the acad.pgp file.
Eight new text alignment options have been added, so now any combination of Top/Middle/Baseline/Bottom and Left/Center/Right is supported.
File search and specification dialog boxes are now optionally available for all filename prompts in the AutoCAD drawing editor.
A new command named DDEDIT was added to allow the dialog box line editor to be used on Text and Attdef entities.
The Help file can now be arranged to display text appropriate to a command subprompt context, as well as for an entire command.
Symbol name and filename listings, both on the text screen and in dialog boxes, can now be sorted in all appropriate AutoCAD operations.
A wild-card matching facility has been implemented for searching and listing symbol names in all appropriate AutoCAD operations.
Fractional numeric input is now accepted wherever a real number is permitted, and can have any denominator (not just powers of 2). In addition, decimal feet (6.2′) is valid input when Engineering and Architectural units are in effect.
Points can now be entered via 3D spherical and cylindrical coordinates.
Polar, spherical, and cylindrical coordinates can be either relative or absolute.
Angle values can now be specified in radians and grads by adding the proper suffix, even if the current angular units setting is degrees.
The new UNITMODE system variable lets you instruct AutoCAD to display fractional, feet-and-inches, and Surveyor’s units in the same format as is expected for input.
Whenever AutoCAD asks for a filename of a particular type, you can include a file type in your response as long as it’s the correct type.
Most system variables can now be changed by simply entering their names; there’s no need to type SETVAR first.
The DDEMODES (Entity creation) dialog box now lets you select a new text style.
The TRIM and EXTEND commands now have Undo options.
The new ZOOM Vmax command zooms to the limits of the virtual screen.
The standard menu file supplied with AutoCAD was substantially enhanced.
Parallel I/O ports can be specified during configuration for plotter and printer plotter devices.
Handles are now automatically assigned and supported on entities contained within block definitions.
The SHADE command was added as a limited shading facility on 256- color display devices and as a quick hidden line removal visualization facility for display devices that display 16 or fewer colors.
OSNAP now fully operates on Circles, Arcs, and Polyline arc segments within uniformly scaled Block References.
There are two new plot optimization settings which specify that overlapping vectors should be eliminated or merged in plot operations.
Plots can now be rotated 180 and 270 degrees in addition to 0 and 90 degrees. 3D (nonplan) views can now be rotated.
The following enhancements have been made to the IGES translator:
- Support of paper space and Viewport entity constructs as Drawing and View entities, respectively.
- Viewport-specific entity visibility.
- External drawing references.
- New AutoCAD dimension constructs: ordinate dimensions, and new styles of radial and diameter dimensions
- IGESOUT translates Polyface mesh entities into corresponding 3D Face, 3D Line, and 3D Point entities.
- Support of other AutoCAD drawing file changes and enhancements.
A Polyface polygon mesh entity was added, with the corresponding PFACE command, to allow the addition of arbitrary combinations of face entities that share vertices. This allows the storage of such faces in a more compact form than the corresponding set of 3D Face entities.
8-bit and extended 16-bit font support has been added for international versions of AutoCAD.
The Shape file format has been extended to allow support for Asian language translation, where the 16-bit font introduced in Release 10 was not sufficient.
The AutoCAD Development System (ADS) was added, providing a compiled language programming interface to AutoCAD on most platforms. It was supplied with Release 10 for OS/2 only, and has been significantly enhanced for Release 11.
The extended entity data (Xdata) facility was added, providing a means to attach data to entities, via DXF, AutoLISP and ADS, and group the data by “registered application” (regapp) names.
The ADI (Autodesk Device Interface) Version 4.1 upgrade was provided primarily to facilitate optimal usage of display drivers when using the paper space facility in AutoCAD. Other enhancements and bug fixes were also made.
12. Release 12 June 1992
AutoCAD Release 12 drawings are compatible with AutoCAD Release 11.
The AutoCAD main menu has been eliminated. After initial configuration, AutoCAD displays the graphics screen.
The Main menu tasks have been replaced by commands. For example, the NEW command starts a new drawing, and the OPEN command opens an existing drawing.
Configuration is done with the CONFIG command.
Configuration of AutoCAD without displaying the AutoCAD screen is performed with the -r command-line argument (for example, acad -r).
The OPEN command automatically converts older AutoCAD drawings.
The pull-down menu has been enhanced:
The menu supports cascading-style submenus.
AutoCAD remembers your last menu item selection.
AutoCAD can disable menu items.
Menu files have been simplified. The AutoLISP portions of the menu are in a separate file.
The screen menu switches to the appropriate page when you enter a command. The MENUCTL system variable controls screen menu switching.
AutoCAD supports a cursor menu that contains Osnap overrides and point filters; this menu can invoke the geometry calculator. The cursor menu appears at the graphics cursor location when you use the appropriate key/-pointing-device button combination. For example, if your mouse has a third button, press the third mouse button to display the cursor menu.
The dialog-box interface has been expanded and enhanced. AutoCAD supports dialog boxes that let you easily view and change information. The information in the dialog box is grouped in logical fashion and displayed in an easy-to-read format.
AutoCAD allows you to change the contents of the status line using the MODEMACRO system variable.
The new BHATCH command was added. It allows you to easily hatch irregularly shaped areas enclosed by one or more entities. After picking a point in the enclosed area, AutoCAD automatically determines and shows you the boundary of the area. For example, you can hatch the area created by two overlapping circles.
The new BPOLY command was added. It allows you to create a Polyline that outlines the area enclosed by one or more entities. A polyline can easily be created along an irregularly shaped area completely enclosed by one or more entities.
Commands with the “DD” prefix bring up dialog boxes. For example, DDRMODES displays the Drawing Modes dialog box. Other commands such as PLOT and SAVEAS also bring up dialogs. Some commands bring up dialog boxes based on the CMDDIA and FILEDIA system variables.
These are some of the features that use dialog boxes:
- Dimensioning (DDIM)
- Plotting (PLOT)
- Hatching (BHATCH)
- Object Snap (DDOSNAP)
- File manipulation (OPEN, NEW, SAVEAS, FILES)
- Layer control (DDLMODES)
- Attribute definition (DDATTDEF)
Dimensioning enhancements include:
- Creation of basic dimensions.
- Addition of prefix or suffix to dimension text.
- Use of the DDIM command to display the status of dimensioning system variables in an organized and easy-to-read dialog box format. With this set of dialog boxes, dimensioning parameters can be made without having to remember the specific dimensioning variable names.
- Visibility of dimension text during creation and placement.
Dimensioning of nested entities is allowed.
AutoCAD can display selection grips that allow you to manipulate the selected entity. You can use grips to perform operations such as move, stretch, copy, scale, and rotate. You can also perform multiple copy operations with each mode.
Grips appear on an entity as small squares. AutoCAD places the grips at “defining” locations. For example, the grips for a circle appear at the four quadrants and at the center.
The new DDSELECT command lets you control these items:
- Entity sort order. You can specify the order in which entities are drawn.
- Noun/verb or verb/noun format for commands that require entity selection. With the noun/verb format, you select entities before you enter a command. With the verb/noun format, you enter a command before you select entities.
- Selection set creation. You can use additive entity selection or individual entity selection. Additive selection lets you select multiple groups of entities; individual selection allows only one group of entities.
Window creation for selection sets. You can use either two clicks for the window corners or press and drag the window size.
Entity selection enhancements include the following:
- The FILTER command that uses a dialog-box interface to let you filter selection sets based on entity properties such as color, layer, and location.
- The WPoly and CPoly entity selection options that let you create an irregular closed polygon for selecting entities.
- The Fence entity selection option that lets you create select entities by crossing the entity with a Polyline.
- The All selection option that selects all entities.
Linetype generation enhancements include the following:
- Polylines appear and plot with linetype patterns that flow around vertices.
- The Linetype patterns can be displayed at a single size in paper space viewports regardless of the viewport’s scale factor if you set PSLTSCALE to 1.
Drawing layers can be locked. You can add entities to a locked layer; however, you cannot remove or change entities on a locked layer.
Speed performance has been improved for these commands:
- PAN and ZOOM
The DVIEW command uses an improved dynamic rotation interface.
The number of transparent commands has been increased.
The new CAL command is a geometry calculator.
The new ALIGN, ROTATE3D, and MIRROR3D commands let you easily move objects in 3D space.
AutoCAD can be configured to perform timed saves of your drawing. The time between saves is set by the SAVETIME system variable.
Plotting enhancements include the following:
- dialog-box interface for plotting setup.
- Previewing the plot on screen.
- Previewing and adjusting the position of a plot on the selected paper size.
- Saving a drawing’s plot configuration parameters in a file.
- Saving up to 29 plotter configurations in the acad.cfg file.
- Combining printer plotters with plotters.
- Supporting up to 256 pen colors and widths.
- Saving drawing-specific information such as pen color and linetype assignments in plot configuration parameter (PCP) files.
If you use the AutoCAD network license authorization, you can plot from AutoCAD without using a network license by starting AutoCAD with the -p command-line argument (for example, acad -p).
Raster file import/export includes:
Import of common raster-format files such as PCX, TIFF, and GIF using the RASTERIN command. You can import raster images into AutoCAD and have them appear in the drawing.
Export raster images of AutoCAD drawings in several formats using the PLOT command with your plotter configured as a “Raster file export,” an Autodesk-supplied plotter driver.
PostScript support lets you do the following:
Import PostScript files. The PSIN command lets you to import a PostScript file, resize the image and display a rendering of the image on a screen. Once you have a drawing that has PostScript information, you can send it to a PostScript file or printer. The output retains the PostScript information.
Control the quality of the rendered PostScript image. The -PSQUALITY system variable lets you adjust the quality of the rendered image.
Export PostScript files. The PSOUT command lets you export the current view of your drawing as a PostScript EPS file. PostScript images and fonts are retained.
Use PostScript Type 1 fonts with text. AutoCAD supports Type 1 fonts in outline form and on screen when you plot. With the COMPILE command, -AutoCAD can create SHX Shape/Font files from the PostScript PFB font files.
AutoCAD “soft-locks” external references (locks externally referenced files during loading).
The REINIT command lets you reinitialize your I/O ports, display, digitizer, and acad.pgp the AutoCAD Program Parameters file.
Enhanced digitizer support allows you to calibrate your tablet with independent X and Y axis scaling or projective scaling with the TABLET command. In projective scaling, the calibrated distance between two points on a tablet depends on both the physical distance between the two points and their location on the tablet (a limited form of rubber sheeting).
AutoCAD Render is included with AutoCAD. Render lets you create rendered images of your 3D object within AutoCAD. You can render images to an AutoCAD viewport, to full screen on a single-screen display, or to a separate window on a dual-screen setup. You can also send rendered images out to printers or files.
Region modeling is included with AutoCAD. Using closed 2D areas you can create booleaned regions similar to AME solids. Regions can be edited, can contain holes, and can be used to compute area properties and used for other analysis.
AutoCAD SQL Extension (ASE)/Autodesk SQL Interface (ASI) is included with AutoCAD. ASE supplies ADS interfaces that lets you -establish links between AutoCAD and an SQL database. You can also build ADS applications between AutoCAD and SQL databases using the Autodesk SQL Interface (ASI).
Advanced Modeling Extension R2.1 is supported by AutoCAD Release 12. Improvements in AME R2.1 from AME R1 include region modeling and improvements in these areas: solid primitive creation and handling, accuracy, performance, support for additional applications such as interference analysis, and external application support via API.
The AutoCAD programmable dialog box facility lets you create -AutoCAD Development System (ADS) or AutoLISP applications that use AutoCAD dialog boxes. For example, you can create dialog boxes that perform functions similar to the AutoCAD dialog boxes that display and change settings or select files. The code used to create an AutoCAD dialog box is platform independent.
The ADI (Autodesk Device Interface) Version 4.2 upgrade was provided primarily to facilitate optimal usage of display drivers when using the Render facility in AutoCAD. Other enhancements and bug fixes were also made.
SAGET library of extended ADS functions that allow AutoLISP programs to access ADS routines.
The PLOT command can be called from ADS and AutoLISP
13. Release 13 November 1994
The AutoCAD interface consists of standard Windows user-interface components, similar to those used in other Windows applications. You can customize the size and placement of most components.
A floating toolbar is a collection of commands organized by category, for example, Draw, Modify, or Dimensioning. You can customize and resize the toolbars or drag and drop tools from one toolbar to another. There is an icon editor. You can dock the toolbars at the edges of the drawing area.
Flyouts allow you to choose several different commands from the same place on the toolbar. The flyout contains either variations of a drawing command, such as the different ways to draw a circle, or it contains a group of related commands.
Layer and Linetype Display
The Object Properties toolbar contains a new display for easier control of layer and linetype settings.
Tooltips label the different commands on the toolbars. You see the ToolTip whenever you hold the pointer for a second or two over an icon in one of the toolbars. AutoCAD also provides more detailed descriptions on the status bar.
The command window and the drawing area are separate, floating, and scrollable windows. You can use the scroll bars to pan around your drawing. The command line and the AutoCAD text window have been combined (the F2 key toggles between the two sizes). You can dock the command window above or below the drawing area. Cutting and pasting from the text window to the command window is easy.
New Menu System
The menu has been simplified; most commands are now available on toolbars. However, you can load a “full” menu that resembles those in previous releases. If you use customized menus, you no longer have to substitute your menu for the AutoCAD menu. Instead, you can add new items anywhere on the AutoCAD menu. This system prevents possible menu conflicts between different third-party programs.
AutoCAD for Windows acts as an OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) client as well as a server. This two-way linking makes it easy to embed objects from other Windows applications in your AutoCAD drawings.
The complete AutoCAD Command Reference in on-line format puts detailed information on every AutoCAD command at your fingertips. Electronic copies of all the AutoCAD documentation are included on the CD version.
The Learning AutoCAD for Windows is an on-line tutorial that contains ten lessons, designed to help new users master the fundamental AutoCAD commands. Each lesson focuses on a particular aspect of AutoCAD. An animated Demo button in each exercise shows how the drawing in that exercise is created. Learning AutoCAD for DOS and UNIX is a printed document.
The Quick Tour introduces new users to the basic concepts of AutoCAD. The topics covered include:
+ AutoCAD Basics
+ 2D Drawing
+ 3D Drawing and Viewing
+ Printing and Plotting
New ADS and AutoLISP Functionality
For information on new ADS functionality, see the AutoCAD Developer’s Guide. For information on new AutoLISP functionality, see the AutoCAD Customization Guide.
14. Release 14 February 1997
New Graphics Subsystem
Replacement of AutoCAD ADI graphics pipeline with a modern, HEIDI-based graphics system has eliminated the refresh file and its memory demands.
Paper Space Display List
Regenerations in paper space following a zoom or pan operation have been almost completely eliminated. Transparent Zoom and Pan, and Realtime Zoom and Pan are both enabled in paper space. The maximum number of active viewports in paper space has increased from 16 to 48.
Polylines are now stored single objects, which occupy less space in your drawing. If you use polylines frequently, you can reduce your drawing’s file size and memory consumption significantly, as well as speed up drawing load and regeneration time.
Boundary Hatch Storage
Hatch patterns are also now stored as single objects, which occupy less space in your drawing. If you use the hatch feature frequently, you can reduce your drawing’s file size and memory consumption significantly, as well as speed up drawing load and regeneration time.
Modular Application Structure (Application Demand Loading)
The 3D features, ACIS solid modeler, Image Support Module, DRAWORDER command, Multiline Text Editor, external databases, Match Properties, Internet Utilities, and Render are now demand-loaded ARX applications which only need to be loaded when they are used.
Demand-Loaded Externally Referenced Drawings (Xrefs)
Xref drawings can now be demand loaded. When demand loading is enabled, AutoCAD loads into memory only the portions of the referenced drawing that are necessary to regenerate the current drawing.
The performance benefits of demand loading are most noticeable when you either clip the xref to display a small fraction of it and a spatial index is saved in the externally referenced drawing, or when you freeze many layers of the xref and the externally referenced drawing is saved with a layer index.
AutoSnap is a new option of Running Object Snaps that indicates the snap points on an object with a colored marker and a tooltip as your aperture box moves over an object. You can press TAB to cycle through all the snap points available on the object. AutoSnap settings can be changed on the AutoSnap tab in the Osnap Settings dialog box.
Object Snap Button
The Osnap button on the status bar enables you to switch object snaps on and off without losing your settings.
Object Snap Coordinate Entry Override
The new system variable OSNAPCOORD enables you to override object snap settings with coordinate entry or settings made in a script. You can set this option with the Compatibility tab in the Preferences dialog box.
The new PREVIEW command enables you to view a drawing you are about to plot in Microsoft standard layout format. You can now use Real Time Zoom and Pan within the PREVIEW window. To plot the drawing using the current configuration, select Plot. To change plotter configuration settings, you must use the PLOT command.
Tracking is a new drawing aid that enables you to visually locate points relative to other points in your drawing. Tracking combines both X and Y point filters and enables you to use them on the fly. Tracking is unlike point filters in that a tracking point cannot snap to itself. Tracking constrains point selection to an orthogonal path.
Combined Realtime Zoom and Pan
Realtime Zoom and Pan are now options of the ZOOM and PAN commands. Right-clicking your pointing device in Realtime Zoom or Pan displays a cursor menu that enables you to switch between Zoom, Pan, Zoom Previous, and Zoom extents.
Fast Zoom is a new option of ZOOM Dynamic. If Fast Zoom is enabled, you can use ZOOM Dynamic to change the current drawing view without regenerating the drawing. If Fast Zoom is disabled, the drawing is regenerated at the completion of the ZOOM command. ZOOM Dynamic displays the generated portion of the drawing in a view box that represents the current viewport.
Command Line Window Editing
Right-clicking your pointing device brings up a cursor menu that enables you to cut and paste previously issued commands. You can navigate through the list of commands entered at the keyboard using the UP ARROW and DOWN ARROW keys, and then press ENTER to reissue the command on the current line.
You can edit command line text as well as paste new text from the clipboard using the keyboard navigation keys
With the text window active, you can use PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN to quickly view the history window one page at a time. You can also copy blocks of text from the history window or the text window to the Clipboard, and paste it on the command line.
Layer & Linetype Properties Dialog Box
The new Layer & Linetype Properties dialog box manages the creation and modification of layers and linetypes. This dialog box consolidates the number of commands and system variables once needed to control layer and linetype behavior. The new dialog box enables you to sort, rename, and delete layers and linetypes with standard Windows ’95 and Windows NT 4.0 interaction, such as a right-click menu, CTRL+click and SHIFT+click selection methods, and the ability to sort layers by clicking on column headings.
Object Properties Toolbar
The new Object Properties toolbar enables you to view and change the properties of a selected object’s layer, color, and linetype. This toolbar consolidates the commands once needed to view and edit and object’s properties. You change an object’s properties by first choosing the object with your pointing device and then selecting a new setting for the object from the appropriate control (layer, color, or linetype) on the Object Properties toolbar.
You can quickly copy the properties of one object to one or more objects with Match Properties command. Depending on the object selected, Match Object Properties can copy
+ Linetype scale
+ Text properties
+ Dimension properties
+ Hatch properties
Make Object’s Layer Current
This routine enables you to make an object’s layer the current layer by selecting an object in your drawing and then clicking the Make Object’s Layer Current tool on the Object Properties toolbar.
Multiline Text Editor (MTEXT Command)
The new Multiline Text Editor dialog box provides a Microsoft standard windows interface to create and edit paragraph text. The MTEXT editor also recognizes both AutoCAD standard SHX fonts as well as TrueType fonts.
Style Dialog Box
The STYLE command displays the new Style dialog box. Fonts can be specified by font name instead of by filename. The names of all registered TrueType fonts installed on your system are listed as well as the names of all SHX font files in the AutoCAD Release 14-font directory. The Font Style box lists Regular, Bold, Italic, and Bold Italic styles, depending on the attributes supported by the TrueType font. You can continue to assign Big Fonts to text styles using the Big Font check box.
Start Up and Setup Wizards
When you start AutoCAD Release 14, the AutoCAD Start Up dialog box is automatically displayed. This dialog box consolidates the setup of units of measure, drawing limits, and paper space. You can also specify a drawing template or open an existing drawing. From the Start Up dialog box, you can also use a wizard to guide you through the setup of units and paper space.
AutoCAD prototype drawings have been changed to templates with a DWT file extension. Templates can be organized in separate folders and easily accessed by the Start Up dialog box. You can also add your own templates to the list in the Start Up Dialog box.
Explorer File Dialog Boxes
All Open and Save As dialog boxes in AutoCAD now use the Microsoft standard Windows Explorer dialog box, making open and save as operations the same between commands.
Toolbars Dialog Box
The Toolbars dialog box enables you to display, remove, customize or create new toolbars. The toolbars dialog can be accessed by entering tbconfig at the command line or selecting Toolbars from the View menu.
External Database (ASE)
Database configuration settings are no longer stored in the asi.ini file. These settings are now stored in the system registry. You can change these settings with the new ASI Configuration Editor. To set up External Databases, start the External Database Configuration program located on the task bar.
You can add colored fills to any closed region inside your drawing by selecting SOLID as the pattern during hatching. Any of AutoCAD’s 255 colors can be used for the fill.
The Draworder Command
The new Draworder command can be used to ensure the correct display of objects and hard-copy output when two or more objects overlay each other. For example, text that is obscured by a line or solid hatch can be brought to the front or sent to the back.
Creating Compound Documents with OLE
This release adds support for printing OLE metafile objects, such as line drawings and spreadsheets on nonsystem printer devices, and controlling their visibility and printing order. It also provides better control over proportional scaling of OLE objects. You can also change OLE objects into AutoCAD raster objects during a paste operation.
The Internet browser feature automatically launches your system’s default Internet browser and connects you to a Web site of your choice without having to leave AutoCAD. The internet location can be changed in the Preference dialog box to include your favorite Internet resource site or an Intranet site (for example, one that lists your company’s drafting standards).
15. AutoCAD 2000 March 1999
Multiple Document Environment
Work with multiple drawings in a single AutoCAD session and copy, move, and paint objects, plus associated data, between them.
Use the new AutoCAD® DesignCenterTM to locate and load content, such as blocks, layers, and named objects, into your drawings.
Use the new QDIM command to automatically create any number of dimensions with a simple selection of geometry.
New Object Snaps
Use the new Parallel and Extension object snaps to draw more precisely.
Use polar and object snap tracking to create objects at specific polar angles or at angles relative to object snap points.
Partial Open and Partial Load
Open and edit only needed portions of drawings and xrefs.
Real-time 3D Rotation
Use the new 3DORBIT command to easily manipulate views of 3D objects.
Multiple Active Work Planes
Viewports and views can have different user coordinate system (UCS) and elevation settings, which makes working in 3D easier.
Manage your UCSs using the new UCS Manager dialog box.
Manage views using the new View dialog box.
Edit external references and block references from within your current drawing.
Use AutoCAD toolbars that are enhanced to conform to Microsoft® Office 98 standards.
16. AutoCAD 2000i July 2000
AutoCAD 2000i, the Internet edition of Autodesk’s flagship product, is the technology foundation for design solutions serving the building design, communications, government, utilities, land development, and manufacturing industries. New capabilities within AutoCAD 2000i improve communication and collaboration throughout the customer’s organization—design clients, suppliers, vendors, and other project team members. These capabilities include publishing design data on the Web, hosting online meetings, accessing design information from the worldwide design community, and dragging content from manufacturers’ websites and dropping it into drawings.
- Drawing Productivity
- Speed & Performance
- Internet-Driven Design
- Assistance and Usability
- Many User Requested Features such as:
· Freeze Layer by Viewport back in the Layer dropdown
· Double click edit of objects
· Restored the old single text behavior (-TEXT)
· Clear grips with a single escape
· Trim to objects within blocks
· Fillet and Chamfer multiple polylines
· Persistent expand and collapse list in the Object Properties Manager “OPM”
· Added the PICKADD and Select Objects to the OPM
· Added Closeall
· Enhanced RECTANG command
· Change Fillet Radius without Exiting Fillet Command
· Reinforced Audit and Recover
· Quick Select is now quicker
· Plot Merged Lines in most plot device drivers
· True Color plot styles
· Plot device and paper size filtering
· Added a generic HPGL mode for legacy HPGL based plot devices
· Added Layer States to core product.
· Multi processor support
· eTransmit which is Pack & Go on steroids!
· 100% binary compatibility such as customization and DWG.
· Added and enhanced iX Internet features
· Changed the UCS icon
· New File Open and navigation dialog
· Added the ability to Live Update the product
· Changed the Help system to HTML and included natural language query.
· Added a Z axis lock in 3D Orbit
· Enhanced scale entry in the Viewport Toolbar
· The installation is now MSI based not Installshield
17. AutoCAD 2002 June 2001
AutoCAD 2002: The foundation for collaborative design.
AutoCAD 2002 supercharges your design process, unlocking the value of your design data at every step of the way. In fact, AutoCAD 2002 offers
- Powerful design tools to enhance productivity and performance.
- New ways to help you connect and collaborate with your design team—and extend the reach of your design data.
- New tools to help you manage your corporate design standards.
- Evolved deployment and integration features and advanced license management tools to help you use your Autodesk® software assets for a greater ROI.
Productivity and performance:
Associative Dimensioning saves time by automating the dimensioning process. When you modify geometry in drawings, the dimensions automatically adjust to the modified geometry.
Use the Block Attribute Manager to manage, extract, and modify attributes without having to explode or redefine the block.
The Edit Attribute dialog box makes it easier to edit the properties, text, and general appearance of each attribute.
The Enhanced Attribute Editor offers a faster, more accurate way of managing individually selected block attributes.
The Enhanced Attribute Extract tool allows the easy extraction of block attribute data to comma-separated text (CSV), Microsoft® Excel (XLS), and Microsoft Access (MDB) formats.
The Layer Translator converts drawings from one layer standard or convention to another using an existing drawing, standards file, or drawing template. You can save and reuse translation information for quicker conversion of future drawings.
Layer Previous improves UNDO, ZOOM, and Layer operations. It operates much like the Zoom Previous command and restores the previously used layer state without undoing geometry edits or zoom operations.
Text Scaling improves the readability of your plot output and reduces the number of manual adjustments necessary.
Enhanced spell checking now includes annotation objects, resulting in less rework and fewer review cycles.
Connect and collaborate:
Enhanced Publish to Web (now i-drop® enabled!) lets you display drawings for review by publishing them to the Web or your intranet. Publish to Web is simple to use and now includes templates and themes that increase the readability and appeal of the sites and help them adhere to your company’s look and feel, without time-consuming design and development.
Use Autodesk® i-drop technology to quickly add to your designs by dragging objects from the Web or your intranet and dropping them into your drawings.
Standards-aware eTransmit saves time and money by securely sending complete DWG files—including xrefs—via e-mail. The delivery is fast and virtually cost-free. eTransmit even includes the DWS standards file associated with the drawing, so everyone can use a single standard.
Host team-critical data and drawing files on the Bulletin Board in AutoCAD Today, accessible from inside AutoCAD.
Meet Now gives you a way to conference and collaborate in real time with colleagues and partners over the Internet or your intranet.
Using the File Navigation dialog box, you can collaborate, share, and store data via the Web.
With the new high-resolution DWF format, you not only get higher visual fidelity but also can plot DWF files with the same quality as native DWG. And DWF now supports additional raster image formats and offers various merge control refinements.
The Autodesk® Point A design portal brings you industry-specific news, downloadable design content, secure project hosting, tips and techniques, and more.
Use Autodesk® Project Point™ to manage your building projects more efficiently. With Project Point you can centralize all project documents and drawings in one secure online location and share updates and markups in real time.
The Autodesk® Plans & Specs™ system presents a revolutionary new way to manage, share and distribute print-ready drawings via the Web. Publish drawings directly to a digital plan room set up for you by your Plans & Specs reprographic host and grant specific parties access to their plans, allowing them to preview and order prints directly from the reprographer.
Use Autodesk® Construction Manager™ online workflow application to collaborate with project team members during the construction phase. Share RFIs, change requests, meeting minutes, and correspondence with your team, giving each party a private3 and secure view of only the documents assigned to them.
Manage your corporate design standards:
Effective Standards Management is vital to your organization. AutoCAD® 2002’s robust standards management tools make checking and adhering to drafting standards easy, whether you work from corporate or ANSI, ISO, DIN, or JIS industry standards.
DesignXML is a web-specific way to create and share design data. Now you can more easily add real-world intelligence to your designs and extend that intelligence to external business processes and applications.
Enhanced Attribute Extraction is a faster and more accurate way of managing individually selected block attributes.
Deployment and integration features and advanced license management tools
100 percent drawing file compatibility—The AutoCAD® DWG format remains unchanged from AutoCAD 2000 and AutoCAD 2000i, guaranteeing 100 percent DWG file compatibility and protecting your investment in AutoCAD files already in production.
Compatibility with scripts and custom applications—AutoCAD 2002 is backward compatible with most applications and scripts written for AutoCAD 2000/2000i. Almost all ARX, LISP, and VBA routines currently running on AutoCAD 2000/2000i will continue to run on AutoCAD 2002, preserving your existing application and configuration investments.
World-class license management: Maximize your software assets with the market leader. FLEXlm® and SAMreport-lite offer increased reliability and better support, while protecting your existing network license management capabilities.
The Windows environment: AutoCAD 2002 is built for the Microsoft® Windows® desktop environment, including Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98, Windows ME, and Windows NT® 4.0
18. AutoCAD 2004 March 2003
Create with Speed.
New and enhanced tools that accelerate the work process include Express Tools (which reduce the number of steps required to perform a task), new tool palettes for frequently used content, and an optimized DWG file format for faster file save and transmission times.
Share with Ease.
New and improved data exchange features include support of multisheet DWF™ (Design Web Format™) files for securely exchanging drawings over the Internet with team members who need to view and plot, but not edit, DWG files. Digital signatures and password protection secure working files, while CAD standards management ensures that the entire team uses the same standards.
Manage with Efficiency.
Track, manage, and even loan software licenses with new software inventory tools. Designers can borrow a software license from the network server for working on the road.
The new true color wheel.
James Wedding of Jones & Boyd Inc.
Using the new gradients.
Shaan Hurley of Autodesk using gradients combined with ANSI hatch pattern breathes new life into 2D mechanical drawing.
Steven Papke using AutoCAD 2004 and Autodesk Viz 4
Daytona Beach First Baptist Church Project
KBJ Architects, Inc and CCL Associates, L.L.C.
Updated files for the AutoCAD 2004 Express Tool support files to include the AutoCAD 2004 commands and system variables.
Extract the Zip file to the AutoCAD 2004 product directory:
C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 2004\Express\
ALIASEDIT Click Here 3Kb
SYSVDLG Click Here 32Kb
These updated Express Tool files were provided by:
AutoCAD 2004 version of the old Express Tool DBView.ARX Click Here 98Kb
This tool if used improperly can cause a drawing file to get corrupted.
19. AutoCAD 2005 March 2004
The Evolution of Design Technology
As design evolves, so does design technology. The AutoCAD 2005 platform represents new heights of productivity, not just in terms of speed and power. But also in terms of more effective ways of managing the project information that is encapsulated in your final documentation.
The New Standard in CAD Productivity
A new standard in CAD productivity began with the AutoCAD® 2004 platform, giving users measurable efficiency gains, like 52 percent smaller file sizes and up to 70 percent increased productivity.* AutoCAD 2005 and product based on AutoCAD 2005 build on the speed and power of the 2004 platform with new tools like the Sheet Set Manager that move beyond single drawing productivity to include the efficient creation, management, and sharing of entire sets of related drawings.
From Single Drawings to Entire Sets of Related Drawings
Design projects can require hundreds or even thousands of drawing files. And each file can have multiple layouts depicting different views or scales of project data. Manually managing sheet sets using a file or folder structure on a local disk drive or network server is time-consuming and error prone. Introducing the Sheet Set Manager for AutoCAD and AutoCAD-based software. It expands beyond single drawing productivity to the efficient creation, management, and sharing of entire sets of related drawings. How does it work? You can use the Sheet Set Manager to
- Easily collate drawing sheets into logical sets and subsets that you can define by company, project, or other industry standards
- Quickly assemble sheet sets using existing drawings, propagate sheet standards over multiple projects, and provide simultaneous access to sheet sets within your local area network
- Simply add or remove sheets from a sheet set or any subset by using the Sheet Set Manager tool palette or the context-sensitive menu
Screenshot of AutoCAD 2005 with the Sheet Set Manager
The New Features Workshop in AutoCAD 2005
Drawing by Lucio A. Da Silva extensively using Gradients
Architectural Land Design, Inc
New and Deleted Commands and System Variables are now documented in great detail by Lee Ambrosius of HyperPics http://www.hyperpics.com.
AutoCAD 2005 Reference Documents from Hyperpics.com:
AutoCAD Quick Guide Reference
System Variables Quick Guide
System Variables General Overview
Environment Variables Quick Guide
Environment Variables General Overview
Command Quick Guide
Related AutoCAD 2005 web sites:
JTB World – AutoCAD 2005 Preview
Vizdepot – AutoCAD & ADT 2005 Preview
Dotsoft – 2005 Preview
CADxp (French Site) – AutoCAD 2005 Information
Datec – AutoCAD 2005 Information
CAD Digest (upFront. ezine) – AutoCAD 2005 Focuses on Drafting
Ten Links – Autodesk Introduces AutoCAD 2005 Family of Products
Cadalyst Magazine – AutoCAD 2005 Preview
Cadalyst Magzaine – Autodesk DWF Composer Preview
Autodesk – AutoCAD 2005 Preview Site
Autodesk – AutoCAD 2005 Press Release
Autodesk – AutoCAD Page
Autodesk Blog – Between the Walls by Chris Yanchar – ADT 2005
Autodesk Blog – Between the Lines
20. AutoCAD 2006 March 2005
AutoCAD® 2006 software is the world’s leading customizable and extendable CAD software for 2D drafting, detailing, design documentation, and basic 3D design.
Continuously innovating for 20 releases, AutoCAD 2006 enhances productivity through usability improvements to everyday drafting and documentation tools, including
- Boost productivity with user interface improvements and efficiency enhancements to hatch creation and editing, dynamic blocks, dimensioning, and multiline text editing.
- Quickly create and modify data tables such as schedules and bills of materials using predefined table styles.
- Streamline the design process with efficient management of sheet sets and layers.
- Effectively manage your work environment with tool palettes that provide quick access to content, enhanced project standardization, and increased screen space.
- Simplify the collaboration process with the all-digital review, markup, revision, and transmission of designs with Autodesk® DWF™
21. AutoCAD 2007 March 2006
Design, Visualize, Document, Share
Design, visualize, and document your ideas clearly and efficiently with AutoCAD® software. From conceptual design through drafting and detailing, AutoCAD 2007 enables you to explore ideas like never before. Create, edit, and develop design alternatives using realistic solids and surfaces in an updated design environment. Communicate your ideas with powerful sketch, shadow, and rendering tools, including intuitive walk-through animations. Then turn your concepts into a set of documents with the new section and flatten functionality. It’s all here, whether you’re creating, exploring, managing, or communicating, AutoCAD keeps you on time, on budget, and on track.
Realize your ideas with efficiency and clarity, from conceptual design through drafting and detailing. Whether you’re creating solids and surfaces, studying the effects of lighting on your design, exploring design alternatives with walk-through animations, or producing an entire sheet set, AutoCAD® 2007 software has the tools to make it happen quickly and accurately.
Autodesk provides a complete set of tools to help designers clearly convey their design vision to clients and then quickly and accurately document those visions so that projects are completed on time and within budget. AutoCAD® 2005 built on the dramatic productivity gains of AutoCAD® 2004 software by adding tools that help designers efficiently manage sets of drawings. AutoCAD® 2006 enabled designers to work even faster and smarter on a wide range of day-to-day tasks with powerful new drafting features such as Dynamic Blocks and Dynamic Input.
Now, AutoCAD 2007 focuses on improving designers’ ability to create, navigate, and edit a conceptual design, clearly present the design to a nontechnical audience, and then easily document the design using all the powerful AutoCAD drafting tools. AutoCAD 2007 provides a huge productivity boost to users who currently do conceptual design in AutoCAD and to users who would like to do so. The common set of underlying technology “engines” and enhanced interface tools mean interoperability and cross-training between AutoCAD and Autodesk® products such as Autodesk® Revit® Building and Autodesk Inventor® software applications has never been better.
To view a comprehensive list of new features, visitwww.autodesk.com/autocad-features .
AutoCAD 2007 Video “Downtown Boston”
Camtasia created ad-hoc video from Eric Stover an AutoCAD product Manager showing AutoCAD 2007 and some of its new features. This video is 4 minutes and shows a new commercial high rise being conceptualized using Massing/Modeling, Visual Styles, Sun Study, and Animation all new to the upcoming release of AutoCAD 2007.
22. AutoCAD 2008
What’s New in AutoCAD 2008
AutoCAD® 2008 software adds features to help make everyday tasks easier. Annotation scaling and control of layers by viewport minimize workarounds, while text enhancements, multiple leaders, and improved tables help deliver an unmatched level of aesthetic precision and professionalism.
Layers per Viewport
Text & Table Enhancements
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