AutoCAD 2012

Here is a list of "What's new in AutoCAD" by CAD Panacea for past AutoCAD versions. This page will be a permanent home for these links as they grow.

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AutoCAD 2012

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One of the new features you have probably noticed in AutoCAD 2012 is the new command line capabilities. When you start typing something in, AutoCAD automatically starts searching to help you finish the thought. Did you know you can configure how this works?

Run the AUTOCOMPLETE command and take a look at the options. Read more about AutoCAD AUTOCOMPLETE command

The new BLEND command in AutoCAD 2012 creates a tangent spline in between two entities. This can save you a lot of time compared to manually working the Spline command. You can pick lines, arcs, open splines/polylines, or elliptical arcs. After you pick the first entity, and hover the cursor over the second one, a preview of the new spline will be shown.

Before you select the first entity, one option is CONtinuity. Type in CON and then you can select from Tangent or Smooth. Tangent will create a degree 3 spline with tangency continuity to the selected objects at their endpoints. Smooth will create a 5 degree spline with curvature continuity to the selected objects at their endpoints.

Blend command in action

As expected, the new spline entity will be created using the current properties (layer, color, etc). Are you already using this? Is this new to you? No need for it? Leave a comment with your thoughts. Read more about AutoCAD BLEND Command

Autodesk announced today the availability of 3 new products, all for the Mac. AutoCAD 2012 for Mac, AutoCAD 2012 LT for Mac, and AutoCAD WS for Mac.

AutoCAD for Mac was introduced last year for the 2011 version, but there quite a list of missing functionality as compared to AutoCAD for Windows. Although a similar comparison list for 2012 does not exist yet, Autodesk has filled in some of the holes by adding features like Publish, In-place Xref Editing, Layer Filters, Plot Styles, Dynamic Array, etc. Read more about AutoCAD 2012 Products for the Mac

There is a free bonus tool from Autodesk that provides drawing tabs. It is still available for download and even though the latest version if for 2010, it works in AutoCAD 2012 (tested with the 64-bit version).

Image of MDI tabs in 2012

The link above provides a single download that contains the necessary ARX files for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of AutoCAD 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Read more about Drawing Tabs for 2012

This same information is posted at the bottom of my initial review of AutoCAD 2012, but it has proven to be very popular, enough that is deserves its own post. So here are the links to the free trial versions of AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012, along with other information.

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In what has become an annual event, the announcement and launch of the new Autodesk products is here again. Below is a quick summary of some of the new features in AutoCAD 2012.

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File Format

  • The default file format remains unchanged from the last version, AutoCAD 2010 file format.

User Interface

  • The first significant change you will notice is that the ribbon speed has increased dramatically. There is no longer a delay when switching between ribbon tabs. (Thank you Autodesk!).
  • The Ribbon contents have been updated, including changes to the Draw and Modify panels.
  • Generally speaking, AutoCAD 2012 starts up faster than previous versions.


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