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Being probably the most used software in the fields of engineering, architecture and product design, AutoCAD is one of the most complete and professional technical design tools available in the market.
Being loaded with functions that make it possible to create complex projects, you can even plan construction plans and model three-dimensional images using program features.
With the arrival of its newest version, the utility brings several innovations that will help both the experienced users and those less accustomed to the application interface. You can test the new features for free for a period of 30 days.
More friendly than ever
AutoCAD has brought many new features and improvements to its most traditional features. For the most part, the changes promise to make the service not only more intuitive but also more accessible to beginners in the area. Among the most important implements, we can highlight:
- Improved interface: While still retaining much of what was brought in by past versions, the new version has brought minor improvements to the main interface, such as repositioning some buttons and using a black background on the program's ribbon .
- Renewed splash screen: While the main interface has received minor improvements, the AutoCAD splash screen brings a whole new look. Now it has different sessions to separate the tutorials and creation tools.
- Free selection: the selection tool was probably the one that underwent the biggest change. In place of the classic colored rectangles, the software creates free selection areas, based on the path made by your mouse.
- Preview Changes: Seeing the effects of your changes on a project has now become easier. That's because the new AutoCAD added a feature that allows you to preview the change made to the software's main tools before it is applied.
- Text Override: The AutoCAD text editor was another target for changes, gaining options such as auto numbering and custom alignment.
- Easier addition of objects: If you had to go through multiple screens and options to add an object stored in memory to your project, everything can now be accessed quickly from one of the AutoCAD tools and added to the drawing with a simple click.
These are, of course, just some of the news brought by the software. If you want to know each of the changes - be they bigger or smaller - just click here to check a detailed list.
If you are a beginner and do not know the tools in the AutoCAD interface, do not worry: the program brings a vast collection of tutorials and documents that can help you get started with the software. To access this content, just click on the "Learn" option, shown right on the homepage - here you will find all the teaching material provided by the application.
What's New in 2017
In addition to a small visual improvement over AutoCAD 2016, the 2017 version has brought some minor improvements that should make your day-to-day work a lot easier. What most attracted attention was the inclusion of support for PDF files for import.
With this, you can extract images, text and geometry from PDF files or simply add them as attachments to your projects for later reference. Before this function was implemented in the package, it was necessary to make some "gambiarras" to be able to import the contents of this type of file to AutoCAD, which made the user to waste time unnecessarily.
The developer has also released an application management app that should replace Autodesk Application Manager. The app is called Autodesk Desktop App, which will make background updates and corrections to all of the company's software without you having to stop working or restarting your computer and inopportune moments. The tool will also work with all the tools of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 generations.
It is also worth mentioning that the way you edit and move central lines and markers has been changed, making the interaction simpler and more intuitive.
Our opinion about AutoCAD
There's no question that AutoCAD is simply the best engineering drawing and 3D modeling tool for engineering projects available on the market. The latest version updates make the software even more complete and efficient with options that will surely help students and beginners get used to the more traditional features, and streamline various processes for everyone who uses the software.
The integration between different computers and project sharing in the cloud are very useful functions for professionals who work in groups and who constantly switch computers, facilitating the recovery of important data no matter where you are.
However, as is customary, the new version also ends up making the software heavier and slower, especially if it runs on more modest and older PCs. In our tests, we faced some periodic crashes while resizing sample objects or viewing some very complex 3D drawing.
Still, if you are a student or professional in the field of engineering, architecture and design in general, it is worth adopting AutoCAD as the main tool of work. Be sure to download your evaluation copy and check it out.
Pro & Cons
- Several new tools
- New menu and toolbar make it easier to use
- Online resources to save settings and projects
- Cloud rendering saves processing on local PC
- Transforming 2D to 3D is easier
- Consumes a lot of memory and is heavier than predecessors