What do you mean by AutoCAD? Explain the feature of AutoCAD in details.

Answer: – AutoCAD is a commercial software application for 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting — available since 1982 as a desktop application and since 2010 as a mobile, web- and cloud-based app marketed as AutoCAD 360.

Developed and marketed by Autodesk, AutoCAD was first released in December 1982, running on microcomputers with internal graphics. Prior to the introduction of AutoCAD, most commercial CAD programs ran on mainframe computers or minicomputers, with each CAD operator (user) working at a separate graphics terminal.

AutoCAD is used across a wide range of industries, by architects, project managers, engineers, graphic designers, and other professionals. It is supported by 750 training centers worldwide as of 1994.

As Autodesk’s flagship product, by March 1986 AutoCAD had become the most ubiquitous CAD program worldwide.

When AutoCAD 2016 was announced this week, we bypassed our normal “What’s new” post and linked you to over a dozen other similar reviews. Now that the dust has somewhat settled, let’s review the top 10 new features in AutoCAD 2016. Do you agree with this list? Leave a comment.

  • (i) Geometric Center Object Snap – This was a top wish on the AUGIwish list. This allows you to snap to the center of polygons and other closed polylines. Type in GCE at the command line when needed or access it like you would any other object snap.
  • (ii) Revision Cloud Enhancements – Another AUGIwish list item, the new revision cloud now contains polyline-like grips on corners to help with edits. Previously there were grips for each and every arc of the revision cloud. The number and placement of the fewer grips will vary depending on how the revision cloud was created. If you explode or break a new revision cloud, it reverts to the old behavior.
  • (iii) Dimensioning – Several new dimensioning enhancements including a default layer for all dimensions, dimensioning options visible from the DIM command, and a much shorter workflow when using the DIM command because the appropriate type of dimension will be created based on your per-selection of the entity. After you start the DIM command and move the cursor around, various options for the finished dimension are previewed waiting for your choice. Text wrapping for text in dimensions is now supported also.
  • (iv) Text Frame – One more AUGIwish list item granted is the ability to add a text frame, or border to any Mtext object.
  • (v) Status Bar Enhancements – The status bar can now wrap onto two rows when you have more icons than will fit on one row. Many users wished to restore the TEXT option to the status bar icons, but unfortunately this was not granted.
  • (vi) Xref Enhancements – When the new AutoCAD 2016 system variable XREFOVERRIDEis set to 1, all xref objects behave as if their entity color was set to By layer. Xref layers are now omitted from the Properties palette, and are shown in gray text in the Ribbon drop down.
  • (vii) PDF Enhancements – Zooming and panning with an attached PDF is much faster now in AutoCAD 2016. More forms of AutoCAD text including SHX fonts and Unicode characters are now searchable in PDF files output from AutoCAD.
  • (viii) Point Cloud Enhancements – Dynamic UCS now works with point clouds when segmentation data is indicated in the properties palette. Point Cloud object snaps are now listed in the 3D Object Snap dialog box. Named Point Cloud cropping states are now supported.
  • (ix) Navisworks Support – AutoCAD 2016 now supports attaching Navisworksfiles in either NWD or NWC format.
  • (x) System Variable Monitor – Using the new System Variable monitor, you can define the state of certain system variables and if they are changed, you will be notified. You can also easily restore the entire list of variable to their default state.
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