Some of the innovations we have seen in the beta version of AutoCAD 2013 called for this Jaws version tell us what trends we would be seeing for April of the 2012 year, when it will be officially launched; although we barely digest What's New in AutoCAD 2012.
From the start the news already known: A new dwg format 2013 !. What happens is that it does not surprise us, because badly used we understand that AutoDesk does this every 3 years (I used to do it every year), so the time of dwg 2010 has expired, which was the same for 2011 and 2012. While AutoDesk says it is to optimize the format, we understand that it is also to control competitors and frustrate the life of OpenSource platforms.
But to see that not everything is bad, now AutoCAD 2013 is multilanguage (well almost). It is no longer necessary to install each version in the specific language, but you can download another language and install it ... just like other programs do (hace 800 años)
There are also improvements in Ribbon functionality, rather than to search for commands. After the Ribbon arrived, features that make it attractive, especially the contextual ones, have been increased. It can be seen in commands such as Array and Hatch, which instead of lifting the annoying floating window are displayed in the palette of the headband, facilitating the preview and interactive options.
1 Welcome panel
It has been integrated a welcome panel at the start of the program, something similar to the panel that has Corel Draw X5, with options to make a new drawing, open an existing one, open examples or know what's new in the version. Very good functionality, especially for new users who enter and do not find what to do with so much scattered button, there are also access to initiation videos and social network links Facebook and Twitter.
Below you have an option to avoid this when you enter, and you can also call from the help menu. Also the help can now be offline.
2 The command line
In the version of AutoCAD 2012 the option to autocomplete commands was added, and although this is an archaic functionality, it will be difficult to completely disappear. Now the option that can be taken as a hanging window has been set, adaptable to different placement options.
I think of the best changes applied by AutoDesk, which started from AutoCAD 2011, the historical command line maintains transparency, so it bothers less the drawing or the workspace. Although we clarify -Thanks to the intervention in one of the comments- the color supports and the alternatives of the command show the letter in different color, it is not new; but it is now possible to click on the option, with what we believe that the prehistoric use of the keyboard will definitely die, as the right mouse button was annoying. Additionally, we believe more capabilities will be integrated to avoid the keyboard, such as the enter, space or scape.
In spite of everything, the command line was always better than the Keyin of Microstation and it will cost the traditional users to release it; although for the users that knew AutoCAD for the first time already with the Ribbon, they will continue thinking that it is an old functionality like the Command Prompt of the DOS.
3 Preview changes
Currently, if you have something selected and the properties panel is raised, it is not possible to see previously how it will be grips and dotted lines. That will no longer be the case ... the change is very good, although we would expect it to be extended to the preview of the change of line type, source or properties of the boundary.
4 The model documentation
This was implemented in AutoCAD 2012, and for this version brings new improvements, quite good indeed in the handling of cuts and cross sections of 3D objects. This is especially reflected in the cutting of cuts, handling of different types of units, parameterized stretching and associative limitation. While this has a lot of potential in the handling of layouts, very little has been appropriated by users of the civil area, especially because they are waves that were placed there to look for compatibility with Inventor (even now you can import Inventor models); On the side of Bentley it is seen more with the implementation of dynamic cutting sections in hypermodels.
5 Support for point clouds
Nor is it totally new, although now the option appears in the Ribbon in the Insert option, and some capabilities have been extended. While the improvements for managing external references and raster files is still miserable (compared to other programs that support more formats and excluding Civil 3D), the expansion of options in pointcloud support as a normal routine is striking. Now when selecting an object of this type, the ribbon is activated in a contextual way for easy access, among these options the clip clipping.
Also in the properties table, you can filter specific actions for pointcloud objects.
Supports Faro type scan files (fls, fws, xyb) ASCII standard (xyz, txt, asc), the, Leica (ptg, pts, ptx) and Topcon (clr, cl3). The way it operates is similar to the loading of reference files, being able to configure color, intensity and clipping options.
It remains to be seen how it handles the memory of the computer, which has always been a weakness in AutoCAD, it is supposed an improvement in this 2013 version in the indexing and import in batch. We are left with the question of how the issue will go with Pointools' relationship, which has had a lot to do with what AutoCAD now achieves in this, however, as that company Acquired by Microstation And what they intend to do with Descartes, will surely be difficult to overcome.
When saving the file in the previous version to the dwg 2013, the system alerts by the change of compatibility.
Other minor changes
- The Viewports panel is now no longer in the Viw tab but in Layout
- The miniature previews of the drawings are now a little more eye-catching
- In the handling of 3D objects, very little, just the curved surface extraction and the extrusion with the command PRESSPULL that although it is not new command (rinsing), raises the option of extrusion distance no more is selected the object.
- When you export the layout, the regen command is now executed so that the circles do not go as polygons
- The offset can now be seen in preview, as does the parallel command of microstation
- Double click now activates text editing
- There is support for storing in the cloud, you can share and open collaboration via AutoCAD WS
But this is a preliminary review, almost 5 months before it is released AutoCAD 2013, so you have to wait more; As well as the almost parallel update of AutoCAD for Mac.
The beta testers version can be downloaded from: https://beta.autodesk.com/
The installation includes the update of the .NET Framework Runtime 4.0, the Faro SDK, DirectX Runtime and some Visual C ++ libraries.
Here you can see a complete summary of What's New in AutoCAD 2013, Compared to the versions of other years.