Finally, and as announced for this date, AutoDesk has provided all the information related to the news of AutoCAD 2012. Likewise, what it implies for the other disciplines, with the exception of AutoCAD for Mac, which is still maintained in what we saw last year in the 2011 version.
From the outset, we are pleased to know that a new dwg file format has not been necessary, the 2010 format is maintained; To deploy it with older versions to AutoCAD 2010 it will be necessary to convert it with TrueView. Although AutoDesk insists on saying that your dwg is a wave descended from an alien spacecraft, by the message that appears when you open a file worked with gvSIG, Microstation, Bricscad or any other software that can now generate dwg. It reminds me of that old lawsuit that had to be owner of the format and although it has its right, it seems unnecessary to me as if it were a virus.
Also, it is interesting to know that this new version supports parallel processes, so that if you have a video card or computer with Multiple processorTiple you can feel the difference when rendering routines like rendering and panning in 3D views.
And another aspect, which we also like is to know that this version can be downloaded legally for testing purposes, although the version is fully functional for 30 days.
From here you can Download AutoCAD 2012, free.
Some issues I want to address in detail, especially since many changes are quite similar to what Bentley has done in Microstation V8i, however much of the new AutoCAD 2012 exceeds it. In this first approach I want to touch on the construction of data and output deployment.
There is not much novelty in this aspect, understandable because the best thing that AutoDesk could do is improve existing routines. For this reason, improved tools stand out, making the objects more dynamic and taking more advantage of graphic aids; although you notice great use of the improvements of the 2011 version:
Improves Spline. We remember that the spline is a kind of curved stroke of freehand that takes vertices in the air; It was problematic that it could not be treated as a polyline in aspects such as area calculation or cutting.
... damn it the day I used this to make contours ...
Now it can be treated almost as a Smart line of Corel Draw, add and relocate vertices and convert strokes to arcs. Even an option called Blend tool Allows you to create the spline with help where you want to walk.
In the same way we see what happens with the Hatch, the management of patterns has been improving for a long time, in order to be dynamic. But now the grips Have more utility and equal applies to gradient fill.
This benefits processes such as sizing, arcs, ellipses, vertices of polylines, faces, mleaders, although the latter includes much more than that because there is more control of the nodes and closeness to the text. For sample I leave you the video Of how it works.
Among the most beneficial of this dynamic action that has been given to objects is the Array command, which now becomes a dynamic element and not a simple alignment of loose figures. After making the arrangement, the objects maintain a relationship, be it linear, of curvature or of environment 3D, depending on the type of arrangement. Very good, because now you can handle the design with greater agility as it is the case of bars of a Joist, being able to modify the linear pattern, scale, distancing or angle without having to redraw even if we change the camber.
Apart, even the Array can be copied, even if it does not look like it. You can say, I want to copy this type of arrangement, as is the case with the bars of Joist himself, from this point, to this extreme. That would make patterns like bleachers, aligned chairs, lamps in a room, trees, etc. can be copied in the way we used the command Measure with blocks, with the variant that these maintain the association and linkage with the object of alignment.
Duplicate cleaning. This is not strange for those of us who have used GIS tools, where topological cleaning includes the elimination of dirty. Now AutoCAD 2012 implements a button for duplicate elements.
... would have been of great help when I had a nice assistant who duplicated the layers in the same drawing ...
More with the parameterized drawing. This is one of the best features that AutoCAD has achieved, in this 2012 version the innovative thing is that it can be done on the fly thanks to the visual aids that are shown in each node of the objects. In this video You can see it working, interesting, the functionality that this brings you to what we used to do as simple objects.
... as an example the drawing of details of steel reinforcement ... what madness! If the ratio was changed and the boss wanted to keep the curves sharp at the ends.
What's New in the Ribbon. An interesting access called Content Explorer has been added, which reminds me of ArcCatalog paths, so I do not stumble around searching for files all over Windows Explorer.
Similar to this, I added an access to AutoCAD Exchange, previously seen but not from the desktop, but Ribbon themes I will touch in another post because there are improvements in the customization that they deserve for a while.
Command line, die but live. This has been questioned, for being the legacy of the dinosaurs. But quick access to commands continues to be a common routine in the cartoonists; more I could see when the Ribbon came to confuse us in AutoCAD 2009.
Now we have added an autocomplete function, similar to what we do in Google, we only write a word. It would be necessary to see if it hits, because many could be lost between similar command, maybe it would be good if the search became intelligent and it would return the commands that we have used the most in the list or it will remind us the quick access key so that we stay .
Helps to improve the output. There are some news that had been delayed, but if they arrived they are welcome. In this I think that AutoDesk and Bentley are warned not to overshadow the moment, we had improvements in the handling of colors but for strange reasons the drawings generated from a CAD (compared with the GIS) are better in monochrome than colors.
Enhanced Transparencies. This is not a novelty of this version, it really came from the 2011 version but in this it has been visualized by AutoDesk with greater emphasis and as we see some extra funcinalities have been included. Microstation implemented it from XM, but what AutoDesk has done goes further, as we can see in this video.
The transparency function is in the property panel for each object, as well as in the layer manager to apply to an entire layer. Additionally, it can be applied to a layout for printing and appears in a contextual way on several sides; I think that this will have an impact on the visual presentation, as well as when the gradient fill arrived.
... until today (a year before the Mayan prophecy) we will be able to print planes with the color orthophoto in the background ...
Other Layout Improvements. A scale option has been added for the annotations, this helps to avoid having to be handling styles in texts that only serve to label views. Additionally, the leaf handler is quite similar to what Microstation does with the Models, but with a little more taste and interaction in a vertical window that will surely help to improve the output management.
Super documentary. This is the best, although I can not digest it yet. The image has turned to the world, but few of us have imagined the process we who are civilians.
But it will benefit users of Autodesk Inventor, because now models like SolidWorks, Pro / ENGINEER, CATIA, Rhino and NX.
Finally, I do not want to overlook what I have seen in the generation of pdf files. Another issue that also never came in full ownership, not like now.
Geenerate pdf files. This is not a novelty, but an improvement to a functionality that comes from the 2010 version. Not only sends and points, but it can be defined if it sends the whole file, if it sends only one layer, one layout or if it leaves multiple pages.
Then, you can choose the resolution of the images and if you want the fonts to be embedded. This takes much advantage of the generated pdf file, because there you can turn off or turn on layers, it reminds me a lot of what programs like Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator do a lot ... and many other programs that already do this.
In the case of Microstation, if the pdf is not generated with the option 3D it does not go with separate layers; nor there there are so many options to configure the conditions of exit although it exported to pdf for 10 years ago.
Here you can watch the video Of how the PDF works in AutoCAD 2012.
PDF Underlay. The truth is that generating pdf files is not new, but beyond that I liked what AutoCAD 2012 does with calling a pdf file as a reference and interacting with it. While this is here for two years (AutoCAD 2010), now AutoDesk makes more noise taking advantage of slight but useful improvements.
Not bad, the best I've seen in interaction with pdf files containing vector layers because among other things you can:
- Georeferencing the pdf
- Clip to hide portions of the plane
- Draw on this using snap over pdf vectors
- Turn off or turn on pdf layers
In short, you only need one option to do go o Copy fence and bring it to the dwg and we would be done. In the case of Microstation, the pdf can be georeferenced but it behaves as if it were an image, it can not be done snap Or interact with layers And I feel that both do not have immediate support to recognize the pdf georeference.
Well, not to make a post that reaches an oceanic pit, I stay here with this first review of the news of AutoCAD 2012. We continue in the next.
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