Exploring ideas – often called conceptual design – has traditionally been difficult to do in digital form. But with the 2010 release of AutoCAD, you now have access to intuitive tools to explore and evolve design ideas. By simply pushing/pulling faces, molding and sculpting models, you can now create almost any shape imaginable quickly and easily.
Documentation will always be a critical component of our customer design workflows. AutoCAD has been leading the way over the past 26 years, bringing new drafting and documentation tools to users. The documentation capabilities in AutoCAD allow you to create your designs more intuitively, more efficiently, and faster than ever before.
Edit polylines more easily with new and improved grip functionality. Use grips to add or remove vertices and to convert straight-line segments to arcs, and vice versa.
Access the Hatch command more easily through a contextual tab, similar to the tabs for Tables and Multiline Text. Expanded object grip functionality enables direct editing of a hatch’s scale, rotation, and origin. Additional options for controlling the appearance of hatches include transparency, background colors, and gradient fills. A single command sets hatches to appear behind all other objects. Additional timesavers in AutoCAD 2011 include : Improved Join functionality Ability to highlight selected external references Quick Dimension Sketch command
Two new commands save steps and time, speeding the process of creating or selecting objects based on the properties of existing objects. Quickly create new objects based on the properties of an existing object with the new Add Selected tool. The Select Similar tool enable quick selection of objects that include the same type and properties in the selection set.
Use the new Hide Objects and Isolate Objects tools to control the visibility of objects regardless of layer, so focus remains on the objects you need. Combine functions to isolate some objects and hide some of those that remain.
Transparency is a new variable in AutoCAD 2011 for layers and objects that gives users new options for managing the appearance of drawings. While wipeouts or solid fills obscure information and underlays can show too prominently, transparency options allow users to easily highlight areas to make important information stand out. This much-requested capability enables users to better share and communicate designs and drawings.
Every good design workflow requires clear, accurate communication with clients, partners, colleagues, and suppliers. With AutoCAD, our customers are able to securely, efficiently, and accurately share their critical design information. With native support for the DWG format, AutoCAD speaks the language our users speak.
What's New in AutoCAD 2011
Take Design Further What’s New in AutoCAD ® 2011 www.AE-Solutions.com/Autodesk
AutoCAD 2011: Power, Speed, and Flexibility <ul><li>Power design projects from concept through completion with new 3D surface modeling tools, point cloud support, inferred constraint capabilities, and updates to materials and surfaces. </li></ul><ul><li>Explore your ideas more completely with new surface modeling tools and point cloud support </li></ul><ul><li>Document more efficiently with enhancements to parametric drawing tools, and a new set of TimeSaver tools </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate design intent more completely with new materials and surface options </li></ul><ul><li>Customize your environment, with optimizations for Windows® 7 </li></ul>
Explore Your Ideas <ul><li>Explore design ideas in both 2D and 3D, shape your concepts into reality </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Key New Components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Surface Modeling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Point Cloud Support </li></ul></ul>
Surface Modeling tools <ul><li>Providing extensive flexibility and control when designing in 3D, </li></ul><ul><li>Easily create smooth surfaces and surface transitions. </li></ul><ul><li>Surface associativity maintains relationships between surfaces. </li></ul>
Point Cloud Support Bring your 3D scans to life, streamlining time-consuming renovation and restoration projects. Supporting up to 2 billion points, you can quickly visualize your scanned objects directly within your modeling workspace.
Speed Documentation <ul><li>Drive projects from concept through completion </li></ul><ul><li>Key New Components </li></ul><ul><li>Inferred Constraints </li></ul><ul><li>Polyline Editing Improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Hatch Command Enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>Create or Select Similar Objects </li></ul><ul><li>Hide or Isolate Objects </li></ul>
Inferred Constraints <ul><li>Infer geometric constraints in real time </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminates the need to manually define all of your object relationships </li></ul>
Polyline Editing Improvements <ul><li>The improved functionality of enhanced grips makes polylines significantly easier to edit in AutoCAD 2011. New secondary grips provide quick access to multiple functions. </li></ul>
Hatch Command Enhancements Improve drafting efficiency with new contextual tabs for hatch creation and editing.
Create or Select Similar Objects <ul><li>Use new commands to quickly create new objects or to select objects based on the properties of an existing object. </li></ul>
Hide or Isolate Objects <ul><li>Control object visibility independent of layer. </li></ul>
Object and Layer Transparency <ul><li>Gain more control over the appearance of drawings by setting transparency for objects and layers. </li></ul>
Control: Additional New Features <ul><li>Add color and patterns with gradient hatches </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain readability for linetypes with text </li></ul><ul><li>Quickly send hatches behind other objects to improve plotted and </li></ul><ul><li>on-screen appearance </li></ul>
Communication at Its Best <ul><li>Seamless communication with one of the world’s most popular design data formats </li></ul><ul><li>Key New Components </li></ul><ul><li>Major enhancements to Materials Library </li></ul>
Enhancements to Materials Library Now offering a broader set of materials, the AutoCAD materials library enables you to create striking visual representations of your 3D models.
Windows 7 Optimization <ul><ul><li>Optimizations leverage new Windows 7 functionality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full system requirements www.autodesk.com/autocad-systemrequirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High level white paper available www.autodesk.com/autocad -whitepapers </li></ul></ul>