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The perfecet computed-aided design software to create 2D and 3D drawings

By Steven Moore

On Friday, April 11, 2014

AutoCAD 2014 is part from the suite of AutoDesk and it serves to create and design 2D and 3D images and objects. The improvements in regards to the previous AutoCAD version are quite numerous, but I will talk about just a bit of them; the most important ones. Let's see the new interface. It has been highly improved and now, the new logo and branding are more visible. Tabs have been reorganized and now everything can bee see at first glance. In addition, if you click on a tab that is active, you will see a preview of the paper space and files model, what provides you with a quick access.

The second most important improved feature is the Command Line. Now, the autocomplete function is more accurate than ever. If you start typing a command, the autocorrect will help you to spell it correctly. In addition, you will be given a list of commands to choose instead of typing them, so you will be able to save time.

Pros

  • Your creations will look quite professional
  • It has a wide variety of tools
  • You can customize the interface

Cons

  • The full version is not free
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Create 2D and 3D Designs with the New AutoCAD 2014

By Ivy Paloma

On Thursday, April 3, 2014

When designing buildings, objects and anything with precision in 3D or even 2D, I find AutoCAD 2014 the most complete software to do the job. Before I started using it, I had to go through an extensive documentation that goes along with its series of tutorials. I also had to get a powerful computer to run it, which does not come at a low price. Nonetheless, it was all worth it and I’ll tell you why.

AutoCAD is incredibly versatile. It is suitable for both 3D and 2D drawings which allow users like me to customize almost every aspect of my designing process. In recent years, the intuitive interface has been improved at a high level that now makes it easier for me to identify different available functions. I can create DWG files and edit them quickly and, now that the software is available on Mac, I can even work across platforms too.

On the other hand, I know some colleagues that don’t like it whenever they use the software to edit their designs and plans. Updating plans and designs has to be done very carefully because related files are not automatically updated. Even when a little detail in a section of a building design is changed, the entire plan has to be manually changed.

In addition to this, the biggest turn-off for many users is the cost. AutoCAD 2014 doesn’t come cheap. It is one of the most expensive software I have ever purchased. However, its complexity and power justified the cost more for many professionals.

Pros

  • Can be used to create a plan in 2D and 3D
  • Provides many features for its users
  • Enables users to create and edit DWG files in different platforms
  • Contains many features for customization

Cons

  • Requires powerful computer to operate it
  • Costs more than other CAD software
  • Difficult to learn and master
  • Cannot be printed in PDF version
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Enhance your Creativity and Design in Architecture using AutoCAD 2015 software

By Princess Purity

On Thursday, November 27, 2014

Autodesk is the publisher and developer of this commercial software commonly used by architects and designers for various projects which may include drawing of houses and making of animations by designers. The software is applicable to both a mobile device and the PC and it has AutoCAD 360 app which helps the user connect to their designs.

The materials browser and editor can be used for editing and one can be able to share documents on social media. The design tool which is 3d in nature can generate design ideas which can be used in design creation and enhancement.

The best and most amazing thing with this software is that one only requires windows 7, a 2GB memory ram, internet connection and a 6GB hard drive space for installation.

On opening the software, one is introduced to a new interface which allows the user to organize and open documents easily and conveniently. Buttons and details can be viewed more clearly through the new color scheme which comes in a darker spectrum.

Pros

  •  It is fast and time saving
  •  There is lesser eyestrain and added contrast from the new color scheme
  •  It has a new animated help box

Cons

  •  It has few tools displayed on the ribbon
  •  Not easy to use and understand
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • im a student at civil department , i study autocad at university, my teacher told me to download auto cad because we use it to make a design

  • i'm going to use the program for my personal interest. I wan't to add more knowledge in autocadd. please give me a chance. thank you very much

  • i love using autocad specially the latest version because it helps me to draw my university projects and to describe the plans in a clear way

  • C.I will use these program as a guide in doing projects purposively that are related to engineering works to be systematically designed and planned.

  • I am doing engeenering course and technology , and some dificulties in college. that's why i am looking to practise at home to improve my understanding

What similar programs have you used?
  • i have used autocad 2017 , photoshop and 3d max but autocad is the best programe ever for me ana i like to use it alwayes because my work want this

  • No first time user I ahve not used such software everbefore.I would like to try if suitable i may be going for pro version.Thanks you very much

  • very old version of the cad like R14 when i was a student long time ago. I have usde R14 for about a year and then MS came on board for drawings.

  • i used MATLAB,simulink,masm softwares i didnt use this software never before in my college so i would like to learn now so i want a latest version of this

  • i dnt have used any similer programs i like this software thats y i am intrested in this soft to download for making my own house map as a beutiful

What do you like most about this program?
  • It is easy to use and draw things faster, includes full set of basic solid modelling and 3D tools, but lacks some of the more advanced capabilities.

  • trouble This is program helps me in my profession a lot. I am using it on my day to day work for making impressive designs and drawings. Thanks AUTO CAD

  • great perspectives and trustable , makes communication much more clear and technical, saving time and loose ends, plus the context is global

  • I am hoping to draw church plans for a out door classroom or or other outdoor events. since we are on a tight budget I thought we could save money this way.

  • like this program because it helps me in drawing and completing learning tasks in the university. duties I helped to draw in the process. thank you

AutoCAD is a CAD utility (Computer-aided design) that will assist you with your images and designing objects. This software allows you to program free templates and designs in an easy way and to download different elements from the Internet.

Developed by Autodesk Inc. AutoCAD creates and modifies drawing in 2D and 3D. Its assisted functions make easier the workflow, thanks to the intelligent features that are included in this program. The reason for choosing a CAD tool is because of its way of processing figures and the aid the tools offers to you when you create your different projects.

Those who have tried this kind of application know how handful is a bit of help when you have to design a building or a big object as soon as possible. This software can help you with your work.

Program your designs with this software

One of the classical uses of AutoCAD is architecture of industrial design, but it really does what you need. It is not an easy program and it will take you time to get used to all its functions. You can take a look around the Internet and look for some tutorials to get into 3D Modelling & CAD.

Once you know how the application works you will start creating all kind of objects or modify default items. There are plenty useful functions included such as 3D rendering or scanned drawing capture.

Variety of tools for you

AutoCAD provides you with some interesting functions that will make easier the creation of your different designs. Among these there is the 3D Free-Form Design Tool which allows you to manipulate the objects, pulling different sides and changing its shape. AutoCAD also has scanned drawing capture which is pretty useful; it consists on digitalize your hand drawing and it allows to alter the item.

However, if don’t have enough with the tools it offers by default you can get more with add-ins. This allows you to have even a greater variety of functions for your work. Thanks to its high performance engine all the objects you create with this application will have a great quality.

Competitors like Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture or FlashCAD ccan’t get to its level and are considered more basic tools that are available to download in case you are interested. If you need a great a powerful design tool this is your best option.

AutoCAD 2016 Features

Below there are the main features of this CAD utility:

  • Design Feed option to let you communicate with your co-workers
  • Files sync thanks to Autodesk 360 connectivity and improved Ribbon interface
  • Social media integration (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Library to view, select and edit materials
  • Improved Autodesk Exchange App
  • User Interface can be customized for specific projects
  • Connection between your design and real environments (live maps)
  • Design free 3D shapes
  • Designs classified in multiple tabs to give easier access in one single window
  • Autodesk Inventor Fusion
  • Option to delete duplicate objects
  • Annotate scales to apply on your objects
  • Reality capture option
  • Secure load to prevent AutoLISP and VBA apps running

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Conclusion

AutoCAD is the CAD utility more complete nowadays. It will fulfill your expectations once you get used to its free and intuitive workflow.

Pros
  • Great tools
  • Powerful engine
  • Intuitive interface
  • Easy to download
Cons
  • Hard to use
  • Expensive license