I was introduced to autocad 10 months ago. Although I always had it installed on my computer I would never touch it. After deciding that making changes in hand drawings is the most time-consuming and nerve wrecking procedure I bought an excellent book on Autocad, and followed each tutorial. In the first day I could do all the basics,the second day I understood further the commands and went a step further. The next step was to take one project that I needed to work on and completed all the drawings in Autocad. What a relief. Autocad offers, precision in units, no more inking, the ability to change drawing easily without redrawing the whole thing. You can draw a buidling in layers , one layer being for example the plumbing, the other one the walls. You can switch them on and off if you like and change the amount of detail in a drawing. Autocad also inlcudes a library of items, like beds, kitchens, and more are available to download from the internet or in software by Autodesk. You can export also the drawing to Photoshop and transform them to make them less dull, and more conceptual. The rendering is quite Ok but I would reccomend to use the 3D drawings in conjuction with 3Dstudio Max or similar which has superb rendering quality. If you are a student, I would definetely recommend learning it, since it is a valuable tool, which is used in most practices. I believe that if you get a good book on autocad and have a bit of patience and excitement to learn you can easily manage to understand and work your projects from now on on Autocad.
AutoCad is notoriously a difficult program to learn, unless you have specialised training. In AutoCad LT200i, there have been numerous benefits made to the program. Firstly, it is now possible to open more than one window at a time (why was this not possible before?). Actually viewing the different line thicknesses on screen is also a great benefit. One downfall i have found with it so far is the options it now gives for OLE linked objects: they can now have a specific print quality. Old files which i have opened from LT97 are automatically defaulted to low quality, leaving it up to me to manually change all OLE links to good quality printing... very time consuming! To beginners it will still seem a little intimidating, but to users of previous versons - a great step forward.
As you are probably aware, there are literally tons of different versions of AutoCAD to choose from. AutoCAD LT97 is purely the version that I’m using at the moment and for your typical tech. drawing office duties, I can’t think of a better package for the price. I have worked with numerous versions myself (starting with release 11) and I have also encountered release 14 and AutoCAD 2000. Both r14 and 2000 supersede 97 but you’ll only really need to use these if you’re pretty involved with 3D/Modelling/MOSS work, either that or you tend to incorporate tons of images within your drawings. If not, then there’s not really a need to bother with either r14 or 2000. To be honest, the sheer cost of either of these alternatives will be enough to put most (smaller) firms off completely (you could probably buy another car). For you folks that are considering upgrading your CAD package, then the easiest way for me to tell you about the program is to let you know what you’re already missing. I’ll do this by listing some of the features that are exclusive to this, and the more current, AutoCAD versions. Here goes; A Reduced Memory Footprint Polylines and hatches are now recognised as single objects and as such, your files will be smaller. Also, the time it takes to generate hatches will be reduced. There’s also a new graphics subsystem (now HEIDI rather than ADI) which gives you the following advantages; - The elimination of the memory intensive refresh file - The auto configuring of the display driver - Faster display of true type text (due to the removal of the bitstream engine) - An improved interactive display in paperspace and plot previews Improved Interactive Display Real-time pan and zoom have been improved with the inclusion of a right-click shortcut menu. Also the paperspace drawing layouts require less memory as you can change the vi
ew direction with fewer screen regens. Also included is Intellimouse support for panning and zooming without the need to start a command. Object Snap Enhancements When you’re using any of the running object snap settings, autosnap provides visual clues that indicate the available snap points on an object. This feature alone has greatly increased the speed at which I can draw. Also, polar dist and polar angle snaps are two new enhancements that can now be used with the ortho command. Object Property Access The object property toolbar enables you to quickly view or change an objects layer, colour or linetype. Additionally, when you select an object (when no command is running) the toolbar dynamically displays that particular object’s properties in the controls on the toolbar. User Interface Integration The main enhancements in this section are listed below; - A toolbars dialogue box is now available - Command line editing is now possible (cut and paste commands are recognised too (no more blocks?)) - Reissue (and edit) previous commands and sequences - Shortcut menus are now readily available - A plot preview command is now available (with pan and zoom capabilities) - The standard Open and Save dialogue boxes are now in use - There’s also a preferences dialogue box which consolidates many of the settings that were only available at one time by entering several system variables at the command line. In addition to all of this lot, you can now edit styles and true type fonts, utilise the multiline text editor or change the display/plotting order of each object. Layer and Linetype Management Standard dialogue boxes are used here too, this also consolidates your editing requirements. One outstanding feature is that you can now make a particular object’s layer the current one just by clicking on it. Learning Tools
Extensive help files are always on hand, each covering the concept, procedure and a reference section that will help you deal with any problems. There are also plenty of tutorials and tips for both novice and expert users. Shared Information and Drawings A very useful contents explorer dialogue box is included. Also, internet utilities have been added, you can now export using the *.dwf (draw web format) file format. Also, rather ingeniously, you can add URL’s to individual objects (for example, if you consider the elevation of a typical house, you can add a window manufacturer’s URL to each of the windows on your drawing). There is also a browser command and the ability (using OLE technology) to support compound documents. An enhanced Xref tool is also featured. So, as you can hopefully see, with this lot added to the myriad of commands that have previously been made available on the earlier versions, it makes for one hell of a superb drawing package. However, if you feel that you need any further information (as my fingers are now aching) then visit the Autodesk official web site.
I have been using AutoCad 14 and all of a sudden, version 2000 came. I started using it but I don't find much advantages using the new comer. I don't use it often though, but these are the extra features that I discovered as compared to AutoCad R14. a) it tracks to the nearest snaps b) a huge windows would appear when you try to modify a property of a line/ object. I find this very irritating. c) ok, maybe it is able to calculate very complexed non-uniformed objects d) the plotting features are different. It has more features, eg. you can save a particular pen settings and use it the next time I don't remember using any significant new features. Basically, AutoCad R14 and AutoCad 2000 are perfect for line drawing for 2D and 3D wireframe modelling. I don't reccomend using AutoCad for rendering as the render output is too plastic like and there is a lack of material choices. One should export it to 3D Studio Max to obtain photo-realistic model.
Probably the best drawing sowtware avaailable at the moment. It is expensive but probably worth every penny. It has all the basic functions and all the advanced functions for when you become more confident with it. It doesn't take long to produce 3d and 2d objects. In the program there is an extremely useful help file which tells you everything you could possibly want to know. One thing with autocad you have got to be dedicated to it. There are also samples which show what can be produced. There are some very stunning items. It has good 3d rendering facilites and It has wicked plugins. It has thousands of ready made blocks and Hatches. You could never use all the functions in the program, unless you spend your whole life on it!. If you have this, my verdict is you can't go wrong.
It is the greatest piece of drawing software about. It is quite expensive but worth it. It has all the basic functions and all the advanced functions. It doesn't take long to produce 3d and 2 objects. In the program there is a brilliant help file which tells you everything you need to know. One thing with autocad you have goto be dedicated. There are also samples which show what can be produce some are very stunning. It has great 3d rendering facilites. It has great plugins. It has thousands of ready made blocks and Hatches. You could never use all the functions in the program. If you have this you can;t go wrong. So i think you should get it.
As a Mechanical Engineer, I must able to produce formal engineering drawing. Thus, I would like to grab this opportunity and strongly recommend one of my favourite software to all of you, AUTOCAD 2000. Basically,Autocad 2000 is the well designed architecture software, it allows user to draw varies shape of the 2D-3D objects in very precise location. For a software naive user like me, it just took me 1/2 day to learn all the basic commands. After 2 weeks intensive training, I have already became a Autocad 2000 demonstrator in my department. It is so easy to use than any other programs. I bet you are able to draw an simple completed bracket just less than 30 mins. Furthermore, it has been listed in one of the world's foremost software in Software Magazine's lastest issue. It is so popular that you can find plenty of its related informations and training materials online. Any UMIST fellow interests in learning and using AutoCad2000, feel free to leave a message. Alternatively, please visit http://www.autodesk.com for more info cheers