Monday, January 11, 2010


AutoCAD 2011 natively on Mac?

After performing the MacOS survey (see AutoCAD for Apple Mac - please no) it looks like Autodesk really means to release a native version of AutoCAD for Mac.

This is a blurry leaked screen capture of possible AutoCAD Mac version:

It doesn't look like a fake but you never know with these leaked pictures...

When they really detach the platform user interface from the core functionality, it shouldn't be difficult to make also an AutoCAD for Linux, or AutoCAD for Google Chrome.

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Friday, January 08, 2010


Textual complex linetypes on the fly

A very useful utility appeared today on CAD Forum. The LTFly tool creates linetypes (dashed lines with texts) as you go.

Imagine you need to create a series of lines labeled "LINE1" to "LINE9" or pipe lines labeled "D30" to "D300". You can label the lines separetely with masked texts or you can create manually the encoded .LIN files with linetype definitions and load the text linetypes in your drawing. With LTFly I was able to just type the text and the linetypes were created automatically. This can be a real time saver in some situations.

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AutoCAD Cooper

The lightweight drafting version of AutoCAD - Project Cooper - is now available for all users worldwide from the Autodesk Labs web.

Cooper may be compared to AutoSketch or to Autodesk Project Draw. It understands DWG files (saves to DWG, reads its own DWGs). I had limited success reading in some DWG files from full AutoCAD. 3D drawings and drawings from vertical versions of AutoCAD are currently not supported, normal AutoCAD drawings work fine.

Cooper (currently free) is an interesting CAD tool for beginners and occassional users. You can draw precise drawings and diagrams, work with layers, publish to DWF and PDF.

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Saturday, January 02, 2010


Happy new year 2010 - the year of AutoCAD 2011

Or as we say in Germany "Einen Guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr". I wish a happy and prosperous new year 2010 to all visitors of my blog.

For mere 3 months the latest AutoCAD version number will be synchronized with the calendar year. In March we will get a new baby, AutoCAD 2011....

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