What’s new in Autodesk AutoCAD 2014?

Autodesk may be inching towards a more cloud-based workflow, but they haven’t forgotten to add plenty of new 2D and 3D design tools and productivity features in AutoCAD 2014.

In fact, with AutoCAD 360 and the Design Feed taking care of collaboration, advanced rendering, camera creation and walkthroughs, as well as new documentation features and user settings, it’s the most impressive, feature-packed AutoCAD release yet. There’s even a new logo! Here, we’ve picked out a few of the top new tools for architects, CAD technicians, designers and engineers…

Improved collaboration with Design Feed

In AutoCAD 2014, Autodesk have made it even easier to collaborate with colleagues and clients through their Autodesk 360 cloud-based service. Simply speaking, this lets you communicate and have conversations about designs with stakeholders. Forget emails and screenshots – Design Feed lets you send messages and even add images to a conversation next to your design so everyone can see what you’re seeing, and mark up any relevant areas. It works on iPad too, so you can keep in the loop from wherever you are!

Support for Windows 8

With AutoCAD 2014, Autodesk have embraced Windows 8. Yay! Obviously this isn’t massive news if you’re an AutoCAD LT for Mac user, but PC owners can rejoice that AutoCAD now supports Window’s latest OS. The full list of Autodesk products that support Windows 8 is here.

Geo-location with Live Maps

AutoCAD now has extended geo-location capabilities to connect to real world environments, via Live maps. This means you get, as Autodesak explain, “expanded coordinate system choices, address geo-coding and the ability to access live map data directly in canvas”. All of that means it’s a lot easier to locate drawings and do site analysis, but you can of course just pan and zoom on a map to find what you’re looking for.

Improved command line function

Documentation has been given a boost in AutoCAD 2014, with an improved command line function. What’s really interesting about this is that it now automatically learns how to improve your efficiency, in a scarily intelligent twist. This basically boils down to auto correcting any clumsy typing, spell checking and suggesting synonyms, then keeping track of your most used commands. A small change, but one that’s likely to improve the efficiency of your workflow.

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