AutoCAD 2015 features redesigned interface

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Autodesk Inc. recently announced the availability of Autodesk AutoCAD 2015, the latest release of one of the world’s leading computer-aided design (CAD) applications.For the first time, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT will also be available on a pay-as-you-go subscription basis.

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“AutoCAD 2015 is the most ambitious redesign of the AutoCAD interface in more than 10 years,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD products, Autodesk. “Professionals can design almost any idea imaginable with maximum productivity and are better connected than ever before.”

The first thing users will notice about AutoCAD 2015 is the refined interface that delivers a far richer user experience. A darker, more modern look reduces eyestrain and lets colors to stand out. Meanwhile, the New Tab page feature lets users quickly open new and existing drawings, while ribbon galleries save time and clicks by visually accessing drawing content directly from the ribbon.

“Running a design-build firm, we rely heavily on AutoCAD for our production and to stay organized,” said Levi Conover, senior design manager, Artthaus, Inc. “The AutoCAD platform provides great flexibility, we use it for everything from initial schematic design drawings and consultant collaboration, to reviewing DWG files with contractors on the iPad with AutoCAD 360 mobile.”

Other features that speed detailing and documentation workinclude the ability to format text within a drawing similar to a word processor, with features like automatic bullets and numbering, and super/subscript. AutoCAD 2015 also offers easier ways to work with online maps and other geographic location information, as well as point cloud displays and other reality computing information. The software also includes the Autodesk Application Manager, a new tool that informs users of product updates and extensions and seamlessly downloads and installs them.

Users can share their work with confidence using TrustedDWG technology, the original and most accurate way to store and exchange design data. TrustedDWG technology maintains design data integrity throughout the entire workflow, whether users are accessing the file with desktop, cloud, or mobile solutions.

AutoCAD 2015 is available in three versions: Autodesk AutoCAD LT, which contains essential 2D drafting and detailing tools; Autodesk AutoCAD, which adds 3Dmodeling tools and point cloud support; and AutoCAD Design Suite Standard edition, which lets users extend their AutoCAD design workflow from pre-concept to completion with AutoCAD Raster Design and visual communication solutions.

AutoCAD 2015 products became available on March 28, 2014, but availability varies by country.

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