The time has come...once again...for the blogging to commence on the next release of AutoCAD! I'll be posting a few new features each day for those of you who prefer to take your medicine in smaller doses... here we go!
Layer properties Per Viewport
There have been so many times I’ve wished we could assign layer properties per viewport – and finally the wish has been granted! No more tedium duplicating geometry on separate layers and flipping the layers on and off per viewport. Now you can double click in a viewport and assign a specific color, linetype, lineweight and plotstyle per layer that affects only the current viewport (Hoorah!)
Remove these viewport overrides from the right-click menu. Use VPLAYEROVERRIDESMODE (phew!) to temporarily ignore the overrides for viewing or plotting.
These overrides only affect those objects that are bylayer. Use the new SETBYLAYER command to quickly change objects to bylayer. (including those within blocks and nested blocks!)
Direct access to the Layer States Manager
New LAYERSTATE command (LAS alias) provides access to the Layer State Manager from the command prompt (also on the layer panel of Dashboard). Use the new Import option to bring in layer states directly from DWG, DWT or DWS files. You can also edit or view layer states from Xrefs now!
Customize the Layer Manager
Now you control the display order of the layer property columns by dragging and dropping the column headings (put your favorites on the left for easy access). Too many columns? Turn off the ones you aren’t using by selecting Customize from the right-click menu.
New Layer Options
The shortcut menu allows you to create a new layer that is frozen in all viewports (also available as a new button). Here you will also find the addition of freezing or thawing the selected layer(s) in all viewports.
There are now three ways to rename a layer. Double click on the layer name, Select a layer and hit F2, or select Rename from the shortcut menu.
Tune in tomorrow for more info on AutoCAD 2008!