It's always so exciting when the next release of AutoCAD arrives - I feel like a kid at Christmas as I unwrap all the new shiny features. I thought I'd share a general overview of some of the new features you'll be seeing in AutoCAD 2013. More to come of course!
You Command Line fans will love the new modern enhancements to the UI. Now you can control the color and transparency of the command line. Float the undocked command line (which defaults to a single row) above the AutoCAD drawing window. You'll notice that the semi-transparent prompt history (displays up to 50 lines) doesn’t affect the drawing area.
AutoCAD 2012 really knocked it out of the park with the new Associative Arrays. AutoCAD 2013 will take them a bit further by showing objects in a pattern faster, and with more handy grips.
The Hatch Editor ribbon tab now allows you to select more than one hatch object at a time.
In-Canvas Property Preview
Dynamical check out object properties as you select them (including transparency)! Get the right property value every time!
Point Clouds can now be easily attached and managed from the External Reference Manager. The Attach Point Cloud dialog box now provides a preview and more detailed information.
A new bounding box appears when you select a point cloud (making it easier to visualize its position in 3D space). The new Point Cloud ribbon tab also appears with all the necessary Point Cloud tools.
If intensity data is included, you can use the analysis tools to view point intensity with different color schemes.
(And now you can clip a point cloud!)
Now you can press/pull multiple objects at one time! You can also select 2D and 3D curves (not just inside a bounded area).
Surface Curve Extraction
Use the new Extract Isolines tool (Surface ribbon tab) to quickly extract isoline curves from an existing surface or face of a solid.
You can change the direction of the isolines, select a chain or draw a spline on the curved surface.
Import Inventor Files
In AutoCAD 2013 you can import Inventor models (hoorah!)
Be far, my favorite feature in AutoCAD 2012 was the new Model Documentation tools. Thankfully, AutoCAD 2013 adds in Detail Views and Section Views!
You can also select the objects you want to include in your model documentation (no longer limited to ALL the objects).
Now the dimensions added to the drawing views (with the model documentation tools) are associative and smart! If you change the design - these annotations do a much better job of updating (love this!).
Now available for Mtext, Mleaders, Dimensions and Tables!
Bring Leaders to the Front
Leaders are now included with the TextToFront tool
Wipeouts display but don't Plot
With the new WIPEOUTFRAME system variable.
Reverse Polyline Widths
Use the new PLINEREVERSEWIDTHS setvar when using the REVERSE tool to ensure the results you want.
Hooray for a Preview of your offset results!