Learn more about the new update from Heidi Hewett and Marcus O’Brien in a blog post announcement.
Learn more about the new update from Heidi Hewett and Marcus O’Brien in a blog post announcement.
Autodesk and AutoCAD was created 35 years ago this year. There are many celebrations looking back over the years, and also looking forward to the future. Autodesk was founded by John Walker, so I emailed with John on his perspective for the 35 years and asked him some questions to share.
I'd say it was a tie between block insertion with scaling and rotation and cross-hatching. The block feature was superb for demos (such as the office and subdivision drawings we showed at COMDEX 1982), and the cross-hatching feature, although it was very easy to implement, impressed people since it showed how the computer could automate tedious drawing tasks. I have always been fond of BLIPMODE, since it did so little (it allowed you to turn the little blips made when you selected a point on the screen on and off).
I will share more Q&A with John walker in the future.
What has been your favorite feature or command over the 35 years of AutoCAD?
An AutoCAD Team member, Hill Fang has summited with his 35 years of AutoCAD flag. Hill Fang summited Muztagh-Ata, 7,546m / 24,757ft, on July 3rd,2017 with an “I Love AutoCAD” 35 Year anniversary flag.
Hill started using AutoCAD back in AutoCAD 2.x in the 80’s.
Climbing 24,757 feet is no small feat, neither is 35 years of AutoCAD.
Congratulations Hill Fang!
Today is Autodesk Answer Day at the Autodesk Community! It snuck up on me right after Autodesk’s Week of Rest last week and the holiday the week prior. If you have any burning questions regarding AutoCAD, now is the time to ask the AutoCAD team and get their answers and insight. Its free to participate.
Get your questions answered: http://autode.sk/apac-answer-day
“We invest heavily in quality control at Autodesk, but when issues arise, product updates and fixes ensure the continued success of our customers. Transparency is important to us, which is why we want to share that we provided an update (AutoCAD 2018.0.1) very shortly after the AutoCAD 2018 launch to fix a bug in the product. We discovered a mistake we made with this update, quickly removed it to resolve the issue, and then provided a subsequent update (AutoCAD 2018.0.2) to resolve the root problem ASAP. More information is available via AutoCAD forums.”
Pela primeira vez em português os Expert Elite e colaboradores da Comunidade Autodesk da língua portuguesa responderão a todas as suas perguntas sobre AutoCAD.
Data: 18 de abril
Horário: Das 15:00 hs às 22:00 hs - (Horário de Brasília)
Local: Forum de AutoCAD. https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/autocad-portugues/bd-p/313
Você tem perguntas que sempre quis fazer? Venha passar alguns minutos, uma hora ou mais no o fórum de AutoCAD na Comunidade Autodesk Português.
É fácil, é gratuito, Faça sua pergunta!
Venha ao fórum de AutoCAD e faça sua pergunta e aguarde a resposta dos Expert Elite.
Naturalmente como é o princípio da nossa Comunidade todos podem responder as questões.
Nesse dia os Expert Elite e os colaboradores da Comunidade Autodesk estarão de plantão nesse horário respondendo as perguntas nos mesmos moldes do Autodesk Answer Day só que em português.
I maintain a list of all of these and a few more at: http://autodesk.blogs.com/between_the_lines/autocad-release-history.html
AutoCAD Release History
What is the oldest release of AutoCAD you started using?
Last week Autodesk invited several customers and social media from around the world to the San Francisco office for more than some amazing Spring weather.
During the day we enjoyed a nice Autodesk Gallery tour by Autodesk's power Gallery Ambassador Scott Sheppard. Following the amazing tour by Scott the attendees were given some presentations and panels on AutoCAD now and the future led by Autodesk’s Lynn Allen, Heidi Hewett, Rob McGuire, Marielle Covington. Longtime AutoCAD team members Jon Page and Misha Belilovskiy were joined on an AutoCAD panel with Marcus O’Brien. Clay Helm and myself gave a tour of Autodesk's Pier 9 workshop. Following the busy one day event we went to a winery to hear from two AutoCAD customers who were doing landscape and mechanical design with AutoCAD on the only LEED Platinum and Living Building certified winery Silver Oaks.
AutoCAD Influencer Day Recap by customer attendee R.K. McSwain http://cadpanacea.com/wp/?p=1993
“We were greeted by a welcoming staff with wine samples and a chance to relax in the visitor area outdoors. The weather was perfect. From there, we went indoors to watch presentations from James Munden of Marta Fry Landscape Associates, and Andy Souza, P.E., from TEP Engineering. Each presented to the group their contributions to the Silver Oak Winery.”
The amazing benefit of the project being a winery was that we had a tour, dinner, and good wine afterwards.
You can pair AutoCAD with almost anything, even fine wine. Thank you for everyone that attended and Autodeskers that participated.
In response to my post about AutoCAD turning 35, my email inbox and twitter feed is full and I am so grateful for the response. It is so amazing to read about when you started using AutoCAD and the stories about Autodesk and also the photos. A little known fact is AutoCAD 1.0 wasn’t shipped to customers so the first release was actually AutoCAD version 1.1.
Here is quote from a customer that started on the very first shipping AutoCAD version.
Daniel J. Bounds
Armstrong World Industries / Armstrong Building Products
I started using AutoCAD in 1984 with Release 1.1 on the 5 ¼” floppy disk. I used it on an original IBM PC with 2 floppy drives. I think the PC was 2 megahertz or maybe 4. The AutoCAD program came on 1 disk. The AutoCAD program disk had to be in Floppy Drive A: and saved .dwg files on Drive B: If you only had one Floppy Drive. AutoCAD would prompt you to remove the AutoCAD program disk and insert a disk to save your drawing on.
It’s been a real trip over the years. I don’t touch AutoCAD much anymore as I’ve been using Inventor more and more over the last 10 years.
A:\ACAD to load in MS/DOS version 1.0
I will be sharing the photos and stories from AutoCAD users, employees, and partners, and more.
“I think the fondest moment was COMDEX 1982. From the first hour of the show, it was clear we had a hit in AutoCAD. Our ten by ten foot booth in a distant hall of the convention centre was mobbed, and almost everybody working on it began to lose their voice by the end of second day. In addition to our booth, AutoCAD was running in three other manufacturers' booths, and was a hit there as well, sending traffic to our booth. Driving back from Las Vegas (we'd rented a big station wagon to haul the stuff, since I wasn't confident my ten year old VW bus could make it; Greg Lutz and I took turns driving), it was clear the challenge was now making the most of the opportunity before us.”
More great memories and feedback from, John Walker to come.
For over 10 years, AutoCAD expert Lynn Allen has produced an annual collection of her top tips and tricks for AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. This year, using feedback from AutoCAD users around the globe, she put together an exclusive collection of her – and your – favorite and most requested tips and tricks. All for free.
In response to my post about AutoCAD turning 35, my email inbox and twitter feed is full and I am so grateful for the response. It is so amazing to hear the memories of so many including some that have used AutoCAD it’s entire life of 35 years.
Stay tuned for more on the 35 year celebration of AutoCAD and a compilation of the stories and the people that have used AutoCAD and the projects designed.
Shaan (AutoCAD since R10)
Next month AutoCAD will celebrate it’s 35th birthday.
Just think about it, AutoCAD is hitting middle age. It is a pretty amazing milestone not only as a software product that has been used by millions of people around the world, but also that it is still quite popular 35 years later it was released. AutoCAD has been around longer than Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Windows.
Autodesk and myself will have several special posts and events to celebrate the 35th birthday of AutoCAD. How long the length do you think the total line or polylines drawn would be, I would bet it would go to the moon and back thousands or possibly millions of times. It is mind boggling to think of all the things designed in AutoCAD over the years.
Please email me your earliest memories of AutoCAD, things designed using AutoCAD, and photos of AutoCAD. I will be creating something special highlighting memories from AutoCAD users over the past 35 years. I started using AutoCAD back in release 10.
It has been great being a user of AutoCAD before joining Autodesk in 1998 and seeing it change over the years, as well as the evolution of Autodesk and it products. Looking back we learn a great deal and have a lot to be proud of as we look forward to the future.
We have shiny new Mac releases of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT today. The new AutoCAD for Mac 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017 for Mac releases went live. For those AutoCAD history buffs, AutoCAD for Mac 2017 was code named Naboo.
You can download a free 30 day full trial here.
So you are upgrading from an older version of AutoCAD to a shiny new version, and you want to know how best to accomplish the migration of your settings from old to the new. Luckily we have that covered for you in our Autodesk Knowledge Network.
The DWG files are the easy part because AutoCAD reads all older DWG files back to AutoCAD 2.x in 1984.
I received another great addition to my collection of old AutoCAD releases, a AutoCAD 86 version 1.40 manual circa February 1984 from Mike Boldrick. This was one of the first available releases of AutoCAD ever shipped to customers. I will publish more of this old manual in the future for nostalgic fun as we will soon celebrate the 35th year of AutoCAD.
In AutoCAD 86 version 1.40 there was no UNDO command, just an OOPS command as well as only 54 other commands. The old school method of UNDO was to not save the drawing and exit AutoCAD and then relaunch AutoCAD and open the drawing.
Thank you Mike, this 32 year old manual is in really great condition after all these years..
Survey Says, Autodesk University 2016 will be a lot of Fun!
I am really looking forward to this fun event at Autodesk University this year. I get to go against my good friend, colleague, and fellow Portlandia resident Lynn Allen which will be a lot of fun at my expense. Luckily I am not against Robert Green and his perfect hair.
I hope you will register at booth 2449 and join my team.
If you can’t make it to AU this year, you can still participate by responding to our AutoCAD Family Feud survey questions. The questions are easy and the purpose is fun! Autode.sk/2cyXpMx
I hope to see you at AU soon!
Another Autodesk Answer Day is coming!
Join us on Thursday, Oct 27th from 6:00am to 6:00pm Pacific Time.
If you have Autodesk product questions, we have answers. Join the big Autodesk answer day tomorrow online and speak with people from several Autodesk product teams. What: Autodesk Answer Day – You have questions, we’ve got answers! We’ll be answering questions in our AutoCAD, Inventor,and Fusion 360 English forums. Additionally we’ll be answering questions in two of our most popular German forums – see the German event details and hours below.
How The Day will work:
It’s easy. It’s free. It’s Answer Day.
Come to the Autodesk Community and post your product questions! Engage in real time conversation with the teams and experts that develop your favorite Autodesk flagship products:
- Product Designers
- QA Analysts
- Technical Support
- Customer Service
- Community Managers
When you visit the Autodesk Answer Day on October 27th, product experts will be online and ready to tackle your tough questions. There’s no limit on how many questions you can ask; we’re up for the challenge!
Millions of customers come to the Autodesk Community every month; we hope that you’ll join us on this special event on October 27th!
AutoCAD 2017.1 Update for subscription and maintenance customers was just released with some new features like 4k display support, text enhancements, and more. I received questions about educational license users such as students. I asked the AutoCAD Team and received the good news that students too will soon be able to get AutoCAD 2017.1 at first from their accounts page then later from the Autodesk Desktop App.
There are some good updates requested by customers in this first subscription update:
There is more detailed information covered by Heidi on the AutoCAD Blog
AutoCAD 2017 Fall Update
Update: Who gets the 2017.1 Feature Update
AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2017 Fall Update specifically for subscription and maintenance plan customers.
Survey Says, Be at Autodesk University for: DING!
Great classes, networking, seeing what the future holds, and fun!
Please join Heidi Hewett, Lynn Allen and me at the AutoCAD Family Feud Tuesday 1:00pm at Autodesk University.
We need your responses for the Feud at this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q25PT65. It only takes a minute or two.
Details on the social media reception coming soon for those that actively participate in social media throughout the year covering Autodesk products and technologies.There will also be once again this year some early morning runs after it being very popular and a great way to start the day with some fresh air. So much Autodesk University news coming as we get closer.
Did you know it is the 35th anniversary of AutoCAD next year? We might have a few fun flash back surprises in store for you at AU.
Think Autodesk University is not worth the effort and cost?
See you at AU,
AutoCAD 2017 has added the ability to import a PDF as vector objects and not just as a raster PDF underlay added back in AutoCAD 2007. Customers have been asking for a longtime for this feature but there has been concerns since published data can have inherent inaccurate scales and a few other issues. Autodesk chose to look at the requests from customers in order to define the needs and took a couple years in development.
So now in AutoCAD 2017 you can import a PDF as an underlay object in your AutoCAD drawing.
PDF is on the standard Import file type list to import much like importing a DGN.
Click the Insert tabImport panelImport or use the command PDFIMPORT
After selecting the PDF file to import you get the Import PDF dialog. You have the ability to specify settings on Insertion point, rotation, and scale in addition to the setting how the geometry is imported like as a block or covert solid fills to hatches.
Importing a DWG will be far more accurate with native objects, but if you need to get geometry from a PDF you can do that with AutoCAD 2017.
For more details and suggestions on importing PDF files into AutoCAD 2017 read Autodesk’s Dieter Schlaepfer’s post: AutoCAD 2017 PDF Import: Guidance for Working with PDF and AutoCAD DWG Data
Back in AutoCAD R12, R13, and R14 there was a bug that was not bad, a bug with benefits. The bug allowed you to speed up the plot regen by over 200 percent faster making the plot preview and plotting much faster. All you had to do what hit the keyboard spacebar while the plot was regenerating and BAM it sped up to light speed. Several years back when I was on the AutoCAD Team I discussed this good old bug with a veteran AutoCAD developer and why it might have occurred and got into a fascinatingly long geek discussion about evaluating fiber switching etc.
Today you no longer plot regen or have the ability to speed up plotting by hitting the space bar but things are faster these days and technology has changed dramatically but I will never forget walking up to a coworker when they were sitting there at the plot regen dialog and hitting their space bar and the regen speeding up and their look of amazement.
So not all bugs are bad as some have nice hidden side effects.
The Service Pack Update for AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD 2017 based products and a hotfix for an Exchange App autoloader issue are available. You can choose to install using the Autodesk Desktop App or from the Autodesk Knowledge Network link below.
Updated 8/24/16: The Exchange App autoloader Hotfix is not included with SP1. If you use Exchange Apps make sure to also download the Hotfix.
With the recent Windows 10 Anniversary Update the F keys used for many important keyboard functions have been broken. Our teams have logged the issue with Microsoft for a resolution. Product Support will advise once the solution is provided.
A possible workaround: Set the system variable TEMPOVERRIDES to 0.
There are other non Autodesk issues being published with the Windows 10 Anniversary update.
Windows 10 update is breaking millions of webcams - how to fix it