It's that time of the year when a new version of the Mac Operating System OS X "Yosemite" is nearing release and we at Autodesk release a new AutoCAD for Mac version 2015 codename Lightsaber. Rather than being released with Windows product release typically in the Spring, the AutoCAD for Mac relies on many key enhancements of the Mac OS X so it makes perfect sense to release closer OS X when possible. I have been busy with some special projects and the amazing US Navy ship USS America commissioning, but read the AutoCAD Insider blog post and some highlights of the official press release.
I have to take this opportunity to brag and show the Lightsaber found on a coworkers desk this last weekend. I could use one to cut short meeting time and have some fun at AU 2014. I wish Lightsabers were company issued.
New Functionality Helps Mac and Windows Users Work Together More Efficiently
Key new enhancements include:
- Dynamic Blocks. Mac users gain the ability to create and edit Dynamic Blocks—a capability previously limited to Windows users. This feature enables them to insert one block that can change shape, size, or configuration instead of inserting several static blocks.
- Layer States. Mac users can also now save their layer settings as Layer States, which store information like color, linetype, and information about whether a layer is turned off, frozen, or locked. Prior to the 2015 releases, Mac users were unable to view any of the layer states information their Windows colleagues had embedded within a drawing.
- Data Linking. Users who need to link a table to data in a Microsoft Excel file can use the new Data Linking feature, and their table will automatically update as external changes are made. This feature is especially helpful when managing large amounts of information about things like materials or fixtures.
- Quick Select. The Quick Select tool allows users to quickly select objects based on query criteria, enabling users to easily select exactly what they need in their drawing. The Quick Select tool also includes a “preview” option so that users can see what they’re about to select before they commit to the selection.
“AutoCAD for Mac 2015 is a fantastic release with a surprising number of significant new features,” said Graham Merritt, intern architect at FRANCL Architecture. “We’re very pleased with where this product is going.”
“With the newest release and its added functionality, I can finally leave Windows behind and use AutoCAD LT for Mac as my drafting and design software of choice,” said Kendra Swartz, lead designer, Liederbach and Graham Architects.
More enhancements like reverse mouse direction, faster graphics, lasso selection, toggle between Paperspace and Modelspace, Command Preview,Tolerance Object Enhancements,Dimension Enhancements, Cursor Enhancements, Model Space Viewports, MTEXT Enhancements, Text Alignment, Polyline Enhancements.
Additional details about the software, including pricing and availability, are available here.