In the world of Computer Aided Design, AutoCAD has become a household name of sorts and its popularity is only increasing with time. No other software tool has ever come close to competing with AutoCAD. The tool provides an innumerable amount of options and features that are unmatched by any other software provider in the IT market.
Recently, AutoDesk, the company behind AutoCAD, has released a new version of AutoCAD. The version, codenamed “Jaws” during the testing phase, comes with a slew of new and powerful features. Here are some of the new features available in today’s CAD tools:
AutoDesk 360 Connectivity – The Cloud: This feature is AutoDesk’s way of moving to the cloud. Available only in AutoDesk’s products, it allows the user to access online storage and collaborate with other designers to visualize simulate and churn out designs without having to worry about the location.
AutoDesk’s Exchange Apps: Another AutoDesk feature, Exchange Apps is a set of companion tools or applications that integrate with AutoCAD and offer added functionality to them. These include Plugins, training tutorials, books and more.
3D Free-form Designing Options: With designing moving to the third dimension, users can easily create objects of any shape or size, with the new free-form design tools that come with 3d functionality. The tool allows for easier interaction with the created object, and modifying its design is as easy as pushing or pulling one of its edges or surfaces.
New Tools for Documentation: With intelligent model generation and a lot of format options already available in the market, documentation tools offer easier and faster ways of creating support materials or other forms of documentation for the designs you create.
Convert from Raster Images to Vectors: Bitmaps or rasters are images that are pixelated increasing their size results in loss of quality and often ruins the images. The conversion tools that are available today convert the raster images into vector images, which do not lose quality when their dimensions are changed.
Rendering in 3D: Once the designs are created, visualizing them with the help of three dimensional rendering becomes much easier, with the help of the 3D rendering tools provided with the CAD software. The rendered images can then be shared across the cloud and reviewed when needed, with the cloud integration features already available.
Presentations: CAD software provides presentation options, such as realistic and cinematic. The users also have light analysis tools and options to make real-time visual modification to the environments at their disposal.
With great features and unbelievably new and effective functionality, CAD tools are all set to take the concept of design and implementation to a whole new level.