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2016 edition of flagship CAD package makes its debut

27 March, 2015

Autodesk has announced the availability of a new version of its flagship CAD (computer-aided design) application, AutoCad. The 2016 edition includes scores of new functions, claimed to accelerate 2D and 3D design, documentation and collaboration, while “enriching the on-screen experience” when creating almost any shape.

AutoCad 2016 makes detailing and documentation work faster, while stunning visual enhancements bring a new level of clarity and depth to every aspect of a design,” says Amy Bunszel, vice-president for AutoCad products. “Our customers will also appreciate productivity boosts like enhanced PDF output and tighter coordination with building information modelling (BIM).”

Improvements to the drawing canvas enhance the visual accuracy seen on screen. Improved readability and detail mean that smooth curves and arcs replace jagged line segments. The software now takes advantage of the latest graphics hardware to deliver a richer, yet faster, visual experience. Users can predict more results and minimise the need to “undo” a command with expanded Command Preview.

AutoCad 2016 also outputs enhanced PDFs that are much smaller, while retaining visual fidelity. The PDFs are now fully searchable, maintain all hyperlinks and can be attached to drawings faster.

Improved smart dimensioning creates appropriate measurements automatically based on the type of objects selected, making it easier to calculate measurements accurately based on the drawing context.

AutoCad 2016 can be used in a wide range of design disciplines

Together with new features for reality computing and BIM coordination, Autodesk says that the new version will help users to increase efficiency and maximise productivity – leading to faster, more precise design and documentation.

AutoCad 2016 is available immediately, with availability varying by country. A 30-day trial is available for downloading.

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