Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The next release of AutoCAD; AutoCAD 2013

The next release of AutoCAD is soon to be released and is codenamed "Jaws".
This is the 27th version of AutoCAD.
Previous AutoCAD version AutoCAD 2012.
AutoCAD 2013 is also referred to as ACAD2013 or ACAD 2013.
New and/or enhanced functions
New file format "AutoCAD 2013 Drawing" is used.

Command Line Enhancements

The command line has been enhanced. Color and transparency can be changed. It works better as undocked and can be made smaller. It features a semi-transparent prompt history that can display up to 50 lines.

Hatch Editor

Editing multiple hatch objects can now be done using the contextual
Hatch Editor ribbon tab.

Array Enhancements

Several enhancements, ease of use and new grips.

In‐Canvas Property Preview

When selecting objects and making changes of properties like color and transparency a preview is seen directly in the drawing.

Point Cloud Support

Attach and manage point cloud files in same way as with xrefs, images, and other externally referenced files.
There is a new contextual Point Cloud ribbon tab appears with all the necessary Point Cloud tools when a Point Cloud is selected.
A new bounding box appears when you select a point cloud (making it easier to visualize its position in 3D space).
If intensity data is included, you can use the analysis tools to view point intensity with different color schemes.
Point Clouds can be clipped.

PressPull

PressPull is more flexible and context sensitive. Use PressPull on multiple objects at one time. PressPull can select 2D and 3D curves (not just inside a bounded area).

Strike-through Text

Strike-through style is available for Mtext, Mleaders, Dimensions and Tables.

Bring Leaders to the Front

Leaders are now included with the TextToFront tool.

Wipeout Frame

Control displaying but not plotting the wipeout frame with the new WIPEOUTFRAME system variable.

Reverse Polyline Widths

The new PLINEREVERSEWIDTHS system variable allow more control when using the REVERSE tool to ensure the results you want.

Offset Preview

When using the Offset command, a preview of the offset result is automatically displayed before ending the command.

Inventor Import

Inventor Fusion makes it possible to import and edit Inventor models.

Surface Curve Extraction

Extract Isolines tool is new on the Surface ribbon tab.
Extract isoline curves from an existing surface or face of a solid.
The direction of the isolines can be changed, select a chain or draw a spline on the curved surface.

Autodesk Exchange Apps

Apps on Autodesk Exchange can now be accessed from any web browser.

Cloud Connectivity

Online Documents: Autodesk 360, Online Options, Open On Mobile, Upload Multiple
Customization Sync: Sync my Settings,Choose Settings
Share & Collaborate: Share Document, Collaborate Now

Model Documentation

Detail Views and Section Views has been added.
It is now possible to select what objects to include in the model documentation.
Dimensions added to the drawing views (with the model documentation tools) are associative.

Migration

Template updated

The template has been updated.

Social Media Links

Autodesk has included links to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. AutoCAD On Facebook and AutoCAD On Twitter.

API and more for Programmers

There is a break in binary compatibility for .NET applications in AutoCAD 2013. It's needed to include a project reference to AcCoreMgd.dll (in addition to AcMgd.dll and AcDbMgd.dll). There have also been namespace changes.
.NET Framework 4 needs to be targeted in Visual Studio.
Autodesk.AutoCAD.DatabaseServices.ObjectId supports dynamic operations. This means that you can declare an ObjectId using the dynamic keyword in C#, and you can then choose to access any of the properties or methods exposed by the object possessing that ID directly from the ObjectId itself. The ObjectId then takes care of the open & close operations implicitly, so there’s no need to mess around with transactions, etc. ref
AutoCAD Core Console is big news. Now it's possible to run AutoCAD without GUI overhead. The command-line only UI, AcCoreConsole.exe is only 24 KB.  The console can load DBX modules – which are coded against ObjectDBX/RealDWG, CRX modules and .NET DLLs that have been coded against the new AcCoreMgd.dll (rather than AcMgd.dll). Even AutoLISP (Visual LISP) and SCR (script files) can be loaded but without GUI features. ref
Model Documentation API got read-only access via classes isSectionSymbol, SectionViewstyle, ViewBorder, ViewRepBlockReference, DetailViewStyle and DetailSymbol. ref
Non-COM Properties C++-only improvements related to Properties Window and more.
Autoloader updates
  • Support for F1 context-sensitive help integration
  • The ability to add tool-palette support paths
  • Demand-loading on command invocation for AutoLISP applications
  • The option to specify a command to be called when an application is loaded

AutoCAD 2013 System Requirements

Note that Windows Vista is not supported by Autodesk for AutoCAD 2013. Autodesk to cease support of Windows Vista even though Microsoft changed their mind Autodesk didn’t follow.
There is nothing that restricts you from running AutoCAD 2013 on Windows Vista but you're on your own. Other than that if you already run AutoCAD 2011 or AutoCAD 2012 your system will probably work the same.
As always with system requirements these are minimal requirements for AutoCAD to run. For professional usage you surely want to have much better hardware.
FlexNet version 11.10.0.3 for Autodesk Network License Manager.
32-bit version
Operating System:
  • Service Pack 3 (SP3) or later of the following:
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    • Microsoft Windows XP Home
  • The following operating systems:
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Hardware:
  • CPU
  • Memory: 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
  • Disk: Installation requires 6 GB space
  • Display: 1,024 x 768 with true color (1,600 x 1,050 with true color recommended)
Misc.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7.0 or later web browser
  • File Formats: (New file format in AutoCAD 2013):
    • Save-as Support AutoCAD R14, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2013.
    • DXF Support AutoCAD R12, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2013
  • API
    • LISP are compatible
    • Scripts are compatible
    • ObjectARX application will need to be recompiled
64-bit version
Operating System:
  • Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later of the following:
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • The following operating systems:
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Hardware:
  • CPU
    • AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology
    • AMD Opteron with SSE2 technology
    • Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support and SSE2
    • Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
  • Memory: 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
  • Disk: Installation requires 6 GB space
  • Display: 1,024 x 768 with true color (1,600 x 1,050 with true color recommended)
For both 32 & 64-bit Misc.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7.0 or later web browser
  • File Formats: (New file format in AutoCAD 2013):
    • Save-as Support AutoCAD R14, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2013.
    • DXF Support AutoCAD R12, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2013
  • API
    • LISP are compatible
    • Scripts are compatible
    • ObjectARX application will need to be recompiled
For both 32 & 64-bit using 3D modeling workflows:
  • Memory 4 GB RAM or more
  • 6 GB free hard disk available not including installation requirements
  • 1,280 x 1,024 True color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater support by your graphics card, Direct3D capable workstation class graphics card.

Based on Google translation from Autodesk's Japanese site these are news in AutoCAD 2013:
  • Command-line options that you can click
  • Preview of property editing
  • Viewport preview of the changes
  • Extract the surface dividing line
  • Boundary stretching tool according to the situation
  • View and cross-sectional view detailed diagram
  • Strikethrough
  • Latest user templates
  • Read Inventor file
  • Autodesk Cloud connection
  • Social media connection
  • Customize synchronization and support files
  • Application of AutoCAD Autodesk Exchange

Initially this was all that was known about AutoCAD 2013:
All Autodesk beta programs are run from http://beta.autodesk.com.
AutoCAD 2013 might or might not include news and/or improvements in these areas:

Web & Mobile - This sneak peek highlights features for people who work on AutoCAD from multiple computers or different locations -- such as using different workstations, or switching between the office, home, or working out in the field. CAD Managers and day-to-day AutoCAD users of all levels are welcome to attend.

Model Documentation - This sneak peek is geared toward people in the Mechanical/Manufacturing industry who use AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, or/and Inventor, and who create and annotate model views (such as section, detail, and projected views) of 3D models (mechanical parts, components).

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