In the Work panel of the Welcome Screen, you can create new drawings as well as open your existing drawings and sample files. A Recent Files list provides easy access to your most recently used drawings.
The Learn panel offers an overview of functionality new to AutoCAD 2013, provides links to videos to help you get started in AutoCAD 2013, and it includes additional learning resources.
In the Extend panel, you can easily download apps from the Autodesk Exchange and connect to Autodesk 360 and social media resources including Facebook and Twitter.
You can choose not to display the Welcome screen during startup using a control in the lower left corner. It will still be accessible from the Help menu.
- AutoCAD Help
- Command Line Enhancements
The undocked command line is displayed in a single row that floats above the AutoCAD window. It includes a semi-transparent prompt history enabling you to display up to 50 lines of history without affecting the drawing area. A new tool on the command line provides easy access to the number of lines of prompt history as well as Autocomplete, Transparency, and Options controls.
You can press the F2 key or the flyout at the right end of the floating command line to display additional lines of command history.
When the command line is undocked, you can snap it to the edge of the AutoCAD window or a docked palette by moving it near the edge. When you resize or move the AutoCAD window or docked palette the Command line moves accordingly to maintain its position relative to the edge. If you undock the adjacent palette, the command line automatically snaps to the next palette or AutoCAD window.
You can dock the Command line at the top or bottom of the AutoCAD window by clicking and holding on the dragging area at the left end of the Command line while you move it. If you want to place the Command line on the edge of a frame without snapping, simply press the Ctrl key while moving it. Whether the command line is floating or docked, a command icon helps identify the command line and indicates when AutoCAD is awaiting a command. You can click on the command icon to quickly view and launch the most recently used commands.
When a command is active, the command name is always displayed on the command line. Clickable options, displayed in blue, offer easy access to options within the active command.
- In-Canvas Property Preview
Object transparency is also dynamically applied as you change the transparency.
You can control the property preview behavior using the Property Preview option on the Selection tab of the Options dialog.
- Array Enhancements
After selecting objects for a rectangular array, they are immediately displayed in a 3 row by 4 column grid. When creating a polar array, the selected objects are displayed immediately after you specify a center point, in a full circular pattern of 6. After selecting objects and a path for a path array, the objects are immediately displayed evenly along the entire length of the path. For each type of array; rectangular, polar, and path, multifunctional grips on the array objects enable you to dynamically edit relevant properties. You can use the Ctrl key to cycle through grips with multiple options. In addition to using multifunctional grips, you can modify array values in the contextual ribbon tabs as well as at the command line.
Path arrays offer more flexibility and control in AutoCAD 2013 when using the measure method. It is easier to specify the orientation of the arrayed objects relative to the path using the Tangent Direction option during creation.
The item count toggle allows the count to be based on the spacing and curve length (to fill the path) or you can explicitly control the count. As you increase or decrease spacing the item, the number of items automatically decreases pr increases to fit on the specified path. Likewise, when the path length changes, the number of items automatically increase or decrease to fill the path.
- Layout and Model Viewports
- Hatch Editor
- Raster Images
- Extrenal References
- Snap Behavior
- Point Cloud Support
You can attach and manage point cloud files similar to working with xrefs, images, and other externally referenced files.
The Attach Point Cloud dialog box has been updated to provide a preview image and detailed information about the selected point cloud.
Selecting an attached point cloud displays a bounding box around the data to help you visualize its
position in 3D space and relative to other 3D objects. In addition to displaying a bounding box, selecting a point cloud automatically displays the Point Cloud ribbon tab with easy access to relevant tools.
You can to adjust the point cloud density and, if intensity data is included with the point cloud, you can use the analysis tools to view point intensity with different color schemes including gray scale or spectrum.
New clipping tools enable you to create and modify clipping boundaries for the selected point cloud. Additional options allow you to specify whether the bounding box is displayed and provide easy access to the External Reference manager.
The Properties palette is updated to include new point cloud properties such as intensity and clipping.
Point cloud indexing is significantly enhanced in AutoCAD 2013 to provide a smoother and more efficient workflow when working with raw scan files. You can index scan files from major industrial scanner companies including Leica and Topcon in addition to Faro.
The new Create Point Cloud File dialog box provides an intuitive and flexible interface to select and index raw point scan files. You can select multiple files to batch index and even merge them into a single point cloud file. When creating PCG files, you can specify various Index settings including RGB, Intensity, normals, and custom attributes.
When you save from AutoCAD 2013 to an older version DWG file, a message alerts you that the
attached PCG file will be re-indexed and degraded to be compatible with the previous version of the
drawing file format. The new file is renamed to a corresponding incremental file name.
You can use the new Multiple option or the Shift key to press or pull multiple objects in a single operation.
And, you are no longer limited to clicking inside a bounded area. Now you can select 2D and 3D curves as well.
When selecting a face with the Presspull tool, the default behavior extrudes the face straight out. If you press the Ctrl key when you select a planar face, you can offset it as it extrudes to follow the taper angles of adjacent sides.
- Surface Curve Extraction
Options within the Extract Isolines tool enable you to change the direction of the isolines, select a chain of isolines, and draw a spline on the curved surface by specifying spline points.
- Import Inventor Files
- Model Documentation
- Drawing Views
When using the Select option AutoCAD temporarily switches to model space enabling you to add or remove objects for the base view selection set.
You can also start in Model Space and select the objects for which you want to create a view. Then, using the Base View tool, choose From Model Space. You can specify the name of an existing layout or enter a new layout name. AutoCAD automatically creates the new layout if necessary and makes it active.
When you create drawings views using the model documentation tools in AutoCAD, relevant layers with an MD_prefix are automatically added to the drawing. If you rename the layers or change layer properties, those changes are automatically applied to existing as well as subsequent drawing views created in the same drawing.
- Section Views
A section identifier is automatically applied and incremented as you create subsequent section views or you can override it with your own identifier. And, you can choose to display a view label identifying the section and scale.
You can control whether individual model components participate in the section using the Edit Components tool on the Layout ribbon tab. If the selected components are set to None, the components display without being sectioned. The participation of components is passed to child views projected from the section view.
You can also specify if the section view should include the full depth or just a slice.
The appearance of the Section view label is determined by the Section View Style which is accessible from the Model Documentation ribbon tab. You can select from predefined Section View Styles or define your own using the Section View Style Manager.
In the Section View Style Manager, you can create new section view styles as well as modify or delete existing ones. When creating or modifying a section view style you have access to a variety of controls to specify the appearance of the section identifier and arrows, cutting plane, view label, and hatch.
You can easily modify a section view after it’s been created. Multifunctional grips on the section line enable you to move the section line, add and remove vertices, flip the direction, and reposition the identifiers.
Grips on the section view and section view label allow you to modify the view position or scale as well as change the label location, width, and height. If the section view includes hatches, you can edit properties of the hatch pattern using a multifunctional grip. It still remains associated with the section view.
Additional editing tools are available in the Section View Editor which is accessible from the right-click menu and the ribbon tab (Edit View/VIEWEDIT button) when a section view is selected.
- Detail Views
A detail identifier is automatically applied and incremented as you create subsequent detail views or you can override it with your own identifier. And, a view label identifying the detail view and scale is automatically inserted.
The appearance of the detail view label is determined by the Detail view style which is accessible from the Model Documentation ribbon tab. You can select from predefined detail view styles or define your own using the Detail View Style Manager.
In the Detail View Style Manager, you can create new detail view styles as well as modify or delete existing ones.
When creating or modifying a detail view style you can specify a variety of options to control the detail boundary, view label, and detail view.
You can easily modify a detail view after it’s been created. Grips on the detail symbol enable you to modify the position of the boundary and the identifier.
Grips on the detail view and detail view label allow you to modify the view position or scale as well as change the label location, width, and height.
Additional editing tools are available in the Detail View Editor which you can access via the right-click menu and ribbon tab when a detail view is selected.
- View Symbol Sketch
- Automatic View Update
- Export Layout
containing circular objects, those objects are represented in the exported drawing as circles and arcs
instead of polylines.
Text and Leaders
- Font Lists
- Offset Preview
After signing in, your user name is displayed and additional tools are displayed in the drop‐down menu including the option to sync your settings with the cloud, specify online options, access Autodesk Cloud documents, sign out, and manage account settings.
You can also chose to automatically sync your program appearance, profiles, workspaces, options and support files so that you can restore them on any computer. If you wish to modify the default cloud settings after closing the dialog box, you can access them via Online Options in the drop‐down menu and the Online ribbon tab.
Additional tools for working with Autodesk Cloud functionality are available in the Online ribbon tab.
- CAD Manager Control Utility
New Online tab in the CAD Manager Control Utility allows CAD managers to control their users’ access to Autodesk Cloud documents and customization synchronization.
- Render Online
Browse your online render gallery. You can access the Online rendering tools from the Render ribbon tab.
- Drawing File Format
Thumbnail previews in the new AutoCAD 2013 DWG file format are now stored as PNG images providing higher quality thumbnail previews in a smaller file size. Image resolution is still controlled by the THUMBSIZE system variable. However, the maximum valid value has increased from 2 to 8. If you do not wish to include thumbnail previews in the drawing you can still use the RASTERPREVIEW system variable to disable them. The UPDDATETHUMBSNOW and UPDATETHUMBNAIL system variables are no longer needed and have been removed from AutoCAD 2013.
When you save a drawing containing 3D Solids in the new AutoCAD 2013 file format a graphics cache file is automatically stored in a folder named “GraphicsCache” under your user app data folder. Two new system variables, CACHEMAXTOTALSIZE and CACHEMAXFILES, allow you manage the cache files.
- Autodesk Exchange Apps
The featured apps ribbon tab is a dynamic panel that displays apps and content that will help you be more productive. Roll over an app tile to see its description, and click to visit its page on Exchange Apps. Choose Connect to Exchange to access hundreds of additional AutoCAD extensions and tools from Autodesk Exchange.
Well, there it is. Keep checking back as I will be posting some short videos on how the new functionality works in the coming weeks. You can also follow me on alot of the social networks included in the following post. Different Ways to Follow Inventor Topix