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Sometimes a small step is nothing else than a small step. Other times size don’t matter. Did AutoCAD 2015 convinced me? It has some small changes and only a few new features. Is there a tiny new thing capable to save the day? Let’s see!

 

We have a new UI. A full of greys stylish one, like a Sin City theme. Start page is friendly and with more options than before: open, create, learn or connect. I can say this UI is one of the best in AutoCAD history and I’m enjoying it. Is more out there?

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With only two mouse clicks you can define a window or a crossing polygon selection. What can you do with a single click? A Lasso! Just click, hold and drag to select using a nice window or crossing

 

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Lasso, with more options raised with Space bar. This is indeed a very nice new tool with a nice future.

 

Users wanted for a long time to pick blocks and insert from a look-like-library, without any development or customization. They will be pleased now to use a visual gallery of existing blocks.

 

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In my last article I presented a big step forward of AutoCAD in managing maps: Geographic Location. AutoCAD 2015 makes a new step in this direction and you can now capture the map and print it, but also you can manipulate it like any other image.

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Point clouds handling suffers some changes, making easier to control visually and identify, classify and colorize objects. Along with ReCAP you can now manage point clouds in a matter not possible a few years ago. For sure this is an area which will evolve in next years.

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These are not all enhancements found in this edition. There are improvements in MTEXT entities, like auto bulleting and numbering, but also in Model Space Viewports control. But I want to finish with command preview, which is a nice visual tool. You can preview results of a TRIM, EXTEND, BREAK or even MATCHPROP before selecting objects. This can be very helpful sometimes.

Are all these enough to make AutoCAD 2015 worth it? It is quite hard to give a straight answer. For me is a better 2014 edition opening roads for the 2016 edition.


Till next time,

Sorin Savin

Project Manager BIM-Revit

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