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Create stunning designs and speed up documentation work with productivity tools in AutoCAD software.

AutoCAD software for 2D and 3D CAD is engineered for the future. Work with TrustedDWG technology and collaborate across desktop, cloud and mobile. Includes AutoCAD mobile app.

Key Features:

  • NEW PDF import enhancements: Use the SHX text recognition tool to quickly convert imported PDF geometry to text and Mtext objects.
  • NEW External file references: Save time and minimise frustration with simple tools to fix broken paths for externally referenced files.
  • NEW Object selection: Freely navigate around your drawing while selecting objects that stay in the selection set, even if you pan or zoom off screen.
  • NEW Text to Mtext enhancements: With the Combine Text tool, convert combinations of text and Mtext objects to a single Mtext object.
  • Comprehensive 2D documentation: Produce 2D documentation and drawings with a comprehensive set of drawing, editing and annotation tools.
  • Intuitive user interface: Access tools when you need them contextual ribbon tabs, multi-functional grips, customisable tool palettes and an intelligent command line.
  • Innovative technologies: Get the latest technologies including TrustedDWG, high-resolution monitor support, migration tools and the Autodesk desktop app.
  • Connected collaboration: Share and use data from PDF and DGN files, Bing Maps and AutoCAD mobile app.

AutoCAD - Features

With AutoCAD users can create single drawings as well as deliver an entire set of coordinated drawings. Productivity features like table objects and enhanced tool palettes simplify drafting tasks and the new Sheet Set Manager helps users create, manag and share entire sheet sets.

New features in version 2007 include:

Create the design you or your client wants.

  • Solid and Surface Modelling - The new solids and surface tools make it easy to create solid and surface models in AutoCAD software. Creation and editing of surfaces (as opposed to mesh objects) has been added, and you can now create solid objects that have faces defined by more complex surfaces. And to enhance usability, the redesigned user interface uses a single environment for creating both solids and surfaces. When you use solids in AutoCAD, you avoid the use of expensive third-party software tools that can be difficult to update or modify.
  • Design Environment - AutoCAD 2007 introduces the new design dashboard, which integrates all the tools focused on solid and surface modeling into a single place, and enables you to see at a glance the tools and workflow available in AutoCAD software. AutoCAD 2007 also takes the intuitive, grip-based editing features introducted for drafting in previous versions of AutoCAD (such as Dynamic Input, Ortho, and Tracking) and integrates them into solid and surface modelling. Quickly create and edit solid and surface models without going through any extended learning or relearning. A common set of editng tools means that no retraining is required to edit solids as opposed to lines, arcs, and circles, increasing speed and decreasing the training time required to be productive.
  • Model Navigation - AutoCAD 2007 expands existing tools by allowing transparent pan or zoom while in perspective mode, and by allowing editing during use of the Orbit command. It also introduces several new tools such as a walk mode that enables you to walk through your model in the intuitive manner used in computer games. There is also a new camera function that enables you to quickly take a snapshot of how your design will look from a particular point of view in the design. These improved navigation tools make you more productive, because they encourage interaction with your models during creation and editing. They also enable you to more easily explore and understand your own designs. This capability makes it easier to evaluate design alternaitves, uncover flaws early in the design process, and explain your design choices quickly and effienctly to others during and after the design process.

Visualise your ideas with lighting effects, materials libraries, walk-through animations, and stunning rendering capabilities.

  • Visual Styles - The AutoCAD 2007 Visual Styles tools relate to all elements associated with the AutoCAD 3D display, including the creation of new face styles, edge line effects, materials display, shadow display, lighting display, and perspective and parallel/orthographic views. These new tools make it easy to create Visual Styles that fit all aspects of your design and creation needs, including the style that best represents the current stage of your design. This capability enables you to clearly communicate your vision to the client without having to learn or puchase additional software tools.
  • Animations - Using the AutoCAD 2007 Walk and Path animation tools, you can identify points of interest within a model, and then create a path, or simply walk past those points to create an animation file that can be distributed. Create the animation using different visual styles or shademodes to get just the right visual effect. Use these tools dynamically to take the client on an over the shoulder tour of the design. And best of all, you can expose any flaws early in the design process, well before any problems occur in the final product.
  • Rendering - AutoCAD 2007 incorporates the mental ray rendering engine, the very latest in rendering technology. This powerful techology, used in Autodesk 3ds Max software, has been incorporated into a new user interface focused on making accurate and realistic renderings quickly and easily. This technology includes the use of preset renderings, as well as slider control that allows easy trade-off of time versus rendering quality. The new rendering, materials, and lighting enhancements make highly accurate rendered images available to any AutoCAD user, enabling you to achieve effects that previously required additional applications.
  • Lights - The new interactive light tool in AutoCAD 2007 enables you to quickly and accurately place distance, point, and spot lights in a drawing. Once you have placed the light, you can use the light target grips to shine it precisely where you want. The effect of lights on shadows are shown in real time as you place the lights, with no need to render the image first, giving you more time to find the rendering that most accurately conveys your design intent.
  • Materials - With AutoCAD 2007 applying materials to a model is as easy as applying hatch patterns to a 2D block. Drag materials from a predefined library onto any solid face or surface defined in your model, and the material scales automatically with no need to manually adjust its scaling parameters based on the size of the model. And if the material library does not have the proper materials, just edit the material and create your own customised library using the new materials editorall without having to use any third-party software.

Document your design quickly and easily with sectioning and flattening tools, dynamic blocks, and enhanced tables to create clear and accurate sets of construction documents.

  • Section and Flatten - In AutoCAD 2007, the new section and flatten tools enable you to quickly and easily extract drawing information from your conceptual model. The section tools allow the movement of a dynamic, adjustable plane through the solid or surface model. This cutting plane can be used to create an elevation or plan view that is ready to be dimensioned and annotated as part of the drawing creation process. The flatten tool allows the 3D model to be automatically compressed down to a 2D illustration. By avoiding the need to re-create model information for the design document package, you save time and money and reduce errors caused by manual re-creation.
  • Dynamic Blocks - AutoCAD 2006 made blocks dynamic. With block authoring tools, you can add dynamic behavior to your existing block librariessimplifying block complexity and reducing the time spent manipulating blocks in a drawing. The Dynamic Block authoring environment provides an easy, graphical way of creating Dynamic Blocks from your existing block libraries. It does not require any programming experience. Use the new Block Authoring palette to add parameters and actions by dragging them directly onto the block. To help you realize the power of Dynamic Blocks, AutoCAD 2007 includes sample Dynamic Blocks with tutorials designed to teach you how to create and use them. Convert your existing block libraries into Dynamic Blocks and start using Dynamic Blocks at your own speed with the standards and conventions appropriate to your company and work practices.
  • Tables - The Table command developed for AutoCAD 2006 streamlined the process of creating tables and controlling their properties so table content, not table creation, was the focus. You can predefine table styles that control elements such as border properties (grid visibility, lineweight, and colour), cell properties (text style, height, colour alignment, and background fill), the location of headings, and more. You can also use an existing table style to create new tables that inherit all the defined style properties. Change any property of any table element or apply a new table style in seconds.

Share design information across extended teams with powerful tools for exchanging data

  • DWF as an Underlay - AutoCAD 2007 introduces the ability to import a DWF file as an underlay/reference. This means that you can use the information as the basis for creating new drawings, but the information in those drawings cannot be altered. Using a DWF file as an underlay helps you to maintain the visual and data fidelity of your drawings when working with other members of the design team. It also offers the other benefits of DWF versus DWG format, such as a more compact file size, the ability to redline and mark up the file, and the association of metadata.
  • Publishing to the Adobe PDF Format - AutoCAD 2007 now has the ability to publish drawings in the Adobe PDF file format. Having the ability to publish to PDF means you no longer need to purchase and learn a third-party application to publish DWG files to PDF format.
  • Migration Tools Make It an Easy Trip - AutoCAD 2007 has been developed with effortless integration in mind, enabling you to easily upgrade while preserving customisation and allowing smooth incorporation into current work practices. Losing customised menus, toolbars, or other customisations through migration is a thing of the past with AutoCAD 2007. A new, automated method of reading in existing customized menus, workspaces, toolbars, hatch patterns, linetypes, and the acad.pgp file ensures their transfer into AutoCAD 2007. The new CUI format introduced in AutoCAD 2006 now makes migration even easier because of its ability to automatically read your customisations and version information. And that also means that moving to future releases of AutoCAD will be entirely automated, eliminating the need to hand edit files. AutoCAD 2007 helps to ensure that the workspace you worked hard to get just right moves with you.
  • DWG Format- The AutoCAD 2007 DWG file format has been updated and is different from the 2004/2005/2006 DWG file format. This new format is also used in the latest releases of the Autodesk industry-specific products such as Autodesk Architectural Desktop, Autodesk Map 3D, Autodesk Civil 3D, AutoCAD Electrical, and AutoCAD Mechanical. Nonetheless, you can still easily share files between design teams using any previous version of AutoCAD software. As in the past, this version of AutoCAD opens DWG files from all earlier DWG versions of the software created by any Autodesk product. AutoCAD 2007 has a built-in SaveAs function so you can save and safely round-trip drawings to and from AutoCAD releases using the 14, 2000, and 2004 DWG formats. In addition, you can use the SaveAs AutoCAD Release 12 DXF command to support releases prior to AutoCAD Release 14.

Migrate easily with tools that help you upgrade while preserving customization of toolbars and menus.

Features include:

  • File Open and File Save: open and save drawings 30%1 and 66% faster respectively when AutoCAD 2004 DWG data is located on a network drive
  • Autodesk Shape Manager (ASM): open and save drawing files comprising 3D solids more quickly using the ASM binary format
  • Drawing Thumbnails: use Microsoft Windows Explorer to view drawing thumbnails in directory folders
  • Modeless Dialogue Box Functionality: tool palettes include all of the functionality offered by modeless dialogue boxes2
  • Custom Content: tool palettes can be customised for storing frequently used blocks and hatches
  • Tool Properties: pre-assign tool properties such as layer, colour and scale. Properties are applied automatically as content is inserted into drawings
  • Tool Palette Views: control the way that tools are displayed in the tool palettes including the size of the icon and whether the settings are applied to the current tool palette or to all tool palettes
  • Export and Import: save and share a tool palette by exporting it or importing it as a tool palette file. Share standard tools and tool palettes across an organisation
  • Auto-Hide: modeless dialogue boxes can be minimised until the cursor is passed over the title bar
  • Transparency: apply variable levels of transparency to modeless dialogue boxes
  • Docking: modeless dialogue boxes can float over the drawing area or dock as they are moved to the edge of the display
  • Content Scrolling: scroll content within a modeless dialogue box when the size of the dialogue box is less than that required to display the full content
  • Tab Design: enables tools to be grouped into sets
  • Modeless Dialogue Box Functionality: the DesignCentre includes some of the new functionality offered by modeless dialogue boxes including auto hide and docking
  • DesignCentre Online: a tab in the DesignCentre contains direct links to millions of symbols libraries and manufacturers content on Access content on a local drive, a network drive or from a single location
  • Create Tool Palettes: drag and drop content from the DesignCentre site onto tool palettes or create new tool palettes based upon an entire set of block libraries or drawing files
  • Block Attributes: select, view and modify attribute content of blocks
  • Frameless Editor: the Multi-line Text Editor dialogue box has been replaced by a frameless editor
  • Text Formatting Toolbar: apply style, font and other text properties to characters and words within the text object
  • Tabs and Indents: indent text relative to the bounding box of the text element
  • Context Menu: right click to access text formatting tools such as change case and symbols
  • Full Display Text Drag: maintain full text fidelity when a text object is moved, stretched, scaled or rotated
  • Copy and Paste from Microsoft Word: retain tabs and formatting when copying and pasting text directly from Microsoft Word into the Mtext editor
  • Express Tools: providing additional functionality such as layer management, dimensioning, drawing, object selection and object modification
  • Revision Cloud: create free-form or convert an existing object into cloud shapes
  • Enhanced Redo: trace the history and restore multiple Undo operations
  • Associative QDIM: the QDIM command can create true associative dimensions
  • PEDIT: use PEDITACCEPT to remove the prompt for converting objects to polylines when selecting an object that is not currently a polyline
  • Layout Tabs: step through layout tabs by pressing the Ctrl Page Up or Ctrl Page Down keys
  • True Colour: specify colour settings using true colours (24-bit colour) with the Hue, Saturation and Luminance (HSL) colour model or the Red, Green and Blue (RGB) colour model
  • Colour Books: specify colours using third-party colour books (such as Pantone) or user-defined colour books
  • Gradient Fills: specify a fill that uses a smooth transition between two colours or between darker shades and lighter tints of one colour
  • Shaded Viewport Plotting: print shaded and rendered views directly from AutoCAD using the Shaded Viewport options in the Page Setup and Plot Dialogue boxes
  • Draworder: changes to draworder are stored permanently including within reference files
  • File Compression: send and receive files that are 52%1 using the DWG optimised file format
  • External Reference Notification: receive bubble notification and an icon alert in the status bar when an external reference has been changed or saved to the current drawing
  • Reference File Management: edit the saved paths of selected references including xrefs, fonts, standards and files
  • Search Paths: attach reference files in AutoCAD to save a full or relative path or no path
  • XOpen: open an externally referenced drawing in a new drawing window by selecting it from the host file
  • RefEdit: a full hierarchical tree of referenced geometry in the re-sizable Reference Edit dialogue box
  • Standards Filter: select any combination of standards plug-ins for monitoring including dimension styles, text styles, layers and line types
  • Status Indicator: receive unobtrusive, real-time visual feedback regarding standards compliance of the current drawing from the standards icon on the status bar
  • Real-time Notification and Repair: when an operation has caused a standards violation with an automatic lead to the standards checker for fixing the most recent violations
  • Stand-alone Reports: audit reports are bundled into a single HTML file
  • Password Protection: apply passwords to drawing files
  • Digital Signatures: apply digital signatures to drawing files
  • Sheet Lists: create drawing sheet lists by adding and removing any combination of drawings and layouts. Create multiple copies of specific sheets and re-arrange the order of drawing sheets at any time
  • Page Setup: each sheet can use its default page setup or load a page setup from any other drawing or template file
  • Drawing Sheet Descriptions: save a list of drawing sheets to an external drawing sheet description (DSD) file for modification or re-use
  • Multi-sheet DWF: publish all drawings from a drawing set to a single DWF file using the new DWF 6 file format
  • Batch Plot: plot multiple drawings in the specified order to the devices specified in the page setup of each sheet
  • Log File: create an optional log file listing the sheet name, layout name, full drawing file path and status for each sheet in the drawing set
  • Automation: the command line interface +PUBLISH enables the pre-population of the Publish dialogue box with an existing drawing set list. The -PUBLISH command enables automation using scripts
  • Autodesk Express Viewer: a small, fast viewer including tools for viewing and printing DWF files to scale
  • Distribution: Autodesk Express Viewer can be distributed as an ActiveX control for Microsoft Internet Explorer and as a stand-alone application
  • Display Options: control the display of drawing content by selecting from multiple sheets, layers and named views and various zoom options
  • Print and Plot: print drawings with the same fidelity as if plotted directly from AutoCAD. Printing options include:
    • fit to page
    • current view
    • print to scale
    • tile drawing across multiple pages
    • display tiles within view pane
    • print multiple pages or page range
    • collate pages
    • reverse page order
    • print in black and white only.
  • Application Extensibility: Autodesk Express Viewer can be run as an embedded ActiveX control within the following environments:
    • embedded Microsoft Internet Explorer (5.0+)
    • Microsoft Word
    • Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Microsoft Visual Basic
    • Microsoft Visual Studio .Net.
  • Status Bar Icon and Notification Balloon: the Communication Centre provides direct notification for product-related information and is available via an icon on the status bar
  • Configuration Settings: configure the Communication Centre by specifying geographic location, frequency of updates and specific information to be displayed
  • Live Updates: receive instant notification when an update or maintenance release is available for AutoCAD software
  • Subscription: receive notification when a new extension or nnouncement is available
  • Information Channels: receive direct links to technical support information, articles, software tips and product-related announcements
  • CAD Manager Control: enable, disable or configure the Communication Centre on a user-by-user basis
  • Buzzsaw Integration: Autodesk Buzzsaw project hosting services link via a standard drive letter
  • CD Browser Installation Interface: find, view and install components of the installation CD
  • Side-by-Side Installation: AutoCAD 2004 can be installed and run alongside all other AutoCAD-based software products
  • Microsoft Windows Logo Certification: AutoCAD 2004 is certified nder the "Designed for Windows XP Optimised for Enterprise" Microsoft logo program
  • Autodesk Product Manager: performs an inventory of installed Autodesk software on a PC, LAN or WAN from a single location
  • Script Generator: produces MSI install scripts for Autodesk products
  • CAD Manager Control Utility: can be used to disable the DesignCentre Online and the Communication Centre
  • Power User Rights: the Power User requirement has been removed for running AutoCAD on Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP. Users can run AutoCAD software with limited user access at the OS level
  • Help>About Box: includes product information such as serial number and version number
  • Network Installation Wizard: provides flexibility for creating and modifying administrative deployment images
  • Server Configurations: use the Network Installation Wizard to select licence server options including Single, Distributed and Redundant
  • Custom Deployment Tools: in the Network Installation Wizard for specifying search paths and accessing custom templates, drivers and menus etc
  • Administrative Controls: the Network Installation Wizard enables the system administrator to create deployments that control the access that users will have to Internet functionality such as live updates and DesignCentre Online
  • Licence Borrowing: the Autodesk Network Licence Manager (NLM) enables a network licence to be borrowed by a user for a limited amount of time and returned to the server when reconnecting to the network
  • Early Licence Return: the Autodesk Licence Borrowing Utility enables the early return of a licence that has been borrowed by a user for a specified amount of time
  • Licence Time Out: The Network Licence Manager enables an administrator to set a limit for returning inactive network licences to the server.

1 Measurement is a preliminary indicator based on automation testing over a controlled network. Results are approximate and subject to error and change. Product information and specifications are subject to change without notice. Autodesk provides this information as is without warranty of any kind, either express or implied. 2 Modeless dialogue boxes differ from other dialogue boxes because they continue to display even when other tools and commands are used. Functionality has been added to some of the AutoCAD modeless dialogue boxes to include auto-hide, transparency, docking, content scrolling and tabs.

AutoCAD - System Requirements

  • Intel Pentium III processor or later, 800 MHz
  • Microsoft Windows XP (Professional, Home Edition, or Tablet PC Edition, including Service Pack 1 and 2) or Windows 2000 Professional
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 300 MB free disk space for installation
  • 1024x768 VGA with true color
  • Mouse, trackball, or compatible pointing device
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
  • CD-ROM drive

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