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AutoCAD 2006®
Everyday drafting will never
be the same
Lynn Allen
Autodesk Technical Evangelist
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Drafting Productivity is Crucial
10
Hours per week
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Mtext to
annotate
drawings
Create and
organize
drawings
Manipulate
blocks
Manipulate
hatch
patterns
Insert and
update
drawings
Text masking
• Saving users over 15 hours per week from 2002 to 2005
* 2002, 2004, 2005 Productivity Studies from Design Practice Group of the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley
* AutoCAD 2006 estimated by Autodesk Usability Testing
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User Interface Enhancements
Workspaces
UI Locking (control to move)
Rollover highlighting (PREVIEWFILTER
setvar)
Smooth Transition Zoom – VTENABLE
AutoComplete
Recent Input Functionality
Selection set Windows are distinguishable
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Dynamic Input
Command Prompt can follow cursor
Traditional command prompt optional
(Ctrl+9)
Direct input for drawing and editing
(Tab to toggle)
System variable TOOLTIPMERGE
displays command and OSNAP
Arrow key for recent input
F12 – toggle Dynamic Input
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Changes to Everyday Commands
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Undo options in Copy, Offset, Fillet and Chamfer, Trim,
Extend
Trim/Extend
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Select All default
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Crossing option added for objects to trim/extend
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Erase Option added (Trim only)
Offset
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erase the source object
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specify whether the new object is created on the
current layer or the same layer as the source object
Shift in Fillet/Chamfer to square off corners
Rectangle
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Area/length option
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Rotate option
Stretch
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Multiple Crossing Windows
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Standard Object Selection = Move
Rotate/Scale include Copy Options
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Reference permits any two points
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Remembers last value
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Dynamic Blocks
 Multiple definitions in one
 Cycle through Insertion Points
 Automatically align with existing
geometry
 Edit blocks without exploding
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QuickCalc (Ctrl+8)
 Derived from the Geometric Calculator
(‘cal)
 Units Conversion
 Perform a full range of calculations
 Scientific panel for more advanced
functions
 Pass values to Command or Properties
 Set Variables for use across AutoCAD
drawings and sessions
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TimeSavers!
 SCALELISTEDIT – Plot, Page Setup, Vport
toolbar, Properties, etc.
 New Join Command (Glue)
 Join works on plines, lines, arc, elliptical
arcs and splines
 Previous View (Options dialog) Combine Zoom
and Pan for Undo/Redo
 Replace Z Value with Current Elevation for
Osnaps (OSNAPZ system variable)
 Mlines now support Trim/Extend
 New Block options
 Preview in INSERT command
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Step Savers!
Layer Dialog is faster!
New Filters command
LAYERFILTERALERT (Set to 3)
Preview merged objects
Imageframe displayed but not
plotted
Find permits wildcards
Xref notification Bubble
streamlined
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Improved Hatching
Add/Remove/Recreate existing boundaries
 Create Separate hatch objects
 Control the Hatch Origin
 Entire boundary no longer needs to be
visible
 Calculate Area of a hatch (and cumulative
areas)
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“The ability to modify hatch
position makes it easier to try
out different design alternatives”
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Text Improvements
Bullets and Numbering in MTEXT
Automatic renumbering/relettering
True in-place text editing
New Symbols for Initial Length, cube,
square
DTEXT easier to see
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Dimensioning Improvements:
Varying dimension linetypes
Fixed-length extension lines
Dimension arc lengths (DIMARC)
Jogged dimensions (for large radii)
Flipping dimension arrows
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Powerful Table Enhancements
Enhanced Attribute Wizard
outputs to a Table object
 Works across an entire sheet
set
 Right click to sort
 Text in table linked to attribute
data
 Tables can contain formulas
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Sheet Set Manager
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Refresh sheet status (Displays status icons
for locked, missing, etc.)
Option to Rename associated dwg to match
sheet name
Import sheets from multiple drawings
Open multiple selected sheets
simultaneously
Open sheets as read-only
Import transmittal setup from one sheet set
to another
Previous button on the Rename and
Renumber Sheet dialog
Create folder to correspond with new subset
Preview image of callout and label blocks
Sort view list by view category or sheet name
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Customizing has never been easier!
Simple migration of existing
menus
Easy to customize menus,
toolbars, mouse buttons,
keyboard shortcuts, etc.
Temporary Overrides
Shift
toggle Ortho
Shift+A
OSNAP
Shift+E
Endpoint Osnap
Shift+M
Midpoint
Shift+C
Center
Shift+Q
Object Tracking
Shift+X
Polar Tracking
Notes and Separators in Tool
Palettes
Edit multiple tool properties
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Migration is a snap!
Easy to Migrate existing settings
Vertical App is saved with drawing file
(great for tech support)
New Features Workshop
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AutoCAD 2006 is Subscription Aware!
Now it’s easy to take advantage of your subscription benefits…
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Drawing Recovery is More Efficient
(hopefully you’ll never find out!)
Easy to rename backup (BAK)
and automatic Save file (sv$).
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DWF and Composer!
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Now supports 3D!
Precision Display
DXF File Format Support
Custom Symbols for markups
Completed markups change to yellow
New Snapshot Tool
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AutoCAD 2006 / AutoCAD LT 2006
Feature
AutoCAD
AutoCAD LT
User interface enhancements (heads-up design) - 2006
Annotation (hatch, Mtext, dimensions) - 2006
QuickCalc - 2006
Dynamic Blocks - 2006
Dynamic Block authoring - 2006
Attribute data extraction - 2006
Drawing set management (Sheet Set Manager)
Customization (LISP, ARX, VBA, .NET)
Presentation graphics
CAD standards management
3D modeling
Network licensing
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AutoCAD 2006 will make you more
productive than ever!
[email protected]
www.autodesk.com/lynnallen
AutoCAD 2006
Lynn Allen
Autodesk
Technical EvangelistC
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