We are a few days from seeing the first notice of what brings back AutoCAD 2012, project coined as Iron-man. Before that happens, I've been reviewing my assumptions at the beginning of the year and comparing leaks that local distributors have released.
The following is a comparative table of the news that we have seen in the last four versions of AutoCAD. While there were many other existing commands that improved, this is just the novelty that stands out in each year.
- It may be noted that the greatest impact of 2008 was on the ability to interact (import) with DGN formats and something with Excel.
- Then in 2009 the big change is the Ribbon Initially, it seemed radical to us, but that between 2010 and 2011 it has been possible to see an insistence that workspace and personalization be less disruptive. Also at the navigation level the ViewCube was a great novelty.
- In AutoCAD 2010, the constraints that make the vectors a bit more intelligent stand out, as well as improvements to 3D mesh management, handling of PDF files and support for 3D printers.
- In the novelties of AutoCAD 2011 appears, it is difficult to understand why they took so long, transparencies and management with similar objects. Very useful support for point cloud, and continuing with improvements of 2010, 3D surface management is enhanced.
|AutoCAD 2008||AutoCAD 2009||AutoCAD 2010||AutoCAD 2011|
|Data linking with Excel|
|DGN 8 Import, Export, and Underlay|
|Quick Access Toolbar|
|Geometry Measurement Tools|
|Initial Drawing Setup|
|CUIx File Format|
|Online License Transfer|
|Object / Layer Transparency|
|Hide / Isolate Objects|
|Select Similar Objects|
|Create Similar Objects|
|Point Cloud Support|
|4 news||7 news |
0 upgrades to previous years
|12 news |
5 upgrades to previous years
|9 news |
7 upgrades to previous years
So, looking at what has happened in the last four years, we can assume the following trends:
1 More innovation in AutoCAD 2012.
As seen in the story, the even versions of AutoCAD are always more innovative, while odd versions focus on continuity of previous improvements. That's why we remember a lot like R12, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006; and you can see this trend in the 2010 version compared to 2011.
Then, the version of AutoCAD 2012 can expect more general news, rather than focusing on specific topics.
2 Search to improve the performance of the team.
Among the novelties, it is believed that AutoCAD 2012 can bring better performance in the handling of views. When we refer to views, we speak of deployments of different areas of the drawing, in different perspectives, with different hidden layers, and that work dynamically. So changing from one view to another does not imply regeneration of the drawing, while it would be more profitable to work with several monitors at the same time.
This is why competitive programs call it Dynamic Views, and well constructed would improve the performance of the equipment, because in some way they operate as a spatial index based on a deployment that is not in the same memory consumption nor does it require an extra process.
I have my doubts if they will be able to continue an almost parallel version between the version of Windows and AutoCAD for Mac. Because with the white manzanita implement this type of changes do not require much prayer to the saints, but with the way they operate the PC processors and the management of Windows resources the thing is different. It is very likely that in Mac we can see real-time rendering or cloud management of more efficient points, but in PC probably AutoDesk begins to think about sending multiple processes through equipment that supports graphics cards of this level and thus we move from the obsolete PC to GPU
For now, for work 3D AutoCAD 2011 requires Intel Pentium 4 Processor or an AMD Athlon, 3 GHz; in another case an Intel or dual-core AMD with 2 GHz. 2 GB RAM. As we see, it is not that it is at the top of the food chain of the best that PCs have done, but when AutoDesk says "or more" it means that in that resource the process runs, but with a bit of bad humor on the part of the user.
3 Improvements to previous news, not much.
Seeing the trend, we can have new improvements to the Ribbon management, maybe the possibility of releasing it vertically so that the workspace can be used more on the monitors that are wider every day or when working on multiple monitors. Although in this I have my doubts, it could be that nothing else we can customize it more, and find faster what we use frequently, but always up there.
Also in the trend we have seen to improve 3D capabilities, which began with the handling of meshes, then surfaces, we expect improvements in the rendering process, leading to saved styles that are applied if not on the fly, more efficiently in the Dynamic views. Perhaps the management of materials and their application is more practical than it is now.
4 Better management of objects
Here, it is expected that objects can be grouped, not necessarily by turning them into blocks. Remove, put new objects, stretch, scale, the group of objects maintaining characteristics such as text size, boundary style, line style scale because they are no longer a prisoner block. I already imagine this utility to manage objects with attributes instead of being doing blocks or moving to a specific level.
Also in this sense, it is expected that the command array (fix) can be improved to apply to a route, similar to what we do with the measure command with blocks. But with scope 3D, and perhaps with a deformation of one figure to another, which would give interesting potential for handling strange designs in 3D.
We'll see in a few days what happens in a few days.