By Scott Onstott | Monday, November 17, 2014
AutoCAD’s plethora of 3D tools has gradually evolved over its 32-year life—which is just over two centuries in dog (AKA software) years.
Even longtime users that are new to 3D are often at a loss as to where to begin. Should you specify 3D thickness, and create regular or NURBS surfaces, solids, and/or meshes? Each toolset has its own specialized tools that you can use to model whatever’s in your mind’s eye.
Here’s help deciding which AutoCAD tools to use for which project.
By Paul Aubin | Friday, October 31, 2014
If you thought Revit revisions were anything less than thrilling, this comic-book style tutorial will make you think again.
Our CAD author Paul Aubin created this fun super-story to liven up your learning on the sheet issues and revisions feature in Revit—including new features of Revit 2015.
By Paul Aubin | Friday, March 08, 2013
When I’m teaching Autodesk Revit to new users, I frequently get asked: “Why isn’t (fill in the blank feature) more like AutoCAD if both products are by the same company?” It’s a perfectly logical line of reasoning. Autodesk is the maker of both AutoCAD and Revit. But to understand why your favorite feature in AutoCAD isn’t in Revit, or is included but works differently, it’s helpful to understand the history and focus of these two products.
The history part is easy. AutoCAD is an original Autodesk product, developed and sold by Autodesk. A small start-up company created Revit and Autodesk acquired the software over a decade ago. Autodesk has since enhanced Revit in many significant ways, and along the way has even incorporated some features from AutoCAD when and where appropriate. However, there are vast differences between the functions and tools of AutoCAD.
By Jeff Bartels | Monday, January 21, 2013
Historically, exchanging Autodesk AutoCAD drawings with non-CAD-using clients was a challenge. That’s because viewing DWG files outside of AutoCAD required downloading and installing special software. For this reason, many clients preferred using PDF files to review design changes.
Nowadays, AutoCAD WS makes it easier for all stakeholders to participate in project collaboration, whether they have CAD software or not. AutoCAD WS is a free application offering virtually unlimited online storage for your project drawings.
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