Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Demonstrating the hi-res monitor support in AutoCAD 2018.1, part of AutoCAD: Tips & Tricks.
- [Instructor] So once again, we're back in another tip and trick for AutoCAD. Now, again this is another tip and trick that relates to the AutoCAD 2018.1 update that came out recently. Now, if you're running AutoCAD on subscription, obviously you update your AutoCAD regularly, and the latest version is obviously AutoCAD 2018, but this .1 update comes out as part of your subscription, so obviously you will have to have this update installed for this to apply to your AutoCAD 2018, and your AutoCAD 2018 sort of becomes AutoCAD 2018.1, if you get my drift.
Now, we're going to have a little look at high-res monitor support. So we've got a new drawing open, it's called Hi Res Monitor.dwg. Now the only reason I've given you that drawing, and you can download it from the website to follow along with the video, is you must have a drawing open to see these changes. Now, the changes are very, very simple. What happens is this high-res monitor support actually adds things like your dialogue boxes, your palettes, to a database inside AutoCAD, and what it all tallies up with is your monitor and how that monitor works with your graphics card, and so on, and what you'll notice is regardless of which resolution you're running your monitor at, you'll always get really nice looking icons.
Now, most of the time you're not even worried about the quality of the icons as long as they're there, and you can click on them and actually work within AutoCAD to crank out the drawings that you need to crank out, but you'll notice on my screen all of my icons are nice and clear and easy to read. They're not fuzzy. Sometimes when you go to a lower res on a high-res monitor, they kind of go fuzzy, don't they? They kind of go grainy, and it's because you're kind of shrinking stuff on the monitor. Now you'll notice mine are nice and clear, and that's because of this high-res monitor support, and that support now has added various dialogue boxes and tool palettes to that support.
So if you go to the home tab on the ribbon, for example, go to the layers panel and click on layer properties. Now that is the default size of my layer properties manager palette, but again, the icons are all nice and clean and easy to see, and what you'll find is that layer properties manager palette will resize depending on what res you're running your monitor at, and it's the same with dialogue boxes as well, so if I ran something like, let's say, ARRAYCLASSIC. We all remember the good old ARRAYCLASSIC, don't we? There it is, on the suggestion menu.
So if I run that, can you see that the resolution is really nice and clean? It's not fuzzy. Now, the monitor that I'm working on right now to create these videos is running at quite a low res compared to the res that is recommended by Windows, so you can see that this res kind of updates within AutoCAD, and it's a really nice feature because no matter what resolution you're working at, it's always really nice and clean. So this is for your palettes, your icons, and your dialogue boxes, and it automatically adjusts to the Windows display settings.
Now be aware, obviously, as well, that you must have your AutoCAD 2018.1 update installed for this to be in AutoCAD. Ideally, you also want to be running Windows 10 with a compatible graphics card.
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