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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Daddy"

    September 22, 2006  |   By niknac

    Pros

    I've been using AutoCAD from Release 12, and this is the most radical release so far. AutoCAD is the best professional design tool around, and this version is the best one yet. Once you get used to the new 'feel' it's faster, more accurate, and more intuitive than previous versions. Being able to turn off the command line and have it on the cursor is just superb, and the new dynamic input is excellent too. It's backwards compatible, and allows you to save-as right back to R14 (dwg) or R12 (dxf). As a professional design tool, you've got to have it - nothing else comes close.

    Cons

    1) Horribly expensive, but a necessary purchase if you're a professional designer or architect. 2) Don't get AutoCAD if you want an easy draughting tool - this is not what you're looking for - AutoCAD takes a lot of learning and you'll need to go on a course, or be very dedicated teaching yourself. 3) 3D is well supported, but is a nightmare compared to Sketchup. 4) The new 'hover highlighting' is clever, but drives me mad (turn it off with VTENABLE set to 0). 5) The help files are still difficult to use, and are just not user friendly. 6) Finally, why change the save format again? The new format is '2007' which seems to have no benefits over '2004'. Once a few people start sending drawings around in 2007 format, everyone else will have to upgrade. I believe the sole reason Autodesk is doing this is simply to sell more units - there seems to be no benefit to the user. That said, AutoCAD's something all designers and architects love to grumble about but we can't live without it either.

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  • Reply by ww2vet54 on November 20, 2006

    Auto save to 2004 platform in tools pull down after rhe program is open. Your review is too kind. The fact of the matter is that to upgrade from 2006 would be a complete waste of money. Autodesk has become more greedy than ever!

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