Another year has gone by, and we have a new release of the Autodesk flagship product AutoCAD. In this blog, I look at some of the best bits that will help improve your everyday drafting tasks.
The 2018 release brings us a new file format. The system default is still set to AutoCAD 2013 so be careful and check the version when saving. With AutoCAD 2018 you can open all valid DWG files from the early1980’s AutoCAD version 2.x and up and can save DWG back to 1998 version DWG of AutoCAD R14.
The file navigation dialog boxes such as Open, Save, attach now remember the sort order of the columns. If, for example, you sort by file size or reverse sort by file name, the next time you access that dialog box it will automatically display files using that same sort order.
Resize the Drafting Settings Dialog Box
The Drafting Settings dialog can be resized. Once the dialog boxes are resized to your requirements the settings save and will be remembered next time you access then.
Layer Control in the Quick Access Toolbar
The Layer Control option is now part of the Quick Access Toolbar menu. Whilst previously you could right click the layer control and add to the menu you can now pick it from a list on the quick access flyout menu.
Rubber Band Color
The rubber-band line is a line that stretches dynamically within the drawing area as you move the cursor between two points. You will have previously seen this when using move or copy. In this release, you can now specify the color of the band using the color options.
High-Resolution (4K) Monitor Support
AutoCAD 2018 now supports high-resolution monitors to ensure the best possible viewing experience on 4K displays and higher. Commonly used user interface elements, such as the Start tab, Command line, palettes, dialog boxes, toolbars, ViewCube, pick pox, and grips, are appropriately scaled and displayed as per the Windows settings that you use.
In the 2017 release, we had the ability to import .pdf files into the drawing. Now in the latest version this is further enhanced with tools to control how we recognise SHS text formats. Adobe’s PDF file format doesn’t recognize AutoCAD SHX fonts, therefore, when a PDF file is created from a drawing, text that was defined with SHX fonts is stored in the PDF as geometry. If that PDF file is then imported into a DWG file, the original SHX text is imported as geometry.
The Recognize SHS Text tool allows you to select import pdf geometry and it will convert it to text objects. It will analyse the selection set and compares them to SHX cache files stored on your system.
The Recognition Settings command allows you manage this conversion process on what fonts it will use to compare and on completion it will give a conversion report on the status.
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