AutoCAD is one of the most renowned and venerable CAD software built for professionals and is an industry standard. AutoCAD 2014 is the 28th iteration of the software, and adds a host of improvements over the previous versions and simplifies some of the workflow.

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So What’s New in AutoCad 2014?

Sharing A Workspace

AutoCAD 2014 brings increased focus on collaboration between users. This is done via signing into AutoCAD 360 cloud based service which also enables cloud based computer power for renderings, performance analysis and point cloud data. The Design Feed features lets users communicate in real-time. On sending a message to tagged people, they receive email notifications and view your drawing online and reply from either the app or the mobile companion app or the web version.

Interface Overhaul for Multiple Documents

Multiple documents opening feature in separate tabs of their own is new addition. The tabs can be turned on or off and an overflow button lets access to more tabs if opened. A lock sign on tab indicates read only drawing whereas asterisk implies a drawing with unsaved changes. Hovering over any tab, which is not the current tab, pops up a mini window, which features a zoomed out view of the drawing in the tab. Right click on tabs opens up options to save, close, create and other options.

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The AutoCAD Command Line

The command line can now predict the nearest command if you misspell it in typing. Further, the command suggestion now searches for the typed string in all commands, not just commands beginning with it. The order of display in suggestion list is initially preset by general data but as you use it more, the system learns the often-used commands and suggests more relevant ones. Also, the command line features synonym list, which will find the closest meaning command. Hovering mouse over commands brings in icons, which provide offline and online documentation.

Integration of Map Data

Geographic/Map data can be incorporated in drawings from online resources and the data is placed and scaled accordingly. Having GPS enabled device connected with allow AutoCAD to use the current location’s map data as well. However to use Maps Service, the user must be logged in to their AutoCAD 360 accounts. Maps can either be aerial views, roadmaps or hybrids as well and are always placed beneath the drawing.

Other Features

AutoCAD 2014 has support for point cloud project files (RCP) and multi indexed scan files (RCS). AutoCAD now features a vast array of tools to manipulate point clouds and construct geometry. Layers are now sorted in ascending order instead of random. Security is also improved for running third party macros.

System Requirements

  • Windows XP or 7 or 8 (32 and 64-bit)
  • Intel or AMD processors (Pentium 4 or Athlon, with 3.0 GHz)
  • 2 GB RAM, 8 GB recommended
  • 6 GB free disk space (4 GB for Auto CAD LT)
  • 1024 × 768 VGA with true color (1600 × 1050 recommended)
  • Internet Explorer 9.0 or later web browser

AutoCAD 2014 is available in full-fledged 3D version and a Lite 2D version as well which is cheaper too. The software is usually packaged with other tools.