AutoCAD software lets you design, visualize, and document your ideas clearly and efficiently. With AutoCAD 2009, Autodesk has one goal: increasing productivity. New features accelerate tasks, allow commands to be easily found, and help rapidly train new users.
Solid and Surface Modeling and Visualization
Robust modeling capabilities enable you to shape and visualize your ideas unlike ever before. The redesigned interface uses a single, easy-to-learn environment for creating both solids and surfaces. Users can now create solid objects that have faces defined by complex surfaces. Applying materials to a model is a simple task. Just drag materials from a predefined library onto any solid face or surface defined in their model.
Users can now make highly accurate, photorealistic rendered images available for any purpose. Use these images to win contracts, meet planning requirements, or study the effects of changes on the design.
With the ribbon interface, overall drafting productivity is increased as the number of steps to reach a command is decreased. The ribbon is both customizable and expandable so that it can be optimized for each user and can meet each company™s standards.
Model Documentation Tools
Save time by automatically generating intelligent documentation for AutoCAD, Autodesk® Inventor® software, and other models. Import a wide variety of other formats including SolidWorks®, Pro/ENGINEER®, CATIA®, Rhino, and NX®. Drawing views, edge display, and location are instantly updated when an engineering change is made.
Associative Array Functionality
Save valuable rework time by establishing and maintaining a set of relationships between arrayed objects, such as windows on a building or trusses on a bridge. Plus, you can now array objects along a specified path (rather than just rectangular or polar options), saving even more time when creating conceptual designs or finished documentation.
With access directly from the AutoCAD 2012 interface, AutoCAD® WS web and mobile application for AutoCAD® software allows you to stay connected to your designs over the web or from your mobile device.
The power of multi-function grips has been extended to more AutoCAD objects including lines, arcs, elliptical arcs, dimensions, and mleaders as well as 3D faces, edges, and vertices.
Command Line Enhancements
AutoCAD 2012 now offers auto-complete options to help you access commands more efficiently. As you type at the command prompt, AutoCAD automatically completes the entry with an AutoCAD command or command alias. If you pause, it displays a list of commands whose prefix matches what youve typed enabling you to scroll and select from the list.
Autodesk Inventor Fusion
Adds to the 3D conceptual design capabilities of AutoCAD and sets a new standard for professional 3D modeling ease of use. It enables you to flexibly edit and validate models from almost any source, helping you further experience the benefits of easy-to-use 3D in the native DWG format.
Simplified Migration to AutoCAD 2012
New and enhanced tools make it easier to migrate your custom settings or reset AutoCAD to the default install settings. Improved handling of tool palettes and new migration of custom materials help ease the transition to AutoCAD 2012, and a new reset tool helps easily return to default settings.
In-Canvas Viewport Controls
New viewport controls enable you to change viewport settings, views, and visual styles directly on the viewport canvas.
Editable UCS Icon
The UCS has been updated to allow direct manipulation. Select the UCS icon and use the multi-functional grips to change the UCS. Easily move the origin, align the UCS with objects, and rotate it around the X, Y, or Z axis without having to access the UCS command.
Delete Duplicate Objects
Clean up your drawings by removing duplicate or unneeded geometry. The Delete Duplicates tool provides increased performance especially when running on drawings with many objects.
Create spline objects with options for tangent or smooth continuity between two curves with the new Blend tool, speeding documentation time.
Autodesk Exchange for AutoCAD
With connected access to tips and tutorials, getting started videos, downloadable plug-ins, and help content, Autodesk Exchange brings the content you need directly to your AutoCAD workspace.
Autodesk Content Explorer
Instantly find your design content based on file objects or text attributes. Autodesk Content Explorer creates an index of your data based on where you instruct it to look, helping you quickly access files.
3D Associative Array
Use the associative array functionality to more easily define arrayed objects when designing in 3D. Each of the three types of associative arrays (rectangular, polar, and path) include the ability to array selected objects in 3D space.
On Demand Access to AutoCAD
Citrix Systems, Inc. and Autodesk have partnered to provide customers with greater efficiency and flexibility in their use of AutoCAD. By delivering software to AutoCAD users with Citrix XenApp™, your organization can significantly reduce workstation costs while providing the performance they need.
For Windows Vista or Windows 7: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology; for Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor,
1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
2 GB RAM
2 GB free disk space for installation
1,024 x 768 display resolution with true color
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later
Install from download or DVD