Autodesk Releases AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2017

21 Mar, 2016 By: Cadalyst Staff

New release includes PDF import tools and bundles AutoCAD 360 Pro mobile app with AutoCAD.


Smart Centerlines/Center Marks: Creating and editing centerlines and center marks is now faster and more intuitive, Autodesk reports. The Centerline tool creates centerline geometry of a specified linetype in association with selected lines and polylines. The Center Mark tool creates an associative center mark at the center of a selected circle, arc, or polygonal arc. When users move associated objects, the centerlines and center marks update accordingly.

AutoCAD 2017 offers simplified creation and editing of centerlines and center marks.

Customization: The new Migrate Custom Settings tool helps users transfer over their custom settings and files from a previous release to AutoCAD 2017. It detects and clearly identifies customized settings, enabling users to choose which ones they wish to migrate.

Graphics Improvements: Autodesk reports continued improvement in the performance and fidelity of AutoCAD’s 2D and 3D graphics, and that 3D graphics stability has been “greatly improved.” To experience the increase, users need to have a DirectX 11-capable graphics card, and hardware acceleration turned on.

AutoCAD 360 Pro: The Pro version of this mobile app for phones and tablets, which previously cost $49.99 per year, is now included when users subscribe to AutoCAD. Pro offers more features than the standard AutoCAD 360 app; in addition to viewing, creating, editing, and sharing AutoCAD drawings, 360 Pro users can access to 25 GB of storage capacity, open files up to 30 MB in size, use extended annotation and layer management tools, and more. (This benefit is not available to AutoCAD customers on a maintenance plan or a perpetual license.)

License Manager: AutoCAD 2017 introduces a new License Manager to simplify transitions between license types and save users’ work when a network license loses connection with the License Manager. A new option in the Infocenter menu provides access to the License Manager, where users can view information about the software license and installed plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions.

For more on the new release, see the following resources from Autodesk at these links:

AutoCAD LT 2017

Autodesk also released AutoCAD LT 2017 2D drafting and documentation software. Included with subscriptions to AutoCAD LT is the AutoCAD 360 Mobile App, which allows users to view, create, and edit drawings on a phone or tablet; add text, mark up, and make changes to drawings in real time; and share designs and revisions directly from a mobile device. AutoCAD LT subscriptions also include direct one-on-one global phone support, support via chat, and other enhanced support benefits.

More information about AutoCAD LT 2017 is available from Autodesk at these links:

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Re: Autodesk Releases AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2017
by: nrdgrl
April 12, 2016 - 2:50pm
On the PDF Import feature - As long as the PDF was computer-generated (vector PDF), the conversion from PDF to DWG should be precise as long as you use the correct scaling factor to turn the PDF page into the original CAD drawing dimensions. This should work great every time, even with complex files. If the PDF file was scanned, hand-drawn or otherwise digitized, it is a raster PDF file and needs to be traced making accuracy hard to guarantee. If you need to import PDF into earlier AutoCAD versions, there is the PDFin plug-in on the Autodesk Apps Store or pdf2cad from Visiual Integrity.
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