Autodesk Welcomes Spring with AutoCAD 2015 and Updated Suites8 Apr, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff
In addition to new capabilities and interface refinements, AutoCAD now offers more purchase flexibility with monthly, quarterly, and annual subscription plans.
In keeping with its pattern of annual updates, Autodesk has released AutoCAD 2015 and an updated family of design software suites. AutoCAD 2015 enhancements include:
- A darker color scheme that's intended to reduce eyestrain.
- A Tab Pages function assists users with opening templates, new and existing drawings, or design data residing on the Autodesk 360 cloud application.
- Command preview lets users evaluate the potential effects of commands such as Offset, Fillet, and Trim before committing to them.
- Ribbon galleries offer access to drawing content from the ribbon, displayed as thumbnails. Users can insert their selections without using a dialog box.
- An enhanced Help window displays tool locations within the interface.
- Users can format text within a drawing with elements including superscript/subscript and automatic bullets and numbering.
- A new tool, Autodesk Application Manager, downloads and installs product updates and extensions.
- New location data and point cloud options include the ability to save online maps as images.
In addition, this release marks the first time that AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT are be available on a pay-as-you-go subscription basis. AutoCAD 2015 is now available in the U.S.; availability varies by country. A free trial of AutoCAD 2015 (or AutoCAD 2014 for Mac) is available.
Autodesk introduced its suites, which bundle several software titles that are relevant for a particular workflow, with the 2012 release. This year’s suites include AutoCAD 2015 and are more tightly integrated with Autodesk cloud services than in the past, giving customers access to collaboration, simulation, analysis, rendering, and other capabilities from within the suite. (Features and functionality vary by suite and edition.)
“Users will notice a difference in how much easier it is to get their work done with the Autodesk 2015 Design Suites.” Amar Hanspal, Autodesk’s senior vice-president of platform products, said in a news release.
Autodesk expects customers in the architecture, engineering, and construction and infrastructure markets to benefit from one-click access to BIM 360, cloud-based building information modeling (BIM) software for collaboration and management of construction projects. A list of improvements to the building and civil engineering suites is available on Autodesk’s In the Fold blog.
Manufacturing-focused suite users will gain access to new offerings such as Process Analysis 360, a cloud-based service that helps engineers and system designers model, study, and optimize manufacturing processes. A list of improvements to the manufacturing suites is available on In the Fold as well.