As you have heard our newset versions are seeing the light these days. Since Civil 3D is built on top of AutoCAD we figured that it would be good idea to mention a few things that AutoCAD 2014 brought into Civil 3D 2014. I am sure you will be reading about some of these enhancements in the next several weeks from other sources but these are some of the most interesting from my perspective.
The very first thing you will notice is the File tabs: This way you can quickly switch between drawings or you can turn the file tabs bar on or off. File tabs are displayed in the order they were opened but you can drag tabs to change their order the same way you would do it in your preferred browser.
AutoCAD now has a Support for geographic locations and it includes the same Coordinate System Library as Map 3D and the Live Map Data tool. So now when you import the data into a geo-located drawing, AutoCAD transforms the data based on the drawing's geographic location. Keep in mind that this is good for concepts and is more suited for non-civil users, as Civil 3D already had this feature. You can access this setting by GEOGRAPHICLOCATION command. Please note that these settings are per session and if you choose not to use Live Map Data, it will no longer be available to you in the current session of AutoCAD. If you close AutoCAD and begin a new session, you can, once again, choose to use Live Map Data.
New version of AutoCAD verticals now offer an addition in the Options dialog> Files tab . You may notice new member of the family called Trusted File Search Path. You can also access these controls using the new TRUSTEDPATHS and TRUSTEDDOMAINS system variables.
Another security option is SECURELOAD settings (available options 0, 1 and 2, see help for more info) to help protect your drawings from unauthorized or malicious execution of files such as scripts, AutoLISP, and VBA applications within AutoCAD. You can allow executable files to be loaded from all search paths or only from the trusted locations specified on the Files tab or you can choose to display a warning before loading executable files outside the trusted locations. The setting is available in System tab under Security.
Reality Capture enables you to take a 3D laser scan of an object, topography, a building, or even an entire town and attach it to an AutoCAD drawing as point cloud data. You can then use it as a real-world reference for your design work. This point cloud data is stored as thousands, even millions, of points in 3D space. When you installed Civil 3D you perhaps noticed another icon on your desktop “Autodesk ReCap”. That is a separate application that enables you to create a point cloud project file (RCP) that references multiple indexed scan files (RCS). This program can be used to convert scan file data to a point cloud format that can be viewed and edited in other products. ReCap supports scan data files from many popular formats, such as Faro, Leica, and Lidar.
Many new additions are included in command line, but they are not easily spotted. Bottom line is that the interface is enhanced and provides access to some pretty unconventional settings. Thing worth mentioning is AutoCorrect, so if you mistyped command program is smart enough to recognize it rather than displaying “unknown command”.
Adaptive suggestions is pretty cool feature because it adapts your way of using commands by “learning” which commands you use often by positioning them on the top.
Also, synonym suggestions are another thing we never had before. For instance, if you forgot FILLET command but remember it has something to do with rounding you can type ROUND and program will invoke FILLET command.
From within command line you can also perform Internet search. In AutoCAD 2014, you can use the command line to access content and categories. To access and customize behavior of command line you can right-click on it and choose Input Settings.
And for today, one last thing is that in AutoCAD 2014 can you use touch input if you are running Windows 8 touch-enabled device. A new control on the System tab of the Options dialog box displays a touch mode ribbon panel when a touch screen device is detected.
Stay tuned for more!