AUTOCAD 2012 REVIEW | AUTOCAD 2012 NEW FEATURES
In what has become an annual event, the announcement and launch of the new Autodesk products is here again. Below is a quick summary of some of the new features in AutoCAD 2012.
The default file format remains unchanged from the last version, AutoCAD 2010 file format.
The first significant change you will notice is that the ribbon speed has increased dramatically. There is no longer a delay when switching between ribbon tabs. The Ribbon contents have been updated, including changes to the Draw and Modify panels. Generally speaking, AutoCAD 2012 starts up faster than previous versions.
AutoComplete Command Entry is a new feature that helps you find the right command. It is especially helpful if you only know part of a command name. For example, if you start typing in the letters PUB, a list appears showing you all of the commands that start with PUB (see image below). It also accepts wildcards, so if you know a command or shortcut is 3 letters long and the last letter is “N”, you could enter ??N and a list will appear showing you the choices. Options include whether or not to include system variables and a choice of delay time.
Content Explorer is new for 2012. Think of this as Design Center on steroids. You can have it search for local content or content on your network. The latter can be enhanced by installing the optional Autodesk Content Service on your network. This will search and continually update the index to which Content Explorer will refer. Content Explorer also allows you to access data from Autodesk Seek.