Next up in our tour of what’s new, we’re going to deviate from Revit and move over to the old guard - to AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture (ACA), and AutoCAD MEP (AMEP). As you probably know, the new features in AutoCAD also exist in ACA and AMEP, and the new features available in ACA exist in AMEP as well. I’m sure there’s a three musketeers reference in here somewhere, I’m just not seeing it right now. :)
For the purposes of this post, I’m going to focus on the new features that I think are the most relevant to building design – that being said, I’m sure that there are those who will disagree with me, but you know what? That’s the joy of being in the world we’re in. If you feel I’m missing anything and you’d like to make a gentle correction, post a comment below.
- Path array: take an element and array along a path – the element and the path are linked to each other so that if you change the path, the array changes too. The images below are before and after grip editing the spline path that the circles are arrayed along.
- Multi-functional grips: this capability has been extended to lines, arcs, elliptical arcs, dimensions, mleaders, 3D faces, 3D edges, and 3D vertices. Hover your cursor over a grip point and see a list of available editing functions for that object’s grip point.
- Enhanced copy tool: the Copy tool now includes a non-associative linear array option.
- This one’s easy… corner windows. Adds easily to walls, automatically adjusts if the wall angle changes, uses regular window styles (no new object type just for this condition), handles butt join conditions or corner framing… really well implemented!
- User Interface consolidation: drawing duct or pipe no longer brings up a separate dialog box; it uses the properties palette, just like most everything else.
- Engineering Units: you can now set your units for flow, friction, and velocity from one unit to another, with the associated values automatically converting for you (found in the Drawing Setup dialog box)