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New CAD productivity features for 2017

Learn about the new mechanical design productivity and documentation features in AutoCAD® Mechanical 2017. Updates include enhancements to layer groups, leader notes, and rectangle gallery.

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    Mechanical design productivity

  • Layer groups: isolate, restore, and more feature New

    Isolate layer groups and restore them at the click of a ribbon button. You can also specify linetypes and lineweights for layer groups. In the Mechanical Layer Manager, you can choose to use the layer group linetype and lineweight.

  • Drawing rectangles is easier New

    All the rectangle creation commands are now on the ribbon. You can see a preview of the rectangle as you create it. In addition to the point, click, and drag methods, you can now specify precise lengths using dynamic input.

    Mechanical engineering documentation

  • Leader notes enhancements New

    Edit leader notes directly in the drawing area just like how you edit mtext. With no dialog boxes getting in the way, you can keep your focus on the canvas as you create and edit notes. All the options accessible on the Leader Note dialog box are now available on the ribbon.