AutoCAD 2016 has added many productivity commands to help you get your designs completed faster!
If you draw revision clouds, you’re going to love the updated REVCLOUD that supports rectangular, polygonal, and freehand (and Object from the command line). The new Revision clouds are easy to edit using grips (no more stretched, elongated arcs!).
Use the Modify option to create an additional revision cloud and delete selected portions of an existing revision cloud (put more than one revision cloud together).
TIP Set your preferred default with REVCLOUDCREATEMODE
NOTE Set REVCLOUDGRIPS to Off to put grips back to legacy behavior.
Isometric Drafting Environment
Use the Isodraft tool on the Status bar to switch the snap style to Isometric and move from one isometric plane to another.
System Variable Monitor
Tired of system variables being changed without you knowing about it? Use the new System Variable Monitor (SYSVARMONITOR) to quickly identify system variables that no longer conform to your standard.
You set up the variables and their preferred settings (although you’ll find some popular defaults already prepopulated). Turn on notifications to display at the command line, on the Status bar icon, or even enable a balloon notification should a variable on your monitored system variable list be changed.
Control the display of layers from xref drawings (even if they’re not set to Bylayer in the host drawing). Set XREFOVERRIDE to 1 and xref objects will take on Bylayer behavior.
NOTE Xref layers no longer display in Properties and are grayed out in the Layer drop-down list (since you can’t pick them anyway!).
You’ll find the updated PDFs in AutoCAD 2016 are slimmer and faster! More font types (including SHX) are fully supported. That means that more text can be highlighted, copied, and searched.
Export to DWF™ and Export to PDF options have been split, and they each have their own Export Options dialogs.
New PDF export options for hyperlinks and bookmarks have been added.
TIP Use hyperlinks to link sheets, named views, external websites, and files (or from objects such as images, blocks, fields, etc.).
Four different predefined PDF options can be found when plotting, so you can easily select the one to suit your needs.
Layout names are automatically displayed as page labels in the PDF file (much easier to identify sheets!).
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