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1 1 AutoCAD 2006 ® Everyday drafting will never be the same Advanced Micro Systems, Inc.

2 © 2005 Autodesk 2 AutoCAD th Release “I thought AutoCAD was pretty much at the end of its life… I think Autodesk is now proving that there’s plenty to be added.” Martyn Day, Editor AEC Magazine and MCAD Magazine

3 © 2005 Autodesk 3 AutoCAD 2006 Long-range Planning Autodesk Confidential

4 © 2005 Autodesk 4 AutoCAD 2006 The Truth about 3D: You Still Need 2D  Those who regularly use both 2D and 3D, spend almost 80% of their time doing 2D drafting… *Autodesk user survey, October %

5 © 2005 Autodesk 5 AutoCAD 2006 Drafting Productivity is Crucial * 2002, 2004, 2005 Productivity Studies from Design Practice Group of the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley * AutoCAD 2006 estimated by Autodesk Usability Testing Saving users over 15 hours per week from 2002 to 2005 Mtext to annotate drawings Create and organize drawings Manipulate blocks Manipulate hatch patterns Insert and update drawings Text masking Hours per week

6 © 2005 Autodesk 6 AutoCAD 2006 Block data “Counting up light fixtures manually and then entering quantities and mfr. information into a table is not only highly error prone, but not a very good use of my time either.” Dynamic blocks “ We use 500 to 600 blocks in a typical drawing. These blocks consist of 20 to 30 different basic types. There can be over 300 callout blocks alone in a single drawing ” Migration “I have spent over 40 hours customizing our menus and toolbars. I don’t want to have to redo that work each time I upgrade to the latest release.” Annotation “ You haven't really lived until you ’ ve had to determine the area of a 10 acre parking lot full of landscape islands (and leave OUT the islands). ” Heads up design “ As a new user, I find it distracting to keep going back and forth from my design to the command line. It interrupts my train of thought. ” Customer Problems Everyday drafting will never be the same

7 © 2005 Autodesk 7 AutoCAD 2006 Easing the Transition

8 © 2005 Autodesk 8 AutoCAD 2006 Easing the Transition “I have spent over 40 hours customizing our menus and toolbars. I don’t want to have to redo that work each time I upgrade to the latest release.”  90% of customers customize their menus or toolbars  Migration of these menus from old versions to new is a time consuming and manual process Problem

9 © 2005 Autodesk 9 AutoCAD 2006  Automatic migrations of menus from AutoCAD 2006 forward  New Features Workshop provides quick introduction to new features User Settings Customization AutoCAD 2000x AutoCAD 2006 “Maybe I missed something…but it seems awfully easy to migrate from 2002 to 2006.” Easing the Transition Solution

10 © 2005 Autodesk 10 AutoCAD 2006 Heads-Up Design Dynamic Input & Pointer Input

11 © 2005 Autodesk 11 AutoCAD 2006 Heads-Up Design Dynamic Input & Pointer Input Customers design here AutoCAD asks for input here “As a new user, I find it distracting to keep going back and forth from my design to the command line. It interrupts my train of thought.”  Split attention between graphics screen and command line  New users require special training  Experience users overlook unused options Problem

12 © 2005 Autodesk 12  Modern intuitive interface  Provides dimension and command option information  Keeps focus on design “I think this is totally in the right direction. I’ve always thought you need to get to the command line info without using the command line.” Heads-Up Design Dynamic Input & Pointer Input Solution

13 © 2005 Autodesk 13 Annotation “You haven't really lived until you’ve had to determine the area of a 10 acre parking lot full of landscape islands (and leave out the islands).”  Time consuming to:  Edit hatch boundaries  Set hatch origin  Calculate hatch areas Problem

14 © 2005 Autodesk 14 Annotation  Improved Hatching  Hatch area  Hatch positioning “The ability to modify hatch position makes it easier to try out different design alternatives” Solution

15 © 2005 Autodesk 15 AutoCAD 2006 Blocks Data

16 © 2005 Autodesk 16 Blocks Data “Counting up light fixtures manually and then entering quantities and manufacturer information into a table is not only highly error prone, but not a very good use of my time either.”  Blocks contain key data  Cost  Manufacturer  Size  Tables used to display data  Schedule  Parts list  Bill of material Problem

17 © 2005 Autodesk 17  Automatically create schedules or part lists from block or attribute information 72% of customers surveyed currently create tables from information found in other places on the drawing. Blocks Data Solution

18 © 2005 Autodesk 18 AutoCAD 2006 Blocks Dynamic Blocks

19 © 2005 Autodesk 19 AutoCAD 2006 Blocks Dynamic Blocks “We use 500 to 600 blocks in a typical drawing. These blocks consist of 20 to 30 different basic types. There can be over 300 callout blocks alone in a single drawing”  Difficult block management  Finding blocks  Complex library menu structures  Time consuming block insertions  Placement and alignment  Multi-step design changes Problem

20 © 2005 Autodesk 20 AutoCAD 2006 Blocks Dynamic Blocks  Simplify block management  Streamlined block insertion  Flexible in-process design changes  Block authoring tool Solution

21 © 2005 Autodesk 21 AutoCAD 2006 Dimensions Arc length dimensions Jogged dimensions Flip Arrow heads Linetypes for extension lines Uniform length extension lines User Interface GUI based engineer calculator Customizable workspaces Temporary overrides keys User customizable scale list Roll-over highlighting Toolbar and Tool Palette locking Added recent command input to right click Sheet Set Manager Renaming a sheet renames the associated dwg Toolbar and Tool Palette locking Import transmittal setups between sheet sets Open multiple sheets from sheet set manager Indicate files that are open by others in sheet set Customer Requests Command Enhancements New Join command undo for copy, trim, extend, offset, chamfer and fillet Rotate and copy Scale and copy Trim and extend using crossing windows Offset to current layer Tables Sum/Ave/Count values across a row Sum/Ave/Count values down a column Mathematical expression support (+, -, /, *, ^, =) Cell mathematical formula based off of other cells Copy & Paste table with formulas from Excel Text Mtext bullets MText numbering and lettering Improved In-place editing Width slider control

22 © 2005 Autodesk 22 AutoCAD 2006 AutoCAD LT 2006 The world’s number one selling 2D drafting software  80% of customers use LT as their only CAD application  85% of customers use LT as a full production drafting tool  70% of LT customers use LT for more than 15 hours per week  They view LT to be instrumental in their job

23 © 2005 Autodesk 23 AutoCAD 2006 AutoCAD 2006 / AutoCAD LT 2006 Dynamic Blocks AutoCAD LTAutoCADFeature User interface enhancements (heads-up design) Network licensing 3D modeling CAD standards management Presentation graphics Customization (LISP, ARX, VBA,.NET) Drawing set management (Sheet Set Manager) Attribute data extraction Dynamic Block authoring QuickCalc Annotation (hatch, Mtext, dimensions)

24 © 2005 Autodesk 24 AutoCAD 2006 Migration Heads-up design Annotation Block Data Dynamic blocks AutoCAD 2006

25 © 2005 Autodesk 25 AutoCAD 2006 AutoCAD 2006: The Drafting Release I would have to commend Autodesk on releasing a version of AutoCAD which I feel is the most significant release since R14.


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