Several new features in AutoCAD 2014 get their power from the cloud. You will have to be logged into your Autodesk 360 account to use many of these new tools. One feature is to sync your settings. Save your settings to your account and download them to any machine on which you are logged into your account. This also enables command line Internet search, Autodesk Live Maps (we will look at those later), Design Feed (the best feature in this update), and exchange apps.
In my opinion, this is the best new feature added to AutoCAD 2014. Design Feed, introduced to us in AutoCAD WS, enables users to communicate through a drawing by adding notes and images for discussions. You must be logged into your Autodesk 360 account to use this feature. When in use, it will display a palette where you can share messages and images with colleagues, clients, or consultants through Autodesk 360. Posts appear with related drawings on a desktop, on the Internet, and on mobile devices. These messages and images can be associated with a location in the drawing or just generally relate to the file. There are tools that allow users to tag colleagues, clients, or consultants in order to notify them of the post. These notifications will be delivered via email and will also appear within AutoCAD. Once the post is completed and saved to Autodesk 360, authorized users can view the drawing and associated posts. The people who have been tagged can post replies. When a question in a post, along with its replies, are no longer active, users can resolve the thread to hide it in the Design feed palette.
AutoCAD 2014 has direct access to Autodesk Exchange Apps. Get there by going to the Featured Apps ribbon. This ribbon tab also includes a selection of featured apps that are available for download. The Plug-Ins ribbon tab gives access to the Exchange App Manager and the Import SKP file tools. The Exchange App Manager makes it easy to view and update installed apps. Double-click on an app to choose the Help option (from a right-click menu) to learn more about it. You can also uninstall or rate the app here as well. Keep in mind that any apps you purchase are associated to your Autodesk Exchange account.
AutoCAD 2014 comes with a new tool, Reality Capture, which runs outside of AutoCAD similar to Reference Manager. This tool takes raw 3D laser scan data of any object or project and processes it into point-cloud data that is more easily read by AutoCAD. This enables users to take a large amount of point cloud data and put it in a more manageable format. Autodesk ReCap will convert the data into RCP files that reference RCS files. Recap supports many popular formats including Faro, Leica, and Lidar.
AutoCAD 2014 has Windows 8 touch screen support. If you are using a Windows 8 touch screen device, you can benefit from smoother zoom and pan performance. There is a new control feature on the System tab of the Options dialog box that displays a touch ribbon panel when a touch screen device is detected. This ribbon panel lets users cancel the current command and returns them to the Select/Command prompt. I tried this out on my touch screen running Windows 8 and I rarely needed it as the transition between panning and selecting was rather intuitive and smooth. But from time to time it was needed and it was very useful.
AutoCAD 2014 provides a new feature meant to help keep you and your users more secure, called Secure Load. It is intended to help prevent the loading and running of unauthorized or malicious AutoLISP and VBA applications. Go to the Files tab on the Options dialog box and find the Trusted File Search Path. You can also access these controls by using the TRUSTEDPATHS and TRUSTEDDOMAINS system variables. A Security control area of the System tab in the Options dialog box provides access to the new Executable File Settings. Here you can allow executable file to be loaded from all search paths or only from locations specified by the Files tab. You can also choose to display warnings before loading executable files outside the trusted locations. These options are applied to the new SECURELOAD system variable. When creating a network deployment, these options can be set ahead of time in your deployment.
AutoCAD is licensed, for free, to students, educators, and educational institutions, with a 12-month renewable license available. Licenses acquired before March 25, 2020 were a 36-month license, with its last renovation on March 24, 2020. The student version of AutoCAD is functionally identical to the full commercial version, with one exception: DWG files created or edited by a student version have an internal bit-flag set (the "educational flag"). When such a DWG file is printed by any version of AutoCAD (commercial or student) older than AutoCAD 2014 SP1 or AutoCAD 2019 and newer, the output includes a plot stamp/banner on all four sides. Objects created in the Student Version cannot be used for commercial use. Student Version objects "infect" a commercial version DWG file if they are imported in versions older than AutoCAD 2015 or newer than AutoCAD 2018.
AutoCAD LT 2013 was available through the Mac App Store for $899.99. The full-featured version of AutoCAD 2013 for Mac, however, wasn't available through the Mac App Store due to the price limit of $999 set by Apple. AutoCAD 2014 for Mac was available for purchase from Autodesk's web site for $4,195 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac for $1,200, or from an Autodesk authorized reseller. The latest version available for Mac is AutoCAD 2022 as of January 2022.
Is there a way I can setup a template where the data tables are already attached so a Tech can just select a PVC 150mm BluBrute Pipe and draw it in, then maybe select a 19mm Copper Service Lateral and draw that in?
The only thing I managed to do using AutoCAD Map3D 2014 and 2015 was to setup a standard based on my shape files and their attributes. Remove all the attributes that were our responsibility, add CAD fields with the Add CAD Fields Arc Tool, and setup a DWG with all the drawing layers for the standard and join our infrastructure layers to their respective SHP. This allows editing in CAD with the ability to attribute the features. I don't know if this would work for consultants running vanilla CAD though. It was the only solution I could find.
It's going to be a great year for agile folks who aren't married to yesterday's successes. The driver in 2014 is reinvention: What was brand new a short time ago gets transformed again, or else swept under the rug for even better applications. So here eight predictions, followed by two mandates:
2. Facebook's revenue in the third quarter of 2013 was $2 billion. Facebook will sell $6 billion of ads in the third quarter of 2015. The rest of the world does not 'get' this yet, but mark my words, by late 2014 Facebook advertising will be brutally competitive.
6. The "free exposure via social media" myth is just as dumb as the "free SEO" myth of 10 years ago. Earth is strewn with carcasses of chumps who lived and died by "free." Pay for play is the name of the game in social media. In 2004, the hot strategy was you tested your ideas in Google ads, then scaled up. In 2014, you test ideas in your news feed, then pay for them to go quasi viral. Expect to pay for all your fans to see your posts. Expect to pay for new customers.
7. The growth industry in 2014 is turning hobbies into businesses. Social media is making that possible like nothing else before. Since 10 percent of the people in the world produce enough to feed and furnish 90 percent of our "necessities," hobbies are not trivial. They are golden keys to the entrepreneurial future.
9. Obamacare is already a failure and nothing short of a total reboot can save it. Ditto with the website. How forthright politicians are about this fact will cast their fate in the 2014 elections. Meanwhile, as noble as the desire for universal health care is, Obamacare was the wrong answer to the wrong question.
Perry Marshall is the president of Perry S. Marshall & Associates, a Chicago-based company that consults both online and brick-and-mortar companies on generating sales leads, web traffic and maximizing advertising results. He has written seven books including his most recent, 80/20 Sales and Marketing (Entrepreneur Press, 2013), Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising (Enterpreneur Press, 2014), Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords (Entrepreneur Press, 2014), and Ultimate Guide to Local Business Marketing (Entrepreneur Press, 2016). He blogs at perrymarshall.com. 781b155fdc