The DataLink command allows you to modify links. The Excel table is included with packages created by the eTransmit command. The split-long-mtext-into-multiple-columns feature also applies to tables: The enhanced MTEXT editor provides the ability to specify the number of columns required and flows new text between those columns as users make edits. The space set between each column of text and the edge of the paper is also customizable. All of these variables can be adjusted to specific values in the dialog box, or adjusted interactively using the new multicolumn text grips.
See image. A new Paragraph dialog box enables you to specify tabs and indents as well as paragraph alignment and spacing. And, the new Text panel on the Dashboard provides easy access to text-related tools including multline text, single line text, Find, Spell Check, text styles and text height. When creating or editing multiline text, new controls in the Text Formatting toolbar, provide more formatting options for your MTEXT objects.
You can specify dynamic or static columns and adjust the number of columns as well as the column and gutter width and height. Grips and the text formatting ruler provide visual editing options.
MLeader keeps text or block attached to the leader, it can justify all selected leaders, and combine multiple leaders into one. New leader lines can be added to existing MLeaders, and there are new editing grips on the mleader line. Command shortcut command is MLD. Multileader styles helps to define different multileaders for different purposes.
The dashboard has a specific area for these commands. AUGI has an article here. You can access the layer Isolation tools from the Layers panel of the Dashboard. The Layer isolate functionality LAYISO command includes a new option for you to lock and fade background layers rather than simply hiding them.
Since objects on a locked layer cannot be edited, their grips are not displayed upon selection. Layer States - new dialog box and new droplist in the Dashboard. The Layer States Manager, which you can now access outside of the Layer Properties Manager, provides powerful features for managing and editing saved layer states. You can edit layer states and view layer states from xref files. Layer Properties Manager You can easily rearrange the display order of layer properties by dragging and dropping the column headings and you can control which layer properties are displayed by turning them on or off from a right-click menu.
A new Customize Layer Columns dialog box, accessible from the right-click menu, enables you to toggle the visibility of multiple columns. A new layer creation option in the Layer Properties Manager enables you to create a new layer that is automatically frozen in all viewports. You can access this option from a button as well as from the right-click menu. Additionally, if you right-click on an existing layer, you can freeze that selected layer in all viewports.
However, you can still rename an existing layer by pressing F2 or by clicking twice slowly on the layer name. You can display objects differently in selected layout viewports while retaining their original layer properties in model space and in other layout viewports.
With layer property overrides, you no longer need to use tedious and error-prone methods such as duplicating geometry on separate layers or making copies of xrefs.
When a viewport contains overrides, a Viewport Overrides property filter is automatically created and the override properties are indicated with a different background color. You can select the Viewport Overrides filter to view all layers that contain overrides. A Settings button in the Layer Properties Manager provides access to the new Layer Settings dialog box where you can enable layer evaluation, apply the layer filter to the layer toolbar, and change the background color for viewport overrides.
The new Layer Panel on the Dashboard acts as a central location for your Layer tools. It includes all of the tools from the Layers toolbar and more! SetByLayer command forces blocks and other objects to use the color specified by the layer of the block. Supports nested blocks. Clicking on the Settings button in the Layer Properties Manager shows this dialog box. It allows you to evaluate what should happen when new layers are added to a drawing.
In a multi-user environment this functionality is useful as a help so you don't end up plotting a drawing with new layers that you are not aware of. But don't rely fully on it since there are some pitfalls as seen further on. Unreconciled New Layers is a notification that let you know that new layers has been found. Unreconciled New Layers is a temporary filter that shows the layers that can be reconciled using right click.
Being a filter makes it also easy to review the layers before acting on them. It can be a good idea to enforce the values using acaddoc. In a single-user environment or if you don't want to use this new feature just add the following two rows to acaddoc.
The drawing has to be opened and saved in AutoCAD once for the notification to work properly. It does NOT show if the command is run from a script file. The alert does NOT show if you start using a plot preview followed by plotting.
Take also a look at you templates and consider if you want layers in them to be unreconciled or reconciled. When saving as a template there is an option for that. Since the baseline that is saved in the drawing needs to know if a layer is reconciled it makes the drawing larger and there is no easy way to purge that information once it has been added.
More about it can be found here. Download for PurgeReconciledLayers. An animation is available on this Autodesk blog post by Heidi Hewett. Introduces the concept of annotation scale as an object property. Designers can set the current scale of a viewport or model space view, and then apply that scale to each object and specify its size, placement, and appearance based on the scale set for the viewport. In other words, annotation scale is now automated.
Using the parameter description activates tooltips when you hover over dynamic grips. You can quickly update a block definition in the current drawing to match a block on the tool palette by selecting the new Redefine option from the right-click menu of a block tool. Using dynamic blocks is more intuitive with new grip tips! When you hover the cursor over a dynamic block grip, the associated parameter description is displayed as a tooltip. For example, if you select the Invert Clip option and then specify a rectangular boundary, everything within the rectangle is removed from the display.
Block attributes have been updated to support multiple lines of text. The Multiline Attribute editor is a simplified version of the MTEXT editor enabling you to enter text, adjust the width for text wrapping, insert fields, underline, and overline.
When you define a muiltiline attribute, an additional control in the Attribute Definition dialog box as well as in the Enhanced Attribute Editor, enables you to specify a Boundary Width. The SPELL command now checks words in dimensions, zooms into words being corrected; added option to ignore words with numbers or words with special characters; where to check selection option. Inspection dimension. This type of dimension has the value, a tag, and a percentage.
You can edit the jog location using grips and you can turn off the jog or edit its height using the Properties window. Additionally, a new option for linear jog size is included on the Symbols and Arrows tab of the Dimension Style dialog box.
Here is before and here is the result of the command The new Dimension Break tool DIMBREAK command enables you to break dimension or extension lines where they intersect geometric objects or other dimensions.
After specifying the dimension that you want to break, you can select intersecting objects to use as cutting edges or you can choose the Auto or Manual options. When you break a dimension by selecting objects or using the Auto option, the breaks will automatically update when the intersection point moves. If the objects are moved so that they no longer intersect, the break will disappear and if they are moved back the break will automatically return to the proper location.
The Manual option enables you to specify start and end point of the break. You can use the Restore option to remove all the breaks from selected dimensions or leaders. Enhancements to diametric, radial, and jogged radial dimensions enable you to dimension an arc beyond its endpoints.
However, when you specify the location of the dimension line, you can drag beyond the endpoints of the arc. AutoCAD will automatically create an arc extension line using the same properties, such as extension line color and extension line offset, as traditional extension lines. A new option for angular dimensions enables you to place the dimension text outside of the angle being measured.
You can access the new option, Quadrant, from the right-click menu when prompted to specify the dimension arc line location. The Quadrant option asks you to specify the quadrant angle that you want to dimension separate from specifying the dimension arc line location.
If the dimension arc line location that you specify is outside of the quadrant that is being measured, AutoCAD will automatically create an arc extension line to the dimension text. The Tolerances tab of the Dimension Style dialog box has been updated to include controls for aligning tolerances.
You can align stacked tolerances using either the decimal separator or the operation symbol Properties of objects can be extracted, such as the length of a line or polyline. Custom created rows or columns are retained. When a DWF file is attached as an underlay you can specify which layers to display. MicroStation's DGN files can be imported or attached like xrefs. This is limited to 2D drawings only.
You can choose to ignore external references, translate reference data into the drawing file, or create a DGN underlay. You have the option to export externally referenced DGN files underlays and you can specify a seed file and units master or sub. Specifying a seed file allows you to choose to export the data as a 2D or 3D file using imperial or metric units and master or sub units.
Managing Materials The Materials palette has been updated to provide faster, easier access to materials properties. It includes expandable panels, which enable you to view and edit material setting without having to access multiple dialog boxes.
In the Material Editor panel, you can specify the type of material and select from a wide range of pre-defined templates. The pre-defined templates include appropriate values, such as shininess, opacity, and translucency, for common materials.
Go back to the drawing board and if anyone there comes up with some rainbow metro "marketing scheme", send them down to the service department to spend some time blowing dust out of PC cases. I don't see the desktop surviving much longer with the exception of highly specialized tasks. This was a must move for MS, who frankly probably see the same trend, but that's not going to be publicly stated at this point.