Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2013 is a drafting and detailing software that delivers the 2D documentation, collaboration, and productivity tools you need. With a long track history running on Microsoft Windows, this year’s version marks the first time AutoCAD LT is available for Mac. It isn’t some mere port either–Autodesk has developed the AutoCAD LT 2013 Mac version specifically to run on Mac OS X. You can work on your platform of choice with licensing entitlements that give you the flexibility to activate either the Windows or Mac version of AutoCAD LT, regardless of which OS version you purchased. This AutoCAD LT 2013 review will go over some of the latest and enhanced features of AutoCAD LT 2013.
Autodesk 360 Integration
The cloud computing capability of Autodesk 360 can extend desktop functionality. With AutoCAD LT 2013, you can automatically store design files online and access them from almost anywhere. Review and mark up 2D DWF files through a web browser or with a mobile device. And with cloud storage, you can easily share files, keep track of file updates and invite others to review the designs. Using the customization sync feature in AutoCAD LT 2013 (Windows version only), you can make your custom settings and files available on any computer via your Autodesk 360 account.
Powerhouse Drafting Tools to the Mac
Providing native support for DWG technology, AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac helps you to more accurately and efficiently document and share designs.
AutoCAD LT for Mac 2013 includes familiar AutoCAD LT 2D drafting and detailing tools such as standard creation and modification tools; annotation tools such as text, dimensions, and hatches; and the ability to attach DWG files and image files as external references.
Most features in AutoCAD LT 2013 are also included in AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac, such as PDF underlay, the Sheet Set Manager (known in Mac as the Project Manager), and the associative array feature. AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac creates files using the same native DWG technology as AutoCAD LT 2013 and AutoCAD 2013 software.
Improved User Interaction
The AutoCAD LT 2013 user interface is even more intuitive and easier to use. In addition to multifunctional grips, contextual ribbon tabs help put commands at your fingertips. When you start certain commands or select certain objects, the relevant objects and commands automatically appear at the top of the screen.
AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac has been designed to follow common native Mac application user interface guidelines. Instead of a ribbon, AutoCAD LT for Mac software has the familiar Apple menu bar, and a number of workflow based palettes. AutoCAD LT for Mac also supports native Mac OS X behavior, such as Cover Flow navigation and Multi-Touch gestures.
Collaboration with AutoCAD WS
AutoCAD LT 2013 provides built-in access to AutoCAD WS, the free web and mobile application that enables you to view, edit, and share DWG files with a web browser or a mobile device. With the tools on the Online tab, you can upload drawings directly to your AutoCAD WS account, view a timeline of changes to previously posted files, read your AutoCAD WS messages and print drawings directly from AutoCAD WS—all from within AutoCAD LT 2013.
Associative arrays add timesaving functionality by enabling better maintenance of relationships between objects, like windows on a building or trusses on a bridge. You can edit a single, associative array more easily. You can change the spacing or number of rows or columns, adjust the path shape and even modify or remove individual items without affecting the overall associativity.
In AutoCAD LT 2013, a contextual ribbon tab available during array creation makes the command even easier to use. New properties for path arrays enable you to specify whether to maintain a fixed number of objects or to automatically adjust the count based on path length and item spacing.
Support for the Latest Format, Hardware, and Operating Systems
AutoCAD LT 2013 introduces an updated file format to accommodate technology and performance improvements in the software.
AutoCAD LT 2013 is compatible with all previous versions of AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD drafting software, and allows you to save drawings in a wide variety of formats, ranging back to R14 DWG and R12 DXF. Also, the DWG technology used by AutoCAD LT 2013 is shared by the industry specific versions of AutoCAD, maximizing compatibility and interoperability.
AutoCAD LT 2013 is supported on the latest Windows based workstations, including those with 64-bit processors and the Windows 7 operating system.
AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac is supported on Mac OS X Lion.
Satish K. contributed to this article.