Wednesday, December 03, 2008

AutoCAD 2009: PDF Capabilities, On-demand 3D Printing

There are new functionality introduced as bonus packs for AutoCAD 2009 software. One is the enhanced PDF support, the other is the on-demand 3D printing capabilities.

Enhanced PDF Capabilities
For several years, a top AUGI (Autodesk User Group International) wish list item has been more robust capabilities with the PDF file format in AutoCAD. In response to that feedback, Autodesk is now offering AutoCAD Subscription customers with enhanced ability to use PDF to ease communication with suppliers, clients and partners with PDF Import and Underlay and enhanced PDF publishing features. The PDF Import and Underlay feature allows users to import PDF files as an underlay, providing access to a variety of robust tools, like the ability to snap to lines and objects, control the display of layers, as well as move, scale, rotate, and clip the PDF underlay. The enhanced PDF publishing capabilities provide key improvements for publishing PDF files from AutoCAD - reducing file sizes to ease file sharing needs, as well as support for TrueType font, which provides users with precise control over how fonts are displayed.

On-demand 3D Printing
The third subscription bonus packs brings on-demand 3D printing capabilities to AutoCAD 2009, allowing users to quickly produce physical 3D models and prototypes more accurately and powerfully than ever before. With Bonus Pack 3 installed, users can now connect to 3D printing service providers directly from within AutoCAD, or print to their own 3D printer.


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