AutoCAD 2018 for MAC: What’s New?

AutoCAD 2018 for MAC: What’s New?

Stay at the forefront of design with Autodesk AutoCAD for Mac software, one of the world’s leading CAD applications. Create stunning 2D and 3D designs with innovative tools that are always up-to-date, delivering a personalized design solution to meet your needs.

So what’s new in Autodesk’s AutoCAD for Mac 2018? Read on for all the information.

Migrate Custom Settings

Re-customizing AutoCAD every time you get a new version can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. That’s why Autodesk announced that with AutoCAD 2018 for Mac, you can seamlessly migrate your custom files and settings from AutoCAD 2017 for Mac. The migration utility will automatically start the first time you launch the new release after upgrading.

Choose which settings you want to migrate (if you don’t want all of them) by clicking the Details button. In just a few minutes, your settings will be migrated, which means you can start designing again instantly!

Tabbed Palettes and Auto-Hide Docked Palettes

If you’re like a lot of people, you’re probably using two monitors at the office but only one at home. That’s why Autodesk updated the User Interface in AutoCAD 2018 for Mac to support both scenarios, and to give you the flexibility to position the drawing and palettes in a way that works for you.

Now, when working with two screens, you can drag the floating palettes to the second screen, optimizing the drawing real estate on the first screen. When using only one screen, you can dock and arrange the active palettes on the right-hand side to optimize screen space and access. These tabbed palettes are contextual and can be activated by command prompt — or just by clicking on them.

As an added benefit, when working with just one monitor, you can ‘hide’ these palettes to the extreme right. To access these palettes, just hover over the palette name for it to ‘show.’

Command Alias Editor

Are you one of the many, many AutoCAD customers who was trained to use AutoCAD with Commands? Get ready to have your world ROCKED. New in AutoCAD 2018 for Mac is the Command Alias Editor, a feature that allows you to build shortcuts for your frequently used commands. Build your own names, and enter them at the command prompt to minimize keystrokes and avoid having to memorize long, complicated names.

Object Selection

In AutoCAD 2018 for Mac, you can begin a selection window in one part of your drawing and then pan and zoom to another part while maintaining selection of the off-screen objects!

PDF Import Enhancements

AutoCAD 2018 for Mac offers new tools to support importing SHX text from PDF files. The PDF format stores text using TrueType fonts. But since PDF does not support text that uses AutoCAD SHX fonts, text objects that use SHX fonts are instead stored in PDF as geometric objects to maintain visual fidelity.

Combine Text

Additionally, with AutoCAD for Mac 2018, you can use the SHX text recognition tool to quickly convert imported PDF geometry to text and Mtext objects. You’ll find that the enhanced Text to Mtext tool enables you to convert a combination of single- and multi- line text objects to one multi-line text object, automatically inferring formatting.

Improved Xref Path Management

With AutoCAD 2018 for Mac’s improved Xref path management, you can set Xrefs to a relative path to prevent broken and missing paths. This path can even be applied to other missing Xrefs, too. Now, when you save a host drawing in a new location, you’ll be prompted to update the relative paths of the associated drawings.

For more exciting new updates and functionality for AutoCAD MAC 2018, check out AutoCAD’s Official Blog or to download your AutoCAD for MAC 2018, login to your Autodesk Account for the latest update!


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