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Why is it called AutoCAD?

Some CAD software programs were based on the work of architect, Charles D. Hansen, who in 1965 developed a program called AutoCAD (acronym for autocad) that could be used for both drafting and technical design. Although it only cost $600 for a personal license, it grew to become one of the most popular CAD software programs. The name “AutoCAD” is now registered as a trademark of Autodesk, Inc. and only Autodesk can purchase this trademark.


AutoCAD was one of the first CAD software programs to let users create 3D drawings and therefore played an important role in establishing the 3D computer-aided design (CAD) industry. It is estimated that AutoCAD has helped to save more than $2 billion of raw material cost and labor on more than one billion parts and assemblies by creating the first 2D and 3D technical drawings on behalf of car, airplane, and ship builders.

As with many other software packages, the name “AutoCAD” is now commonly used as a generic reference for any software that can work with technical drawings (CAD) or that is marketed as a tool for creating technical drawings.

Some professionals use AutoCAD to draft their own drawings and drawings created by other designers or technicians. When they do so, they are working in the technical part of the AutoCAD application. One reason that the name AutoCAD was chosen is that it helped to distinguish the technical-design part of the program from the “regular” drafting and drawing part.

What is AutoCAD?

AutoCAD is a drawing and technical-design software program. It is used for creating and editing technical drawings, as well as for designing and documenting buildings and other structures. It is often used for tasks that are different from the typical drafting and drawing tasks performed in a drawing office or with hand-drawn drafting methods. For example, technical designers use AutoCAD to draft drawings and presentations that are used by other engineers and technicians, such as electrical, mechanical, and civil engineers.

AutoCAD is the most widely used CAD program. In 2011, it was estimated to be used by 10.7 million professionals in over 100 countries.


AutoCAD is a multi-user software package. A number of users can work on the same file simultaneously and share drawings, dimensions

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Chapter IV of the AutoCAD Guidebook (published 2004) and the Autodesk Official Training manual, AutoCAD Application Programming, provide an introduction to the API.

Application programming interface (API)

Automation scripts are C++ programs, written in Visual Studio, that can be executed directly in AutoCAD without the need for a separate program. There are two versions of the API: the commercial VSP, Visual Studio Programming, and the free OpenVSP, Visual Studio Extension Programming.

VSP (Visual Studio Programming)

The Windows installer for AutoCAD 2010 includes the Visual Studio 2010 version of Visual Studio, with the C++ 2008 Redistributable. It also includes the C++ libraries required by the AutoCAD 2010 VSP and the Windows Application Wizard. There is no need for a separate version of Visual Studio. After installing the Windows installer, the VSP is installed as a feature in AutoCAD.

The VSP is available for free as part of AutoCAD 2010 or later. To get the latest version of the VSP you must download the AutoCAD 2010 or later installer, and then choose “Review Available Software” from the AutoCAD main menu.

Using VSP is simple. Open the main menu and choose File>Open in VSP. From the toolbar, double-click the “Open in VSP” button, which opens the VSP window. From this window, you can install the VSP. You can also search for VSPs that were recently installed.

When the VSP is installed, the VSP installer creates a file C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 2010\VSP\AutoCAD.ini. This file contains options for Autodesk’s AutoCAD 2010 VSP.

OpenVSP (Visual Studio Extension Programming)

OpenVSP is a free library for development of add-ons for AutoCAD and other Autodesk products. It allows a VSP and toolbox to be distributed independently of Autodesk.

Autodesk Exchange Apps

Autodesk Exchange Apps allow vendors of Autodesk-based products to integrate third-party applications with Autodesk products using a software extension. These extensions are written in the Autodesk exchange extension language (AXEL), a text-based, XML-based language developed by Autodesk to provide compatibility with AXIS, the XML communication


Go to: “Automation, and then to “Create a macro.”
Make a decision on “Any object type:”, pick “Automation component, then on “Create automation component and enter the following options:
Put into the field: “Pdf File Name of your selection file.”
“Put into the field: “Computer Name or IP address of your computer.”
“Save the macro file.”
“Press OK.”
On the tab “This macro is now saved.”
“Click the first button (the red one).”
Choose the category, folder and the name for this macro.
“Click Save.”

It may be possible to use the dll so not be dependent on the autocad application.

What’s New In AutoCAD?

In addition to a set of standard commands for implementing feedback, AutoCAD 2023 also supports markup import, which imports the data structure from a Microsoft Office file and imports the design intent of the original drawing.

With the introduction of Rapid Function-Saving (RFS) settings in AutoCAD 2013, it was possible to store the drawings to be built with a set of settings. This set of settings is specified in a function module that is called as soon as the settings are entered into a drawing.

If the settings include the AutoCAD 2023 functionality, then the function module will remain active, even if the settings are canceled. If you want to change the settings later on, they can be saved as a function module.

Extend an existing drawing as a reference or design basis. Create new parts by copying existing features, or connect existing parts with a spline. (video: 1:28 min.)

When you import or link a drawing, you can choose to copy any drawing elements—including existing blocks, annotative annotations, and coordinates—from the imported drawing to the current drawing. The Extent command has been extended to detect the imported items and determine the area of the imported drawing that will be added to the current drawing.

You can define which items are copied, or you can specify a shape, a label, a number, or a percentage. To specify the percentage, you can provide a value from 0% to 100%, or a positive and negative value.

You can also choose to override the default value. For example, you can add a 0% value if you want to ensure that there are no imports, and a 100% value if you want to ensure that the imported drawing is merged to the current drawing. (video: 1:34 min.)

New features in the Drawing Tools panel include the following:

Measurement Manager:

Get a visual representation of your design with dynamic views, views that display data based on your current cursor position. (video: 1:25 min.)

With the Measurement Manager, you can define a rectangle or an irregular region for displaying the measurement data. The data can be displayed as numbers, a percentage, or a flag.

Measurement Manager uses the same values that are displayed in the Measurements toolbar, including up to five different measurement units: Inches, Millimeters, Pixels, Points, and Radians.

In addition to the Measurement Manager

System Requirements For AutoCAD:

OS: Windows 7/8
Processor: Dual Core 2.3 GHz (2.6 GHz recommended)
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 11 compatible video card
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 5 GB available space
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