My experience of AutoCAD 2010 aka Gator
New and/or enhanced functions
New file format "AutoCAD 2010" and is likely to be used for AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD 2012. Last file format change was in AutoCAD 2007. The version number is 18.0 and the internal DWG and DXF version is AC1024. It is possible to save to earlier formats down to R14 DWG and R12 DXF.
Initial Setup is displayed the first time you start AutoCAD 2010 and allow you to select the industry that most closely describes your work like Architecture or Civil Engineering for example. Depending on your choices the following will be set: the default settings of various AutoCAD functionality, including drawing templates, Autodesk® Seek filters, Autodesk Developer Network partners, the Unified Online Experience portal, and workspaces. If you later want to access Initial Setup it is available via Options>User Preferences.
Application Menu has been changed a lot compared to AutoCAD 2009's Menu Browser. There is no longer access to pull-down menus from here. Some name changes have been done. Publish command is known as Batch Plot and available via the Print menu. The Publish menu have access to Send to 3D Print Service and Archive but if you click directly on the Publish menu the publish command is launched.
The ribbon has been updated. You can drag a ribbon panel off the ribbon to display it as a sticky panel. Sticky panels remain displayed, even when selecting a different tab, until you select the option to Return Panels to Ribbon.
The vertical ribbon has been updated to show the tab names along the side. The panel titles are displayed by default and those with additional tools include slide-out panels. When resizing the vertical ribbon, buttons automatically flow to the next or previous row and other elements, such as slider bars, automatically shorten or lengthen.
Custom dashboard panels can be converted to new ribbon panels using the Transfer tab in the Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor.
You can customize contextual ribbon tab states which control the display of ribbon tabs and panels based on either the type of object selected in the drawing window or the active command. You can display a ribbon tab that is assigned to a ribbon contextual tab state either on its own tab or with its panels merged onto each of the ribbon tabs in the current workspace. To add a ribbon tab, drag it from the Tabs node in the Customizations In pane to the contextual tab state. For example, if you want the Home tab to become active whenever you select an Arc object, drag the Home-2D ribbon tab to the Arc selected node under the Contextual Tab States. Select it and modify its display type to indicate if it should be displayed as its own tab or merged onto each ribbon tab.
The Quick Access toolbar has been enhanced with more functionality and to ensure consistency with other Windows applications. The Undo and Redo tools include history support and the right-click menu includes new options that enable you to easily remove tools from the toolbar, add separators between tools, and display the Quick Access toolbar above or below the ribbon.
The Quick Access toolbar includes a new flyout menu, which displays a list of common tools that you can select to include in the Quick Access toolbar. The flyout menu provides easy access to additional tools using the Command List pane in the CUI Editor. Other options enable you to show the menu bar or display the Quick Access toolbar below the ribbon.
The Quick Access toolbar can be customized using the new Quick Access toolbars node in the CUI Editor. Multiple versions of the Quick Access toolbar can be created and added to different workspaces.
The New Features Workshop has been updated to include AutoCAD 2010 functionality.
Parametric drawing functionality enables you to constraining drawing objects based on design intent. Geometric and dimensional constraints help ensure that specific relationships and measurements remain persistent even as objects are modified. The tools for creating and managing geometric and dimensional constraints are available on the Parametric ribbon tab, which is automatically displayed in the 2D Drafting and Annotation workspace.
Geometric constraints establish and maintain geometric relationships between objects, key points on objects, or between an object and the coordinate system. Pairs of key points on or between objects can also be constrained to be vertical or horizontal relative to the current coordinate system. For example, you could specify that two circles must always be concentric, that two lines are always parallel, or that one side of a rectangle is always horizontal.
Geometric relationships are defined with geometric constraints, located on the Geometric Panel of the Parametric tab of the ribbon, or with the GEOMCONSTRAINT command. When applying constraints, an icon appears next to the cursor to help you remember which constraint you selected.
When applying a constraint to points, a temporary marker identifies the
closest valid point when rolling over an object. It generally corresponds
with points that can be used as object snaps.
You can significantly automate the process of applying constraints using the AutoConstrain functionality, available on the Geometric panel of the Parametric tab. AutoConstrain automatically applies constraints to geometry that falls within specified tolerances. For example, applying AutoConstrain to a rectangle consisting of four lines generates the appropriate coincident, horizontal, parallel, and perpendicular constraints to maintain the rectangular shape through various edits. You can control which constraints are available, in what order they are applied, and a tolerance to determine whether constraints are automatically applied. These controls are available on the AutoConstrain tab of the Constraint Settings dialog box, which you can access from the Parametric tab or using the CONSTRAINTSETTINGS command.
Constraint bars show the constraints applied to an object. You can
control the display of constraint bars using the CONSTRAINTBAR command or
the Show, Show All, and Hide All options on the Geometric panel of the
Parametric ribbon tab.
You can further control the display of constraint bars on the Geometric tab of the Constraint Settings dialog box. Options include the ability to individually specify which types of constraints can be displayed in the constraint bar, apply transparency, and automatically show the constraint bars after applying constraints to selected objects regardless of the current constraint bar visibility setting.
Establishing Dimensional Relationships
You can control the display of dimensional constraints, including the visibility of the lock icon, from the Dimensional tab of the Constraint Settings dialog box.
Easily edit a dimensional constraint using grips or by double-clicking on the dimension text to enter values. When you double-click, the constraint name and expression are automatically displayed regardless of the constraint format setting. You can enter just a value, or a name and value using the format name=value (for example, Width=1.5 or Width=Length/3). You can rename dimensional constraints, and use those names in formulas to set the values of other constraints. For example, if you have a rectangle with constraints named “length” and “width,” you could define the value of “width” as “length/3” to constrain the rectangle’s width to 1/3 of its length.
The Parameters Manager, available from the ribbon, enables you to manage dimensional parameters as well as create and manage user-defined parameters. You can provide a meaningful name for the parameter and then assign a numeric value or formula as its expression. A parameter’s expression can reference other parameters so that its value automatically updates when the other parameter values change.
Dimensional constraints can take one of two forms:
Annotational or Dynamic. Both forms control geometry in the same way, but
they differ in their appearance and they way they are managed.
You can specify which constraint form is applied by default using the CCONSTRAINTFORM system variable. Additionally, you can specify the constraint form when using the DIMCONSTRAINT command to create a new dimensional constraint. Even after you have created a dimensional constraint, you can easily change its constraint form using the Properties palette.
Dynamic Blocks supports geometric and dimensional constraints. They also support the ability to define a table of variations of the dynamic block.
Constraint Parameters behave like dimensional constraints but also expose their name as a property for the block reference similar to dynamic block parameters. You can access constraint parameters from the Dimensional panel of the Block Editor tab in the ribbon or with the BCPARAMETER command. Constraint parameter options include Linear, Aligned, Horizontal, Vertical, Angular, Radial, and Diameter.
Construction geometry (BCONSTRUCTION command) enables you to convert existing objects to construction geometry. The construction geometry is visible in the Block Editor and can be constrained, but it does not display or plot in the block reference.
The Parameters Manager is available in the Block Editor. It lists user parameters, legacy action parameters, block constraint parameters, and attributes. Using the Parameters Manager, you can control whether or not a parameter is displayed in the Properties palette for a selected block reference and you can specify the order in which the parameters appear.
The Test Block tool (BTESTBLOCK command) enables you to test a block definition while authoring dynamic blocks. When you use this tool, AutoCAD opens a temporary window, similar to a drawing window, with the block reference already inserted. The Test Block Window is easily identifiable by the title bar, background color, and the contextual ribbon tab which includes a button to Close Test Block. When you close the test block, you’re automatically returned to the Block Editor.
The Block Table tool is accessible from the Dimensional panel of the ribbon, or the BTABLE command, it displays the Block Properties Table where you can define different variations of a property set for the block reference. You can enter properties manually or copy and paste from a Microsoft® Office Excel® spreadsheet.
Block Editor Settings is launched with the command BESETTINGS and enables you to control all the settings for the Block Editor environment in one place. You can apply colors to objects based on their constraint status, making it easy to identify objects that are partially, fully, or over-constrained, or that have no constraints at all. The system variable BCONSTATUSMODE controls whether this shading is used.
Color Selection - you can set layer colors and pick from the AutoCAD Color Index with ease. Access the Select Color dialog box directly from the Layer drop-down list by selecting on the layer color swatch. If the layer has a viewport color override, the color swatch has a white border. The new color you select applies to the appropriate viewport color override or global color.
Behavior within the Select Color dialog box has also been improved. As you hover the cursor over a color swatch, the arrow cursor and a black border are displayed in addition to the traditional white border making it easier to see which swatch you are about to select.
Measure Tools - The new MEASUREGEOM command enables you to measure the distance, radius, angle, area, or volume of a selected object or a sequence of points. You can access these tools from the Utilities panel of the Home ribbon tab. The default option is Distance. However, selecting a different measure tool will set it as the default for the remainder of the AutoCAD session or until a different tool is selected.
The Distance tool enables you to measure the distance
between two points. AutoCAD visually displays the distance, delta x, delta
y, and angle in the xy plane within the Drawing Editor. If you select the
Multiple option, you can continue picking points and, with each pick,
AutoCAD displays the cumulative distance. Other options within the Distance
tool are similar to the Polyline command enabling you to switch between Line
and Arc measuring modes.
You can use the Volume tool to specify boundary points with visual feedback similar to the Area option, and then specify a height to determine the volume. Additionally, you can display the volume of selected solids or regions.
Reverse Tools - reverse the direction of lines, polylines, splines, and helixes.
Reverse is also an option in the Pedit command.
Spline Editing Tools - convert the
SPLINE to a POLYLINE. If a SPLINE is selected in the PEDIT command, you get
the option to convert it to a POLYLINE. Precision can be specified between 0
and 99 where 99 is the most accurate. If PEDITACCEPT is set to 1, the SPLINE
is automatically converted. DELOBJ system variable is honored.
Purge Tools - The Purge dialog box has been updated to include an option for purging zero-length geometry and empty text objects. After performing the Purge operation, AutoCAD will report how many zero-length or empty text objects it purged. The same functionality is available at the Command line using the -PURGE command.
Viewport Rotation Tools - The new VPROTATEASSOC variable enables you to control the rotation of a view within a layout viewport. When you rotate the viewport with VPROTATEASSOC set to 1 (the default), the view will also rotate to maintain its orientation relevant to the viewport. When it’s set to 0, the view within the viewport will not rotate even though the viewport itself does.
External References - consolidated interface and increased flexibility for working with externally referenced file formats, including DWG, DWF, DGN, PDF, and Image files.
Attach externally referenced drawing files using geographic data. If both
the host drawing and the external reference drawing have a geographic
location, a new option in the External References dialog box enables you to
locate the attached xref relative to the host drawing using Geographic Data.
A similar option is available in the Insert dialog box.
When you select a reference file in the drawing, a relevant contextual tab
is automatically displayed in the ribbon. For example, if you select a PDF
underlay, the PDF Underlay tab is displayed providing you easy access to PDF
You can enable object snapping for geometry in underlay files. To control this behavior for specific reference types, use its individual system variables such as DWFOSNAP, DGNOSNAP, and PDFOSNAP. You can override these individual system variables using the Snap to Underlays tool (UOSNAP system variable) in the References panel of the Insert ribbon tab.
When you open a drawing that has unresolved references, a new tool helps identify the missing files.
If you choose Update, AutoCAD opens the External References palette so you
can repath the missing files. If you choose Ignore, the warning closes and
takes no action. If you always want to ignore unresolved references, use the
checkbox at the bottom to stop the warning from displaying again.
Sheet Sets - Sheet set functionality includes a variety of enhancements to increase productivity.
A new Sheet right-click menu option enables you to quickly specify whether a sheet should be included in the publish operation. To control the publish property of multiple sheets and even entire subsets, you can access the new Publish Sheets dialog box from the right-click menu by selecting the option to Edit Subset and Sheet Publish Settings.
The Subset Properties dialog box has a new look and feel, similar to the Sheet Set Properties and Sheet Properties dialog boxes. It includes a new control to specify if the subset should honor the sheets’ individual “Include for Publish” settings or if it, the entire subset, should be excluded from the publish operation. The Subset right-click menu includes similar options. An icon in the sheet list provides a visual indication of those subsets that are excluded from the Publish operation.
Sheet List Table functionality is more flexible. In addition to creating a sheet list table for the entire sheet set, you can now insert a sheet list table for individual subsets and even individual sheets. You can access this functionality from the right-click menu in the Sheet List table and a new tab in the Sheet List Table dialog box enables you to control the behavior of subsets and sheets. You can specify which sheets to include and which subsets to track so that you are prompted when new sheets are added to that subset.
Quick Views - The preview images for Quick View Layouts and Quick View Drawings have been enhanced to include a preview image of Model space in addition to the layout previews.
PDF Support - PDF support has been
significantly enhanced. PDF publishing provides better visual quality with
smaller file sizes, and you can even attach PDF files to a drawing as an
You can use the Plotter Configuration Editor to view and modify the PDF
settings for plotted output. Select the DWG to PDF.pc3 plotter in the Plot
dialog box and then choose Properties. The new Merge Control option is
displayed under the Graphics node and the other options are accessible when
you select Custom Properties.
You can attach a PDF file to an AutoCAD drawing as an underlay. You can work with PDF underlays in the same way you work with other external references including DWG, DWF, DGN, and Image files. You can even snap to key points on PDF geometry using familiar object snaps.
File Navigation dialogs such as Open and Save now support auto-complete when typing file names.
Object Size Limits
AutoCAD 2010 supports object size limits greater than those available in
previous releases. With increased object size limits you can create larger
and more complex models. Using increased object size limits can result in
compatibility issues with legacy drawing file formats (AutoCAD 2007 and
3D Printing - The 3D printing
functionality enables you to output your 3D AutoCAD drawings directly to
STL-supported 3D printing vendors through an internet connection. This
utility will walk you through preparing your model, adjusting the scale,
creating an STL file from your model, then downloading your STL file to a
user-specified vendor for printing. The final 3D model will be printed then
shipped to you within days.
eTransmit - The eTransmit functionality has been enhanced to include a new option to “include unloaded file references.” When this option is enabled, all unloaded reference files are included in the transmittal set but will remain unloaded in the eTransmit package. The Archive functionality includes the same option to include unloaded file references and is enabled by default.
Autodesk Seek - Previously known as
“Content Search,” Autodesk Seek is a more efficient online utility that
allows users to quickly search product information and designs from the web
and download the designs into AutoCAD. For example, if you were designing a
home, and wanted to include pre-existing windows, you could look for product
specifications and actual 2D and 3D design files on seek.autodesk.com.
Search through the results for your desired window specifications, and then
download the window file to incorporate it into your design.
Conceptual and Free-Form Design
Smooth Mesh tools enable you to create
3D models that are free-form and flowing. The new Mesh Modeling ribbon tab
provides easy access to the mesh creation and editing tools. A mesh object
can be incrementally smoothed to create curved shapes, even when starting
with a traditional primitive shape. The process of creating smooth mesh
primitives is similar to creating their solid equivalents. You can adjust
the smoothness level as you create the mesh by specifying the Settings
3D Scale Gizmo allow you to easily scale selected objects.
The 3D Move gizmo has been enhanced with longer axes, XYZ labels, and planar highlighting to make it easier for you to view and select the appropriate axis or plane. Save another step using the 3D Move gizmo by picking the constraint axis or plane and the base point in one operation. As you specify the second point, the 3D Move gizmo dynamically moves with the selected objects.
A new context menu, available when you right-click on a gizmo axis or plane, enables you to change the gizmo’s behavior. You can set the constraint to a different axis or plane, switch between the 3D Move, 3D Rotate, and 3D Scale gizmos, relocate the gizmo, and align it to the world UCS, current UCS, or an object face. You can further customize the location and orientation of the gizmo by manually specifying its origin, direction of the X-axis, and position of the XY plane.
In addition to using the right-click menu option to
switch gizmos, you can press the space bar to cycle between them. If you
want to change the gizmo that displays by default when you select an object,
use the gizmo flyout on the ribbon.
The Solid Editing panel of the Home tab includes tools to perform unions, subtractions, interferences, intersections, and imprinting. These tools, which were previously available only for solid objects, now work on surfaces as well.
CUIx File - the CUI file is replaced with the new CUIx file format. A CUIx file is a package file format that helps to improve performance when working with the CUI Editor. In addition to typical CUI information, a CUIx file contains the custom images used by the commands defined in the file.
Action Macros - User interface for
Action Macros have been simplified for increased usability and efficiency.
Online License Transfer (OLT) Utility
that enables you to move stand-alone licenses between computers. It replaces
the Portable License Utility (PLU) used in previous Autodesk product
releases. You can access OLT functionality from the AutoCAD 2010>License
Transfer Utility option in the Start menu.
Find and Replace - Optional zoom to each found text string. The result or highlighted objects can create a selection set.
Multileaders - Edit the properties of
individual Multileader segments by using the CTRL key to select the segment
and then accessing the Properties window. New grips at each corner of the
leader text enable you to resize the text box in the same way you resize a
simple mtext object.
Mtext improvements include a default column mode of Dynamic with manual height. In addition, the corner grips on mtext objects are now consistent with the corner grips on table objects.
Spell checking - The Check Spelling dialog box has been updated to include an Undo button, which enables you to undo actions you made for the previous spelling mistake. In addition, the Select Objects button has been enhanced so that you can begin selecting objects to check without first having to choose the Select Objects option from the drop-down list.
Dimensions - Enhancements to dimension
styles and properties provide more control over the display and placement of
Hatch - When a hatch boundary area is not found, AutoCAD attempts to show you where the problem may have occurred. Red circles appear around endpoints near where any gap in geometry is estimated to be. More robust boundary detection.
Non-associative hatch objects can now be edited to change their shape.
AutoCAD 2010 running on Windows 7.
New API for RibbonBar controls in the CUI.
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is starting to be used for AutoCAD's user interface elements.
Overrule API is available in ObjectARX (C++) and .NET. Overruleed objects are like customized objects, rather than custom objects.
Freeform Modeling API enabling to work with the Sub-division mesh object.
Autodesk TechPubs team are working on the first release of an AutoCAD .NET Developers Guide. It's expect to be available sometime in the summer 2009.
Hardware and software requirements
SSE2 extended instruction set is supported and required so AutoCAD can use the power of modern CPUs better resulting in better speed.
Before you install AutoCAD 2010,
make sure that your computer
meets the minimum hardware and
It will be possible to run
AutoCAD 2010 on Microsoft
Additional recommendations for 3D use
Note Adobe Flash Player is no longer installed by default. If a suitable version of Flash is not currently installed on your system, a message requests that you download it from Adobe’s website. If you do not have Internet access, you can also access the Flash installer on the AutoCAD 2010 product media.
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Property (New) DimConstrName - Property (New) DimConstrExpression - Property (New) DimConstrValue - Property (New) DimConstrDesc - Property (New) IAcadTable (Changed) IsEmpty - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) CreateContent - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) MoveContent - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) DeleteContent - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetValue - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetValue - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetValueFromText - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetDataFormat - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetDataFormat - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetTextString - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetTextString - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetFieldId2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetFieldId2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetBlockTableRecordId2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetBlockTableRecordId2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetBlockAttributeValue2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetBlockAttributeValue2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetCustomData - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetCustomData - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetCellStyle - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetCellStyle - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetContentColor2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetContentColor2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetDataType2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetDataType2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetTextStyle2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetTextStyle2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetTextHeight2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetTextHeight2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetRotation - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetRotation - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetAutoScale2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetAutoScale2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetScale - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetScale - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) RemoveAllOverrides - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetGridLineWeight2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetGridLineWeight2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetGridLinetype - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetGridLinetype - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetGridColor2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetGridColor2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetGridVisibility2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetGridVisibility2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetGridDoubleLineSpacing - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetGridDoubleLineSpacing - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) EnableBreak - Property (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetBreakHeight - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetBreakHeight - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetContentType - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetMargin - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetMargin - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetContentLayout - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetContentLayout - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetOverride - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetOverride - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetGridLineStyle - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetGridLineStyle - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) InsertRowsAndInherit - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) InsertColumnsAndInherit - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetHasFormula - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetFormula - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetFormula - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) IsContentEditable - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) IsFormatEditable - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetCellState - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetCellState - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) EnableMergeAll - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) IsMergeAllEnabled - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) BreaksEnabled - Property (Moved from IAcadTable2) RepeatTopLabels - Property (Moved from IAcadTable2) RepeatBottomLabels - Property (Moved from IAcadTable2) TableBreakFlowDirection - Property (Moved from IAcadTable2) AllowManualPositions - Property (Moved from IAcadTable2) AllowManualHeights - Property (Moved from IAcadTable2) TableBreakHeight - Property (Moved from IAcadTable2) BreakSpacing - Property (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetColumnName - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetColumnName - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetToolTip - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetFieldId232 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetFieldId232 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetBlockTableRecordId232 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetBlockTableRecordId232 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetBlockAttributeValue232 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetBlockAttributeValue232 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) GetGridLinetype32 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) SetGridLinetype32 - Method (Moved from IAcadTable2) IAcadDimArcLength (Changed) SubUnitsSuffix - Property (New) SubUnitsFactor - Property (New) AltSubUnitsSuffix - Property (New) AltSubUnitsFactor - Property (New) IAcadMLeader (Changed) LeaderLinetype - Property (Renamed, previously LeaderLineType) BlockScale - Property (New) TextAttachmentDirection - Property (New) TextTopAttachmentType - Property (New) TextBottomAttachmentType - Property (New) IAcadPViewport (Changed) StandardScale2 - Property (New) LayerPropertyOverrides - Property (Moved from IAcadPViewport2) IAcadTableStyle (Changed) CreateCellStyle - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) CreateCellStyleFromStyle - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) RenameCellStyle - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) DeleteCellStyle - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetUniqueCellStyleName - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetIsCellStyleInUse - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) NumCellStyles - Property (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetCellStyles - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetTextStyleId - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetTextStyleId - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetTextHeight2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetTextHeight2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetAlignment2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetAlignment2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetColor2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetColor2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetBackgroundColor2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetBackgroundColor2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetDataType2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetDataType2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetFormat2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetFormat2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetCellClass - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetCellClass - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetRotation - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetRotation - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetIsMergeAllEnabled - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) EnableMergeAll - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetGridLineWeight2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetGridLineWeight2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetGridColor2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetGridColor2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetGridVisibility2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetGridVisibility2 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) TemplateId - Property (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetTemplateId - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) GetTextStyleId32 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetTextStyleId32 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) TemplateId32 - Property (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) SetTemplateId32 - Method (Moved from IAcadTableStyle2) IAcadMLeaderStyle (Changed) LeaderLinetype - Property (Renamed, previously LeaderLineType) TextAttachmentDirection - Property (New) TextTopAttachmentType - Property (New) TextBottomAttachmentType - Property (New) IAcadAttributeReference (Changed) MTextAttribute - Property (Moved from IAcadAttributeReference2) MTextAttributeContent - Property (Moved from IAcadAttributeReference2) UpdateMTextAttribute - Method (Moved from IAcadAttributeReference2) MTextBoundaryWidth - Property (Moved from IAcadAttributeReference2) MTextDrawingDirection - Property (Moved from IAcadAttributeReference2) IAcadMLeaderLeader (New) LeaderType - Property LeaderLineColor - Property LeaderLinetype - Property LeaderLineWeight - Property ArrowheadType - Property ArrowheadSize - Property ArrowheadBlock - Property IAcadUnderlay (Changed) UnderlayLayerOverrideApplied - Property (Moved from IAcadUnderlay2) IAcadDwfUnderlay (New) DWFFormat - Property (Moved from IAcadUnderlay3) IAcadSubDMesh (New) Smoothness - Property Coordinates - Property Coordinate - Property VertexCount - Property FaceCount - Property IAcadSubDMeshFace (New) Material - Property CreaseType - Property CreaseLevel - Property IAcadSubDMeshEdge (New) CreaseType - Property CreaseLevel - Property IAcadSubDMeshVertex (New) Coordinates - Property CreaseType - Property CreaseLevel - Property IAcadModelSpace (Changed) AddMLeader - Method (Moved from IAcadModelSpace2) IAcadPaperSpace (Changed) AddMLeader - Method (Moved from IAcadPaperSpace2) IAcadPreferencesUser (Changed) HyperlinkDisplayTooltip - Property (Removed) IAcadToolbarItem (Changed) CommandDisplayName - Property (Moved from IAcadToolbarItem2) IAcadUtility (Changed) GetSubEntity32 - Method (Moved from IAcadUtility2) ObjectId32ToObjectIdString - Method (Moved from IAcadUtility2) GetObjectIdString - Method (Moved from IAcadUtility2) The following classes were removed/merged with their parent classes: IAcadTableStyle2 (Removed - Moved to IAcadTableStyle) IAcadAttribute2 (Removed - Moved to IAcadAttribute) IAcadAttributeReference2 (Removed - Moved to IAcadAttributeReference) IAcadPViewport2 (Removed - Moved to IAcadPViewport) IAcadTable2 (Removed - Moved to IAcadTable) IAcadUnderlay2 (Removed - Moved to IAcadUnderlay) IAcadUnderlay3 (Removed - Moved to IAcadUnderlay) IAcadBlock2 (Removed - Moved to IAcadBlock) IAcadModelSpace2 (Removed - Moved to IAcadModelSpace) IAcadPaperSpace2 (Removed - Moved to IAcadPaperSpace) IAcadUtility2 (Removed - Moved to IAcadUtility) IAcadToolbarItem2 (Removed - Moved to IAcadToolbarItem)
In dialog boxes like the Open dialog box it should be possible to save changes like column width, sorting, grouping etc.
There is an issue with Internet Explorer 8 that causes the AutoCAD Live Update to fail on 64-bit systems. "The Communication Center was unable to apply the Live Update service pack. Please restart your computer, launch your application and click the Live Update link in Communication Center." More info here.
XATTACH only allow to insert one drawing at a time now.
Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications software (VBA) is no
longer installed with AutoCAD. For more information and free download visit:
This dialog box will show if VBA is not installed.
The sample files are now available online and are no
longer included on the AutoCAD DVD. You can access the sample files at the
Commands and variables that are not well documented are:
For a free DWG viewer see AutoCAD DWG TrueView 2010. Autodesk TrueView also has DWG Convert built in so you can batch convert DWG files. You can even bind Xrefs, Purge, Set default Printer to None, Audit and fix, replace Page Setups, and place all files in a Zip file or specified directory.
Installation, Configuration and Hardware
Installation and Configuration
Note. You should close all running applications before installing AutoCAD
To Activate A Network License Through Autodesk.com
Graphics Card Driver Update
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Starting with AutoCAD 2009, command versioning was introduced with the
Action Recorder. Command versioning allows AutoCAD to track which command
iteration should be used when executing an action macro, script file, or CUI
command macro. As a result of this change, some commands may require the use
of the ^R control sequence in the CUI command macro.
Configure a Database to Use With AutoCAD Drawings (dbConnect)
AutoCAD 2010 for 64-bit does not support Microsoft Jet 4.0 OLE DB Provider (for .MDB connectivity) and Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers (for .XLS connectivity). For more information, see Substituting SQL Server for OLE DB in the Driver and Peripheral Guide.
Drawing File Format Compatibility
The native drawing file format for AutoCAD 2010 is not compatible with previous releases. AutoCAD 2010 can open drawing file formats from previous releases; however, in order to open AutoCAD 2010 files in previous releases you will need to use the SAVEAS command and save it to the appropriate format. The following table illustrates which drawing file formats to use when saving to a previous release.
API CompatibilityAutoCAD 2010 breaks binary compatibility with previous releases. Most applications will need to be recompiled and possibly changed to run correctly on AutoCAD 2010. For more information, see the ObjectARX Migration Guide. Plot Styles Folder is Installed Inside the Plotters Folder The path for the Plot Styles folder has been moved from a sibling level of the Plotters folder to a subdirectory in the Plotters folder. Graphics Card Driver Update You should verify and update your graphics card driver to optimize AutoCAD 2010. Use the following procedure to identify your current graphics card driver.
To identify your graphics card driver
Start AutoCAD 2010.
At the Command prompt, enter 3dconfig.
In the Adaptive Degradation and Performance Tuning dialog box, click View Tune Log.
Review the 3D Device section for information about your system's graphics card driver and driver version.
If you find that you do need to update your driver, visit http://www.autodesk.com/autocad-graphicscard to find a certified driver for your graphics card. If you do not find one, visit the graphics card manufacturer's website.
Note. If the graphics card manufacturer does not have an updated driver, check the system manufacturer's website. Companies such as IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Dell often supply their own system drivers. Draw and Edit Block Properties Table In the Block Properties table, you cannot enter a combination of decimals and fractions. All numerical values must be either decimals or fractions. Autoconstrained Polylines Autoconstraining a polyline that has many points may reduce performance and cause AutoCAD to stop working. Dimensional Constraints Change in Previous AutoCAD Version Dimensional constraints do not behave as associative dimensions when opened in prior versions of AutoCAD. To reassociate dimensions, use the DIMREASSOCIATE command. Rotating Horizontally or Vertically Constrained Geometry Rotating horizontally or vertically constrained geometry may give unpredictable results. User Interface Display AutoCAD as in Previous Releases AutoCAD 2010 introduces a new look and user interface that changes the way you access commands. To display AutoCAD 2010 as it was in previous releases, do the following:
On the status bar, click Workspace Switching.
From the list of workspaces, select AutoCAD Classic. Use Workspaces to Switch AutoCAD Interfaces Workspaces are sets of menus, toolbars, palettes, and ribbon panels that are grouped and organized to create a task-oriented drawing environment. In addition to AutoCAD Classic, the following task-based workspaces are available in AutoCAD 2010:
2D Drafting & Annotation
Displays tools specific to 2D drafting. Displays the new interface, including the ribbon and application menu.
Displays tools specific to 3D modeling. Displays the new interface, including the ribbon, application menu, and Tool Palettes window.
To switch between available workspaces, do one of the following:
On the status bar, click Workspace Switching and select the desired workspace.
On the Workspaces toolbar, in the Workspaces drop-down list, select the desired workspace. DesignCenter Online DesignCenter Online (DC Online tab) is disabled by default in US English. You can enable it from the CAD Manager Control utility. Constraint Bar Display When the CONSTRAINTBAR system variable is set to Showall, constraint bars will always be displayed, even if the CONSTRAINTBARDISPLAY system variable is set to 0. Where to Learn About AutoCAD 2010 Use the following resources to find more information about AutoCAD 2010:
New Features Workshop (Help menu)
Help system (Help menu)
Developer Help (Help menu > Additional Resources)
Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) (Help menu > Additional Resources)
Autodesk website at http://www.autodesk.com
Learning Resources Page at http://www.autodesk.com/autocad-learningpath
Tutorials at http://www.autodesk.com/autocad-tutorials
Cue Cards at http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id=11527343&linkID=9240615 Product Removal To Uninstall AutoCAD 2010 [Windows XP] On the Start menu (Windows), click Settings Control Panel Add or Remove Programs.
Select AutoCAD 2010. Click Change/Remove.
On the Installation wizard Maintenance Mode page, click Uninstall.
On the Uninstall AutoCAD 2010 page, click Next.
Click Finish. To Uninstall AutoCAD 2010 [Windows Vista] On the Start menu (Windows), click Settings Control Panel Uninstall a Program.
Select AutoCAD 2010. Click Uninstall/Change.
If the User Account Control dialog box is displayed, click Continue.
On the Installation wizard Maintenance Mode page, click Uninstall.
On the Uninstall AutoCAD 2010 page, click Next.
_VERNUM = "D.55.0.0 (UNICODE)"
Major version number for AutoCAD 2010 is R18.0
Version 126.96.36.199 of the FlexNet license manager that ships with AutoCAD 2010-based products is backwards compatible and will administer licenses for the Autodesk 2009-, 2008-, 2007-, 2006-, 2005-, 2004-, and 2002-based products as well as products from other vendors. The vendor daemon adskflex.exe version is 188.8.131.52.
AutoCAD is compiled using Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1. This is the
only supported compiler for ObjectARX® 2010.
As a programmer you also have to reference the new
.lib files, which are now ‘18’ branded instead of ‘17’.
Extended tooltip XAML files need to be updated to work with AutoCAD 2010.
YouTube Playlist: AutoCAD 2010 Demos - Take a first look at AutoCAD 2010 with AutoCAD Insider Heidi Hewett.
AutoCAD 2010 also is referred to as ACAD2010 or ACAD 2010.
HTML help online http://www.autodesk.com/autocad-help
Learning resources http://www.autodesk.com/autocad-learningpath
New Feature Workshop http://www.autodesk.com/autocad-newfeatureworkshop
Cue Cards http://www.autodesk.com/autocad-cuecards
Below some early public expectations of AutoCAD 2010
New and enhanced 3D functionality is to expect. Ref.
Bug fixes are always expected.
Subscription Bonus Packs for AutoCAD 2009 are expected to be included as core functions in AutoCAD 2010 so you may see the following.
The MEASUREGEOM command enables you to measure the distance, radius, angle, area, or volume of a selected object or a sequence of points. It performs many of the same calculations as the AREA, DISTANCE, and MASSPROP commands.
The REVERSE command enables you to reverse the order of vertices in selected lines, polylines, splines, and helixes.
The PEDIT command has been updated to include a new Reverse option enabling you to reverse the order of vertices in the selected polyline.
The VPROTATEASSOC variable enables you to automatically rotate a view within a layout viewport by rotating layout viewport itself. When VPROTATEASSOC is set to 1 (the default) the view will rotate maintaining its orientation with relation to the viewport. When it is set to 0, the view within the viewport will not rotate even though the viewport itself does rotate.
The PEDIT command has been updated to allow the selection of a Spline object and automatically convert it to a Polyline object.
The SPLINEDIT command has been updated to include an option to Convert to Polyline.
The new PLINECONVERTMODE variable enables you to control the fit method used in converting splines to polylines. When PLINECONVERTMODE is set to 1 (the default), polylines are created with arc segments. When it is set to 0, polylines are created with linear segments.
The PURGE (and –PURGE) command has been updated to include an option to remove zero-length geometry and empty text objects (including mtext containing only spaces).
The DELOBJ variable has been updated to support the PEDIT and SPLINEDIT commands. When DELOBJ is set to 0, the defining spline is retained. When set to any other value, it is deleted.
New commands PDFATTACH and -PDFATTACH, PDFLAYERS, PDFADJUST and -PDFADJUST, PDFCLIP
New system variables PDFFRAME, PDFOSNAP
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The ability to prepare and print a 3D model to an online service and get back a 3D print of the model.
I hope XCLIPFRAME adds 2 to support that the frame is visible but does not plot.
Here are other things I hope to be included and fixed.
The AUGI AutoCAD Wish List usually indicates what might be included in a coming product. Here is what was presented at AU 2008.
Techworld interview with AutoCAD product line manager Eric Stover.
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