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AutoCAD 2015

The newest release of AutoCAD, codenamed "Longbow" was released March 27, 2014. This page is being updated.

 

This is the 29th version of AutoCAD.

Previous AutoCAD version AutoCAD 2014.

New and/or enhanced functions
Still missing. Wish list for the next time.
Existing bugs
Removed
Tips & Tricks
Readme and FAQ
Updates & Service Packs
Cascading Sequences for Autodesk 2015 Products
Links
New and Updated Commands
Removed or Obsolete Command and System Variables
New and Updated System Variables
AutoCAD 2014 training video (works mostly for 2015 too)
JTB World's software compatible with AutoCAD 2015

 

New and/or enhanced functions

File format

The DWG file format is the same as in AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD 2014: "AutoCAD 2013 Drawing". The DXF file format is also the same.

New Tab

Layouts

Last among the layout tabs there is a '+'-icon that can be used to create a new layout. Unfortunately it is no longer possible to drag-and-drop a layout while holding down CTRL to create a copy of it.

Hold the mouse over a layout tab and a tooltip show the name (useful when using long names for layouts) and the preview image shows the content of the layout.

If there are more layouts than there is place to show an icon with two arrows is added and when clicked on it shows a list of all layouts. Unfortunately there is no tooltip or preview image when holding the mouse over a layout tab name in the list.

The layout sheet has an updated look and "Paper background" is a new interface element that can have the color changed on in OPTIONS>Design>Colors.

Line Smoothing

The LINESMOOTHING System Variable specifies whether anti-aliasing is turned on or off. Currently, the system variable applies to 2D objects in 2D wireframe visual styles. This makes lines look smoother especially when drawn at an angle. This setting is also available in the Graphics Performance dialog box available in OPTIONS>System.

Visual Feedback

When moving objects the objects in the original position are displayed with a faded deletion effect. For consistency this should also apply to rotating and scaling of objects but it does not.

The COMPLEXLTPREVIEW System Variable controls whether a preview of the complex linetype is displayed during interactive operations like draw, move, copy or rotate.

Color, linetype and lineweight is shown for lines and polylines when they are drawn.

Ribbon Galleries

Galleries are available for blocks, dimensions, mleaders, text, tables and table cells making it easy to preview, select and use them.

View Ribbon

UCS icon, View Cube, Navigation Bar and Layout Tabs are new tools on the View Ribbon tab.

BIM 360 Ribbon

This ribbon is new with the tools Glue and Clash Pinpoint.

Cursor

The crosshair inside the pick box has been removed making it easier to see objects behind.

Contextual feedback is added as a badge next to the cursor or crosshair.

 The inspection badge is displayed using inquiry commands like Angle, Area, Distance, ID, List, Radius and Volume.

The rotation badges are displayed when specifying the rotation angle. The badge indicates the rotation direction.

Copy badge.

Move badge.

Scale badge.

Zoom badge.

Erase/Delete badge. 

Error badge. Shows for example when Trim is used and you get "Does not intersect with the cutting edge."

Lasso Selection

Click the cursor in an empty area and hold down the button while moving the cursor activates the lasso selection. Dot it clockwise for crossing selection and in the other direction for window selection. For rectangular selection click, release, move cursor and click. "Allow press and drag for Lasso" checkbox is available in OPTIONS>Selection.

When using lasso selection, you can press Spacebar to cycle between the Window, Crossing, and Fence object selection modes.

Selection Effects

Moving the cursor over objects makes them look thicker and also lighter or darker depending on the background color.

When hardware acceleration is used selected objects gets another color as well as look thicker to make it easier to see what is selected.

"Visual Effect Settings" dialog box in OPTIONS>Selection has been updated. The separate settings for line and face highlighting has been removed as there should be no need for it with the improved graphic and performance added.

Command Preview

A preview of the action for certain commands is now available. "Command Preview" checkbox is new in OPTIONS>Selection. Trim, Extend, Lengthen, Break, MatchProp, Fillet, Chamfer and Offset commands are affected.

Model Space Viewports

The active viewport is more clearly indicated by a bright blue boundary.

Resize viewports by dragging the vertical or horizontal boundary lines or the intersection line of the viewports.

Click the '+' icon on a viewport boundary and drag to create and size a new viewport. While dragging a boundary hold down the Ctrl key to split the viewport in two. Join or remove a viewport by dragging a boundary to the edge.

Mtext enhancements

The editor background is now transparent if hardware acceleration is on.

A corner resizer is added at bottom right of the editor and the width can be changed using the right edge.

Auto Bullets and Numbering has been added and is enabled by default.

Begin a line with . , ) > } ] or a number or letter followed by any of these characters and a space or tab and a bullet or numbered list is created. When created an action icon shows, click it to access options. Press backspace after pressing space or tab removes automatic bullets and numbering.

Caps Lock

Autostack

Paragraph Tabs

Match Properties

Text Align

Isometric Drafting

ISODRAFT command is a new command that is available on the status bar with the options Orthographic/isoplane Left/isoplane Top/isoplane Right. Select from the menu or click the icon to disable or enable isometric drafting.

Lengthen

Lengthen command remembers last option used.
Select an object to measure or [DElta/Percent/Total/DYnamic] <Total>:

Tolerance Object

The Geometric Tolerance dialog box is opened when double clicking on a tolerance object. Before the quick properties was opened.

Layer Sort

Natural ordered sort is available for all layer lists. To change to the old ASCII sort set SORTORDER system variable to 0. 

Dark Color Scheme

The dark theme is now even darker. By default the dark color scheme is activated. It can be changed to Light within OPTIONS>Display or using the COLORTHEME system variable set to 1 for the light theme. The good thing with the dark theme is that the contrast against a dark drawing space is smaller and can reduce eye strain.

Help

For some commands in the help there is a Find option that either visually shows where the command is located or shows a tooltip that helps you located where it is within AutoCAD.

Workspaces

The workspaces dropdown in the QAT (Quick Access Toolbar) is by default disabled. In the status bar it is possible to access the workspaces. The Classic workspace is no longer available.

Deployment/setup

How to change license type from Standalone to Network?

1. Open you system registry editor (Go to Start > Search > type regedit and hit Enter key)

2. Locate the key below and change Type value to 1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R20.0\ACAD-E001\AdLM
ACAD_2015_licenseChange

3. Create client license file, LICPATH.lic file, in Notepad.
e.g.
SERVER yourServerNemeHere 000000000000
USE_SERVER

Note: change yourServerNemeHere to your actual network license server name.

4. Place LICPATH.lic file in C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2015\ folder
Note: Make sure that the LICPATH.lic file doesn't have hidden .txt extension.

5. Start AutoACAD 2015

API and more for Programmers

Use either Visual Studio 2010, 2012 or 2013 for .NET development but 2010 will have limitations as .NET Framework 4.5 is not supported.

.NET applications should target Framework 4.5 but can in some cases work with an older version.

Major version number incremented to R20.0 from R19.1.

VBA

VBA 7.1 is the version of VBA.

Available as a separate download.

AutoLISP

What's New in .NET ObjectARX for AutoCAD 2015.

You must build ObjectARX plug-ins using the C++ compiler that ships with Visual Studio 2012 (update 4). 


AutoCAD 2015 System requirements

As always with system requirements these are minimal requirements for AutoCAD to run. For professional usage you surely want to have much better hardware.

FlexNet version 11.12 for Autodesk Network License Manager.
Supported operating systems for the license manager are:
Windows Server 32-bit: Microsoft Windows 2008 Server, SP1 or later
Windows Server 64-bit: Windows 2012 Server, Windows 2008 Server R2, SP1 or later, Windows 2008 Server, SP2 or later
Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit SP1 or later
Windows 8 or 8.1, 32- or 64-bit
More details here as well as Linux System Requirements and Mac System Requirements.

AutoCAD 2015 System Requirements

Description Requirement
Operating system •Microsoft® Windows® 8/8.1
•Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Pro
•Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise
•Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
•Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
•Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
•Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
CPU Type For 32-bit AutoCAD 2015:
•32-bit Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ Dual Core, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
For 64-bit AutoCAD 2015:
•AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology
•AMD Opteron™ with SSE2 technology
•Intel® Xeon® with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 •technology
Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology
Network •Deployment via Deployment Wizard.
•The license server and all workstations that will run applications dependent on network licensing must run TCP/IP protocol.
•Either Microsoft® or Novell TCP/IP protocol stacks are acceptable. Primary login on workstations may be Netware or Windows.
•In addition to operating systems supported for the application, the license server will run on the Windows Server® 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2008 R2 Server editions, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2003 R2 Server editions.
•Citrix® XenApp™ 6.5 FP1
Memory 2 GB (8 GB recommended)
Display resolution 1024x768 (1600x1050 or higher recommended) with True Color
Display Card Windows display adapter capable of 1024x768 with True Color capabilities. DirectX® 9 or DirectX 11 compliant card recommended but not required.
Disk Space Installation 6.0 GB
Pointing Device MS-Mouse compliant device
Digitizer  WINTAB support
Plotter/Printer Same as AutoCAD 2013-2014 — system printer and HDI support
Media Download and Installation from DVD
Browser Windows Internet Explorer® 9.0 (or later)
Side-by-side Install Supported
ToolClips Media Player Adobe® Flash® Player v10 or up
.NET Framework .NET Framework Version 4.5
Additional requirements for large datasets, point clouds, and 3D modeling CPU Type: Intel Pentium 4 processor or AMD Athlon, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology; Intel or AMD Dual Core processor, 2.0 GHz or higher
Memory: 8 GB RAM or greater
Disk Space: 6 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements
Display Card: 1280x1024 True Color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Direct3D®-capable workstation class graphics card.

 


Still missing. Wish list for the next time.

Unfortunately there is no tooltip or preview image when holding the mouse over a layout tab name in the vertical layout list. 

When moving objects the objects in the original position are displayed with a faded deletion effect. For consistency this should also apply to rotating and scaling of objects but it does not.


Existing bugs, defects, feature limitation or other issues.

"Auto Publish Settings" and "Block Editor Settings" dialog boxes are not centered like other dialog boxes in OPTIONS.

If scroll bars are activated the horizontal scroll bar is not visible. (Fixed in SP2)

FATAL ERROR: Unhandled e0434352h Exception at cf8e5bf8h when copying text from command line history to clipboard.

Copy layouts using the mouse while holding down CTRL is not working. (Fixed in SP2)

Drag and drop layout to Sheet Set Manager is not working. (Fixed in SP2)

Some bugs described in this forum post.


Removed

There seems to not be any Autodesk Design Review 2015. Autodesk Design Review 2013 can still be used for DWF’s created with AutoCAD 2015 as the format is the same. Autodesk intends to replace the Design Review application with cloud-based services so Autodesk Design Review 2013 might be the last release.

Status bar buttons can't be set to show the text, only the icons. "Use icons" is no longer available when right-clicking on any of the snap buttons.

Drag-and-drop a layout while holding down CTRL no longer creates a copy of the layout.


Tips & Tricks

AutoCAD 2015 also is referred to as ACAD2015 or ACAD 2015.

AutoCAD 2015 product key is 001G1.

Default command line to start AutoCAD 2015: "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2015\acad.exe" /product ACAD /language "en-US"

How to to change the license from Standalone to Network:

The registry location to change the installation from Standalone to Network for AutoCAD 2015 is here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R20.0\ACAD-E001\AdLM

ACAD-E001 is for vanilla AutoCAD.
Change the type for the installation using any of these values:
1 – Network
2 – Standalone
3 – Multiseat Standalone

In vanilla AutoCAD without service pack:
Command: _vernum
_VERNUM = "J.51.0.0 (UNICODE)" (read only)

AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 1: _VERNUM = "J.104.0.0 (UNICODE)" (read only)

AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 2: _VERNUM = "J.210.0.0 (UNICODE)" (read only)

If you get the error below it could be because the Autodesk Network License Manager needs to be updated to 11.12 or newer.

"Licensing Error - A valid license could not be obtained by the network license manager. If you are still unable to access a license, contact your system administrator. Error [0.0.0]" 


Readme


Updates & Service Packs.

Cascading Sequences for Autodesk 2015 Products


Links.

Autodesk's AutoCAD 2015 Discussion Group:
http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/AutoCAD-2013-2014-2015/bd-p/706

AutoCAD 2015 Help online:  http://help.autodesk.com/view/ACD/2015/ENU/

Autodesk Exchange Apps

Compare AutoCAD versions

AutoCAD subscription members can download AutoCAD 2015.

Download a free trial of AutoCAD 2015: http://www.autodesk.com/products/autodesk-autocad/free-trial

Find the certified and recommended computer hardware for the products or suites you are planning to install. For more information, go to www.autodesk.com/hardware.

To download and install the latest hardware certification XML file, visit http://www.autodesk.com/autocad-graphicscard.

For developers: http://www.autodesk.com/developautocad

If you want to participate in the Beta testing for the next release of AutoCAD (AutoCAD 2016) visit http://beta.autodesk.com.

JTB World Blog posts about AutoCAD 2015:


New and Updated Commands:

The following commands are new and updated in AutoCAD 2015.

New commands Description
DESIGNFEEDMANAGEDOCSWITCH   
DESKTOPANALYTICS  Opt-in for Desktop Analytics.
GEOMAPIMAGE  Captures a portion of the online map to an object known as a map image, and embeds it in the drawing area. 
GEOMAPIMAGEUPDATE  Reloads map images from the online maps service and optionally resets their resolution for optimal on-screen viewing. 
-GEOMAPIMAGEUPDATE  Reloads map images from the online maps service and optionally resets their resolution for optimal on-screen viewing. Command line version.
ISODRAFT  Enter an option [Orthographic/isoplane Left/isoplane Top/isoplane Right] <Orthographic>: 
NEWTAB  Displays a New Tab which allows direct access to files, learning resources, Autodesk 360 and more. 
ONLINEAUTOCAD360  Launches AutoCAD 360 in your default browser. 
PMTOGGLE  Controls whether the Performance Recorder is turned on or off. The Performance Feedback tool can be used to record performance issues for analysis by Autodesk. 
POINTCLOUDCOLORMAP  Displays the Point Cloud Color Map dialog box, used to define settings for Intensity, Elevation, and Classification point cloud stylizations.  
POINTCLOUDCROP  Crops a selected point cloud to a specified polygonal, rectangular, or circular boundary.  
POINTCLOUDMANAGER  Displays the Point Cloud Manager palette, used to control display of point cloud projects, regions, and scans.  
-POINTCLOUDMANAGER  Displays the Point Cloud Manager palette, used to control display of point cloud projects, regions, and scans.  Command line version.
POINTCLOUDMANAGERCLOSE  Closes the Point Cloud Manager.  
POINTCLOUDSTYLIZE  Controls the coloration of point clouds.  
POINTCLOUDUNCROP  Permanently removes all cropped areas from selected point clouds.  
PTYPE  Specifies the display style and size of point objects.  
RECAP  Launches Autodesk ReCap from within AutoCAD.  
TEXTALIGN  Aligns multiple text objects vertically, horizontally, or obliquely.  

Updated commands Description How changed
3DPAN  When a drawing is in a Perspective view, starts the interactive 3D view and enables you to drag the view horizontally and vertically.   No longer supports isolation of selected objects when panning.
 
ARCHIVE  Packages the current sheet set files for storage.   Removes the capability for creating EXE files due to security concerns. Files can only be packaged into ZIP files. The ability to add a password has also been removed.  
ATTACH  Inserts references to external files such as other drawings, raster images, and underlays.   Removes support for legacy PCG and ISD files.  
CLIP  Crops selected objects such as blocks, external references, images, viewports, and underlays to a specified boundary.   No longer supports clipping of point clouds. For point clouds, use POINTCLOUDCROP.  
DWGCONVERT  Converts drawing format version for selected drawing files.   Removes the capability for creating EXE files due to security concerns. Files can only be packaged into ZIP files. The ability to add a password has also been removed.  
ETRANSMIT  Packages a set of files for Internet transmission.   Removes the capability for creating EXE files due to security concerns. Files can only be packaged into .ZIP files. The ability to add a password has also been removed.  
GEOGRAPHICLOCATION  Assigns geographic location information to a drawing file.   Prompts and the dynamic display behavior when specifying the location of the geographic marker and the north direction have changed.  
GEOREORIENTMARKER  Changes the north direction and position of the geographic marker in model space, without changing its latitude and longitude.   Prompts and the dynamic display behavior when specifying the location of the geographic marker and the north direction have changed. 
GRAPHICSCONFIG  Provides access to display performance-related options.   Now displays the Graphics Performance dialog box.  
IMAGEADJUST  Controls the brightness, contrast, and fade values of images.   Enhanced to apply to map images.  
MTEXT  Creates a multiline text object.   Adds subscripting and superscripting features, and Caps Lock detection. Enhances options for creating numbered and bulleted lists and automatic text stacking.  
OPTIONS  Customizes the program settings.   In the System tab, Balloon Notifications, removes the option to display live update notifications. Live updates are now managed by the Autodesk Application Manager.  
OVERKILL  Removes duplicate or overlapping lines, arcs, and polylines. Also, combines partially overlapping or contiguous ones.   Can now be used in the Block Editor.  
POINTCLOUDATTACH  Inserts an indexed rcs (single scan) or rcp (multiple scan project) file from Autodesk ReCap in the current drawing.   Removes support for legacy PCG and ISD files.  
PURGE  Removes unused items, such as block definitions and layers, from the drawing.   Adds support for removing orphaned data such as DGN linestyles.  
SECURITYOPTIONS  Specifies password or digital signature options for a drawing file.   No change in this release, but the ability to add a password to a drawing will be removed in the next release of AutoCAD because it does not meet contemporary security standards. You will continue to be able to open password-protected files.  
WELCOMESCREEN  Displays the Welcome window when you start the program.   Now displays a New Tab.  


Removed or Obsolete Commands and System Variables:

In this release, the following Commands have been deprecated:

Commands Description
DASHBOARD  Opens the Dashboard. Replaced by RIBBON.
DASHBOARDCLOSE  Closes the Dashboard.  Replaced by RIBBONCLOSE.
DDEDIT  Edits single-line text, dimension text, attribute definitions, and feature control frames.  Replaced by TEXTEDIT.
DDPTYPE  Specifies the display mode and size of point objects.  Replaced by PTYPE.
DDVPOINT  Sets the 3D viewing direction.  Replaced by VPOINT.
ONLINECOLNOW  Starts an online session with AutoCAD WS, in which people that you invite can simultaneously view and edit your current drawing.  Replaced by ONLINEAUTOCAD360, which opens AutoCAD 360.
POINTCLOUD Provides options to create and attach point cloud files.  Use POINTCLOUDATTACH or other specific point cloud commands to work with point clouds.
POINTCLOUDCLIP  Creates and modifies clipping boundaries that define which points are displayed in a selected point cloud.  Replaced by POINTCLOUDCROP.
POINTCLOUDINDEX Creates an indexed point cloud (PCG or ISD) file from a scan file.  Indexing scan files no longer supported.
POINTCLOUDINTENSITYEDIT  Opens the Point Cloud Intensity Color Mapping dialog box, which controls settings that help you analyze a point cloud using different color settings.  Replaced by POINTCLOUDCOLORMAP.

In this release, the following System Variables have been deprecated:

Commands Description
CLASSICKEYS  Sets the behavior of several control keys between DOS and Windows standards.  The MS DOS control keys were Ctrl-C to cancel and Ctrl-V to cycle viewports.
DASHBOARDSTATE  Determines whether the Dashboard window is active.  
PREVIEWEFFECT  Specifies the visual effect used for previewing selection of objects.  
PREVIEWFACEEFFECT  Specifies the visual effect used for previewing selection of face subobjects.  
RIBBONCONTEXTSELECT  Controls how ribbon contextual tabs are displayed when you single- or double-click an object.  


New and Updated System Variables:

The following 59 system variables are new in AutoCAD 2015.

New system variables Description
AECENABLEASSOCANCHOR   
AECENABLESECTIONCLEANUP   
AECVCOMPAREIGNOREHATCH   
AECVCOMPAREIGNORETEXT   
AECVCOMPARENEWCOLOR   
AECVCOMPAREOLDCOLOR   
AECVCOMPAREUNCHANGEDCOLOR   
AUTOSNAPPOLARANG   
AUTOSNAPPOLARMODE   
CLEARTYPE  To use cleartype for text or not. 
COLORTHEME  Sets the color theme of the ribbon, palettes, and several other interface elements to dark or light.  
COMMANDPREVIEW  Controls whether a preview of the possible outcome of the command is displayed.  
COMPLEXLTPREVIEW  Controls whether a preview of the complex linetype is displayed during interactive operations.  
CURSORBADGE Controls the display of visual aide badges near the cursor. (New in SP1)
DESIGNFEEDDWGID  Internal drawing ID for Design Feed 
DISPLAYVIEWCUBEIN3D   
EDITDELETIONEFFECT   
FILETABVISIBLE  
HIGHLIGHTSMOOTHING  Controls the anti-aliasing effect on object highlighting.  
HPLINETYPE  Controls the display of linetype in a hatch pattern.  
INTERRUPTPREVIEW   
ISFLIPARC   
LAYOUTTAB  Controls whether Model and Layout tabs are displayed or not.  
LENGTHENTYPE   
LINEFADING   
LINESMOOTHING   
MTEXTAUTOSTACK  Controls autostacking for the MTEXT command.  
MTEXTDETECTSPACE  Controls whether the keyboard spacebar is used to create list items in the MTEXT command.  
NEWTABMODE  Specifies whether clicking the plus sign (+) on the file tab bar displays the New Tab or opens a new drawing.  
ORBITAUTOTARGET  Controls how the target point is acquired for the 3DORBIT command.  
OSNAPOVERRIDE  Determines whether the object snap settings in the OSNAP dialog are enforced.  
PCMSTATE  Indicates whether the Point Cloud Manager is open or closed.  
PDFTEXTRENDER   
POINTCLOUDEVENTLOG   
POINTCLOUDLIGHTING  Controls the way lighting effects are displayed for a point cloud.  
POINTCLOUDLIGHTSOURCE  Determines the light source for point clouds when lighting is turned on.  
POINTCLOUDLOD  Sets the level of density of point display for point clouds.  
POINTCLOUDPERFTRACK   
POINTCLOUDPOINTMAXLEGACY  Applies only to legacy (pre-2015) point clouds. Sets the maximum number of points that can be displayed for all legacy point clouds attached to the drawing.  
POINTCLOUDPOINTSIZE  Controls the size of the points for new point cloud objects.  
POINTCLOUDPROGRESSIVEUPDATE   
POINTCLOUDSHADING  Specifies whether the brightness of the points in the point cloud are diffuse or specular.  
POINTCLOUDVISRETAIN  Controls whether a legacy drawing (created in AutoCAD 2014) retains the on or off status of individual scans (RCS files) and regions referenced by an attached point cloud project (RCP file).  
PRESELECTIONEFFECT   
PRESELECTIONEFFECTTEST   
PRESELECTIONNOTIFICATION   
SELECTIONEFFECT   
SMDEBUG   
SMJOURNAL   
SMTHREADHOTMODE   
SMUNFIXEDTRANSFORM   
SMVERSION   
SORTORDER  Specifies whether the layer list is ordered using a natural sort order or ASCII values.  
STATUSBARORIENTATION   
STATUSBARSTATE  Indicates whether the status bar is visible or not.  
TEXTALIGNMODE  Stores the alignment option for aligned text.
TEXTALIGNSPACING  Stores the spacing option for aligned text.  
TEXTALIGNSPACINGVALUE   
TEXTALLCAPS  Controls automatic correction for MTEXT and TEXT/DTEXT when CAPS LOCK is active. 
TEXTAUTOCORRECTCAPS  Controls whether or not Caps Lock is automatically turned off for Multiline text and Text.  

And updated system variables. 

Updated system variables Description How changed
3DOSMODE  Determines which 3D object snaps are enabled.   Adds control of 3D object snaps for point clouds.  
DIMCONTINUEMODE  Determines whether the dimension style and layer of a continued or baseline dimension is inherited from the dimension that is being continued.   Layer of continued dimension is inherited.  
FRAME  Controls the display of frames for all images, map images, underlays, clipped xrefs, and wipeout objects.   Enhanced to apply to map images.  
IMAGEFRAME  Controls whether image frames are displayed and plotted.   Enhanced to apply to map images.  
OSOPTIONS  Controls whether objects snaps are suppressed on hatch objects, geometry with negative Z values, or dimension extension lines.   End points of dimension extension lines are ignored by default.  
PICKAUTO  Controls automatic windowing for object selection.   Adds Lasso (window and crossing) selection, enabled by default.  
POINTCLOUDAUTOUPDATE  Controls whether a legacy point cloud is regenerated automatically after manipulation, panning, zooming, or orbiting.   Applies only to legacy (pre-AutoCAD 2015) point cloud objects.  
POINTCLOUDBOUNDARY  Controls whether the point cloud bounding box is displayed.   Added an option to display the bounding box only when the point cloud is selected.  
POINTCLOUDCACHESIZE  Specifies amount of memory (in megabytes) that the internal processing engine will use for point clouds.   Value can now be changed to an integer expressing a number of megabytes.  
POINTCLOUDCLIPFRAME  Determines whether point cloud clipping boundaries for legacy (PCG, ISD and RCP) point clouds are visible or plotted in the current drawing.   Now affects only legacy point clouds.  
POINTCLOUDDENSITY  Controls the percentage of points displayed for all legacy point clouds in the drawing view.   Applies only to legacy (pre-AutoCAD 2015) point cloud objects.  
POINTCLOUDPOINTMAX  Sets the maximum number of points that can be displayed for all point clouds attached to the drawing.   Default (and maximum) value now 10 million points. Does not affect legacy (pre-AutoCAD 2015) point clouds.  
POINTCLOUDRTDENSITY  Improves performance by degrading the number of points displayed while zooming, panning, or orbiting.   Applies only to legacy (pre-AutoCAD 2015) point cloud objects.  
PREVIEWFILTER  Excludes specified object types from selection previewing.   Default value changed from 7 to 3.  
SELECTIONPREVIEWLIMIT  Limits the number of objects that can display preview highlighting during a window or crossing selection.   Default value changed from 2000 to 20000.  
SPACESWITCH  Controls whether model space can be accessed by double-clicking in a layout viewport.   Exposes a previously undocumented system variable that can be useful when annotating in paper space.  
STARTUP  Controls what displays when the application is started, or when a new drawing is opened.   Updated to support the New Tab design.  
STATUSBAR  Controls the display of the status bar.   The application and drawing status bars are merged.  

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