AutoCAD Freestyle released

Autodesk releases AutoCAD Freestyle on its 28th birthday | The CAD Geek Blog

AutoCAD Freestyle isn’t for the seasoned AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT professional who needs advanced drafting and design tools to create complex drawings. Instead think of AutoCAD Freestyle as a product your mom could use. While there’s an obvious market for homeowners needing to create drawings for a new deck, or even small landscaping companies, I can also see AutoCAD Freestyle as a potential collaboration tool. Perhaps AutoCAD Freestyle can make the “napkin sketch” so commonly passed to a CAD drafter extinct.

Autodesk – AutoCAD Freestyle

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AutoCAD 2011

I’ve been ignoring my geeky CAD/Designer/Engineer side lately.

AutoCAD 2011 in 3 minutes | CAD Panacea

AutoCAD 2011: A Look at What’s New | Cadalyst

Overall based on what I’ve read and seen I like the changed UI so far, particularly the paper-style grid. Old timers might get confused but if you’ve kept up with AutoCAD’s or even if you haven’t they’re easy enough to figure out. Also liked the update to the axis colors (X-red, Y- green, Z- blue). AutoConstrain is a nice feature to have. Admittedly I haven’t used AutoCAD outside of personal projects for some time now, but the newest incarnation appears to be quite good.