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This article provides the system requirements for AutoCAD 2007.

  • Intel Pentium IV, or compatible
  • Microsoft Windows XP (Professional, Home Edition, or Tablet PC Edition), Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • 512 MB RAM (minimum)
  • 750 MB free disk space
  • 1024×768 VGA with true colour (minimum)
  • Mouse or other pointing device
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 SP1
  • Autodesk AutoCAD 2007 Free Download

New and/or enhanced functions and some bug fixes.

Autodesk AutoCAD 2007 Free Download

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The above picture of AutoCAD 2007 shows a lot of the news.

It is a 3D model on screen with shadows, conceptual visual style, edge overhand, edge jitter, silhouette edges, obscured edges in a perspective projection that you can work in.

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Anchored palettes as icons only to the left and with text and icons to the right.

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The dashboard palette is a single palette with most 3D features. The command is DASHBOARD. You cannot remove or add commands to it but you can make some settings like selecting what control panels to show and link the control panel icon to a tool palette group so that when you clock on the icon a specific group is activated. Right click on the icon to set the tool palette group to be activated when clicking on the icon.

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Save screen space and have layout and model tabs on your status bar if you want to.

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New DWG file format. AutoCAD2007exe 9060909 Now it’s AutoCAD 2007 DWG. And there is a new AutoCAD2007dwg 3605266 icon for the DWGs in Explorer. So users without AutoCAD 2007 needs to download DWG TrueConvert™ that can batch convert from AutoCAD 2007 DWG to 2004, 2000 and R14. Or you can use SaveAs that allows to save down to R14 DWG and R12 DXF as well as several versions in between. AutoCAD 2007 will optionally warn users when the DWG file they are opening was saved using an application that was not created by an Autodesk product or RealDWG licensee. What is a Trusted DWG? Answer here. In the tray within AutoCAD you will either see images AutoCAD2007alertOK for a Trusted Autodesk DWG and images AutoCAD2007alertNotOK for a Non Autodesk DWG.

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3D news and enhancements

3D solid primitive creation and modification is made easier. Grips or the Properties palette can be used to change the shape of the object.

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Helix is a new kind of object that can be created. When exploded it converts to a spline object.

Pyramid is a new command that as expected creates a 3D pyramid.

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The new POLYSOLID command (as well as a new object) enables you to specify the length, width, and justification of a rectangular profile and then draw the path, similar to drawing a Polyline. Access familiar Polyline options including Arc, Undo, and Close and the geometry dynamically displays and changes as you draw. They can be created from an existing line, 2D polyline, arc, or circle.

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Extrude a an open geometry like a line or arc and you get an extruded surface. The new object is Extrudedsurface.

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When prompted to select the objects to extrude, press the CTRL key and select a face to use the face of an existing solid or surface to create a new solid.

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The REVOLVE command has been updated to produce either surfaces or solids based on the profile and axis of rotation.

A face of an existing solid or surface can be used to create a new solid using the REVOLVE command. When prompted to select the objects to revolve, press the CTR key and select a face.

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The new SWEEP command provides considerable flexibility for sweeping profiles along a path. It can automatically align a profile with a path and with a variety of options including scale factor, twist angle, and banking. Depending if the profile is an open or closed curve, the SWEEP command will create a surface or solid.

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The new LOFT command interpolates a surface or solid through a set of cross section curves. If the cross section curves are open, a surface is created and if they are closed, a solid is created.

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The new PLANESURF command enables you to create an accurate planar surface. Pick a rectangular area or use the Object option to select one or more objects that form an enclosed area.

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The SLICE command has been updated to enable selection of a surface as the slicing object.

The new THICKEN command adds thickness to a surface, turning it into a solid.

The new CONVTOSOLID command enables to convert a 2D object with thickness into an equivalent extruded solid.

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The new CONVTOSURFACE command enables you to converts a variety of objects into surfaces.

The EXPLODE command will explode solids into regions and surfaces. Planar faces of solids are converted into regions, and curved faces of solids are converted into surfaces.

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The new XEDGES command enables you to extract wireframe geometry from solids, surfaces and regions.

The new command IMPRINT imprints an edge on a 3D solid.

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The INTERFERE command has been updated to make it easier for you to identify when solids interfere with each other. It also includes the ability to select blocks and external references when searching for interferences and to select individual nested solids within a block or xref.

The new 3DALIGN command makes it easy to align objects in 3D.

Face, Edge, Vertex Manipulation

Transparent Solids

New Dynamic UCS functionality automatically switches your current workplane reducing the need for you to manually change your UCS. The Dynamic UCS is enabled by default and you can toggle it on or off with the DUCS option on the status bar. With DUCS enabled, you can pass your cursor over the edge of a face; the face will highlight indicating that it is being used to establish a temporary UCS.

AutoTracking and Object snaps have been enhanced to detect and track in the Z direction. Even in Perspective mode.

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3DOrbit can be run transparently with commands active (press the Shift key and middle mouse button). The new default, Constrained Orbit mode, prevents you from inadvertently rolling the geometry completely over. If you want the ability to spin the view without constraints, you can use the Free Orbit mode (press the Shift+Ctrl key and middle mouse button).

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The new 3DSWIVEL command enables you to maintain your position while spinning your viewpoint; similar to spinning a camera on a tripod.

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The new 3DWALK command enables you to walk through your design using the arrow keys as well as the W,A,S, and D keys. A position locator displays the camera and target positions enabling you to graphically edit them by dragging the indicator icons. Using the expanded navigation controls in the dashboard, you can adjust the step size and speed as well as the camera and target locations. Recording tools enable you to record the screen as you walk through your design and save the animation to AVI, MPG, or WMV format for future playback.

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The CAMERA command has been improved so it’s easier to create and manipulate the view.

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Toggle between Parallel and Perspective projections by selecting the appropriate buttons on the Dashboard or by setting the new PERSPECTIVE system variable.

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Lighting is easier to work with.

Real-Time Shadows.

Many new materials are provided that you can apply to your objects for presentation purposes. Easier to apply to objects or individual faces. Drag-and-drop.

Visual Styles enable you to quickly change the appearance of your model. They replace the previous shademode functionality and provide even greater control and flexibility. You can apply a variety of properties to affect the opacity, background, shadows, edges, faces and more.

Gooch is used for the conceptual Visual Style and uses cool and warm colors instead of dark and light to enhance the display of faces that might be shadowed and difficult to see in a realistic display. The effect is less realistic, but it can make the details of the model easier to see.

SECTIONPLANE, LIVESECTION, JOGSECTION and FLATSHOT are used to add section planes, make it live, add jogs and create a 2D flat snapshot of a 3D model.

3D DWF publishing has been integrated into the AutoCAD User Interface.

Mental Ray renderer. That means high quality like in Viz/Max.

If you want to use all the 3D and visual features in AutoCAD 2007 www.autodesk.com\autocad-graphicscard helps when looking for hardware. A better graphic card can do a lot.

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2D news and enhancements

DWF files can be attached as underlays, clipped, adjusted (fade, contrast, monochrome) and snapped to. (But you cannot bind it or explode it. Layers are not supported. The line weight or width cannot be changed.)

Print to PDF (2D only). It’s a basic functionality available from the Plot dialog box as DWG To PDF.pc3. SHX and TTF fonts are saved as graphics though and affects the file size (files are bigger) and ability to search text (not possible) within the PDF.

Layer Express Tools (now in the Format menu) and the Chspace command (in the Format menu) are now part of core AutoCAD.

MTEXTFIXED set to 2 and MTEXTED set to “Internal:”. Text that would otherwise be difficult to read (if it is very small, very large, or is rotated) is displayed at a legible size and is oriented horizontally so that you can easily read and edit it. DTEXT or TEXT commands also works better than in AutoCAD 2006. After adding the first text just click somewhere else and add a new text. Use Shift+TAB and edit the previous text and TAB to edit the next text.

The Mtext editor has been updated to support the Shift+Tab key combination as a method for removing one level of nesting from a numbered or bulleted list.

Object fields allow selection of objects either in paperspace or modelspace. LISP variables are also supported in fields.

The table formula function accept a comma as a period.

Dynamic block lookup tables now by default are set to “Allow Reverse Lookup”. –  “Allow Reverse Lookup enables the lookup property for a block reference to be set from a drop-down list that is displayed when the lookup grip is clicked in a drawing. Selecting an option from this list changes the block reference to match the corresponding input property values in the table.”

It’s possible to change dynamic block properties during Insert.

When using the DIST command in paper space, the model space distance will be returned as long as OSNAPing to geometry within the same viewport.

External References Palette xref 8715265

You might see it referred to Xref ESW where ESW stands for Enhanced Secondary Window. You can have it open all the time and dock or anchor it. It handles DWG, Images and DWF. Later Microstation DGN file format will be added. Image extensions *.cals and *.pict are added as accepted.

Other

 Migrate your settings is updated.

 Select workspace to start with.

 “To cycle through overlapping objects, roll over the object on top, then hold SHIFT and press SPACEBAR repeatedly. To cycle through overlapping subobjects (faces, edges, and vertices) on 3D Solids, roll over the subobject on top, then hold CTRL and press SPACEBAR repeatedly.”

A new 3D Modeling tab has been added to the Options dialog box. Customize the appearance of the 3D crosshairs. Specify when to display the UCS ICON. Enable the Z-field for pointer input. Apply visual styles. Specify object deletion behavior for profiles and other defining geometry. Specify the number of U and V lines on surfaces and meshes. Reverse the behavior of the mouse wheel zoom. Specify the navigation settings for walk-throughs and animations.

The purge (and -purge) command now also purges materials and visual styles not used in the drawing.

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Customize what happens when double-clicking using CUI. There is a new Double Click Actions node.

CUI functionality has been updated enabling you to drag and drop from the command list onto tool palettes.

CUI performance has been improved.

If you have messed up with the CUI file it can be restored or reset. If restore is selected the backup acad.bak.cui is used. If reset is selected the file is taken from C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 2007\UserDataCache\Support

Starting AutoCAD with the command line switch /w designates which workspace in the loaded CUI files should be restored on startup.

The Sheet Set Manager has been updated to enable you to select multiple sheets and then drag them to a new location or subset within the sheet list.

When you insert a block, the Properties Palette displays block properties enabling you to edit some values, such as color and layer, upon insertion.

When you enter an unacceptable value in a tooltip for dynamic input, the value automatically highlights enabling you to reenter the value.

AutoCAD functionality automatically removes old drawing recovery files.

To make it easier for those needing to work with older file formats of DWG you have been able to automatically save to older versions. Now the Wblock command also respects this setting. It’s also possible to manually specify the file type in Wblock (Write Block) using the browse for file name and path dialog box.

When reference editing a drawing it keeps the version of the xreffed drawing. You will get this dialog box message if you Refedit (reference edit) something other than a 2007 DWG: “The Xref selected references a previous drawing file format. Edits saved back to the Xref file will be in the release format of the referenced drawing file.”

Resaving all sheets in Sheet Set Manager (SSM) retains the version of the drawing.

The Sheet Set data DST file has the same format (1.1) as previous version.  That means that you can work in a sheet set in AutoCAD 2007 and also work in AutoCAD 2006 with it. Especially if you have set the options to save to 2004 DWG file format. Even though it’s not needed other than the 2007 DWG format drawings will not be possible to open in 2006.

Subscription customers will get free access to Vault. Doesn’t work with Sheet Set Manager though.

MicroStation V8’s DGN format (2D geometry and annotations only) might be added before the release of AutoCAD 2008.

Managed .NET API News and Enhancements:

3D Solids and Surfaces – Create and manipulate solids and Autodesk Shape Manager (ASM) surfaces. Revolution, sweep, and lofting,  section and flatten programmatically.

Rendering and Materials – Settings for both Generic and the mental ray® renderer, fog and depth cue. Render to specific targets like Window, Viewport or an Image File. Per-entity materials, translucence and luminance etc.

Lights – Various light types such as Point, Spot, and Distant lights. Default lighting, brightness, contrast, and ambient light properties, sunlight and shade studies, casting and receiving shadows.

Visual Styles – ‘Visual Styles’ are replacing the AutoCAD Shademode functionality.

Sub-Entity Selection and Manipulation – New input-context reactors, extended ‘Selection Set’ APIs with several new global acedSSSubentXXX() functions and context menu support for specific sub-entities. Additional new AcDbEntity overrides for sub entity support in custom entities.

CUI and Workspace API – You can automate the updates to the main CUI, create a custom CUI, and create custom workspaces from scratch.

Managed Tool Palette API – Managed Wrapper for AcadToolImpl class.

Lisp-callable functions in .NET – Pass data to / from Auto LISP® application. Define functions which can be accessed from AutoLISP.

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