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System Requirements for 32-bit

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium ( compare Windows 7 versions); Microsoft® Windows Vista® Enterprise, Business, Ultimate, or Home Premium (SP2 or later) ( compare Windows Vista versions); or Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional or Home edition (SP3 or later)
  • For Windows Vista or Windows 7: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology; for Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2 GB free disk space for installation
  • 1,024 x 768 display resolution with true color
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later
  • Install from download or DVD
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System Requirements for 64-bit

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium ( compare Windows 7 versions); Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise, Business, Ultimate, or Home Premium (SP2 or later) ( compare Windows Vista versions); or Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP2 or later)
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  • AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology, AMD Opteron® processor with SSE2 technology, Intel® Xeon® processor with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology, or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2 GB free space for installation
  • 1,024 x 768 display resolution with true color
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
  • Install from download or DVD

Additional Requirements for 3D Modeling (All Configurations)

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  • Intel Pentium 4 processor or AMD Athlon, 3 GHz or greater; or Intel or AMD dual-core processor, 2 GHz or greater
  • 2 GB RAM or more
  • 2 GB hard disk space available in addition to free space required for installation
  • 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Microsoft® Direct3D®-capable workstation-class graphics card
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The big news in AutoCAD 2012 are:

  • Associate Array
  • Autodesk Exchange
  • Content Explorer
  • Auto-Complete Command Entry
  • Model Documentation + Import several new CAD formats
  • Inventor Fusion
  • In Canvas Viewport Controls
  • Editable UCS Icon
  • Performance Enhancements
  • New AutoLISP Functions
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AutoCAD 2012 installation

The installer UI has been updated.

Create Deployment, Install Tools & Utilities or Install on this computer. See the System Requirements.

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Installation Overview

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The process of installing or deploying AutoCAD 2012 consists of the three main steps shown in the diagram above.

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  • Preparation is very important for achieving a trouble-free and successful installation.
  • Entering Information varies depending upon the kind of installation or deployment you need.
  • Installation or Deployment executes quickly once you have made and specified your choices.

You will either perform an installation on a single computer or create a deployment for multiple computers. In both cases, you decide whether to accept the typical default options or select your own options to configure a custom installation. Although the AutoCAD Installer has been designed to be self-explanatory, you can find answers to your installation questions in the FAQ provided here. Note that complete details for creating deployments are provided in the Network Administrator’s Guide.

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What kind of installation will you perform?

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Here are the four main installation types with a summary of the data and decisions they require:

  • Typical installation with default options. For a typical installation, begin with a proper preparation. Then, just click through the installer, providing your serial number, product key, and license information. Pre-selected components will be installed with AutoCAD.
  • Custom installation with selected options. For a custom installation, in addition to the items listed above for a typical installation, you will also need to determine:
    • Which of the additional bundled products (such as Autodesk Design Review) to install with AutoCAD.
    • Which features (such as Express Tools) to install with AutoCAD.
    • Select standard content libraries to install.
    • Whether to accept the default to create a desktop shortcut.
    • Whether to install any available service packs, either from Autodesk or from a local or network drive.
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  • Typical deployment with default options. To create a typical deployment using default options, in addition to providing your serial number, product key, and license information, you will:
    • Name your deployment.
    • Specify a location for your administrative image.
    • Specify whether you want a network log file.
    • Determine whether to run installations to workstations in silent mode.
    • Determine whether you want to create a client log file in the Temp directory of each workstation.
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  • Custom deployment with selected options. For a custom deployment, in addition to the items listed above for a typical deployment, you will also specify:
    • Which of the additional bundled products (such as Autodesk Design Review) to install with AutoCAD.
    • Which features (such as Express Tools) to install with AutoCAD.
    • Whether to install any available service packs and whether to merge them with the deployment or append them.
    • Whether to add additional files to the deployment.
    • A folder or folders where support content will be installed.
    • What modifications to make to the default search paths and the location of some program files.
    • User preferences.
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    • Whether to enable access to communication channels, live updates, and RSS feeds.
    • Whether to enable access to online resources.
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VBA

VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) is still available as a separate installer.
http://www.autodesk.com/vba-download

Autodesk AutoCAD 2012 Free Download

UPDATE: As of January 31, 2014, Autodesk is no longer authorized to distribute VBA 6 or earlier versions of VBA for use with Autodesk AutoCAD and other Autodesk products. This change affects the availability to download and install VBA for Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 or earlier.

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Migration

Simplified Migration to AutoCAD 2012: New and enhanced tools make it easier to migrate your custom settings or reset AutoCAD to the default install settings. Improved handling of tool palettes and new migration of custom materials help ease the transition to AutoCAD 2012, and a new reset tool helps easily return to default settings.

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Autodesk Vault

Autodesk Vault is available for AutoCAD 2012 subscription customers.

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  • Faster startups, particularly running Vista or Windows 7.
  • Switch ribbon tabs is nearly instantaneous.
  • Opening large 3D models with lofts and meshes.
  • Initializing orbit command and orbiting large 3D models.
  • Improved performance with large, dense hatch objects.
  • Selection highlighting, license checkout, running LISP routines.
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In AutoCAD 2012 The ARRAY command has been largely improved and is now creating a new array object that is also associative by default. The old AutoCAD array dialog box is gone (ARRAYCLASSIC available in SP1) with only –ARRAY as classic command line command and the ARRAY command is instead working with the command line, properties and the Ribbon.

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ARRAYRECT, ARRAYPATH, ARRAYPOLAR, ARRAYCLOSE and ARRAYEDIT are new commands. ARRAYEDITSTATE and ARRAYTYPE are new system variables.

Associativity allows you to quickly propagate changes throughout an array by maintaining relationships between items. Arrays can be associative or non-associative.

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  • Associative. Items are contained in a single array object, similar to a block. Edit the array object properties, such as the spacing or number of items. Override item properties or replace an item’s source objects. Edit an item’s source objects to change all items that reference those source objects.
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  • Non-associative. Items in the array are created as independent objects. Changes to one item do not affect the other items.
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To edit the array properties, use ARRAYEDIT, the Properties palette, Ribbon or grips.

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Apply Item Overrides: Ctrl+click items in the array to erase, move, rotate, or scale the selected items without affecting the rest of the array. Reset the array to remove all item overrides.

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Replace items: Replace selected items with other objects. Any item overrides are maintained. You can also replace all items that reference the original source objects, rather than selecting individual items.

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Edit Source: To edit an item’s source objects, activate an editing state for a selected item. All changes (including the creation of new objects) are instantly applied to all items referencing the same set of source objects. Save or discard your changes to exit the editing state.

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There are unfortunately a few bugs still in the new Array command that hopefully soon will be squished either as a hotfix or in AutoCAD 2012 Update 1 (AutoCAD 2012 SP1).

There is no LISP API to create and edit the new array object.

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What if a drawing with the new Array object is opened in AutoCAD 2011 or older versions? The Associative block is a static anonymous block and all arrayed objects are also anonymous blocks. So you would need to explode twice to get the individual objects back.

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Copy Tool

The Copy tool includes a new Array option that enables you to create a linear, non-associative array. You can enter the distance between a specified number of copies or enter the number of copies to fit between two specified points.

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AutoCAD 2012 introduces AutoCAD Content Explorer. It overlaps to some extent with the old Design Center and comes via Autodesk Labs Project Snap.

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Content Explorer is available on the Plug-ins ribbon tab and comes with the commands CONTENTEXPLORER and CONTENTEXPLORERCLOSE and system variable CONTENTEXPLORERSTATE.

Content Explorer aggregates design content from different folders that have been specified for monitoring by the Content Service (that is using Lucene for index/searching).

With Content Explorer you can index design content for quick access, catalog the objects in each file, and search for content in local folders (not external drives), network folders (not Windows network drives), and the Autodesk Seek Library.

With Content Explorer, you can

  • Browse and search design content in local folders, network folders, and the Autodesk Seek Library and immediately access files and objects from within the AutoCAD environment
  • Browse into DWG files and access and insert blocks, layers, linetypes, styles, etc.
  • Search for objects, all text, attributes (including block attributes), and files in specified local and network folders.
  • Pinpoint specific block references or text strings and automatically navigate to the containing file
  • Open any file from Content Explorer and zoom to any attribute within it
  • Save search parameters for instant access to design content that meets your design needs
  • Customize how search results are displayed to streamline your work environment
  • Right-click and select Open and Find text to open the drawing and locate any text within.
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All text and attributes in the files are indexed, including block attributes. In addition, the following objects are indexed when a folder is selected for monitoring:

  • Block definitions
  • Block references
  • Dimstyles
  • Layers
  • Layouts
  • Linetypes
  • Multileaderstyles
  • Tablestyles
  • Textstyles
  • Xrefs
  • Hyperlinks

Manage Saved Searches in Content Explorer

The saved searches feature allows you to capture a certain search string in a single click.

You can eliminate all of the steps required to search for specific files or objects by saving the search string.

For example, you can save a search that locates all of the furniture created by a specific designer. Any time you want to quickly access furniture, select the saved search. Since the index is continuously updated, any new files that meet the search criteria are displayed every time the search is recalled.

You can also delete saved searches, edit the names of existing saved searches, and save new searches on the Saved Searches drop-down menu.

Advanced Searching with Content Explorer

Advanced searches can be performed using property:value pairings or boolean operators.

You can refine your searches by using string combinations and value pairings.

Use Property Name and Value Pairs

A property:value pair is the property name and specific value for which you want to search. To search for a property with a specific value, enter the data as property:value in the Search field.

For example, enter author:jsmith in the Search field to find all of the DWG files where the author was JSmith.

More than one property:value pair can be used in a search string. For example, you can search for all of the drawing files identified as seating which were created by jsmith by entering objecttype:seating author:jsmith in the Search field.

You can create custom properties and values for your files on the AutoCAD properties dialog box.

Use Attributes and Value Pairs

An attribute:value pair is the block attribute and specific value for which you want to search. To search for a block attribute with a specific value, enter the data as attribute:value in the Search field.

For example, enter Designedby:JohnDoe in the Search field to find all of the objects designed by John Doe.

Search Text for a Specific Value

With the basic search capability, you can enter a text string and the search engine will return all files with a file name, keyword, title, author, or other properties that meet the string criteria, as well as any files containing the string, and objects with names that match the text string. Sometimes this type of string search will return more results than you need.

Use the text:string pair to search only for text entities, such as leaders, fields, hyperlinks, MText, tables, or any other text that may show up on a drawing. This type of search parameter will not search file-level properties, such as Author or Title.

To search for a specific text string, enter the data as text:string in the Search field.

For example, enter text:reviewed in the Search field to find all of the files with text entities containing the string “reviewed.”

Search with wild cards

You can use wild cards when specifying search criteria.

* – Represents any number of characters within a string.

? – Represents a single character within a string.

The search engine assumes a trailing asterisk (*), so you do not need to put an asterisk at the end of a search phrase.

Search with Boolean Operators

You can use operators to further refine your search results.

For example, to search for all of the files identified as seating that were not authored by JSmith, enter objecttype:seating NOT author:jsmith in the Search field.

AND – Searches for x AND y in any order. The search granny AND smith returns anything containing both words.

OR – Searches for either x OR y. The search granny OR smith returns anything containing either word.

NOT – Searches for x but NOT y. The search granny NOT smith returns anything containing granny but not smith.

” ” – Searches for the exact phrase contained within the quotation marks. The search “granny smith” returns everything containing the exact phrase granny smith.

Filter Results in Content Explorer

The filter lets you choose object types, specific dates, date ranges, and relative dates to display in search or browse results.

Filter settings persist throughout searches and browsing until they are changed or the filter is deactivated. If you do not get the search or browse results you expect, try checking your filter settings to make sure they are current.

Indexing Stages

The indexing occurs in three stages, with deeper indexing occurring with each stage. The stages can be determined by the thumbnails displayed in the Content Explorer window.

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And after a while when indexing is ready…

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StageIcon DisplayedDescription
1images AutoCAD 2012 img19File has been discovered by the indexer.By the end of this stage, file name and standard Windows properties have been extracted. You can search for file names and Windows properties, but you cannot explore the content within the file.Note! Since all text and attributes in the files are indexed, the initial index of the files contained in the watched folders may take some time to complete.
2images AutoCAD 2012 img1AThumbnail and DWG-specific file properties have been discovered. During this stage, all objects and any text in the drawing, including block attributes, are being indexed.You can now search for DWG properties, but you cannot explore the content within the file.
3images AutoCAD 2012 img1BFile is completely indexed.You can now explore or search for content within the file.
!images AutoCAD 2012 img1CThere was an issue while indexing this file.Select the file and press CTRL+ I for more information regarding the issue.

Tips

If the Sheet Set Manager dialog opens every time you open a file in Content Explorer, it is because of the SSMAUTOOPEN system variable setting. Change the setting to suppress the dialog.

If you plan to search folders on several different network computers, Content Service must be installed on each network computer and the folders added to the watched folder list for indexing. Any machine running AutoCAD or an AutoCAD vertical with Content Explorer can access the network machines running Content Service for real-time search results.


 

Autodesk Exchange provides a web-based experience directly within the product. Included are tabs that access the following sources of information:

  • Home. Provides a wide variety of content, including announcements, expert tips, videos, and links to blogs. When enabled for online access, the Home tab also includes access to the Knowledge Base, Communication Center, and Subscription Center.
  • Apps. Released 2011-06-13. See the blog post on Autodesk Exchange Apps
  • Help. Opens the AutoCAD Help system.

The tabs for online sources are not available in all languages, products, and installations. Autodesk Exchange can be configured for offline use only, in which case only the Home and Help tabs are displayed.

The Autodesk Exchange is a modeless windows showed on top of AutoCAD but work in AutoCAD can be done. It can be minimized itself or together with AutoCAD when AutoCAD is minimized. Using Alt+Tab when Autodesk Exchange is minimized will not show the window even though it can be seen on the taskbar.

Options>System has Autodesk Exchange settings:

  • Access online content (including Help) when available
  • Offline Help browser:
    • Internet Explorer (Supports all functionality)
    • Default System Browser

It’s not possible to get internal content or custom help files to integrate. The only option is to access it via the CAD Manager Feed button. Deployment Wizard or CAD Manager Control Utility can be used to enable the CAD Manager Channel.

To disable Exchange for all users at deployment, uncheck the option “Use Online Help from Autodesk when available” in the deployment wizard. The end-user can turn it back on in the Options dialog though.


 

In-canvas Viewport controls are displayed at the top-left corner of each viewport, and provide a convenient way of changing views, visual styles, and other settings.

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The labels display the current viewport settings. For example, the labels might read
[+] [Top] [2D Wireframe]
You can click within each of the three bracketed areas to change the settings.

  • Click + to display options for maximizing the viewport, changing the viewport configuration, or controlling the display of navigation tools.
  • Click Top to choose between several standard and custom views.
  • Click 2D Wireframe to choose one of several visual styles. Most of the other visual styles are used for 3D visualization.
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VPCONTROL system variable controls whether the menus for viewport tools, views, and visual styles that are located in the upper-left corner of every viewport are displayed.

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The UCS has been updated to allow direct manipulation. Select the UCS icon and use the multi-functional grips to change the UCS.

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Easily move the origin, align the UCS with objects, and rotate it around the X, Y, or Z axis without having to access the UCS command.

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When selected Properties give access to UCS icon On, UCS icon at origin, UCS per viewport and UCS Name.

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Right click on the UCS Icon for more options. This is customizable using CUI.

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