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So far so good. Opening ceremony was great. The focus was on innovations coming from people or groups you would never expect from was an eye opener. Think different is the key. Looks like they took a little out of the Steve Jobs play book.
Every year Autodesk releases a new version of AutoCAD but, should you install it right away?
Through my experiences as a CAD Manager and now as a Application Specialist my suggestion is to wait for the 3rd release of the current file format. What does this mean? Since the 2004 version there has been 3 file format relased which include 2004, 2007 and 2010.
AutoCAD 2004, 2005 and 2006 are all release 2004 format.
AutoCAD 2007, 2008 and 2009 are all release 2007 format.
AutoCAD 2010, 2011 and 2012 are all release 2010 format.
The version with the least amount of bugs and fastest is always the 3rd release. Therefore, in the past I have always suggest loading either 2004, 2007 and now I suggest 2012.
For a CAD Manager this means that a complete overhaul of AutoCAD will happen every 3 years. This also allows for better budgeting of software.
It is always best if every user in the office is working on the same version.
And above all, create a customized company CUI file that can be carried forward through to the new releases. If you are still living in the world of MNU, MNS, MNC it time to learn CUI.
When using AutoCAD MEP or AutoCAD Architecture it is always important to open a version that preloads the correct profile. For example, when AutoCAD MEP is installed it automatically loads an imperial and metric profile with 2 preset desktop icons.
The challenge for a user is to make sure they have the correct version open when working on a DWG. If you are working on an imperial dwg you should open the imperial version of MEP.
To help users understand which version (current profile) is currently open without resorting to checking the profile in the OPTIONS, the following steps can be used to display the version in the status bar like this:
You will need to modify the acad2012doc.lsp file in AutoCAD MEP. Look for a similar .lsp file in AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture
1. Locate and open the acad2012doc.lsp file in Notepad. In my computer the file is located at: C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD MEP 2012\Support
2. Scroll to the end.
3. Add this variable as the last line item: (setvar "modemacro" (getvar "cprofile"))