Do you have an idea about how design can improve your community or the world? Autodesk, in partnership with Lenovo, has
launched “Design It Forward”, a social media-fueled contest and
sweepstakes that rewards designers and the design community with cash
and prizes while serving as a showcase for creativity and inspiration.
Small businesses can enter the contest simply by submitting their design
idea and then friends, fans and peers will have an opportunity to view and
vote on their favorite ideas. Two grand prize winners will be selected
to receive $25,000 in cash to help turn their ideas into reality, plus a
Lenovo E32 Workstation, AutoCAD LT software and a trip to Autodesk
University. Winners will be announced at AU on December 3rd.
The Design It Forward contest also includes a weekly
sweepstakes drawing, where anyone who simply signs up earns an entry
for cash and prizes. Bonus sweepstakes entries are earned by signing in
and tweeting about it on a daily basis.
Design It Forward is open only to legal residents of the
United States and Canada (excluding
we're pleased to announce the availability of AutoCAD 2014 for Mac and AutoCAD
LT 2014 for Mac. It's been about 18 months since our last release so we're
pretty excited! Our shifted release timeframe allowed us to better align
with Apple's rhythm, so right out of the gate we'll be compatible with their
latest OSX version.
Fig 1: The drawing canvas, palettes.
also wanted to take a little extra time to do some important preparation for
the future. For example, both AutoCAD 2014 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac fully support Apple's stunning Retina display. This was a huge
undertaking, but it's pretty clear that hi-res is the future. We also
made some other under-the-hood changes to better take advantage of Apple's new,
Fig 2. Standard Definition Floorplan.
Fig 3. Retina Display Definition at the same zoom level.
new features you'll find in 2014 include:
Package Drawing (the
functional equivalent of eTransmit on Windows): allows you to neatly (and quickly!) pack
up all the files related to your drawing and distribute to anyone involved
in your project.
Autodesk 360 Sync:
directly access files from Autodesk 360 and synchronize them between your
computer and the cloud.
Experience: easy file management and access to tools that help you solve
Improved Help System: we’ve
made major changes to help you more easily find the assistance you need.
Fig 4. Package Drawing dialog.
also find tons of small UI enhancements to help you be more efficient - and we
put significant effort into cleaning up bugs that have been annoying us just as
much as they have you.
The AutoCAD team has released a new and improved AutoCAD Colorbook Editor that you can access at http://www.autodesk.com/autocad-colorbookeditor. The Colorbook Editor (ACB Editor for short) enables you to create custom colorbook palettes as standards for projects to ensure only a specific set of colors is used.
This new version of the colorbook editor has a much improved layout, better editing tools and presents a lot more information about the color palette. It takes advantage of HTML5 and has a number of additional enhancements:
Color selection available in 3 different methods
Color formula displayed in the top 4 standard models
Drag & Drop color page management
Colorbook preview and print
In addition to creating your own custom color books (.ACB files), you can download them from leading paint manufacturers like Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and Dunn Edwards
After downloading your color books (.ACB files), you’ll need to add their locations to the Files tab of the Options dialog box.
Then you can access them from the Color Books tab of the Select Color dialog box and include the color names in bill of material tables or part specs.