Autodesk yesterday announced the all new AutoCAD 2013 design software for both Apple’s Mac operating system and Microsoft Windows. The simultaneous release marks a first for Autodesk for this product.
A big new feature in AutoCAD 2013 are the new tools to connect with Autodesk 360 cloud-enabled services. This will allow AutoCAD 2013 users to access their data anywhere and collaborate with colleagues in remote locations. Free-form modeling has become more robust and modeling in general enhanced across both surface, solid and mesh model typologies. Powerful point cloud support allows you to import scanned data with up to 2 billion data points, helping you start your project with existing environments.
There are some interesting new social connection capabilities in AutoCAD 2013. Besides the Autodesk 360 options you can now bring in Inventor files and maintain intelligent and associative relationships between AutoCAD and Inventor files. AutoCAD 2013 gains new built-in Facebook and Twitter connection tools for sharing your designs. And you can import and aggregate 3D model data from the top CAD industry model formats including PRO/Engineer, CATIA, SolidWorks, NX, and Rhinoceros.
There is new AutoCAD Apps on Autodesk Exchange, a programming interface and full interface customization. Autodesk 2013 has built-in 3D rendering tools and the program support 3D printing capability for physical 3D prototyping.