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March 26, 2013

AutoCAD 2014 - What's New

Here is the full list of What's New for AutoCAD 2014.

User Interaction

Command Line

The Command Line interface is enhanced to provide smarter, more efficient access to
commands and system variables. And, you can use the command line to find other content such as
hatch patterns, visual styles, and internet help.


The Command Line supports AutoCorrect. If you mistype a command, instead responding
with “Unknown command”, AutoCAD autocorrects to the most relevant and valid AutoCAD command.

For example, if you accidentally type TABEL, the TABLE command is automatically launched.


AutoComplete command entry is enhanced to support mid-string search. For example, if you type SETTING on the Command line, the suggestion list displays commands containing the word
SETTING anywhere within it, not just at the beginning.

Adaptive Suggestions

Commands in the suggestion list are initially displayed in the order of their usage based on general
customer data. As you continue to use AutoCAD 2014, the order of commands in the suggestion list will adapt to your own usage habits. The command usage data is stored in the profile and adapts to each user.

Synonym Suggestions

The Command line has a built in synonym list. Enter a word at the command line and it will return a
command if a match is found in the synonym list. For example, if you enter Symbol, AutoCAD finds the INSERT command so you can insert a block. Or if you enter Round, AutoCAD finds the FILLET command so you can add a fillet to a corner.

Input Settings

You can customize the behavior of the command line using controls in the Input Settings menu when you right-click on the command line. In addition to the previous options to enable AutoComplete and search for system variables, you can enable AutoCorrect, search content and mid-string search. All of these options are turned on by default.
File Tabs
The AutoCAD 2014 release offers drawing tabs as a fast and visual way to switch between open drawings or to create new ones. You can turn the file tabs bar on or off using the File Tabs control on the View ribbon tab. When File Tabs are turned on, a tab for each open drawing is displayed at the top of the drawing area.
File tabs are displayed in the order they were opened. You can drag and drop tabs to change their order. If there is not enough room for all the file tabs to display across the area, an overflow menu at the right end of the file tabs bar provides access to the additional files.
A lock icon on a tab indicates that the file is open as read-only and an asterisk indicates if the file has
been modified since its last save. When you pass the cursor over a file tab, preview images of the model and layouts are displayed. If you pass the cursor over one of the preview images, the corresponding model or layout is temporarily displayed in the drawing area and Plot and Publish tools are accessible from the preview image.
The right-click menu for file tabs enables you to create, open, save and close files including the ability to close all open files except the one on which you right-clicked. You can also copy the full file path to the clipboard or open the file location in Windows Explorer.
A Plus (+) icon to the right of the drawing tabs, enables you to easily create new drawings, automatically adding their tabs as they’re created.
Layer Management
The number of layers displayed on the ribbon has been increased. Layers are now displayed using
natural ordered sort. For example, the following layer names 1, 4, 25, 6, 21, 2, 10 are sorted as 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, 21, 25 instead of 1, 10, 2, 25, 21, 4, 6.
A new Merge option in the Layer Manager enables you to select one or more layers from the layer list and merge the objects from those layers onto a different layer. The original layers are automatically purged from the drawing.
Xref Enhancements
The display of linetypes and layers from externally referenced drawings is enhanced. Xref linetypes are not displayed in the linetype list of the ribbon or Properties palette. Xref layers are still displayed in the ribbon so you can control their visibility but they are not displayed in the Properties palette.
Design Exploration
Geographic Location
Support for Geographic locations has been significantly enhanced in Keystone. It includes the same
Coordinate System Library as AutoCAD Map 3D and new Autodesk Live Maps.
There are many benefits to defining a location in your drawing. When you import geolocated data into a geolocated drawing, AutoCAD transforms the data based on the drawing's geographic location. You can see your design within the context of its location and if you render the model, it will have the correct sun angle. If you export the drawing to a mapping service like Google Earth, it will automatically display at the correct location. When you insert geo-referenced images or blocks into your geo-referenced drawing, they are automatically placed in the correct location and at the correct scale. For example, imagine large projects that have multiple designers working separately on the same design, such as a housing project. If each designer uses the same coordinate system, all the drawings will insert at their appropriate locations when combined into a single file. You can mark specific point of interest in your drawings knowing that those points correspond to logical geographic locations. And, if you have a GPS device enabled on your computer, you can see your current position in the drawing and you can even mark positions as you walk around. For example, landscape architects can visit the site and take notes of the surroundings by marking them on the drawing.
You can set a geographic location in your drawing using the Set Location tool on the Insert ribbon tab. Choose to set the location using Autodesk Maps Service or by selecting a KML or KMZ file.
Reality Capture
Reality Capture enables you to take a 3D laser scan of an object, topography, a building or even an
entire town and attach it to an AutoCAD drawing as point cloud data. You can then use it as a real-world reference for your design work. This point cloud data is stored as thousands, even millions, of points in 3D space.
Autodesk ReCap
Autodesk ReCap is a separate application which enables you to create a point cloud project file (RCP) that references multiple indexed scan files (RCS). It is installed with Keystone, by default and you can launch it from the Window’s Start menu or from the Autodesk ReCap desktop icon.
You can use Autodesk ReCap to convert scan file data to a point cloud format that can be viewed and edited in other products. Autodesk ReCap processes massive datasets enabling you to aggregate scan files and clean, section, spatially sort, compress, measure, and visualize them. The resulting high-speed formats can then be used by AutoCAD and other Autodesk applications including Revit and Autodesk Inventor.
Drawing Enhancements
AutoCAD 2014 includes a variety of drawing enhancements to help you produce drawings more efficiently.
  • Arcs - Easily draw an arc in either direction using by pressing the Ctrl key to switch directions as you draw.
  • Polylines - The #11 AUGI wishlist request for the ability to fillet a polyline to itself, creating a closed polyline, is granted in Autocad 2014.
  • Sheet Sets - When creating a new sheet in a sheet set the CreateDate field stored in the associated template (.dwt) displays the creation date of the new sheet rather than the creation date of the template file.
  • Plot Styles - The CONVERTPSTYLES command enables you to convert the current drawing to either named or color dependent plot styles. In Autocad 2014 it is enhanced to support style names with spaces.
Annotation Enhancements
  • Attributes - The default behavior for inserting blocks with attributes displays the dialog box. ATTDIA is set to 1.
  • Text - Single line text is enhanced to maintain the last justification setting until it’s changed.
  • Dimensions - The new DIMCONTINUEMODE system variable provides you with more control when creating continued and baseline dimensions. When DIMCONTINUE is set to 0, the DIMCONTINUE and DIMBASELINE commands create dimensions based on the current dimension style. When set to 1, they apply the dimension style of the selected dimension.
  • Hatch - The Hatch tool on the ribbon maintains the previous method for selecting objects to hatch: Pick internal point or Select objects. The Undo option is added to the command line.

Operating Systems

AutoCAD 2014 supports Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8. If you are using a Windows 8 touch-enabled device, you can benefit from smoother pan and zoom performance. A new control on the System tab of the Options dialog box displays a touch mode ribbon panel when a touch screen device is detected.

There is a short breakdown of the New Features in AutoCAD 2014. You can read about the rest of them when I post the full What's New document coming soon. You can follow me on alot of the social networks included in the following post. Different Ways to Follow Inventor Topix


  1. I'm really not impressed with AutoCAD 2014. I work in a 2D world and they really haven't done anything for that. From what I've seen when investigating the 3D side, the've done very there also. Were they sleeping last year when this release was being developed. Whats the point of "gathering" peoples usage data if you don't make the product better by what you gather. Very disappointed.

  2. Our world is not 2D, it is 3-dimensionaly comprised of spatial components. Clients, sellers, and stakeholders want to forecast risks and mitigate these risks based on objective data. 2D is like black and white television. Its easy to create, maybe supplement your 2D work with 3D indexes.

  3. Why isn't it available for Mac?????????????????

  4. AutoCAD for Mac might be on a different release schedule than all of the other products. Not sure where exactly it is. Will add a new blog post when it becomes available.

  5. Thanks for sharing the informations,, this is very helpful for me...

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  6. i am using autocad 2014. and many of the commands are not working like burst, extrude, loft, aliasedit etc. why? please help

    1. You probably forgot to install the express tools.

  7. My system at home is Mac and I am interested in when AutoCAD will be available as well. I sometimes work from home or on the road. This would be a great help, as long as the files are compatible between Mac and MS OSs. Please advise when available. TKS


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