AutoCAD 2000 draws strength from improvements

AutoCAD 2000 draws strength from improvements

Autodesk Inc. made 400 improvements to the AutoCAD Release 14 application to come up with its computer-aided design successor, AutoCAD 2000.

The San Rafael, Calif., company, which has 2.3 million Release 14 users, gave AutoCAD 2000 an interface that is similar to Microsoft Internet Explorer's.

Users can bring up multiple design documents in one view, dragging and dropping objects across the designs in AutoCAD 2000's Multiple Design Environment.

In the Design Center, users can browse their design files and reuse objects, geometry and standards from them.

The Object Property Manager can edit individual or common properties in single objects or object collections.

AutoCAD 2000 can plot multiple hard-copy versions of a design.

The tool also has Web connectivity for making electronic plots and object hyperlinks.

With Autodesk Volo View Express freeware, users who do not have AutoCAD installed can view and print AutoCAD .dwg drawings.

The full-featured, $195 version of
Volo View lets users who do not have AutoCAD 2000 annotate the drawings and plot them to scale.

Volo users can compare changes to AutoCAD 2000 designs over time by keeping different versions. The full-featured viewer version compresses drawing files into one file for transmission to other users or for Web posting.

The company plans to release future AutoCAD 2000 versions for architectural, surveying, mapping and mechanical designers.

An entry-level version also will be available.

AutoCAD 2000 starts at $500 for upgraders or $3,750 for new buyers. '

Contact Autodesk at 800-964-6432.

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