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Welcome my friends to the show that never ends - The annual Autodesk Right of Spring is upon us. This week Autodesk began marketing the new AutoCAD 2021 and the new AutoCAD 2021 Toolsets. Folks will be dancing around the pole at discreet social distanced intervals. Those spacings and your zoom and pan response will perhaps be determined by measured distances from a brand new ACAD Break at a Point command or the updated Quick Extend and Trim Tools? That should all make more sense in a bit.

The New AutoCAD 2021

Here’s the official Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 release playlist from the AutoCAD YouTube channel.

You can employ the playlist in the video control to play any of the many available videos.


AutoCAD 2021 Information

Listings of the new AutoCAD 2021 Features and some 2021 ToolSets specifics can be found here. There are additional short official Autodesk features and benefits videos on the page. The free trials for AutoCAD 2021 and AutoCAD 2021 Toolsets are available or will be by this post’s publication.

The What’s New in AutoCAD 2021 page in the rest of the AutoCAD 2021 online help is live along with the new LISP and Developer help. As of this writing only some of the rest of the ACAD 2021 ToolSets online help is yet live. That may change before you read this. You can visit our Autodesk Online Help page where we will publish the new links as they become available.

The AutoCAD 2021 System Requirements including the additional requirements and issues for the AutoCAD 2021 Toolsets are published.

The New AutoCAD 2021 Highlights


Blocks Palette Improvements

View and access your blocks content from AutoCAD on desktop or within the AutoCAD web app.

  • The Blocks palette has been enhanced to provide more convenient access to blocks anytime and anywhere. Use your Autodesk account with a supported cloud storage provider (Box, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive) to get quick and anytime access to your recent blocks and block library drawings.

Revision Cloud Enhancements

Revision clouds are now a distinct ACAD object. They now include a single value for their approximate arc chord lengths, the distance between the endpoints of each arc segment.

Break Objects at a Single Point

With the new BREAKATPOINT command, the Break at Point tool on the ribbon can now be repeated by pressing Enter. This command directly separates a line, arc, or open polyline into two objects at a specified point.

Streamlined Trim and Extend Option

Instead of having to first select boundaries for the Trim and Extend commands, the default Quick mode selects all potential boundaries by default.

Measure Geometry Option: Quick Measure

The Quick option of the MEASUREGEOM command now supports measuring the area and perimeter within a space enclosed by geometric objects in the plan view of a drawing.

Performance and Connectivity

Performance Enhancements

Experience faster save and install times. Leverage multicore processors for smoother orbit, pan, and zoom operations.

  • The speed of panning and zooming in 2D has been enhanced with a technique that takes advantage of objects with similar properties, and another technique that displays appropriate levels of detail at different levels of magnification.
  • When panning and zooming in real time in 2D, AutoCAD-based products automatically perform regeneration operations as needed. Normally, this operation is not noticeable except in very large drawings. In those cases, you might want to turn off the RTREGENAUTO system variable to prevent automatic regeneration.
  • When working with 3D models, navigation generates higher or lower fidelity graphical representations of the 3D geometry in some circumstances. The program's responsiveness when using 3D orbit, pan, and zoom operations has improved significantly by making use of multi-core processors. This improvement is most noticeable on complex 3D models using visual styles that render curved surfaces.

Cloud Storage Connectivity

Access any DWG file in AutoCAD with Autodesk’s cloud, as well as with leading cloud storage providers. Support for Google Drive is new. One Drive, Dropbox, and Box are supported.

More and Better Compares

Drawing History Compare

Compare past and present versions of a drawing and see the evolution of your work.

Enhanced DWG Compare

Compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window.

Xref Compare

See the changes made to your current drawing from changed external references (Xrefs).

Autodesk Civil 3D 2021 Upgrade Protection

Those of us in Civil 3D Land will have to wait a bit longer for Autodesk Civil 3D 2021 and that separate list of new features added to the above.

We already guarantee that a Framework for Civil 3D product for one release of Civil 3D will upgrade to the next Release and every Update. This demonstrably works for our civil engineering, survey, and public agency customers large to small.

If you purchase a new copy or upgrade to any latest flavor of Jump Kit Release 8 for Civil 3D 2020 between March 10, 2020 and the official Jump Kit Release 8 for Civil 3D 2021 release date, we’ll give you a free Upgrade to that flavor of Jump Kit Release 8 for Civil 3D 2021 when that product is available.

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