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The Autodesk AutoCAD 2023 products were officially released this week. As we all know by now the core AutoCAD license also includes access to the Seven AutoCAD Toolsets. From the civil engineer’s or surveyor’s point of view these notably include the Map 3D 2023 and Raster Design 2023 Toolsets.

Of course, core AutoCAD and Map 3D functionalities and features underpin the capabilities that we employ every day in Autodesk Civil 3D.

Do the new ACAD 2023 and Map 3D 2023 releases come with real benefits?
Honestly, that mostly depends on us, our adaptability, and not the endlessly changing code.
Subscription says - Time to put on my R14 release It’s Only a Matter of Time tee shirt.

You might want to review the Autodesk Online Help page with access to the 2023 on-line help files.

AutoCAD 2023


The Autodesk AutoCAD 2023 Playlist

Anyone can count the inflated traces of our cloudy future in there – even the By Dim. Eheh.

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AutoCAD 2023 New Tools Playlist

The AutoCAD 2023 release supports both Windows 11 and Windows 10 and boasts the new Autodesk graphics engine introduced as a preview last release. Once again there is no dwg format change. The official AutoCAD technical requirements got a couple of minor bump ups as usual. If you run a reasonably current version of Civil 3D, your hardware should be good to go.

See the official AutoCAD 2023 New Features page.

See the What’s New in AutoCAD 2023 page in the on-line help for more details.

ACAD 2023 New Features

Here are the official Autodesk marketed list AutoCAD improvements.
This is only a basic summary of the new AutoCAD 2023 features.
See the links above for more details and videos.

Markup Import and Markup Assist

Rapidly send and incorporate feedback into your designs.
Import feedback from printed paper or PDFs and add changes to your drawings automatically, without additional drawing steps.
Other important updates to Trace.

Sheet Set Manager

There are now two Sheet Set Managers! One for the cloud and the old one.

Open sheet sets quicker than ever before.
Using the Autodesk cloud platform, sending and opening sheet sets to and from teammates is quicker and safer.


Automate the counting of blocks or objects within a selected area or throughout your entire drawing with a menu to identify errors and navigate through your counted objects.

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Floating Drawing Windows

Important functional improvements to the Floating Drawing Window interface.
Doc the command lines and keep them attached to the Drawing Windows or not. Yum.

3D Graphics

AutoCAD includes the new cross platform 3D graphics system.
This new graphics system leverages the power of modern GPUs and multi-core CPUs to offer a smooth navigation experience for much larger drawings than in prior releases.

Additional ACAD Enhancements

Some of these we can believe deserve an “about time” remark.

  • Insert Block:
    The Block Redefine dialog box provides an option to rename a block when the specified block name already exists in the drawing.
  • Options Dialog Box:
    A new task dialog prompts you to either save or discard the changes made when you attempt to close or cancel the Options dialog box.
  • Isolation Mode:
    The object selection is now maintained when you exit isolation mode.
  • New Drawing:
    Hovering over the New drop-down on the Start tab, displays a tooltip with the name of the drawing template file that will be used.
  • Customer Error Reporting (CER):
    Your email address is now automatically filled in when an error report is generated.
  • Multi-core Background Publishing:
    The publish option "Include Hyperlinks" is now supported when publishing a Multi-sheet PDF file using background publishing.
  • New Polyline Edits:
    Right click and Extend a new node before the first node of a polyline
  • CUTBASE command:
    Chop a selection set of objects out to the Clipboard and paste with the selected basepoint
  • Command Macros Palette Tool:
    Machine-learning based macro creation for repetitive tasks

AutoCAD Map 3D 2023

See the What's New in AutoCAD Map 3D 2023 Toolset page in the on-line help for more details.

Map 3D New Features

  • FDO Provider for File Geodatabase:
    A new FDO provider for File Geodatabase source
  • Geodetic Transformation Preference:
    Define preferences about coordinate system transformation
  • Coordinate Systems:
    Some new supported Coordinate Systems and Datums and updates

There are a bunch of Map 3D fixes that may be pertinent to you.
Those include a fix to MAPTRIM. Hoorah.

There is a recent Autodesk Desktop Connector 15.5 Update available along with older AutoCAD and Civil 3D Updates.
See the Civilized News page.

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