Introduction to AUTOCAD
Introduction of Computers in calculations and other engineering applications had also made its impacts on engineering drawings as well in the past when AUTOCAD was firstly developed for Personal Computers, CAD is the short form of Computer Aided Drawing.
Use of Autocad in civil engineering is not just for planes or elevations or section; We also draw structural drawings in it, as well as the profiles and contours are treated in autocad, other softwares of civil engineering like Eagel Points, EPA Net also uses autocad drawings as their input for making horizontal and vertical alignments of road or a highway and similarly the water supply scheme map of a housing facility or a housing society.
Autocad was first released in 1982 by a company named AUTODESK, Inc. before this such CAD softwares were used by large workstations, for the very first time AUTODESK introduced this software for personal computer use. AutoCAD is used for 2D as well as 3D drawings ranging from electrical drawings, mechanical part drawings, architectural drawings as well as Civil engineering Drawings, structural drawings etc.
Development of AUTOCAD
AutoCAD has a lot of versions each new version being more robust and more easier to use then the previous versions. AUTOCAD in earlier stages has only command line interface, which means you can work on AUTOCAD at that time just by typing commands and setting different parameters etc, but with newer versions they have introduced the GUI graphical user interface which is more easy to use and is more user friendly. Now you can just draw things by using drawing tools you find in other softwares like MS Word etc.
Difference between AUTOCAD and Other 3D Programs
Beside AUTOCAD 3d, there are other 3D softwares as well like MAYA, 3D Studio Max etc which are more glamorous comparatively but the difference between CAD softwares like AUTOCAD and other 3d softwares is in the purpose for which they are build, purpose of AUTOCAD is to draw technical drawings for engineers rather than 3d movies and animations.
In this post I will be sharing with you a portable version of AUTOCAD, this portable version can run without even installation, just copy and paste the .exe file of and double click it and run it, simple and straight forward.
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