Would you like to be a part of the team that gets to Beta test AutoCAD and help shape what future releases look like?
In response to the customer feedback for 2015 products, the AutoCAD team is working on the Service Pack to address some of the items customers are reporting. If you would like to get an early preview of this Service Pack, please sign up with our beta site here.
Additionally, if you would like to be a part of the group that gets full releases of AutoCAD early, you can do that here.
AutoCAD 2015 will be launched tomorrow, March 28th globally. Please take a moment to log onto your subscription center site and download the new version. Some things to look out for with the new version:
- All new Create and Learn tabs when you first open the program. You can now very quickly navigate between recent files used, access templates, or find Help documents and learning video's, all from one spot.
- The new Dark Theme. You will notice a new dark theme in AutoCAD 2015. This follows recent studies that a darker image greatly reduces eye strain.
- Look for many new Ribbon enhancements, such as the new Galleries that allow you to see images of blocks, dimensions, mleaders, and other objects BEFORE you insert them.
In addition to the new release tomorrow, there is a new hotfix for AutoCAD 2013 that has just been released. This hotfix fixes Model Documentation and IMPORT command related issues found in AutoCAD 2013 based products on 64 bit Windows® 8.1. See below for the link:
The popular DGN hotfix has now had a version released that works with the 2012 products. This Hotfix cleans up non-essential data from DWG files that have become bloated while copying and pasting from DWGs containing DGN linetypes. It will also prevent future occurrences of the file bloat issue from occurring.
Autodesk just released three service packs for the Mac versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. In addition to resolving issues reported by the Customer Error Reporting (CER) utility and other general problems identified since the previous versions were made available, these service packs add support for OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).
New Apple guidelines require that software packages installed on OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) meet certain security standards. These restrictions mean that you may be unable to do a fresh install or re-install of your existing AutoCAD for Mac products on OS X 10.8. In that case, depending on your product, you should either download the full version of AutoCAD 2012 for Mac or download the trial Mac versions of AutoCAD 2013 or AutoCAD LT 2013. These downloads have been updated to include the latest service packs and conform with new Apple security requirements.
Note: The service pack for AutoCAD LT 2013 is not for the AutoCAD LT 2013 purchased from the Mac App Store. That version will receive the new updates directly from the Mac App Store when it becomes available.
Almost three weeks ago Autodesk released Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013. Within a couple days of its release the service packs were removed from autodesk.com while the AutoCAD team worked on resolving a newly-discovered fatal crashing error.
The service packs have been re-released (now as Service Pack 1.1) and the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of new update can be found at the following links:
This service pack is only for AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT (with or without SP1) and cannot be applied to vertical products that are based on AutoCAD 2013. If you managed to download and apply SP1 before it was removed, you can just apply SP1.1 on top of it. Uninstall of SP1 is not necessary or required.
Before installing Service Pack 1, I strongly recommend you review the associated readme file for installation instructions and details about the primary issues that are resolved by the service pack.