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Better screen shots
The screen shots provided are at such a low resolution that they don't provide any information, I would suggest larger ones if not full scale. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 05:00, 31 March 2010
I think it is copyright fears that there is no higher resolution screenshot. But, globally, the layout of the Autocad screen is not exactly top secret.. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mikejens (talk • contribs) 17:42, 13 September 2010 (UTC)
No free support
I believe it noteworthy that Autodesk does not offer any free support (aside from activations) for the AutoCAD LT software. Many other software companies offer free support for at least a specific duration after the purchase.
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id=7031104&linkID=9240817 220.127.116.11 (talk) 15:51, 15 March 2010 (UTC)
AutoCAD Civil 3D
Why is AutoCAD Civil 3D a redirect to AutoCAD? While Civil 3D looks like a vertical product, it has been a parametric, object-based modeling tool operating inside the AutoCAD interface for 6 years, whereas AutoCAD itself has only had parametric drafting tools for a year. AutoCAD Civil 3D, as a BIM/VDC tool, needs its own page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 01:56, 6 May 2010 (UTC)
There was a microcomputer-based system prior to AutoCAD
I recently read the introductory history about AutoCAD and due to the fact that several of our employees, including the Chief Financial Officer Alvin Green, went from another first microcomputer-based CAD company to AutoCAD and influenced the direction of AutoCAD, I modified that introduction based on my first hand knowledge and experience as Vice-President of Systems Development of Cascade Graphics Development. Two years prior to AutoCAD's first release, our company actually used an Apple IIe microcomputer with a 68000 mother board to produce the first micro-CAD system in 1980. Significantly, this system was marketed by McGraw-Hill and distributed both domestically in the U.S. and in Europe. An editor removed the edit and stated, "Sorry, we do not write about ourselves on Wikipedia." Is this true--that one cannot relate facts that one is intimately familiar with on Wikipedia pages? For an external reference, I show a picture taken of me (with my own camera) sitting at the First microcomputer-based system in the offices of Cascade Graphics Development back in 1980. I could cite several high-level executives that could confirm that what I have related (such as Jake Voogd, a Dutch businessman who was Chief Executive Officer of Kinetics Technology International Corp.) was factual.
- Indeed, one cannot relate facts that one is intimately familiar with on Wikipedia pages -- unless one can cite verifiable reliable sources. --jpgordon::==( o ) 17:47, 14 July 2010 (UTC)
Version history list
The Release column did show the number of the release before. Now it shows the ACADVER number instead. Should the column heading be changed? Should we have separate column as well? What do you think is useful to see here? Jimmy Bergmark (talk) 03:21, 2 June 2010 (UTC)
How many DWG files are there?
This part needs cleaning, fact checking:
"In 2006, Autodesk estimated the number of active DWG files to be in excess of one billion. In the past, Autodesk has estimated the total number of DWG files in existence to be more than three billion."
idledebonair (talk) 03:37, 9 September 2010 (UTC)
Qt and .Net
Release / Version numbers
Someone has changed this column to show a numeric count up of each release. To me this is wrong and has little relevance, as far as I can find AutoCAD 2009 is never referred to as "release 23", nor AutoCAD 2010 as "release 25". The internal version number however is of relevance and is used to refer to the products (some third party applications designed to work with AutoCAD use these versions to show which versions of Autocad they are compatible). Also as far as I can see it is not normal on Wikipedia to number software by how many times its been released. I'm going to revert this back to how it was before this column was changed and hopefully this can be discussed. HughMillard (talk) 09:54, 2 December 2010 (UTC)
- Further to the above i've found this http://communities.autodesk.com/?nd=content__5__411 . If nobody disagrees i'll update the table later to show a column for both version and release numbers HughMillard (talk) 10:26, 2 December 2010 (UTC)
Im an Interior designer based in Nairobi Kenya and a long time user of AutoCAD (1997 to date).I would like to know how the name AutoCAD came about.
AutoCAD origin bogus
The origin of AutoCAD, as currently described in the article, appears to be totally bogus. Here's a quote from a 1992 article by G. Pascal Zachary that appeared in the Wall Street Journal:
|“||Mr. Walker didn't invent the program that drove all this phenomenal success. Instead, Autodesk's hit product proved to be a computer-aided-design (CAD) program that Mr. Walker purchased from an outside programmer named Michael Riddle. The program, which became AutoCad,[sic] did for designers of buildings, interiors and machines what VisiCalc's spreadsheet did for the accountant: It made the personal computer an essential tool, where once pencil and paper reigned.
Mr. Walker quickly grasped the promise of AutoCad when Mr. Riddle gave him a presentation in 1982. "When I showed him the program, he was quiet for 45 minutes. It was the first time he's ever been quiet with me," says Mr. Riddle. Then, "he says, `You've got a fortune here.'" Before long, Autodesk dropped virtually all of its other work to concentrate on AutoCad.[sic] The program, which now sells for about $3,500, was a runaway success, cutting deeply into the sales of computer companies that blended software and hardware into systems that might cost 10 times the price of a PC with AutoCad,[sic] and yet afford only somewhat better performance.
- Late response but -- one should read John Walker's Anatomy of a Smear to get a sense of what insiders thought of Mr. Zachary's article. --jpgordon::==( o ) 15:06, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
AutoCAD copy paste problem
Here is a common bug on old versions of Autocad that needs to be mentioned: AutoCAD Services & Support Hotfix - Cut and Paste There are many other discussions on the Net regarding this issue. If someone finds a proper way to develop a new section about this issue... My question is: I feel this is a good information and I find useful. Does it also work for wikipedia? --TudorTulok (talk) 08:43, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
"According to its own company information..."
In the introduction of the [current version]is the passage: According to its own company information, Autodesk states that the AutoCAD software is now used in a range of industries, employed by architects, project managers and engineers, amongst other professions, and as of 1994 there had been 750 training centers established across the world to educate users about the company's primary products.
I don't see the relevance of this, if it belongs anywhere it should be on the Autodesk page and not here. It's not AutoCAD specific information. (on a break from Wikipedia:Be_bold after getting burnt) --duncan.lithgow (talk) 21:32, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
User:22.214.171.124 has added in [this revision] a table of AutoCADs release history. Is that useful? Can't we just link to it, perhaps this one: http://autodesk.blogs.com/between_the_lines/autocad-release-history.html I just think it's clutter and don't see why it should be here. --duncan.lithgow (talk) 22:08, 15 June 2012 (UTC)
This recent change asserts AutoCAD is written in C. Now, I've not been at Autodesk since 1998, and I guess my memory could be fuzzy, but I do seem to recall we converted the thing to C++ sometime before that... Is there a source for the current programming languages? --jpgordon::==( o ) 16:12, 20 January 2013 (UTC)