AutoCAD® 2012 System Requirements

System requirements for AutoCAD® 2012 are basically the same as for AutoCAD® 2011 and 2010. So if you’re upgrading from one of these, you’ll no doubt be fine. Specifics:

AutoCAD® 2012 32-bit

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium (compare Windows 7 versions); Microsoft® Windows Vista® Enterprise, Business, Ultimate, or Home Premium (SP2 or later) (compare Windows Vista versions); or Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional or Home edition (SP3 or later)
  • For Windows Vista or Windows 7: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology; for Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2 GB free disk space for installation
  • 1,024 x 768 display resolution with true color
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later
  • Install from download or DVD

AutoCAD® 2012 64-bit

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium (compare Windows 7 versions); Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise, Business, Ultimate, or Home Premium (SP2 or later) (compare Windows Vista versions); or Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP2 or later)
  • AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology, AMD Opteron® processor with SSE2 technology, Intel® Xeon® processor with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology, or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2 GB free space for installation
  • 1,024 x 768 display resolution with true color
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later
  • Install from download or DVD

If you’re 3D modelling, you’ll probably need a little bit higher spec graphics card and a bit more CPU for both AutoCAD® 2012 32-bit & AutoCAD® 2012 64-bit.

  • Intel Pentium 4 processor or AMD Athlon, 3 GHz or greater; or Intel or AMD dual-core processor, 2 GHz or greater
  • 2 GB RAM or more
  • 2 GB hard disk space available in addition to free space required for installation
  • 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Microsoft® Direct3D®-capable workstation-class graphics card

It’s usually better to exceed the minimum requirements so that your machine is more capable. Also bear in mind that these requirements may vary depending on what you’re doing – if you’re doing mainly simple 2D drafting then you’re probably not going to need the same as a 3D modelling user.

Always good to have a record of this – so, I hope this helps someone!

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AutoCAD® 2012 New Features

AutoCAD® 2012
AutoCAD® 2012

As you’re no doubt very aware, Autodesk release a new version of AutoCAD® yearly. This year is no different, with AutoCAD® 2012, codenamed “Ironman”, now available as of 22nd March 2011.

So, I think it befits the occasion to summarise the new features you can expect from this new release.

To kick off, there is a new Content Explorer feature. With this you can specify a number of local or networked data sources and search for and access content. This is a great addition, and is a real step in the right direction for data management. Not sure if it will be a substitute for a full electronic data management system, but certainly a great addition.

There are many subtle enhancements to commands we use regularly – the join command for example now works for joining different object types. There are also several general drafting productivity enhancements. There’s a really cool ‘nudge’ feature for moving object orthogonally by only a few pixels using CTRL and the arrow keys. Another tweak has added more options when manipulating grips of various objects, including Lines, Arcs, Dims and MLeaders.

While on the subject of MLeaders, there have been some improvements here too. We now have much better control over text frames, which have been somewhat problematic over previous releases. Additionally, AutoCAD® will remember your settings for MLeader text frames, so you will no longer need to make so many manual changes as before.

Several preview features have been added in this release. This is useful as you can specify your settings for the fillet and chamfer commands, and see a preview of the result without committing to the change. There is also now the ability to preview various surface editing processes such as lofts, blends, and patches.

My favourite by far though is the associative array features that have been added – I can see this in particular being really useful. You can array objects now along a path whilst keeping the associative link with the array path. You can also use the divide option to equally space X number of object along the path. Naturally you can array using a fixed distance too. Also, an Array option has been added to the frequently used Copy command. I think this could really get us thinking slightly differently when drawing to really take advantage of this very powerful new feature.

Integration with AutoCAD® WS – this new feature will please those on the cloud computing bandwagon. This is a really great addition for collaborative working, and I think probably a step towards the future of computing.

And finally, for those of you that dread the day you upgrade because it screws up all your menus, you’ll be pleased to hear that there is a migrate settings feature that assists with migrating between releases. This includes various options for porting your settings from old to new, accessible directly from your start menu. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve at some point lost all your menus and have been left scratching your head for a while wondering how to get them back… so the reset to defaults option is very welcome indeed!

So, AutoCAD® 2012 is certainly an upgrade. Let me know what new features you like in 2012, and what features you’d like to see!

Will

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