The software enables AutoCAD users to migrate from a traditional 2D-oriented workflow to a 3D building design approach, while maintaining compatibility with their data and applications. Rather than drawing using lines and arcs, architects can directly create complex 3D structures by combining volumes that represent walls, slabs, roofs and openings. In addition, drawings with different levels of detail, depending on the drawing scale or target audience, are automatically updated after a change to the model.
This new software version includes many user-driven enhancements. Several region-specific libraries with standard wall definitions, doors, windows, and stairs are provided to reduce setup time. All attributes such as materials, cost items and style definitions are now stored in the Internet standard XML (extensible markup language) format to facilitate integration with e-commerce, cost estimating, and other enterprise applications. The drag-and-drop of 3D objects from e-catalogs has been enhanced to support associated specification texts, costing rules, and facilities management information. Other enhancements include advanced hidden line and sectioning tools, new alignment and placement tools and support for expressions, and parameters to specify geometry and attributes.
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