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What's New in AutoCAD 2020
New Dark Theme
Your user interface is obviously something that you use all the time. Past customer feedback repeatedly indicated that we needed to make significant changes to improve the clarity and crispness of the dark theme. Similar sharpening was also applied to the light theme as well.
As you can see, we optimized the background colors with the icon colors to provide the optimum contrast without distracting from the drawing area, where you're usually focused.
The highlighting of contextual tabs on the ribbon is now more distinct when active, such as when you edit text or create a hatch.
Several methods for inserting blocks are currently available: Insert, Tool Palettes and DesignCenter. Having these different options available recognizes that people in different disciplines have different requirements and preferences.
The primary reason for redesigning the Insert dialog box is to provide better visual previews of blocks in the workflow for inserting blocks. The palette increases efficiency for finding and inserting multiple blocks-including the new Repeat Placement option, which can save you a step.
Key features in the new Blocks palette facilitate specifying and inserting blocks efficiently from a most recently used list or from specified drawings. Three tabs provide access to the following:
- The Current Drawing tab displays all the block definitions in the current drawing either as icons or as a list.
- The Recent tab displays all the most recently inserted blocks regardless of the current drawing. These persist between drawings and sessions. You can remove a block from this tab by right clicking it and choosing Remove from Recent List.
- The Other Drawing tab provides a way of navigating to folders from which you can choose drawings either to insert as blocks or to choose from the blocks defined in those drawings. These drawings and blocks also persist between drawings and sessions.
The top of the palette includes several controls, including a field for applying wildcard filters to the block names, and several options for different thumbnail sizes and list styles.
New System Variables
BLOCKMRULIST - Controls the number of blocks displayed in the Recent tab of the Blocks palette.
BLOCKNAVIGATE - Controls the file and blocks that are displayed in the Other Drawing tab of the Blocks palette. Takes effect the next time you start the program.
BLOCKREDEFINEMODE - Controls whether the "Block- Redefine Block" task dialog box is displayed when inserting a block from the Blocks palette with the same name as a block inside the current drawing.
BLOCKSTATE (Read only) - Reports whether the Blocks palette is open or closed.
The Purge feature has been revised for easier drawing cleanup and organization. The control options are nearly the same, but the orientation is more efficient and the Preview area is now resizable.
- Notice that you can now purge zero-length geometry without purging empty text objects.
- Check boxes in the Named Items Not Used panel provide a way to select purgeable items by category as well as individual items.
- The Find Non-Purgeable Items button displays information specific to why the checked item cannot be purged, which will be helpful in many cases.
- For objects that can't be purged, the new design provides enhanced information as shown below, including the number of objects on each layer and their impact on file size. The Select Objects button shown in the illustration below, zooms in on the specified objects that can't be purged.
DWG Compare Enhancements
The primary enhancement to the DWG Compare feature is that you can now directly compare and edit the current drawing together with a specified drawing while in the compare state. The comparison takes place in the current drawing. Any changes you make in either the current drawing or the compared drawing are dynamically compared and highlighted.
To facilitate direct editing in the compare state, the options and controls for this feature were moved from the ribbon to a docked toolbar at the top of the drawing area. Most of the options were combined into the Settings control and enhanced as shown. You can easily toggle the comparison from the toolbar and the display of the types of differences from the Settings control.
Also, the default colors can easily be changed by clicking on a color for your preferences or for colorblind-friendly colors. In this illustration, the color for Not in Current Drawing was changed from red to yellow.
The change sets are each surrounded by orange revision clouds, which are scaled to the drawing extents.
- You can import the highlighted differences in yellow from the compared drawing into the current drawing. If you do so, these objects will now exist in both drawings and will automatically turn gray. Only the objects in the specified area that are not in the current drawing can be imported.
- You can also export both drawings into a new snapshot drawing that combines the similarities and changes between both drawings. The result of this operation is the same as a drawing comparison in AutoCAD 2019.
- The arrow buttons provide a way to step through each change set, automatically zooming in to each successive or previous change set.
System requirements for AutoCAD 2020 (Windows)
Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 with Update KB4019990 (64-bit only)
Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355 (64-bit only)
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit only) (version 1803 or higher)
Processor Basic: 2.5–2.9 GHz processor
Recommended: 3+ GHz processor
Multiple processors: Supported by the application
Memory Basic: 8 GB
Recommended: 16 GB
Display Resolution Conventional Displays: 1920 x 1080 with True Color
High Resolution & 4K Displays: Resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 supported on Windows 10, 64-bit systems (with capable display card)
Display Card Basic: 1 GB GPU with 29 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Recommended: 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Disk Space 6.0 GB
Browser Google Chrome™ (for AutoCAD web app)
Network Deployment via Deployment Wizard.
The license server and all workstations that will run applications dependent on network licensing must run TCP/IP protocol.
Either Microsoft® or Novell TCP/IP protocol stacks are acceptable. Primary login on workstations may be Netware or Windows.
In addition to operating systems supported for the application, the license server will run on the Windows Server® 2016, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 editions.
Pointing Device MS-Mouse compliant
.NET Framework .NET Framework Version 4.7 or later
*DirectX11 recommended by supported OS