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    AutoCad: Definition, History, Advantages and Disadvantages


    AutoCAD is a software application developed by Autodesk that enables Computer Aided Design (CAD) and drafting. It allows the user to create drawings, plans and designs electronically.
    It is also comprehensive in its ability to create 2D and some 3D drawings. It is also very popular among CAD users. Abot 70% of CAD users in the world use AutoCAD.

    The company behind AutoCAD software, Auotdesk was founded in 1982. The same year, the company developed and launched AutoCad at the COMDEX Trade Show in Las Vegas as the first CAD program in the world to run on a PC.
    From that year 182 till now, there have been several versions of AutoCAD. Auto desk logo and certain AutoCAD icons have changed for several versions or releases through these years. The AutoCAD 2019 release marks the 33rd major release of AutoCAD for windows.
    v It is user friendly.
    v It saves time (though not always).
    v Ease of accuracy, e.g., dimension, precision.
    v Paperless environment.
    v Easy to edit.
    v Ease of repetition and additions.
    v Data handling, storage and sorting becomes very easy in soft form as compared to the conventional printing and filing.
    v Data transmission to distant and remote areas is very easy and economical via email and link sharing.
    v Zoom command facility allows us to see minute details on larger scale view.
    v Manual drafting requires meticulous accuracy in drawing line types, line weights, etc. AutoCAD ensures conformity to company standards by creating styles that you can apply consistently.
    v Access to drawing is made easy. With AutoCAD technology, drawings can be saved on a remote server and accessed from any computer or internet-connected device. It also saves one from having to carry large quantity of drawings with himself/herself.
    v Expensive equipment like computers, plotters, big screen monitors, etc., are required.
    v Equipment are fragile and can be damaged drastically.
    v Continuous updating of equipment is needed.
    v Electricity is mandatory for running the equipment, which is a big issue for third world countries.
    v Data storage is fragile, high probability of data corruption. Data loss is a big threat for all soft form data banks.
    v Piracy and hacking threats are always there when you use internet for data transfer or even storage of data on a computer which is connected to the internet.

    v Special computer skills are required. For every new release of the CAD software, the operator has to update his skills.

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