Autodesk Ships AutoCAD LT for Windows 95; Provides AutoCAD R13 Compatibility and Ease-of-Use Features.
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 3, 1996--At today's debut at Spring Comdex, Microsoft Partner Pavilion booth No. W1803, Autodesk announced that AutoCAD LT for Windows 95 is now shipping in the U.S. and Canada.
The latest version of the world's leading low-cost, 2D design and drafting software, AutoCAD LT for Windows 95 is now Windows 95 and Microsoft Office Microsoft's primary desktop applications for Windows and Mac. Depending on the package, it includes some combination of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook along with various Internet and other utilities. 95 logo-compliant. In addition, this new version of AutoCAD LT also runs on MS-Windows NT 3.51, is 100% data compatible with AutoCAD R13 software, and incorporates numerous tools for faster, easier design and drafting.
With its powerful feature set and intuitive user interface, AutoCAD LT for Windows 95 is suitable for a wide range of users, from seasoned CAD experts to paper-based drafters moving from the drafting board to design software for the first time.
Windows 95 and Microsoft Office 95
AutoCAD LT for Windows 95 meets Microsoft Windows See Windows.
(operating system) Microsoft Windows - Microsoft's proprietary window system and user interface software released in 1985 to run on top of MS-DOS. Widely criticised for being too slow (hence "Windoze", "Microsloth Windows") on the machines available then. 95 and Office 95 standards, including 32-bit architecture, Windows NT (Windows New Technology) A 32-bit operating system from Microsoft for Intel x86 CPUs. NT is the core technology in Windows 2000 and Windows XP (see Windows). Available in separate client and server versions, it includes built-in networking and preemptive multitasking. 3.51 operating system operating system (OS)
Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs. support and long file names File names that exceed the common eight plus three (8.3) character limitation used in DOS and Windows 3.1. Unix, Mac and Windows starting with Windows 95 support long file names.
For compatibility with the 8. . OLE (object linking and embedding See OLE.
(operating system) Object Linking and Embedding - (OLE) A distributed object system and protocol from Microsoft, also used on the Acorn Archimedes. OLE allows an editor to "farm out" part of a document to another editor and then reimport it. ) 2.0 server and container support lets users link spreadsheets or any other OLE 2.0 objects directly into drawings and or embed drawings into reports and proposals. And e-mail enabling now allows users with MAPI (Mail API) A programming interface from Microsoft that enables a client application to send to and receive mail from Exchange Server or a Microsoft Mail (MS Mail) messaging system. Microsoft applications such as Outlook, the Exchange client and Microsoft Schedule use MAPI. compliant e-mail programs to send drawings easily to clients and colleagues from within AutoCAD LT for Windows 95.
AutoCAD LT for Windows 95 compliance with Office 95 standards means pull-down menus and toolbars are organized similarly to other Office productivity applications, so users can quickly locate commonly used commands and operations such as file open, save and print.
Compatibility with AutoCAD Release 13
AutoCAD LT for Windows 95 offers users full interoperability with AutoCAD Release 13, the latest version of the industry-standard for design and drafting. Users can exchange files with AutoCAD Release 13 users without requiring any translation, ensuring unparalleled speed and accuracy.
"AutoCAD LT for Windows 95 allows the designers and drafters in our office to work together more efficiently," said Steve Durand, Executive vice president of Professional Consulting Engineer, Inc. "The fact that now I can integrate my efforts with the work of others in my office who are using AutoCAD R13 is a great time saver."
AutoCAD LT for Windows 95 also reads and writes AutoCAD Release 11 and Release 12 drawing files as well as drawings from previous versions of AutoCAD LT, so users can easily exchange files with the more than 1.5 million AutoCAD users (and the more than 250,000 AutoCAD LT users) worldwide.
"Collaboration in the design industry is essential," said Robert Carr
New tools for faster, more intuitive design and drafting
The latest version of AutoCAD LT incorporates numerous tools designed to help new users to get started drawing quickly, as well as features that accelerate both new and experienced users through their work. Extensive on-line help, in the form of tutorials, concept and "how to..." cards, explain key drafting concepts and lead users step-by-step through drafting operations. Information is organized both by task and by feature; hypertext links route users to related tasks. The on-line command reference and context-sensitive help Context-sensitive help is a kind of online help that is obtained from a specific point in the state of the software, providing help for the situation that is associated with that state. provides a comprehensive resource for all commands and features, completely indexed for easy access.
A new start-up dialog box A movable window that is displayed on screen in response to the user selecting a menu option. It provides the current status and available options for a particular feature in the program. appears when AutoCAD LT is launched, providing users four options for starting a new drawing session: Drawing set-up wizards, Use a Template, Start from Scratch to start (again) from the very beginning; also, to start without resources.
See also: Scratch , or Open an existing drawing. The new drawing set-up wizards step users through the process of setting up a new drawing, including units, limits, precision level, and title block.
The template option provides a variety of industry standard templates from which to choose (including ANSI (American National Standards Institute, New York, www.ansi.org) A membership organization founded in 1918 that coordinates the development of U.S. voluntary national standards in both the private and public sectors. It is the U.S. member body to ISO and IEC. , DIN, ISO (1) See ISO speed.
(2) (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland, www.iso.ch) An organization that sets international standards, founded in 1946. The U.S. member body is ANSI. , and JIS JIS Japanese Industrial Standard
JIS Jamaica Information Service
JIS Juggling Information Service
JIS Just in Sequence (automotive industry)
JIS Jakarta International School
JIS Joint Information System ) or users may create their own templates to meet corporate or client standards. For those users opening an existing drawing, thumbnail previews of individual drawings or a set of drawings ensures selection of the desired file before actually opening the drawing.
Once in the drawing, AutoCAD LT for Windows 95 offers numerous new productivity features, including:
Real-time pan and zoom - allows users to dynamically update their view as they move the cursor, permitting faster, more accurate control over the drawing view.
Property Painter - Copy all or a subset of one object's properties to one or more object(s) rather than copying each property manually.
Wintab Digitizer support - This capability allows users to trace existing paper drawings quickly and more accurately. These digitizing devices interface with either Windows 95 or Windows NT as a system level pointing device An input device used to move the pointer (cursor) on screen. The major pointing device is the mouse for the desktop computer and the touchpad for the laptop, although many road warriors bring along a mouse. .
Enhanced text capabilities - Create, edit, and import bodies of text using the new paragraph text feature, use TrueType fonts, check spelling of single words or an entire drawing with the new spell check, and preview text styles using the text-style modification dialog box.
Advanced geometry - New NURBS curves, true ellipses Ellipses is the plural form of either of two words in the English language:
1. Of, relating to, or having the shape of an ellipse.
2. Containing or characterized by ellipsis.
a. arcs, and construction lines simplify the creation of geometry.
AutoCAD LT for Windows 3.1
With the release of AutoCAD LT for Windows 95, Autodesk will continue to sell AutoCAD LT for Windows 3.1 (Release 2) as its solution for customers running the Windows 3.1 operating system.
AutoCAD LT for Windows 3.1, with its more modest hardware requirements, is ideal for users with laptop computers or modest systems. AutoCAD LT for Windows 3.1 is 100% compatible with AutoCAD Release 11 and Release 12.
AutoCAD LT for Windows 95 AutoCAD LT for Windows 3.1 Windows 95 or Windows NT 3.51 Windows 3.1x 486DX/66 (minimum) or Pentium- 386-, 486-, or Pentium- based PC based PC 16 MB RAM (recommended) 8 MB RAM (recommended) 30 MB free hard disk space for 16 MB free hard disk space installation for installation
Autodesk Symbols (U.S. and Canada)
Autodesk Symbols packages are a professional, easy-to-use complement to AutoCAD LT or AutoCAD R13 software. The three new versions of Autodesk Symbols, architectural, mechanical, and electrical, are each sold separately in the U.S. and Canada and each include more than 2,000 full-scale U.S. industry-standard symbols. The symbols are accessed directly from a pull-down menu that installs on the AutoCAD LT or AutoCAD R13 menu. The user simply selects the desired symbols and clicks where the symbol should be placed in the drawing, saving time and ensuring accuracy every time.
Pricing and availability in the U.S. and Canada
AutoCAD LT for Windows 95 ships with dual media (both CD-ROM CD-ROM: see compact disc.
in full compact disc read-only memory
Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser). and 1.44 MB diskette The official name for the floppy disk. See floppy disk.
diskette - floppy disk ) and is available in the U.S. and Canada at an estimated street price (ESP (1) (Enhanced Service Provider) An organization that adds value to basic telephone service by offering such features as call-forwarding, call-detailing and protocol conversion. ) of US$489. AutoCAD LT for Windows 3.1 is available in the U.S. and Canada for a new, lower ESP of US$299. Autodesk Symbols, architectural, electrical, and mechanical, are available in dual media in the U.S. and Canada for US$99 each. AutoCAD LT for Windows 95, AutoCAD LT for Windows 3.1 and Autodesk Symbols are available now, and can be purchased from all major software resellers and Authorized Autodesk Dealers. Current AutoCAD LT users can upgrade to AutoCAD LT for Windows 95 for US$129 by calling Autodesk directly at 800-435-7771. German, French, Italian, and Spanish versions are expected to ship in late June/early July. For pricing and availability in other regions, contact your local dealer.
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