AutoCAD LT 2008 software simplifies daily tasks with full DWG native file format compatibility, annotation scaling, layer properties per viewport, text and table enhancements, and multiple leaders. Couple these enhancements with existing features like Dynamic Blocks and express tools, and your job just keeps getting better.
New Features Workshop
Learn about new features and enhancements in AutoCAD LT 2008 software.
No matter what phase of the 2D design process you find yourself in, AutoCAD LT makes it more productive. From drafting to publishing to sharing, new tools and features focus on getting you through your everyday tasks quicker and with fewer errors. Simply put, you'll create, collaborate, and deliver more efficiently than ever.
- Efficient drafting means across-the-board improvements to help ensure that the time-consuming tasks you do every day won't slow you down.
- Simplified data exchange leads to fast, secure collaboration among team members no matter where they are--because the quicker you share, the quicker you finish.
- Painless plotting means you can spend more time on the front end designing and less time on plotting.
AutoCAD LT Features and Benefits
Read more about the full range of new features in AutoCAD LT--as well as the benefits they provide.
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Compare Your Version of AutoCAD LT with AutoCAD LT 2008
Wonder what's been added to AutoCAD LT since your last upgrade? See the AutoCAD LT Release Comparison Matrix for a side-by-side comparison.
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What's New in AutoCAD LT
AutoCAD LT software makes all parts of the 2D design process more productive. From DWG native file format compatibility to dynamic blocks, to annotation scaling and table enhancements, daily tasks are simplified, helping you concentrate on the design instead of the toolset.
| || Annotation Scaling |
AutoCAD LT 2008 introduces the concept of annotation scale as an object property. Designers can set the current scale of a viewport or model space view, and then apply that scale to each object and specify its size, placement, and appearance based on the scale set for the viewport. In other words, annotation scale is now automated.
| || Layers per Viewport |
In AutoCAD LT 2008 the layer manager has been enhanced to allow users to specify color, line weight, linetype, or plot style as an override for an individual viewport. These overrides can be easily turned on or off as viewports are added or removed.
| || Enhanced Tables |
Enhanced tables now give users the option to combine AutoCAD LT and Windows Excel tabular information into a single AutoCAD LT table. This table can be dynamically linked so that notifications appear in both AutoCAD LT and Excel as data is updated. Users can then select these notifications, allowing instant updating of information in either source document.
| || Text & Table Enhancements |
The enhanced MTEXT editor now provides the ability to specify the number of columns required and flows new text between those columns as users make edits. The space set between each column of text and the edge of the paper is also customizable. All of these variables can be adjusted to specific values in the dialog box, or adjusted interactively using the new multicolumn text grips.
| || Multiple Leaders |
The new multiple leader panel on the dashboard has enhanced tools that automate the creation of multiple leaders and the orientation of the leaders (tail or content first) with the notes.
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Efficient Everyday Drafting
Just because you perform certain tasks day in and day out doesn't mean they have to be tedious. AutoCAD LT streamlines day-to-day tasks by improving the functionality of the tools used to perform them.
| || Create and edit Dynamic Blocks to save time and help standardize drawings by eliminating the need to redraw standard components again and again, and reduce your cumbersome block libraries in the process. || || Use AutoCAD Layer Express Tools for layer management to dramatically increase your day-to-day drafting productivity. |
| || Create tables painlessly with a one-step process rather than manually drawing each line, and save time by performing calculations directly in your tables. When values are updated automatically, errors go down. || || Manipulate text efficiently by viewing, sizing, and positioning text as you type. Adjust text appearance as needed using familiar tools common in other text-editing applications, and easily create multiline paragraphs and bulleted or numbered lists of notes with professional-quality formatting. |
| || Simplify hatching by creating multiple hatches without repetitious use of the Hatch command, easily place a hatch at your preferred origin point, and quickly calculate both individual and cumulative hatch areas. || || Customize tool palettes so you save time by placing frequently used content in one place so you can quickly drag them into your designs. |
| || Seamlessly interface with your design data and keep your attention focused on your work as you enter command information and get immediate feedback at the graphics cursor. || || Dimension with greater ease giving your dimensions exactly the linetype you prefer without exploding and editing them. Avoid time-consuming workarounds to dimension an arc, save time by automating the creation of a jogged dimension line, and flip an individual dimension arrow from inside to outside the dimension line and back. |
Simplified Data Exchange
Save time and money by electronically sharing intelligent design data, allowing teams to review, print, mark up, and round-trip changes quickly, easily, and with fewer errors.
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| || Publish intelligent design data with DWF technology and save time by simplifying collaboration with your design team. At 1/10th the size of other file formats, DWF is the fastest, easiest way to communicate design information while helping to ensure secure and efficient sharing at any stage of the project lifecycle. || || View and Mark up designs and easily coordinate projects throughout design review by replacing the paper process with review and round-tripping functionality in free* Autodesk Design Review software. Mark up drawings with comments, sketches, dimensions, text, and stamps before sending them on their way. Workflow is streamlined, fidelity is increased, and jobs are finished--faster. |
| || Use DWF as an underlay to share design information with other companies on a project. It's the perfect starting point for adding more information to the design. || || Read/write to past versions of AutoCAD, increasing collaboration and the exchange of data with users of older versions of AutoCAD software. || || Export files in PDF format so customers who have standardized on Adobe PDF can view and print design files. || || |
Simplified plotting helps you spend more time on design.
| || Access the most frequently used plot controls all in one dialog box, and view a full preview showing how your plot will look once the drawing is plotted with an enhanced plot user interface. || || Reduce time waiting for plot jobs and spend more time drafting with background plotting, which enables you to continue working in the drawing editor while AutoCAD LT software plots in the background. || || Stay on top of plot jobs by being notified when a plot job is completed. || || |