As usual, Autodesk released new versions in quarter 1. The first released of course AutoCAD. Not much changed in this version, but there are some features that may help.
Quick Mode in Trim dan Extend
Quick mode is not a new feature. We had this feature for years, but now it becomes the default mode. With the quick mode, we don’t need to define boundaries. AutoCAD will automatically use the nearest crossing object as the boundary. And what is nice is now we don’t need to activate F (Fence) to trim/extend multiple lines at once.
You can see how this quick mode works in AutoCAD 2021 in the video below.
The Quick Measure is introduced in AutoCAD 2020. This command allows us to measure the distance between objects without clicking two points.
This feature is enhanced in AutoCAD 2021. Now we can measure the area and perimeter within a boundary quickly.
You can see how the quick measure works in AutoCAD 2021 in the video below.
Drawing history utilize versioning feature in cloud storage services. AutoCAD has a DWG compare feature for a couple of years now (excluding when it’s still an add-on). But with the integration with Dropbox, OneDrive, and Box, you can directly compare between version. Of course, you need to save the drawings in the cloud storage.
You can see how Drawing History works in AutoCAD 2021 in the video below.
Besides the features above, AutoCAD 2021 also has several enhancements and new features.
Revision Cloud Enhancements
Revision cloud now can automatically adjust the radius of the revision cloud when you use it for the first time in your file. In the previous version, you need to adjust the radius by yourself.
Sync Insert Recent Block
This feature also works if you integrate AutoCAD with cloud storage Dropbox, OneDrive, or Box.
Now you can sync recent blocks through cloud storage. When you use another computer, AutoCAD mobile app, or AutoCAD web the same block will appear.
When the XREF file changed, the user will see a pop-up to notify is about the changes. Not only reloading the XREF, now you have an option to compare the changes with your current version of XREF.
This feature allows you to see the design changes and quickly make a decision related to the changes.
To Sum Up
To be honest, not many new features introduced in AutoCAD 2021. It can be because now you can install add-ons from the Autodesk App Store.
The cloud service integration is very good, I know several companies that use cloud storage.
However, I don’t like it when Autodesk “enhance” a feature, the new mode becomes the default. Can you imagine teaching trim command to someone who uses AutoCAD 2020 at the office, but you use AutoCAD 2021?
What about you? Do you think AutoCAD 2021 is a good release?