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A new version of Autodesk's entry level, low cost 2D package AutoSketch is now available.
Treading a careful path to maintain simplicity whilst adding functionality with each release, the latest Release 7 offers capable drafting tools with some innovative ease of use features.
The intuitive object snap facility has been enhanced to allow multiple snaps to be set simultaneously.
As the cursor passes existing geometry it changes appearance to indicate the active snap mode such as a circle for a centre snap or a cross for an intersection.
This makes the selection of the required point within a complex drawing far easier.
Similarly the typical problem of selecting an entity in a crowded area of a drawing is addressed by the GetNext selection mode that enables adjacent or overlaid entities to be scrolled through by clicking with the Alt key held down.
The text editor now includes the ability to include multiple fonts and styles in a single text block and direct access to the Windows Character Map for addition of special characters.
Dimensioning is straightforward, benefiting from the multiple snap modes.
Dimension formats are set in a pop up dialog and can be modified for individual dimensions or set as the default.
Detailed views can be created by saving an area of the drawing as a named view then placing back into the drawing sheet at a specified scale factor.