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The core Autodesk platform product reaches its twentieth release with a shift away from the uneasy balance of recent times of a graphical interface combined with a rigid text based command line in favour of a dynamic input field that moves with the cursor - commands at your cursor tip! Prompts and command modifiers are accessible using the down arrow, coordinates are input at the cursor location and input dimensions are previewed with tooltips for distances and angles.
Hovering over an existing entity highlights the entities that would be selected by clicking and the cursor updates to indicate the snap that will occur if selected.
Enhancements to fillets and chamfers will be highly appreciated.
No longer does the radius need to be set to zero for a corner as simply holding down the shift key while selecting entities results in a sharp corner irrespective of the currently set radius or chamfer values.
Similarly it is possible to toggle between trim and extend commands using the shift modifier.
The power of the trim command is also increased with crossing window or fence selection allowing rapid editing of multiple entities in one command.
As an alternative, individual segments of lines, splines and circular and elliptical arcs that share a centre can be joined into single objects.
A multiple option is added to the offset command so that an entity can be repeatedly offset by clicking without needing to restart the command or select entities.
The built-in calculator has been upgraded to include a clipboard, scientific functions, pre-defined variables and conversion between units for length, area, angular and angles.
In the spirit of more efficient drawing through more specific commands to achieve the required result, a rectangle can now be created by specifying one edge and the area.