AutoCAD 2014 includes a great variety of enhancements to help you draw and annotate with more efficiency.

Drawing an ARC clockwise in AutoCAD

When drawing an ARC in AutoCAD, you are no longer limited to draw counter-clockwise.

If you choose one of the ARC options to specify the start point and the center, the default behavior has always been to draw counter-clockwise.

From version 2014, by simply pressing the CTRL key you can easily draw your arc the opposite direction.

Autocad 2014 ho to draw ARC clockwise

FILLET

FILLET in Polylines is also has been enhanced in AutoCAD 2014. If you have an open polyline, using the FILLET tool you can select either side of the polyline and it will automatically fillet it creating a closed polyline. That’s something you couldn’t do before. AutoCAD would actually give you an error had you selected the same polyline for both side of the fillet.

AutoCAD 2014 Fillet

Sheet Set

Sheet set behavior has also been updated with some minor changes. When you create a new sheet based on a template file, the created field displays the creation date of the new sheet rather than the creation date of the template file.

AutoCAD 2014 Sheet Set

CONVERTPSTLYES

The CONVERTPSTLYES command enables you to convert the current drawing to either named or color dependent plot styles. Since AutoCAD version 2014 this has been enhanced to support style names with spaces.

Insert Block

Inserting blocks with attributes has been made more streamlined in AutoCAD 2014. If you insert a block containing any attributes, the added attributes dialog box is automatically displayed. Here you can enter information as opposed to the command line. This is controlled by the ATTDIA system variable, so you can set that back to 0 (zero) if you prefer the previous behavior.

AutoCAD Insert Block

Single Line Text in AutoCAD 2014

Single Line Text has also become more efficient in AutoCAD 2014. Now when you use Single Line Text and specify justification, eg if you choose middle center, it’ll remember that setting for subsequent entries of text. The next time you use the command, it’ll still have the same justification. Earlier there was a default justification and the text was always entered with that setting.

HATCH

Hatching has been streamlined in a similar way. Since AutoCAD 2014 when you create a hatch and select the method of the creation, whether it is Pick Points or Select objects, the next time you create a hatch it will remember how you created it last time, so you don’t have to specify it again.