AutoCAD 2014                                                                                  Section_2

With the launch of AutoCAD 2014 earlier this month,we wanted to take a quick  look at a few of the new features that have been added to the new release.

The Command Line has received some attention with the inclusion of "auto-complete" and "auto-correct" capabilities. Auto-complete utilizes "adaptive suggestions", meaning that the function will not only be able to determine and display what command you may be intending to run before you complete the commands' input, but it keeps track of which commands you use most often, placing those commands higher in the auto-complete pop-up list. Other advancements to the command line include centralized access to layers, hatch patterns, blocks, and dimension and text styles as well.


Another introduction has been the inclusion of cloud based functionality. While the cloud based functions may require you to be actively connected to your Autodesk 360 account, it does make it possible to save your user settings and configurations to the cloud, where they can be pulled down onto other systems or restored to your current one. By saving your settings to your cloud account, you make it possible for others it download them to their workstations, making standardization a breeze.


Also available through the Autodesk 360 application, "Design Feed" allows users to review, comment upon, and share drawings. Similar to a discussion thread, the feed makes it possible to add notes, images, and markups to uploaded DWG files in a real-time discussion that can be viewed from the Design Feed palette in AutoCAD, over the web, or even on mobile devices making collaboration much easier and time-efficient.



Newly added "Geometric Location Tools" makes it possible for geographic based designers to input a geographical location via the new "Autodesk Map Service" and then superimpose a topological map of that area right into their drawing file, making it possible to evaluate detailed geographical considerations as the design progresses.


And lastly, touch-screen support has been added to AutoCAD 2014 for use on Windows 8. This addition introduces a specialized "touch" ribbon panel which houses commands specialized for touch-based interaction like pan, zoom, and object selection.


While AutoCAD 2014 does offer some exciting new feature capabilities, it is definitely worth noting that current Striker 2013 versions are not compatible with AutoCAD 2014. As it is with every yearly release, Striker Systems will be tentatively looking to release 2014 versions of our Fab Professional and Die Professional software in the spring of 2013, which would be fully compatible with AutoCAD 2014 as well as Microsoft Windows 8.


Curious about Autodesk 360? Use the links below to view an overview and/or create a FREE Autodesk 360 account and start working through the cloud.

Striker Systems Announcements                                                                    Section_4

A.) Fab Professional & Die Professional 2014

As it is with every yearly release, it is important to note that the current Striker 2013 is not compatible with the AutoCAD 2014 version and will not operate within it. As a result, Striker Systems is tentatively targeting 2014 version releases of our Fab and Die Professional CAD/CAM software packages to become available in the spring of 2013. Once available, the 2014 Fab Professional and Die Professional versions will be fully compatible with AutoCAD 2014 as well as Microsoft Windows 8.      

B.) 2013 Customer Appreciation Promotion ends April 30th 2013


Just a friendly reminder that there are only a few days left for you to take advantage of our 2013 Customer Appreciation Promotion, which will be coming to an end on Tuesday, April 30th. Don't miss the opportunity to save between 20%-30% on purchases made during the remainder of the month of April. 
If you haven't done so already, then take a moment to use the following link to access our website, see the full details, and take advantage of this never-before-offered promotional event while it lasts:


C.) Striker Newsletter: Switching to quarterly schedule 

Following this months (April) edition of the Striker Systems newsletter, the newsletter will be shifting from a monthly based schedule to quarterly based schedule, placing the next newsletter release date in July 2013.  


This shift affects the newsletter only. Announcements pertaining to promotions, events, and product release information and updates will still be made available as they develop.  

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