Among the “big new things” inside AutoCAD 2009 was of course a new user interface. At the heart of this new user interface was the all-new Ribbon. Love it or hate it, the ribbon is still inside AutoCAD 2010, but with some new enhancements. While I got used to the Ribbon inside AutoCAD 2009, I never became a huge fan. The primary reason for that was because I found myself having to click too much to find the tool(s) I needed. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who had this opinion, as Autodesk introduces “contextual ribbon tabs” to the AutoCAD 2010 interface. With contextual ribbon tabs, the tools I need next are almost always at my fingertips.
If you’ve been keeping up with the blogs, you’ve probably already read your share about parametric constraints/drafting, contextual ribbon, 3D modeling, and the like. Not to say those topics aren’t appreciated additions to AutoCAD, but to me sometimes the little things make all the difference in the world. If my memory serves me correctly AutoCAD 2006 brought us the JOIN command. Sure I used to have a LISP command that would join two objects together, but there’s one thing all AutoCAD commands have that LISP commands don’t – support!
I just recently returned home from San Francisco, CA where I was privileged enough to join some of the most popular AutoCAD bloggers in the blogosphere for the AutoCAD 2010 release event in San Francisco. Although we stayed incredibly busy throughout the day Thursday, I must say I really did have a great time at the event. It’s always a golden opportunity when you get to have meaningful chats with the people who manage and develop AutoCAD.
Aside from a few odds and ends, I have finished packing & am incredibly excited to be travelling to San Francisco, CA. Tomorrow (Thursday 2/5/09) I will join some of the most esteemed bloggers in the AutoCAD blogosphere for a Special Event being hosted by Autodesk. From what I hear just the Autodesk Gallery at One Market venue is a destination in and of itself. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, there’s all the fun to be had at the event itself.