AutoCAD has been recognized as the industry-leading architecture and engineering documentation platform for thirty years now. The thing is, the last several years have seen the AutoCAD platform extend beyond simple 2D design documentation. AutoCAD 2010, 2011, and even 2012 each saw the introduction of some incredible 3D modeling tools. Beyond the AutoCAD platform itself, the introduction of Design Suites just last year means many AutoCAD users now have access to a portfolio of tools that were previously cost prohibitive.
Trouble is, despite all of these notable advancements, there’s the unfortunate truth that many of these tools become what I like to call “shelfware”. That is tools, which no matter how incredible they may be, stay affixed on the shelf, verses helping me achieve my design objectives.