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(Don’t) Jump Around – Graphics Enhancements, Part 1: Tuesday Tips With Lynn

Lynn Allen
February 14, 2017

Are you tired of those pesky jagged diagonal lines and unsmooth curves in AutoCAD? AutoCAD 2017 to the rescue! Yup, it’s true: The appearance, selection, and performance of 2D geometry in this release are pretty great. Don’t believe me? I’ve got the before and after photos:

Improved Graphics: Before and After

And unlike those diet pill infomercials, these results are, in fact, typical. “Suuuuuure,” you’re probably saying, “but how do I make it happen?” Here’s how:

High Quality Geometry

First up, to experience this beautiful performance increase, you’ll need a DirectX 11-capable graphics card and your hardware acceleration turned on. But, don’t worry, we make it easy for you to make the adjustment. Just click on the Graphics Performance dialog box (in the status bar) and you’ll see the “high quality geometry” option:

Graphics Performance

Graphics Enhancements: High Quality Graphics

“This all sounds great, but I’m not sure if I have the right hardware, Lynn!” OK, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered regardless: If your hardware doesn’t support high quality geometry (i.e., isn’t DirectX 11-capable), just try using the smooth line display option instead for increased graphics performance.

Bonus Tip: Working in super dense drawings? Get even better graphics by setting LINEFADING to 1 to automatically fade geometry as you zoom in, then control the amount of fading with LINEFADINGLEVEL.

More Tuesday Tips

Come back next week for more tips on getting the most out of our enhancements to graphics, and don’t forget to check out the full Tuesday Tips with Lynn series in the meantime. Want it all in one place? Register to download the Best of Lynn Allen’s Tips & Tricks!

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Lynn Allen

Lynn Allen, Cadalyst columnist and Autodesk Technical Evangelist, speaks to more than 30,000 users worldwide each year. For the past 22 years she has written a column for Cadalyst magazine called “Circles and Lines” and is the voice behind the popular Cadalyst videos –“Tips and Tricks with Lynn Allen”. Lynn started using Autodesk® software over 25 years ago, and taught at the corporate and collegiate level for 13 years before joining Autodesk. A sought-after public speaker with a unique comedic style, Lynn is always one of the highest rated speakers and host of Autodesk University®. The author of three AutoCAD books, her latest is entitled AutoCAD Professional Tips and Techniques.

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  1. owen66

    I’m way more excited that I can stretch certain dialog boxes.