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Updated AutoCAD Commands and System Variables Reference

Updated AutoCAD Commands and System Variables Reference

Provides a quick VCade to which commands are changed in this release.

2016 Updated Commands and System Variables

Updated commands Description AutoCAD AutoCAD LT
3DORBIT Rotates the view in 3D space, but constrained to horizontal and vertical orbit only.

X  
3DOSMODE Sets running 3D object snaps. X  
ANIPATH Saves an animation of a camera moving or panning in a 3D model. X  
BACKGROUND Defines the type, color, effects and position of the background for a named view.

X  
DIM Creates multiple types of dimensions within a single command session. X X
DISTANTLIGHT Creates a distant light. X  
FREESPOT Creates a free spotlight which is a spotlight without a specified target. X  
FREEWEB Creates a free web light which is a web light without a specified target. X  
OPTIONS, Online tab Automatic saving to your A360 Drive has been removed. Instead, save or copy the drawing
files that you want to upload to your A360 account directly to your local A360 Drive
folder.
X X
PAGESETUP Controls the page layout, plotting device, paper size, and other settings for each
new layout.
X X
PLOT Plots a drawing to a plotter, printer, or file. X X
POINTLIGHT Creates a point light that radiates light in all directions from its location. X  
RENDER

(-RENDER)

Creates a photorealistic or realistically shaded image of a 3D solid or surface model.

X  
RENDERENVIRONMENT Displays the Render Environment & Exposure palette. Controls image-based lighting
and photographic exposure for a rendered image.
X  
RENDEREXPOSURE Displays the Render Environment & Exposure palette. Controls image-based lighting
and photographic exposure for a rendered image.
X  
RENDERPRESETS

(-RENDERPRESETS)

Displays the Render Presets Manager palette and manages the render presets of a drawing.

X  
RENDERWIN Displays the Render window without starting a rendering operation. X  
REVCLOUD Creates a revision cloud. New options for modifying an existing revision cloud and
creating rectangular and polygonal revision cloud have been added. Rectangular is
the new default revision cloud creation method.
X X
RPREF Displays the Render Presets Manager palette and manages the render presets of a drawing.

X  
SECTIONPLANE Creates a section object that acts as a cutting plane through 3D objects and point
clouds. A new type of section object, slice, has been added.
X  
SECURITYOPTIONS Revises and adds security controls. Removes the Digital Signature tab, moving the
controls to the new DIGITALSIGN command.
X  
SPOTLIGHT Creates a spotlight that emits a directional cone of light. X  
TARGETPOINT Creates a target point light. X  
UCS Sets the origin and orientation of the current user coordinate system (UCS). X X
WEBLIGHT Creates a precise 3D representation of the light intensity distribution of a light
source.
X  
VIEW Saves and restores named model space views, layout views, and preset views. X X
-VPORTS Creates multiple viewports in model space or in a layout (paper space). X  
Updated system variables Description AutoCAD AutoCAD LT
3DOSMODE Sets running 3D object snaps. X  
RENDERPREFSSTATE Indicates whether the Render Presets Manager palette is open or closed. X  
SMOOTHMESHMAXFACE Sets the maximum number of faces permitted for mesh objects. X  

2015 Updated Commands and System Variables

Updated commands Description How changed AutoCAD AutoCAD LT
3DPAN When a drawing is in a Perspective view, starts the interactive 3D view and enables
you to drag the view horizontally and vertically.
No longer supports isolation of selected objects when panning. X  
ARCHIVE Packages the current sheet set files for storage. Removes the capability for creating EXE files due to security concerns. Files can
only be packaged into ZIP files. The ability to add a password has also been removed.

X X
ATTACH Inserts references to external files such as other drawings, raster images, and underlays.

Removes support for legacy PCG and ISD files. X X
CLIP Crops selected objects such as blocks, external references, images, viewports, and
underlays to a specified boundary.
No longer supports clipping of point clouds. For point clouds, use POINTCLOUDCROP.

X X
DWGCONVERT Converts drawing format version for selected drawing files. Removes the capability for creating EXE files due to security concerns. Files can
only be packaged into ZIP files. The ability to add a password has also been removed.

X X
ETRANSMIT Packages a set of files for Internet transmission. Removes the capability for creating EXE files due to security concerns. Files can
only be packaged into .ZIP files. The ability to add a password has also been removed.

X X
GEOGRAPHICLOCATION Assigns geographic location information to a drawing file. Prompts and the dynamic display behavior when specifying the location of the geographic
marker and the north direction have changed.
X X
GEOREORIENTMARKER Changes the north direction and position of the geographic marker in model space,
without changing its latitude and longitude.
Prompts and the dynamic display behavior when specifying the location of the geographic
marker and the north direction have changed.
X X
GRAPHICSCONFIG Provides access to display performance-related options. Now displays the Graphics Performance dialog box. X X
IMAGEADJUST Controls the brightness, contrast, and fade values of images. Enhanced to apply to map images. X X
MTEXT Creates a multiline text object. Adds subscripting and superscripting features, and Caps Lock detection. Enhances options
for creating numbered and bulleted lists and automatic text stacking.
   
OPTIONS Customizes the program settings. In the System tab, Balloon Notifications, removes the option to display live update
notifications. Live updates are now managed by the Autodesk Application Manager.
X X
OVERKILL Removes duplicate or overlapping lines, arcs, and polylines. Also, combines partially
overlapping or contiguous ones.
Can now be used in the Block Editor. X X
POINTCLOUDATTACH Inserts an indexed rcs (single scan) or rcp (multiple scan project) file from Autodesk
ReCap in the current drawing.
Removes support for legacy PCG and ISD files. X X
PURGE Removes unused items, such as block definitions and layers, from the drawing. Adds support for removing orphaned data such as DGN linestyles. X X
SECURITYOPTIONS Specifies password or digital signature options for a drawing file. No change in this release, but the ability to add a password to a drawing will be
removed in the next release of AutoCAD because it does not meet contemporary security
standards. You will continue to be able to open password-protected files.
X X
WELCOMESCREEN Displays the Welcome window when you start the program. Now displays a New Tab. X X
Updated system variables Description How changed AutoCAD AutoCAD LT
3DOSMODE Determines which 3D object snaps are enabled. Adds control of 3D object snaps for point clouds. X  
DIMCONTINUEMODE Determines whether the dimension style and layer of a continued or baseline dimension
is inherited from the dimension that is being continued.
Layer of continued dimension is inherited. X X
FRAME Controls the display of frames for all images, map images, underlays, clipped xrefs,
and wipeout objects.
Enhanced to apply to map images. X X
IMAGEFRAME Controls whether image frames are displayed and plotted. Enhanced to apply to map images. X X
OSOPTIONS Controls whether objects snaps are suppressed on hatch objects, geometry with negative
Z values, or dimension extension lines.
End points of dimension extension lines are ignored by default. X X
PICKAUTO Controls automatic windowing for object selection. Adds Lasso (window and crossing) selection, enabled by default. X X
POINTCLOUDAUTOUPDATE Controls whether a legacy point cloud is regenerated automatically after manipulation,
panning, zooming, or orbiting.
Applies only to legacy (pre-AutoCAD 2015) point cloud objects. X X
POINTCLOUDBOUNDARY Controls whether the point cloud bounding box is displayed. Added an option to display the bounding box only when the point cloud is selected.

X X
POINTCLOUDCACHESIZE Specifies amount of memory (in megabytes) that the internal processing engine will
use for point clouds.
Value can now be changed to an integer expressing a number of megabytes. X X
POINTCLOUDCLIPFRAME Determines whether point cloud clipping boundaries for legacy (PCG, ISD and RCP)
point clouds are visible or plotted in the current drawing.
Now affects only legacy point clouds. X X
POINTCLOUDDENSITY Controls the percentage of points displayed for all legacy point clouds in the drawing
view.
Applies only to legacy (pre-AutoCAD 2015) point cloud objects. X X
POINTCLOUDPOINTMAX Sets the maximum number of points that can be displayed for all point clouds attached
to the drawing.
Default (and maximum) value now 10 million points. Does not affect legacy (pre-AutoCAD
2015) point clouds.
X X
POINTCLOUDRTDENSITY Improves performance by degrading the number of points displayed while zooming, panning,
or orbiting.
Applies only to legacy (pre-AutoCAD 2015) point cloud objects. X X
PREVIEWFILTER Excludes specified object types from selection previewing. Default value changed from 7 to 3. X X
SELECTIONPREVIEWLIMIT Limits the number of objects that can display preview highlighting during a window
or crossing selection.
Default value changed from 2000 to 20000. X X
SPACESWITCH Controls whether model space can be accessed by double-clicking in a layout viewport.

Exposes a previously undocumented system variable that can be useful when annotating
in paper space.
X  
STARTUP Controls what displays when the application is started, or when a new drawing is opened.

Updated to support the New Tab design. X X
STATUSBAR Controls the display of the status bar. The application and drawing status bars are merged. X X

2014 Updated Commands and System Variables

Updated commands Description How changed AutoCAD AutoCAD LT
ARC Creates an arc. Adds the ability to create arcs in a clockwise direction by holding down the Ctrl
key as you drag.
X X
CHAMFER Bevels the edges of objects. Now chamfers the first and last segments of an open polyline to create a closed object.

X X
CONVERTPSTYLES Converts the current drawing to either named or color-dependent plot styles. Now retains spaces in the names of converted plot styles. X X
DIMBASELINE Creates a linear, angular, or ordinate dimension from the baseline of the previous
or selected dimension.
By default, the baseline dimension now inherits the style of the dimension that is
being continued. This setting is affected by DIMCONTINUEMODE.
X X
DIMCONTINUE Creates a dimension that starts from an extension line of a previously created dimension.

By default, the continued dimension now inherits the style of the dimension that is
being continued. This setting is affected by DIMCONTINUEMODE.
X X
EXTERNALREFERENCES Opens the External References palette, which manages external references in the drawing.

Adds the ability to convert xrefs between overlays and attachments.

Adds the ability to change a path to be absolute.

X X
FILLET Rounds and fillets the edges of objects. Now fillets the first and last segments of an open polyline to create a closed object.

X X
GEOGRAPHICLOCATION Assigns geographic location information to a drawing file. Inserts a GIS coordinate system to the drawing file.

Adds the ability to select a geographic location from an online maps service.

X X
HATCH Fills an enclosed area or selected objects with a hatch pattern, solid fill, or gradient
fill.
Adds Undo to command prompts. X X
LAYER Manages layers and layer properties. Now uses natural language sorting for the layer list, so that numerals are sorted
in order of their values.

Adds the ability to merge selected layers by using the shortcut menu in the Layer
Manager.

X X
MTEXT Creates a multiline text object. Annotation scale in the Select Annotation Scale dialog box is set only with a drop-down
list (no direct entry).
X X
NEWSHEETSET Creates a new sheet set data file that manages drawing layouts, file paths, and project
data.
The Creation Date (CreateDate) field in a new sheet now reflects the drawing creation
date, not the template creation date.
X X
POINTCLOUDATTACH Inserts an indexed point cloud file into the current drawing. Inserts additional point cloud formats: RCP and RCS (Created by Autodesk ReCap) X  
PROPERTIES Displays the properties of the selected object or set of objects. Xref-dependent linetypes are no longer displayed in the Preferences window. X X
TEXT Creates a single-line text object. Adds Left to the Justification prompt options. Retains the last used justification
during the session.
X X
-XREF From the Command prompt, manages external references. Adds Pathtype prompt. X X
Updated system variables Description How changed AutoCAD AutoCAD LT
ATTDIA Controls whether the INSERT command uses a dialog box for attribute value entry. Default value changed from 0 (off) to 1 (on). X X
CLIPROMPTUPDATE Controls whether the command line displays the messages and prompts generated while
an AutoLISP or script file is being executed.
Default value changed from 0 (off) to 1 (on). X X
LATITUDE Specifies the latitude of the geographic marker. Now linked to the Latitude setting in the Geographic Location dialog box. X X
LONGITUDE Specifies the longitude of the geographic marker. Now linked to the Latitude setting in the Geographic Location dialog box. X X
NORTHDIRECTION Specifies the angle between the Y axis of WCS and the grid north. Now also available in AutoCAD LT. X X
ONLINESYNCTIME Controls the time interval for synchronizing current customization settings with your
Autodesk account.
Default value changed from 5 to 300 minutes. X X
SNAPGRIDLEGACY Controls whether the cursor snaps to the snap grid only when an operation is in progress.

Now also available in AutoCAD LT. X X

2013 Updated Commands and System Variables

Updated commands Description How changed AutoCAD AutoCAD LT
ACISOUT Exports solid objects to an ACIS file. Saves SAT files as Version 7.0. X X
ADCENTER Manages content. Updated to support Section View and Detail View styles. X X
ARRAY Creates multiple copies of objects in a pattern. Displays contextual tab during array creation. X X
ARRAYEDIT Edits multiple copies of objects in a pattern. Path array automatically calculates the item count based on the item spacing and
length of path curve.
X X
ATTACH Allows the user to insert various file types as attachments or underlays into a DWG
file.
Now attaches point clouds files (PCG and ISG). X X
-ATTACH Allows the user to insert various file types as attachments or underlays into a DWG
file from the command prompt.
Now attaches point clouds files (PCG and ISG). X X
CLIP Allows the user to clip viewports, xrefs, DWF, DWFx and DGN underlays, PDF underlays
and point clouds.
Now creates clipping boundaries for point clouds. X X
-HATCHEDIT Modifies an existing hatch object from command line. Now allows multiple-hatch selection. X X
LIST Displays property data for selected objects. If the command window is not docked, displays object information in the extended command
history. If the command window is docked, information is displayed in the text screen.

X X
MLEADER Creates a line that connects annotation to a feature. Now supports strikethrough formatting. X X
MOVE Displaces objects a specified distance in a specified direction. Now supports section view and detail view types. X X
MTEDIT Edits multiline text. Text style drop-down list display changed to show more options. X X
MTEXT Creates multiline text. Text style drop-down list display changed to show more options. X X
POINTCLOUDINDEX Creates a point cloud (PCG or ISD) file from a scan file. Supports additional types of scan files. X  
PRESSPULL Dynamically modifies objects by extrusion and offset. Provides additional visual display support for the presspull operation. X  
PURGE Removes unused named items, such as block definitions and layers, from the drawing.

Now purges Detail View styles. X X
RENAME Changes the names of objects Now supports purging of Detail View styles. X X
-RENAME Changes the names of objects from command line. Now supports purging of Detail View styles. X X
ROTATE Moves objects about a base point. Now supports rotation of section views and detail views. X X
STYLE Creates named styles. Text style drop-down list display changed to show more options. X X
TABLE Creates an empty table object in a drawing.   X X
TEXT Displays text on screen as it is entered.   X X
TEXTTOFRONT Brings text and dimensions in front of all other objects in the drawing. Now supports leaders. X X
UNDO Reverses the effect of commands.   X X
VIEWBASE Creates a base drawing view from model space or Autodesk Inventor models. Supports the creation of drawing view objects from model space or Inventor models
within a layout (paper space).
X  
VIEWEDIT Edits an existing drawing view. Supports the editing of drawing view objects regardless of type: base, projected,
section and detail views.
X  
VIEWPROJ Creates a projected view from an existing drawing view. Now supports section and detail drawing view object types. X  
VIEWSTD Configures the drafting standard used by new drawing views.   X  
VIEWUPDATE Updates selected drawing views that have become out of date because the source model
has changed.
  X  
Updated system variables Description How changed AutoCAD AutoCAD LT
BINDTYPE Controls how xref names are handled when binding xrefs or editing xrefs in place.

  X X
FRAMESELECTION Controls whether the hidden frame of an image, underlay, clipped xref, clipped point
cloud, or wipeout can be selected.
Wipeout frames are now supported. X X
POINTCLOUDDENSITY Controls the percentage of points displayed at once for all point clouds in the drawing
.
The system variable value is a percentage of the maximum number of points that can
exist in a drawing which is defined by POINTCLOUDPOINTMAX, regardless of the number
of point clouds attached to a single drawing. Available for viewing drawings w/point
clouds in LT.
X X
POINTCLOUDRTDENSITY Controls the percentage of points displayed during real time zoom, pan, and orbit
functions.
Improves performance by degrading the number of points displayed during zooming, panning,
or orbiting in real time. Set this system variable to a value less than the value
of POINTCLOUDDENSITY in order to improve performance.
X  
SUBOBJSELECTIONMODE Filters the 3D subobject types that are selected with CTRL+click. Adds a value (5) that specifies that only components in a drawing view are available
for selection.
X  
THUMBSIZE Controls the maximum size of thumbnail preview which can be stored. Now accommodates higher resolutions for thumbnail sizes. X  
XDWGFADECTL Controls the dimming for all DWG xrefs.   X X
XFADECTL Controls the fading intensity percentage for references being edited in-place. Controls the degree of fading when editing a reference in place or when in a view
sketching state (editing view-specific geometry).
X X
XREFNOTIFY Controls the notification for updated or missing xrefs. Now communicates with the Inventor Server to check for updates to Inventor models
placed in Model Documentation views.
X X

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