Q: What is AutoCAD LT for Windows?
A: AutoCAD LT for Windows is a new software product from Autodesk. It is a powerful CAD solution for the Windows 3.1 operating system and includes many features that will appeal to both experienced and first time CAD users.
Q: Who should buy AutoCAD LT for Windows?
A: Architects, contractors, designers, engineers, field professionals, managers, and design and drafting students working alone or with others who need powerful 2D and basic 3D CAD at an affordable price should buy AutoCAD LT. Firms using AutoCAD that have designers, engineers, field professionals, and senior reviewers who are part of a design and production process but currently only work with paper, pencils, or printed drawings should buy AutoCAD LT. Also, AutoCAD users who want to work on AutoCAD drawing files (DWG) at home or in the field on a laptop should buy AutoCAD LT.
Q: When will AutoCAD LT for Windows ship?
A: AutoCAD LT for Windows will be available in mid-December 1993 in English. Other language versions of AutoCAD LT for Windows are scheduled to ship in early 1994.
Q: What are some of the features of AutoCAD LT for Windows?
A: AutoCAD LT for Windows includes powerful 2D and basic 3D drafting and designing tools based on the world renowned leader of CAD, AutoCAD. In addition, AutoCAD LT includes the following:
Q: What are a few of the benefits of AutoCAD LT for Windows to the
Q: What are the benefits of AutoCAD LT for Windows to an EXISTING
Q: What are the benefits of AutoCAD LT for Windows to firms or
organizations currently using AutoCAD?
Q: What are the major differences between AutoCAD Release 12 for
Windows and AutoCAD LT for Windows?
A: AutoCAD LT for Windows is designed to be an out-of-the-box solution for users new to CAD who want an easy to learn yet powerful CAD program. AutoCAD Release 12 for Windows is a comprehensive design and drafting engine. R12 for Windows has many features not available in AutoCAD LT. The following is a partial list of features that are included in R12 Windows and NOT available in AutoCAD LT:
Q: Why should an existing Generic CADD DOS user switch to the Windows
A: AutoCAD LT for Windows provides important productivity enhancing tools not available in Generic CADD.
For example, object linking and embedding (OLE) allows AutoCAD LT for Windows drawings to be linked seamlessly with other Windows-based application programs. Compound documents comprised of AutoCAD LT drawings, spreadsheets, and text can all be linked together to ensure the latest revisions from all applications are included in a customer report. Clipboard support (the ability to copy and paste geometry) and the Aerial Viewer are also not available in Generic CADD.
In addition, the AutoCAD LT for Windows graphical user interface (GUI) provides commonly used commands at a single mouse click, and the use of pull-down menus and dialog boxes helps new users in an organization get up to speed easily. Because mastery of one Windows-based application provides a solid foundation for quickly learning other Windows-based applications, non-CAD users familiar with Windows will be able to learn AutoCAD LT quickly.
Moving up to AutoCAD Release 12 is easy once AutoCAD LT has been mastered. AutoCAD LT commands are similar to AutoCAD Release 12 commands.
Q: How much does AutoCAD LT for Windows cost?
A: The suggested new unit price for AutoCAD LT for Windows is SRP US$495. The introductory price for a platform transfer from Generic CADD to AutoCAD LT is SRP US$129. The introductory price for a transfer from AutoSketch to AutoCAD LT is SRP US$199. Prices in other countries will vary.
Q: Where can Generic CADD and AutoSketch users purchase a
transfer to AutoCAD LT for Windows?
A: In the U.S. and Canada, transfers from Generic CADD and AutoSketch to AutoCAD LT are only available direct from Autodesk. Customers interested in such transfers should call 1-800-435-7771. Transfer policies and procedures in other countries will vary.
Q: Is there an upgrade policy for customers who wish to move from
AutoCAD LT for Windows to AutoCAD Release 12?
A: There is no upgrade policy in the U.S. and Canada at this time. For information on whether there are upgrade policies in other countries, please contact your dealer or distributor.
Q: Will there be a Generic CADD for Windows product in the
A: No. AutoCAD LT for Windows and AutoSketch 2.0 for Windows are Autodesk's only planned Windows-based CAD products under SRP US$500.
Q: How does Generic CADD fit into Autodesk's product family?
A: Generic CADD 6.1 provides 2D drafting tools and the ability to read and write AutoCAD DWG drawing files. Autodesk will continue to sell and support Generic CADD for customers who prefer a DOS or Macintosh-based affordable CAD solution.
Q: Will there be a DOS or Macintosh-based version of AutoCAD LT in
A: There are currently no plans to develop a DOS or Macintosh-based version of AutoCAD LT. However, if there is sufficient customer demand, a DOS or Macintosh-based version of AutoCAD LT may be developed in the future.
Q: Will Autodesk provide direct customer product support for AutoCAD
LT for Windows?
A: In the U.S. and Canada, AutoCAD LT for Windows users will receive 90 days of free telephone support. After the first 90 days, customers will be able to purchase direct support from Autodesk. Support policies in other countries will vary.
Q: What are the system requirements for AutoCAD LT for Windows?
Q: Is AutoCAD LT for Windows compatible with Microsoft's Windows for
Workgroups and Windows NT?
A: Yes. However, AutoCAD LT for Windows does not support any Windows for Workgroups or Windows NT unique functionality. Microsoft claims that all Windows 3.1 applications will run as is with Windows for Workgroups and Windows NT, and our testing has confirmed that AutoCAD LT is compatible with these environments.
Q: Is AutoCAD LT for Windows compatible with OS/2 2.1?
A: Yes. However, AutoCAD LT will only run in a Windows 3.1 compatibility window under OS/2 2.1. IBM claims that all Windows 3.1 applications will run under OS/2 2.1, and our testing has confirmed that AutoCAD LT is compatible with this environment.
Q: Can AutoCAD LT for Windows be run on a network?
A: Yes. AutoCAD LT for Windows will run on all networks that support and run Windows 3.1.
Q: Is a multiple-copy network license available for AutoCAD LT for
A: No. Only single-use copies of AutoCAD LT for Windows are available.
Q: Can AutoCAD LT for Windows be run in multiple, simultaneous
sessions on one PC?
A: No. AutoCAD LT for Windows does not support multiple sessions.
Q: Are AutoCAD LT for Windows drawings compatible with AutoCAD
Release 12 386, Release 12 for Windows, Release 11 386, and Release 11
AutoCAD Extension for Windows (AEW)?
A: Yes. The AutoCAD LT for Windows drawing format is identical to the format for AutoCAD Release 12 386, Release 12 for Windows, Release 11, and AEW, and AutoCAD Release 12 and Release 11 on any other platform.
Q: What happens to complex 3D drawings created in AutoCAD when they
are brought into and back out of AutoCAD LT for Windows?
A: There is no data loss. The drawings are displayed perfectly in AutoCAD LT and all extended entity data is retained. AutoCAD LT users can zoom in and out, change the view, or perform limited editing on the 3D drawings (e.g., attach grips and stretch, add 3D polylines, dimension, snap and trim, or perform a shade). AutoCAD LT can not create new complex 3D entities (e.g., no surfaces or solids).
Q: Can extended entity data be created, attached to an entity,
modified, or viewed in AutoCAD LT for Windows?
A: No. AutoCAD LT for Windows can not access extended entity information at all. However, drawings created in AutoCAD with extended entity information can be imported and exported from AutoCAD LT without the loss of any extended entity data (i.e. AutoCAD LT retains extended entity information when the file is read in and writes it back to the file when saved, if it is present in a drawing file).
Q: Will custom menus designed for AutoCAD Release 12 or Release 11
run with AutoCAD LT for Windows?
A: Yes, with the following limitation. The AutoCAD LT for Windows' menu file must be named ACLT.MNU (for short menu) or ACLT2.MNU (for long menu). Existing menus may be renamed ACLT(2).MNU. However, existing menus may contain commands not available in AutoCAD LT and those commands will not run. The default ACLT(2).MNU file can also be modified and AutoCAD LT will automatically load and recompile the menus each time it is started up.
Q: Will existing AutoLISP routines run under AutoCAD LT for
A: No. AutoCAD LT does not support AutoLISP.
Q: Will existing AutoCAD Development System (ADS) applications run
under AutoCAD LT for Windows?
A: No. AutoCAD LT does not support ADS.
Q: Is there a third party developer support program for AutoCAD LT
A: No. AutoCAD LT's customization capabilities are limited and intended to let users customize AutoCAD LT to meet their needs. AutoCAD LT is not designed to support full featured, integrated applications that have been developed for AutoCAD using AutoLISP or ADS.
Q: Which device drivers are included in the box with AutoCAD LT for
A: AutoCAD LT for Windows supports Windows-supported video display of VGA or greater resolution (at least 640-by-480 pixels), output to the Windows system printer or plotter, and input from Windows pointing devices (e.g., a mouse). AutoCAD LT should be compatible with all graphics cards, display drivers, printers, plotters, and point devices which are Windows 3.1 compatible. Because of the large number of these devices, we were unable to test all Windows 3.1 compatible devices with AutoCAD LT.
Q: Will AutoCAD Release 12 386, Release 12 for Windows, or R11 AEW
specific device drivers (for printers, plotters, and displays) work with
AutoCAD LT for Windows?
A: No. AutoCAD LT does not support the Autodesk Device Interface (ADI) that AutoCAD specific device drivers require.
Q: Does AutoCAD LT for Windows support digitizers?
A: No. AutoCAD LT does not support digitizers as absolute pointing devices (i.e. AutoCAD LT does not include ``mole mode'' support).
Editor: John Walker