123D Design online has just released version 1.5 with a lot of great enhancements, including a smoother feel, new tools, and more options for file formats.
If you have already used 123D Design online before, I’m sure you’ll be really delighted with these improvements. For first time users of 123D Design online, please visit http://apps.123dapp.com/design/ to enjoy this new experience.
Okay, let’s take a look at what’s changed:
1. New UI
First of all, you will notice a lot of changes in the UI:
- The new background and grid color are crisper, and you may also notice that we are converging with Tinkercad in regards to visual design. Familiarity both in look and feel and in certain features will also help on a smoother graduation from Tinkercad into 123D Design online for users that are looking for some extra power.
- Some of the actions that were living in the Attribute Manager (which appears at the bottom when objects are selected) were moved into the new top toolbar. Frequent operations like Move, Rotate, Scale, and Switch Planes are easier to see now.
- The rest of the actions have been grouped under three drop-down menus. The first one for actions like Mirror, Invert, Ruler. The next one for Finishing Tools (fillet, chamfer, shell), and the last one for actions that manage bodies (group, ungroup, flatten).
- The file’s name is displayed at the top, making it easier to identify.
- If you need to switch from perspective mode to orthographic mode, simply click F8. An orthographic projection can help you easily align objects.
2. New tools.
We released Invert in the UI some time ago, but sometimes you want more than just inverting a model based on its bounding box. That’s where Mirror comes in. Now you can select a plane, make it cruise just like any other object, align to any face, and even move the plane away or into that selected face. Now that’s what we call power!
We have a fantastic system called Inferencing that allows you to move individual objects while referencing other objects for a precise location. But you can’t do this with multiple elements. That’s where the new Align tool comes in. Once a user selects multiple objects, Align tool will show a widget that will help you preview the results.
Ever needed to understand how far an object was from another one? The new ruler tool will come in handy for this. Drag the ruler, cruise with it, snap it to any element of the scene, select the object you need to measure and voila – distance measured.
3. File formats and more.
We bring you Insert File, which allows you to add a Design Model into your current file - this was previously only possible via the Parts Bin. You can browse My Projects or local files for SMB or SAT files, cruise them on the current model, and keep working. Imagine how easy it will be now to reuse any of your own models, or models from the Gallery.
We had added SVG import a couple of releases ago, however SVG is not the only vector format out there. EPS is still widely used, so we added an option to import files of this type as well. You’ll be able to use any vector work you have created, or download the massive amount of vector art available in the web.
Support mesh for Export 2D.
Now that meshes are supported in 123D Design online, we also need to extend support for meshes when creating a DWG file. Meshes introduce an issue that is not a problem with most solids, so we cleaned up the linework created from the models, and we also now display hidden lines.
We hope you are as excited about these new updates as we are! Let us know what you think in the comments.