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F/X CAD 2019

Jun 22, 2018
Video Length:  56:24
Presented By:  Amanda Berry
This year, F/X CAD is all about the content! Everything has been fine-tuned to make it easier for new CAD users to learn, and for old CAD users to draft faster. The Quick Access Toolbar is more convenient, secret Land F/X commands now have buttons, fully furnished drawing templates are included, and the installation is easier than ever. In this webinar, we'll go over the new CAD features and added Land F/X bonuses you can only find in F/X CAD 2019.

Webinar Contents:

Note: The following catalog of content covered in this webinar is time stamped to allow you to follow along or skip to sections of the video that are relevant to your questions. You can also search for content on this page using the FIND command in your browser (CTRL + F in Windows, Command + F in Mac OS.)

  • Intro/TOC
  • About F/X CAD 2019
  • Pricing
  • Who Should Use It?
  • Key Differences
  • New Features & Installation
  • Migrate Settings
  • Can It Open Civil? (Yes!)
  • Interface Comparison
    • How to Customize
  • Key Changes Review

0:00 – 5:39: Intro/TOC

F/X CAD versions supported by Land F/X as of recording time (4:34)

We support the latest 5 versions of F/X CAD and AutoCAD. Users of 2014 have until December 31, 2018, to upgrade.

5:40 – 11:01: About F/X CAD 2019

What is F/X CAD? (5:40)

  • Only for Land F/X users (requires an active Land F/X license)
  • Command-limited version of AutoCAD (OEM)
  • Similar to AutoCAD LT
  • Sold and supported by us
  • Requires us to change the name, but it’s a genuine AutoCAD engine
  • PC only (run on Mac through Parallels or VMware Fusion)

 

What F/X CAD 2019 can and can’t do (8:22)

 

F/X CAD 2019 can't:

  • Run AutoLISP scripts, Action Recorder, NETLOAD, ARX, DotNet capability
  • Live Maps
  • Install add-ons (M-Color, Carlson, AutoTURN)
  • Rendering, Lighting, 3D
  • Autodesk 360, Cloud Seek, Content Service, App Manager, Material Library, Inventor Fusion, Cloud & Mobile services, DWG Compare
  • Run without a Land F/X license

 

F/X CAD 2019 can:

  • Open/save any version of DWG, DXF, DGN
  • Insert raster images
  • Geolocate plans
  • Import/export PDF
  • View Civil 3D, Architectural and Mechanical proxy objects
  • Any AutoCAD command you use regularly
  • Command line auto-complete
  • Sheet Set Manager
  • SketchUp Connection
  • Customize interface & shortcuts (+importing, exporting)

11:02 – 15:24: Pricing

Cost Comparison (prices as of 2018) (11:02)

  • F/X CAD is a perpetual license (optional upgrades).
    • $1,995 purchase
    • F/X CAD upgrade costs
    • 1 year: $500
    • 2 – 4 years: $995 ($50 Legacy activation required on reinstall)
  • + Land F/X renewal/support

 

AutoCAD is a subscription license.

  • $1,496.25 annual cost (based on best price 2-year contract subscription)
  • + Land F/X renewal/support

 

Cost comparison: Price race (see how AutoCAD compares with F/X CAD over a 5-year timeline) (13:35)

 

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Total

F/X CAD 2019

 

$1,995

 

$500

 

$500

 

$500

 

$500

 

$3,995

 

AutoCAD

 

$1,496

 

$1,496

 

$1,496

 

$1,496

 

$1,496

 

$7,480

 

Budget option with F/X CAD 2019

 

$1,995

 

(no upgrade)

 

(no upgrade)

 

(no upgrade)

 

$995

 

 $2,990

 

 

  • Based on purchasing F/X CAD at full retail cost and upgrading each year.
  • Upgrades are not required.
  • Costs drop if you upgrade between 2 and 4 years.
  • You are able to decide between benefits of staying current or cost.
  • Requires maintained Land F/X support.
  • AutoCAD Full requires paying subscription each year, or it will shut down.

15:25 – 20:33: Who Should Use It?

Who should switch to F/X CAD 2019? (Almost everybody)

  • Those who are dedicated Land F/X users and will be maintaining their Land F/X license long-term.
  • Sole practitioner or small firm looking to reduce costs, used to use AutoCAD LT or AutoCAD without add-ons.
  • Midsize or large firm looking to reduce costs by having some users on F/X CAD and only those trained in Civil on Civil 3D.
  • Anybody who prefers to update every 2 to 3 years and wants to remain on a perpetual license.
  • Anybody wanting to stay up to date at a reduced cost, with the security of knowing F/X CAD will only be released when it’s confirmed to be compatible with Land F/X.
  • Those who have experienced the difference between other CAD support and Land F/X support.

 

Why upgrade from F/X CAD 2014–2018 to 2019? (17:50):

  • Quicker adjustments to updates and changes.
  • Easier to send and receive files from other firms.
  • Cost easier on budget.
  • New features each year.
  • Interface will match our most recent Training videos.
  • You’ll have the same version our tech support staff is using – helps answer questions and solve issues more quickly.
  • Encourages your office to keep up with computer maintenance.

20:34 – 24:32: Key Differences

Installation process: Only what you need (10 minutes to install F/X CAD, in our experience, vs. an hour or more to install AutoCAD) (20:34)

 

Fewer items installed on your computer, fewer resources used (23:18)

24:33 – 25:57: New Features & Installation

  • ACAD ribbon improvement 3.0
    • More tools still organized more clearly + BONUS Quick Access Toolbar 3.0.
    • Added “secret” Land F/X commands as real buttons: IMPORTCSV, TEXT2ATTRIB, DELETEHATCH, DELETEFONT, CONVERTALLTEXT, REAT, REAL, and more.
  • Layer Palette improvements.
    • Xref overrides layer filter.
  • 2D graphics performance improvements & HiDPI support.
    • Functions that require a redraw or regen such as draw order, zooming, panning, layer properties, or displaying raster/PDF overlays can run up to two times faster.
    • Icons were improved for 4K monitor performance, the entire CAD interface now works with HiDPI and received a fresh look for high contrast and visibility.
  • Pre-made templates with title blocks for inches, feet, millimeters, and meters.

 

F/X CAD is genuine AutoCAD. It installs just like standard AutoCAD.

25:58 – 29:09: Migrate Settings

How to migrate your settings from a previous release (26:24)

 

Why we don’t recommend bringing in your settings from previous versions (27:19)

 

How to bring in your aliases (keyboard shortcuts) from a previous version while also being able to use the new aliases in F/X CAD 2019 (28:14)

29:10 – 30:49: Can It Open Civil? (Yes!)

Opening a Civil drawing using F/X CAD 2019 (29:10)

 

Enabling the ability to view Civil objects in the Options dialog box, Open and Save tab (29:49)

30:50 – 51:09: Interface Comparison

Land F/X Array and Mirror tools, and AutoCAD Array tools (31:44)

 

Land F/X Hatch tool (32:45)

 

Our general goals with the ribbon are to put all tools and flyouts front and center, making it usable and navigable out of the box while eliminating hidden tools. (34:00)

 

“Secret” Land F/X keyboard commands added to F/X CAD ribbon (36:22)

These include: IMPORTCSV, TEXT2ATTRIB, DELETEHATCH, DELETEFONT, CONVERTALLTEXT, REAT, and REAL.

 

Updated Manage ribbon (39:15)

 

Updated Quick Access Toolbar (39:28)

The Quick Access Toolbar now includes tools such as Break at Point, Hatch to Back, Text to Front, Explode, and Xhair Angle.

 

Keyboard shortcuts (40:50)

 

How to Customize (41:30)

Customizing ribbon panels using the Customized User Interface (CUI) (41:30)

 

Streamlining the Properties Panel (42:10)

 

Xref overrides area in the Layer Properties Manager (42:55)

 

LAFX templates in the Get Started menu, including title blocks (46:55)

51:10 – end: Key Changes Review

 

Reminder of the importance of drawing cleanup (these tools are available on the Manage ribbon in F/X CAD 2019) (53:40)

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