AutoCAD2008
Electrical 2008
AutoCAD Electrical
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AutoCAD Electrical 2008
What is it?
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Intelligent electrical controls design
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Fully native DWG
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Open and extendable
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The only logical choice for electrical controls design
© 2006 Autodesk
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AutoCAD Electrical
2008 Helps You…
Reduce Complex or Repetitive Tasks
Reduce Errors and Inconsistencies
Increase Drafting Productivity
Communicate and Manage Design Data
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Reduce Complex or
Repetitive Tasks
Customer Need
Eliminate redundant tasks and streamline
the reuse of design information
AutoCAD Electrical Delivers
 Multi-tier
terminals
 Terminal jumpers
 Improved installation
 Consolidated help system
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“Multi-Level” Terminals
Customer Need
A simple way to use complex terminals with
multiple levels
AutoCAD Electrical 2008 Delivers
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Support for terminals with multiple levels
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Parent/Child relationships for terminals
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Expanded selection of manufacturers
© 2006 Autodesk
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Terminal Jumpers
Customer Need
Allow multiple terminals to share the
same potential without running a wire
to each one
AutoCAD Electrical 2008 Delivers
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“Insert Jumper” command
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Displayed on panel drawings
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Maintains associations in schematic
© 2006 Autodesk
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Improved Installation Experience
Customer Need
The ability to choose which
manufacturer content to install
AutoCAD Electrical 2008 Delivers
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Full capability for selection during
installation
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Ability to add/remove through normal
Windows add/remove process
© 2006 Autodesk
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Consolidated Help System
Customer Need
One simple help system that provides
thorough answers that are easy to find
AutoCAD Electrical 2008 Delivers
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New Infocenter
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Search multiple help systems simultaneously
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AutoCAD and AutoCAD Electrical
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Convenient toolbar access
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Updated communication center
© 2006 Autodesk
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Reduce Errors and
Inconsistencies
Customer Need
Reduce errors and automate key design
tasks while creating more accurate electrical
controls designs.
AutoCAD Electrical Delivers
 Spare
terminal support
 Manufacturer catalog enhancements
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Spare Terminal Tracking
Customer Need
Place spare terminals into a design and
have them accurately accounted for in the
BOM reports
AutoCAD Electrical 2008 Delivers
Ability to place spare terminals in a
terminal strip
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Accurate reporting of spare terminals in
BOM reports
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© 2006 Autodesk
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International Catalog Content
Customer Need
Local content in local languages
AutoCAD Electrical 2008 Delivers
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Expanded selection of manufacturers
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Manufacturer provided content
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© 2006 Autodesk
Targeting periodic updates for subscription
customers
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Increase Drafting
Productivity
Customer Need
Purpose-built software that eliminates
manual tasks and workflows
AutoCAD Electrical Delivers
 New
“Insert Component” interface
 Community focused development
 Electronic User’s Guide
 64-bit compatibility
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New Insert Component Interface
Customer Need
Easy way to navigate, use, and modify
standard symbol libraries
AutoCAD Electrical 2008 Delivers
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Tree structured menu
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“Tooltip” support
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Easier means to customize and maintain
© 2006 Autodesk
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Community Focused Development
Customer Need
For Autodesk to address the needs of
smaller projects that solve minor
annoyances that improve the customers
experience versus delivering only new, large
features
AutoCAD Electrical 2008 Delivers
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Resources dedicated for the entire release
cycle through the build phase
Quick and focused response to smaller but
common customer requests
Sense of community and greater customer
satisfaction
© 2006 Autodesk
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Electronic User’s Guide
Customer Need
Comprehensive documentation that
can be printed, if needed
AutoCAD Electrical 2008 Delivers
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Full User’s Guide in PDF format
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Over 1300 pages of content
 Organized by groups of functionality
© 2006 Autodesk
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64-bit Compatibility
Customer Need
Improved performance and compatibility
with 64-bit hardware and operating systems
AutoCAD Electrical 2008 Delivers
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64-bit version of AutoCAD Electrical
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Similar functionality as the 32-bit version
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Support for 64-bit Microsoft Windows
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Works with 64-bit hardware
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64-bit software installs on 64-bit machine
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32-bit software installs on 32-bit machine
© 2006 Autodesk
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Communicate and
Manage Design
Customer Need
Organize, find, and re-use valuable design data
AutoCAD Electrical Delivers
 “Surfable”
reports
 Integration with Schneider Unity PLC
programming software
 Autodesk DWG Product Recognition
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“Surfable” Reports
Customer Need
To quickly and easily navigate
through the various parts of a
design.
AutoCAD Electrical 2008
Delivers
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“Hyperlinked” items within project
reports placed onto a drawing
© 2006 Autodesk
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Schneider PLC Integration
Customer Need
To streamline the process of using
Schneider’s PLC’s
AutoCAD Electrical 2008 Delivers
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Automatic drawing creation from a
Schneider Unity PLC program
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Functionality to write out PLC I/O
addresses and descriptions to the XML
schema that Unity understands
© 2006 Autodesk
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Autodesk DWG Product Recognition
Customer Need
To easily recognize which
Autodesk product created a DWG
and is best able to edit a DWG
AutoCAD Electrical 2008 Delivers
Autodesk DWG attributes
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Exposed product name/version of DWG
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Visible tooltip over DWG icon
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Can be shown in Microsoft Windows Explorer columns
Double click of DWG will open file in product created
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© 2006 Autodesk
Must “save as” in new product to change ownership
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AutoCAD Electrical
2008 Helps You…
Reduce Complex or Repetitive Tasks
Reduce Errors and Inconsistencies
Increase Drafting Productivity
Communicate and Manage Design Data
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