I disagree, AutoCAD was never parametric and still isn’t, apart from the sketcher. It is more of a CSG workflow, which does have its use.
Around 1998 they released Mechanical Desktop (MDT), which was parametric - but it was actually a layer over good old AutoCAD, it retained all its 2D/3D commands. The company I worked for at the time sent me on training along with 2 colleagues to learn v1.0. We never used it much, it was dog slow and a pain to use. But after using MDT, learning other parametric CAD programs was pretty easy (though I’ve never tackled CATIA nor Unigraphics/NX).
MDT was left in limbo around v3 when they started developing Inventor, at some point they discontinued it.
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I heard about the unix version too but never knew if it was a rumor or not.. kind of agree too that autocad never really evolved anymore, say after v13 or 14 (ellipses, splines and acis modeling). I bet nobody at adsk dares to touch the autocad code anymore :) imagine the mess it must be with decades of paint layers on top of the old stuff
> I bet nobody at adsk dares to touch the autocad code anymore
That would be my guess too. 🙂
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