Now that AutoCAD LT 2012 is about to hit the shelves, I hope at least some of you out there are considering an upgrade from your current version. Sometimes (but not always), that means upgrading your hardware too. And as computer-literate as I am, sometimes the intricacies of hardware components leave even me stumped.
Take graphics cards. Which one to pick? What capacity should it have? And what difference does it make, anyway? These days, quite a lot.
AutoCAD LT 2012 supports hardware acceleration, which means that it’s better at taking full advantage of your graphics card. (If you had problems with a jumpy cursor before, that’s fixed now.)
To help you decide which card to put in your computer, Autodesk has revised the Certified Hardware page to make it easier to find the tested & recommended cards. No, AutoCAD LT isn’t on the product list (yet), but a card that’s good for AutoCAD is good for AutoCAD too. I think the design is pretty straightforward, but if you want more details you can read Randy Young’s guest post on Without a Net.
Stay tuned for more posts on all the other new features in AutoCAD LT 2012!