AutoCAD Freestyle: What Is It? #
AutoCAD Freestyle was built from the AutoCAD platform. It's also compatible with the file format of AutoCAD DWG. You can create a file in AutoCAD or even AutoCAD LT and then open it in AutoCAD Freestyle. You can also add notes, sketches, and drawing enhancements. You can also save round-trip or finishing workflow in conjunction with other applications based on DWG.
While AutoCAD necessitates a considerable amount of training, nearly anyone is able to begin AutoCAD Freestyle immediately, given the integrated learning tools it comes with.
When you open a DWG file from other applications in AutoCAD Freestyle, you can't edit the original objects. That means that all text and geometry are locked into their layers.
AutoCAD Freestyle can only open a single paper pace layout each time. When DWG files that are created using other applications have more than one paper space layout, then users can choose a specific layout to utilize.
DWG files that are created using other applications have a 3D view that might be a bit limited in terms of functionality if opened and viewed using AutoCAD Freestyle.
All fill elements, geometry, and text that get added to files through AutoCAD Freestyle get automatically put onto new layers specific to AutoCAD.
If you are a user of AutoCAD or other software applications based on DWG, and you intend to send DWG files to users not accustomed to DWG drawings, then it's smart to make a DWG file using a single viewport with a paper space layout.
In the application, there isn't a way to add blocks or new symbols to the library. However, you can do it if you manually edit the AcTpCatalogacadfs.atc ToolPalette file. There is support for dynamic blocks.
AutoCAD Freestyle usually saves to the 2007 AutoCAD DWG file format, but it has the ability to open 2010 DWG formatted files. It appears that the first release was based on 2010 AutoCAD, given the interval version number 18.0, rather than the 2011 AutoCAD 18.1.