Microsoft's new Ultrabook machines have largely been given a free pass with their slow and outdated video drivers. The Intel HD 4000 was released in January 2013 and AMD has had its Catalyst driver for over a month. AMD has included a few features and the drivers perform oddly in AutoCAD, but these issues show us the difficulty of creating a driver that performs well for every user and every situation. For example, the game is in motion and the user has to click on toolbars, hit hotkeys, and worry about whatever is being displayed at the time. For page setup, the user sets a page size, draws a few lines, and then repsond to the computer.
Page Setup has been significantly improved since the last time I tested the program. The new page setup dialog box is much cleaner and easier to use. The zooming functionality is also much improved. One feature is still missing, though: with regards to the previous incorrect behavior, the software no longer picks an arbitrary page and then zips through it. Instead, the program has the option to zoom to the next page and then go to the last page before zooming back.
One of the best ways to get a feel for how a CAD program feels is to try it out in 3D. Of all the programs I tested, only Solidworks completed the entire test with only minor issues. UV Layout can handle some simple modeling, but is not meant for complex 3D workflows. In Solidworks, the application is perfectly capable of handling a side by side hat die cutoff tool. However, any tool with a complex workflow, such as Wireframe, does not play well. This is because the applications needs a large amount of memory to store the toolpaths, which causes file I/O to take an excessive number of resources.
Resizing toolbars, selecting major tool types, and selecting the right or left mouse button for different situations is essential to performing tasks in a CAD program. Solidworks is particularly bad on this score. d2c66b5586