is there anything worth the upgrade other then having the latest and greatest? are there any patches out for 2013?
(a) In addition to what Dean says, here is a bullet point list of the new 2013 features. Maybe you'll see something that would make your life easier...? http://cadpanacea.com/node/356
(b) Yes. Easy to find. Go to http://support.autodesk.com/ > AutoCAD > Data and Downloads > Updates and Service Packs
In addition to those listed in the website link from RKMcSwain, the addition of sections and details for documentation of 3D objects is a big one. It is only important, of course, if you are doing 3D drawings. For those of us working in 3D it is a very big addition.
Big change, indeed. But it *is* a first release, so there will always be some areas where they didn't flesh it out as much as we would want, and a few bugs hiding in the corners that only users will find.
The big thing for me is version compatibility, especially if vertical content must be coordinated. If everybody is still working in pre-2013 programs (or vice versa) going forward may require frequent conversion.
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...and now a year later 2014 products are what is readily available.
Some still have the same issues as they did with 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010... Others work along just fine.
Trial and see and maybe don't use for production until after the first SP release; a tried and (anecdotally) true business decision.
AutoCAD is a significant purchase.
Performing due diligence as the OP has initiated by starting this thread and following the tips the responders gave - should help the informed make an informed decision based on their actual need and avoid wasting money.
In an honest word, "no".
I liked 2012 a LOT myself. But when 2013 came out I had so many problems with it even on Subscription I never deployed or used it. But 2014 is available now and it's a gem that has never given me even Issue #1.
Your mileage might vary. But a jump from 2012 to 2014 would be a safe one.
major change of 2013 2014 is the command line .
be aware it does change right click menus beviour a bit . perhaps you want to test this before you purchase .
i prefered to stay with 2012 which works fine and has no issues so far .
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