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BLOB
22.02.2017, 18:50

We are using AutoCAD 2006 for some drawings and to export them to a plasma cutting table control (DXF)we are looking to upgrade to a newer AutoCAD . What newer version will work with the drawings I have already? Any help with this would be great    Thanks,Reds

John Connor
22.02.2017, 19:24
You can only legally upgrade to the latest release which would be AutoCAD 2017.  And technically speaking it would not be an upgrade as there is no path for upgrading from 2006 all the way to 2017.  You basically buy a new license to install/run 2017.  There is also a yearly subscription fee which can run a few hundred dollars or more depending where you are located in the world.  Any AutoCAD product that came after AutoCAD 2006, from 2007 all the way up to 2017, could conceivably open the drawings that were created with AutoCAD 2006. 
John Connor2017-02-22 19:25:21

BLOB
23.02.2017, 23:46

Ok , is a newer AutoCAD (2017 ) the same as using a 2006   Drafting commands? tool sets? I guess my question would be : with my ability using 2006 ..would I be able to just start using 2017?  Bob

John Connor
23.02.2017, 23:52

Generally speaking you should be OK.  There is the "Ribbon" to contend with as the Dashboard has gone the way of the dodo bird.  There are toolbars and tool palettes now but you can still access the drop-down menus if you want.  You may feel lost for a couple of days but that should be the extent of it.  If you remember command aliases like "L" for Line and "M" for Move then you should be fine.

Vladimir Michl
24.02.2017, 09:10

No need to worry - the drawings are upwards compatible and the command set is the same. You get a couple of additional new commands and support for newer DWG file formats.