Hatching is the poster child for AutoCAD 2011’s 2D drafting feature changes (although there are several other significant ones), and also for demonstrating the advantages of providing a contextual interface via the Ribbon. It looks great at first glance when working with simple demo drawings, but how are things going in the real world? I’d be interested in hearing about your experiences.
- Is the hatch Ribbon tab snapping into place and going away quickly enough, both the first time it is used in a session and subsequently?
- Is the Ribbon interface easy to use, efficient and complete?
- Does the hatch preview always match what’s actually hatched when you accept the preview? If not, how often is it wrong?
- Are you happy with the new default double-click hatch action? (If not, see the Hatch double-click section of my AutoCAD 2011 – Putting things back to “normal” post).
- Does the hatch preview work quickly and accurately in simple areas? How about more complex areas? How about areas bounded by complex polylines with lots of vertices?
- Is the performance up to scratch when creating and editing both associative and non-associative hatches? How about when grips are visible on complex bounding areas? How about when you make changes to hatches using the Properties palette?
- Is boundary detection working reliably in finding and filling a closed hatch area? Even when using a solid or gradient hatch pattern?
- How is your zoom and pan performance in drawings with a lot of hatching?
- Have you noticed any problems with the new transparency and background features?
- Have you experienced any hatch-induced crashes or lockups?
- Are any of your hatch problems new to 2011, or do they also exist in earlier releases on the same PC when using the same drawings?
If your hatching performance is poor, have you tried changing the values of system variables to turn off features to see if the problems persist? Try HPQUICKPREVIEW = 0, HPDLGMODE = 1 and SELECTIONPREVIEW = 0. Also, if you are having display performance issues, try VTENABLE =0 and check using 3DCONFIG to see if your graphics card/driver combination is certified.