The 2009 release of AutoCAD P&ID first customer ship date was a few weeks back on May 8, 2008. As this release was based on the latest version of AutoCAD, it contains all the new features of AutoCAD 2009. Plus, of course, you get the new P&ID features. I've blogged about a few of these already, including
- P&ID Property Acquisition, and
- Export to Excel Enhancements.
There are also a number of other key enhanced features:
- Validation: This is the ability to check the project drawings for common errors like pipelines that end in space or pieces of equipment that aren't piped up.
- Data import from Excel enhancements: This is minor but cool. During the import process, AutoCAD P&ID displays revision clouds on the graphics of the components with pending updates.
- Save as AutoCAD feature: You can create a "dumb" pure AutoCAD version of any P&ID. Visually it will be identical, but all the graphics will be pure AutoCAD blocks and linework.
- Custom Data Manager Views: You can redefine the navigation tree in Data Manager to show data grouped by any property. If this last sentence doesn't make sense, stay tuned. It'll be the focus of my next blog entry.
- DIN content and Metric PIP content: Added to the PIP Imperial, ISA and ISO content, we now also ship DIN and PIP Metric standard template projects.
- A host of miscellaneous minor fixes that we call "fit and finish". These go into improving every release.
As always, if you want to learn more by test driving the new version yourself, you can download a trial from the website. Actually, we also updated the screencast, which is a great, interactive way to learn about AutoCAD P&ID 2009. Listening to the screencast also gives you the experience of listening to me babble. Bonus! (And yes, my name is misspelled 22 seconds in. Be happy you aren't in the office here to hear me grousing about that!)