Just one update to the AutoCAD 2008 Dashboard is a new component containing functions previously seen on the Layer Properties Toolbar. It adds Isolate/Un-isolate buttons and Layer States can be accessed and managed.
Opening an extended fly-out reveals controls for the new “Locked Layer Fade” feature. This makes it much easier to work with locked layers as a background as they can be faded to reduce “clutter” but still seen for visual or object snap reference. You can control the fade %’age via a slide or entering a typed value. Below this is quick access to Layer Filter Groups, complete with "invert option", without opening the full Layer Manager which is a real time saver.
The legacy Layer Properties Toolbar is still available if you prefer but the dashboard controls are a nice alternative.