About AutoCAD

AutoCAD is a 2D and 3D design and drafting platform for architects, engineers, construction professionals, field technicians and contractors, which supports 2D drafting, drawing and annotation tools, alongside 3D modeling and visualization technology. With native iOS and Android mobile apps, AutoCAD also gives users the flexibility to view, create, edit and share drawings on the go, via any smartphone or tablet.

AutoCAD’s 2D drafting, drawing, and annotation tools allow users to manage text settings, smart dimensioning, and leaders, as well as tables, layouts, fields and more. The 3D modeling and visualization tools enable users to manage solid, surface and mesh modeling, 3D navigation, and visual styles, alongside photorealistic rendering, 3D scanning, point clouds and more.

Collaboration tools such as PDF and DGN import/export, 3D model import, geographic location information and online maps allow users to share and reuse data, as well as add location information into a drawing. To streamline the design workflow, AutoCAD includes ribbon tabs and panels, tool palettes, multifunctional grips, dynamic blocks, and more. Other key features include external file references, object selection and text to Mtext enhancements.

AutoCAD’s mobile app tools allow users to create, edit and mark-up drawings, as well as measure accurately while working remotely on site. Users can also access multi-touch zoom, advanced drawing tools, such as arc and offset, as well as manage layers and blocks. A simple design feed allows users to provide updates for team with notes, photos and feedback on project progress.

Pricing starting from:

US$1 470,00/year

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of AutoCAD

  • Native mobile apps for iOS and Android give users the flexibility to view, create, edit and share drawings on the go, via any smartphone or tablet.

  • Offline access serves to enhance user productivity by allowing users to work offline, then syncing any changes once internet connection is restored.

  • Solid, surface and mesh modeling technology helps users create realistic 3D models of their designs.

  • 3D navigation tools allow users to orbit, swivel, walk and fly around their 3D model.

  • AutoCAD supports connected collaboration through PDF and DGN file import, DWG and image references, sheet set manager, and geographic location information and online maps.
  • Devices

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    Markets

    Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States

    Supported Languages

    English

    Pricing starting from:

    US$1 470,00/year

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    AutoCAD Software - Import geometry, including SHX font files, fills, raster images, and TrueType text into drawings from PDFs
    AutoCAD Software - Access tools which help fix broken paths for externally referenced files
    AutoCAD Software - Convert combinations of text and Mtext objects to a single Mtext object
    AutoCAD Software - Work intuitively with common dialog boxes and toolbars
    AutoCAD Software - Access frequently used content and tools with customizable tool palettes
    AutoCAD Software - Launch commands and respond to prompts quickly using simple keystrokes, right at the command line
    AutoCAD Software - Easily reshape, move, or manipulate geometry with grip editing
    AutoCAD Software - Access favorite tools easily with the AutoCAD ribbon
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    AutoCAD Software - Import geometry, including SHX font files, fills, raster images, and TrueType text into drawings from PDFs
    AutoCAD Software - Access tools which help fix broken paths for externally referenced files
    AutoCAD Software - Convert combinations of text and Mtext objects to a single Mtext object
    AutoCAD Software - Work intuitively with common dialog boxes and toolbars
    AutoCAD Software - Access frequently used content and tools with customizable tool palettes
    AutoCAD Software - Launch commands and respond to prompts quickly using simple keystrokes, right at the command line
    AutoCAD Software - Easily reshape, move, or manipulate geometry with grip editing
    AutoCAD Software - Access favorite tools easily with the AutoCAD ribbon

    Features

    Total features of AutoCAD: 13

    • 2D Drawing
    • API
    • Annotations
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Data Import/Export
    • Design Management
    • Drafting
    • File Management
    • For Architects
    • For Manufacturers
    • Geographic Maps
    • Offline Access
    • Search/Filter

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4,6 /5
    (2 563)
    Value for Money
    4,2/5
    Features
    4,6/5
    Ease of Use
    4,1/5
    Customer Support
    4,2/5

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    Aman K.
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    • Industry: Information Technology & Services
    • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Best 3D drawing tool

    Reviewed on 2022/05/31

    I'm satisfied with this software as it serves my purpose and daily requirements.

    I'm satisfied with this software as it serves my purpose and daily requirements.

    Pros

    Autocad has a lot of functionalities which helps in 2D,3D drawing for any construction project and the ease to access these tools makes it one of the best tool available in market.

    Cons

    Not much to dislike in this sofware, It pretty much serves my daily needs and requirements from a software.

    Kristofer R.
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    • Industry: Chemicals
    • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Autocad = Quality

    Reviewed on 2022/05/09

    It's a good experience, I learned a lot, from 2D drawing to 3D renderings that could take hours....

    It's a good experience, I learned a lot, from 2D drawing to 3D renderings that could take hours. Being able to create scenarios and then demonstrate them to an audience was quite nice, as well as the quality of the renderings. I liked the fact that they have a lot of tools and how easy they are to use.

    Pros

    I really like the way it works, its tools remind me a lot of other products from other brands, which made me get familiar with the product faster. At first when I downloaded the program, I thought it would be impossible for me to understand it since I had never had an approach to this type of drawing programs, but inside the program you can learn a lot, since it has small help boxes that come out every time you want to use a tool.

    Cons

    Possibly what I liked the least, was the unexpected shutdowns that the program gave me, this happened mostly when working with 3D models, it was a bit annoying, but the autosave worked.
    In the same way, I never liked the file saving, I always had to look for the folder where I wanted to save it, even if it was always the same one.

    Arlex G.
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    • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Autocad, it was my design school.

    Reviewed on 2018/03/13

    With autocad I learned to design with a computer, I learned to model, I learned CAD, it was my...

    With autocad I learned to design with a computer, I learned to model, I learned CAD, it was my initial school.

    Pros

    Working in AutoCAD is much easier than working on paper. We saved a lot of time and it's much simpler than that. Doing it by hand can be tedious and we also have to consider our prolixity when it comes to doing it on a sheet.
    As Autodesk is launching new versions, they do not change much with respect to the previous ones so that the user does not have to update to something completely unknown. The latest versions are very similar, except that they add new small functions.
    The configuration to print a drawing in AutoCAD in different formats is very easy. There are many formats included and we can adjust colors, margins, layers, among many other aspects.
    AutoCAD has been linked to multiple platforms, with the benefit of being able to export and import files of all kinds. For example, we can bring an image or a block to the software, among other applications.

    Cons

    The main disadvantage is the high cost of the program, since the license costs a few dollars.
    Knowing how to use the software fully requires a lot of time since there are many functions that are not so well known, and even that they are of little application, since they are very specific.
    It requires a very powerful computer to work with the latest versions (especially in 3D). At least 2GB of RAM, 2GHz processing speed, and a space greater than 100GB on the hard drive.
    If we make an object in 3D, with many details, brightness settings, brightness, details of materials, for the best commercial computer we have, it usually slows down a lot. There are better software to make 3D drawings that are more sophisticated, with more functions and that do not slow down so much when working with a very heavy file.

    Kelsey B.
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    • Industry: Architecture & Planning
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Love love love

    Reviewed on 2022/04/01

    Pros

    I honestly love the commands in AutoCAD, they're pretty intuitive without being overly complicated. I like that the command bar also explicitly spells out additional options for each function. I feel like the overall ease of use is relatively good. If you're familiar with programs in general, CAD will be no big deal. However, the return on the project is exponential for the ease of use, so that's wonderful. I use the program daily, even above doing simple linework in Adobe products, for example. CAD has become so ingrained in my workflow that I really can't do without it.

    Cons

    The biggest con I can think of has to do with the consistent functionality of certain commands I use. For example, the hatching command does not always read linework as complete/joined even when I know that it is, which results in a wildly skewed hatch. As well, the draw order command does not always function properly. Basically, I don't have a huge complaint - more like I think there's still bugs that need to be worked out. Overall, I love CAD.

    Minhal M.
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    • Industry: Research
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    AutoCAD: Ultimate tool for Research Professionals

    Reviewed on 2022/05/27

    AutoCAD has never let down my expectations and has always fulfilled the tasks as required.

    AutoCAD has never let down my expectations and has always fulfilled the tasks as required.

    Pros

    I like to be flexible in my research design stages as the design tool software has the ability to reflect

    Cons

    Sometimes the exporting of design drawings lags and takes time to be saved onto an external storage.

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    AutoCAD offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$1 470,00/year
    • Pricing model: Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

    Purchase options include flexible subscription terms to fit the user's needs. Contact Autodesk directly for detailed pricing information.

    AutoCAD has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001-5 000

    AutoCAD supports the following languages:

    English

    AutoCAD supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    We do not have any information about what integrations AutoCAD has

    AutoCAD offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base

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