AutoCAD

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2D & 3D design & drafting platform

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.


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.

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    Overall rating

    4.6 /5
    (3,031)
    Value for Money
    4.2/5
    Features
    4.6/5
    Ease of Use
    4.1/5
    Customer Support
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    Lauren
    Lauren
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    • Industry: Media Production
    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    CAD Can

    Reviewed on 2020/04/10

    It’s a very powerful tool and professional grade. The software’s capacity and presence, in the...

    It’s a very powerful tool and professional grade. The software’s capacity and presence, in the creative industry, provides an alleviating affect to its audience and users.

    Pros

    I have a lot of flexibility in terms of the mediums I can ease into and AutoCAD truly helps in that aspect. It delivers the workspace to bring a flat design to life in a way that most dimensional design products don’t. One thing for certain is the application’s versatility in making the space feel less technically tedious and more straightforward. The functionality is very simple and gives its user the chance to apply their personal preference into the art board without losing resolution and methodology.

    Cons

    My only note of interest would be the application’s need for dimensional guidance. While it provides a very nice approach to freeform, it lightly loses touch of having a snap to grid like essence about it more than a majority.

    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: Civil Engineering
    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Using Autocad at the office and site works

    Reviewed on 2022/01/02

    A software that can not be replaced especially the Pc version of it but some other softwares may be...

    A software that can not be replaced especially the Pc version of it but some other softwares may be helpful for making Autocad more efficient and easier to use.

    Pros

    As it's to most developed software of it's kind of softwares, it contains the most important and useful tools that can be used to create or modify or even evaluate or improve the plans and the content. Especially in the windows or ios versions but unlikely in the mobile version.

    Cons

    Sometimes it's necessary to get more tools and libraries from the internet wich makes it more difficult whenever you are working on a different type of plans, it would be very helpful if they could include all of the other items and libraries in the main product.

    Alternatives Considered

    ARCHICAD

    Reasons for Switching to AutoCAD

    Autocad makes it genuinely easier and professional.
    Paola
    Paola
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    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    It is a tool used in the design area, a great help for the design of drawings or 3D modeling

    Reviewed on 2018/06/28

    Pros

    It is an effective tool for the professional and student architecture, engineering and basic drawing, has extensive editing capabilities that allow the user an exact and optimal design, its interface is very pleasing to the eye and has multiple options to select the same command, allows printing in different scales and formats to suit the user

    Cons

    It is an oversized program, that is, it has a large number of little-known and unused commands, depending on the large number of designs made in the same file, this system creates obstacles in the system that do not allow its continuous use, at the risk of generating errors that close the program without previous saved

    Muhammad Ghufran
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    • Industry: Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    AutoCAD Review

    Reviewed on 2024/04/04

    the experience with AutoCAD varies depending on the user's proficiency level, specific requirements,...

    the experience with AutoCAD varies depending on the user's proficiency level, specific requirements, and industry context. However, many users find AutoCAD to be a powerful and indispensable tool for their drafting and design needs.

    Pros

    AutoCAD is a powerful and versatile tool that can be used for a wide range of applications. Its precision, efficiency, flexibility, collaboration, compatibility, customization, and learning resources make it an essential tool for many businesses and individuals.

    Cons

    These cons suggest that while AutoCAD is a powerful and versatile software, it may not be the best fit for everyone, particularly those who require real-time collaboration, freehand sketching, or a more affordable solution.

    JAZE
    JAZE
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    • Industry: Architecture & Planning
    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    AutoCAD Basics (In My Opinion)

    Reviewed on 2021/08/21

    Since it is a ubiquitous software used by architects, structural engineers and M.E.P specialists,...

    Since it is a ubiquitous software used by architects, structural engineers and M.E.P specialists, it gave me the opportunity to collaborate with various individuals from different fields of work and showed me its true versatility throughout these engagements.

    Pros

    The software is great for producing technical documentation/2D & 3D drawings. It is very user friendly, most people get accustomed to it within a matter of days. It comes with a cool collaborative tool designed to aid in the review process plus you can also store your work on the cloud using the Autodesk drive.

    Cons

    It allows for only one user to work on one DWG file at a time and also has a rather tedious drawing process that involves a lot of manual calculations, structural analysis, etc.

    Alternatives Considered

    Revit

    Reasons for Switching to AutoCAD

    I was warned that I should walk before I start running in this industry and since I teach myself how to use every software I encounter, I thought it would be wise to take baby steps with AutoCAD first before I make the giant leap into Revit.
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    AutoCAD FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for AutoCAD.

    AutoCAD offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$235.00/month
    • Pricing model: Free Version, 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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