AutoCAD

AutoCAD

2D & 3D design & drafting platform

4.6/5 (1555 reviews)

AutoCAD Overview

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
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

English

AutoCAD Reviews

Overall rating
4.6/5
96% positive reviews
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Stephen olawale J.

THE ARCHITECT DIGITAL DRAWING BOARD

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/06/07
Review Source: Capterra

my overall experience using autocad, is that autocad has made life easy for me, i don't have to carry drawing boards,Tee-squares and set-squares all over the place because i want to present a design concept,thanks to the auto-desk team.

Pros

Autocad makes the profession of designers, architect and engineers more easy, organised and interesting, the autocad interface provide every drawing tools in real life in a digital form, with the help of the tools like grids, object snaps , polar trackers and the orthogonal mode which behaves like a real life set-squares and Tee-squares, a professional can sit comfortable on is couch at home and make drawing reviews, with this extensive tools.
autocad interface can easily be customized to fit the type of drafting you would want to carry out either 3D or 2d, some times the numerous toolbars and commands can be overwhelming for beginners, but they are very useful provided the user knows how and what to use them for.

Autocad is user friendly,easy to use especially the 2D drafting the many tools have various functions, that would be be needed for different type of drawings, before you use autocad, you must understand the quality of work you want to achieve, then autocad will give them to you faster, accurately and more presentable.
Autocad gives the privilege to password drawing files, to prevent access to your drawings by other users of your PC,you can go to options by right click on the drawing window,from there you can set password to your currently opened files, its has really help maintain some level of copy-right, and help to secure companies concept and and designs, I use password on drawings a lot.

Cons

The autocad 3D models is not has realistic like the BIM applications with a powerful rendering settings, so i prefer to export CAD format to Revit Architecture for my 3D realistic models.
Autocad requires a PC with large memory speed, especially with the latest versions ,while carrying out 2D drafting, modifications like Hatching or triming, if you do not upgrade your RAM you will be very slow working on the application.
The numerous tabs, tool bars can be very intimidating to beginners, has a trainer, I have to switch off some tabs and focus on those one that are needed for a particular deliverable, I would like my trainee to accomplish through the present exercise, before going to the next. It is very true that not all of these tools on the autocad interface are being used by architect for their 2D drafting.
Making drawing reviews for large project on autocad is not has easy has using BIM applications like Revit Architecture, even if the changes on the plan is small, you will have to edit your elevations, sections, independently on autocad., but despite all these, autocad is the best for architect from the conceptual stage ,working drawing stage and presentation stage.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Sadaf G.

AutoCAD- A powerful tool for drawing and modelling

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/03/16
Review Source: Capterra

Work with AutoCAD begins at the conception stage (conceptual design, schematics, design development) through to construction (good for construction and as-built drawings) and completion. I have been using AutoCAD for the last ten years and honestly, I would not trade this software for any other. Our company uses AutoCAD for drafting two-dimensional layouts, editing, developing 3D models as well as using it to import and export to other compatible software such as Revit for BIM and IES for energy modelling respectively. It is a fundamental drafting software that has no competitor in the market, especially for the construction industry. I highly recommend this powerful tool for enhancing the quality of detailed architectural, mechanical, electrical and civil 2D drawings for better implementation on site.

Pros

There is no limit to what can be produced with AutoCAD, from architecture, product design, and landscape drawings, from the tiniest to scales to the largest. As an Architect, I feel that mastering this software has been an indispensable skill, and I will be using it for many many years to come.
Once you get a hang of it, developing layouts is simple, with a customizable interface and menus. I especially love the Object Snap command that helps me prepare drawings and details that are 100% accurate.
Being compatible with a majority of modelling software, exporting CAD drawings is quite straightforward too. There is a plethora of support online as well as provided by Autodesk, if things seem challenging or there is a glitch to fix.
The best part is that AutoCAD offers a fully functional free version for students, which is definitely a step in the right direction; not all companies do this.

Cons

The price tag associated with AutoCAD is steep, considering designers, architects, and engineers, all use it perpetually. To function without major glitches such as screen freeze, slow processing speed the software needs system rich in memory and RAM. A few commands like Trim and Hatch function slowly if your computer is (in my case) old or short on available RAM.
For new users, the entire interface can be quite overwhelming considering the number of commands available for varied functions.
I don't really have major issues with the 2D drafting feature, as it is comprehensive, accurate and user-friendly, but somehow the 3D feature isn't the best. In my opinion, there is other software available which can produce exceptional, presentation worthy and realistic 3D renderings as most have their own ray tracing, something that AutoCAD lacks.
Additionally, for complex projects, it can be challenging to update sections, elevations, and detail drawings even if there is a minor change in the plan/s. For this purpose especially, I prefer BIM software when working on large and challenging projects.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Huynh T.

I'm an Architectural Designer and Cad Draftsman in 6 years until now.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/07/11
Review Source: Capterra

I help me to save a lot of time when deadline is coming. It works with the other software effectively, for example: 3dsmadx, sketchup, corel draw, photoshop. It is very useful for Architect, Cad Draftsman, Architectural Designer, Engineer, ect. I think we can not well without using Autocad. Although I started to use Revit Architecture for my work in about 1 year but I still need AutoCad. In my country, people still use Autocad for their work, it's effective, easy to use, fast and we can find the AutoCad tutorial on internet (in English and my mother language) without any difficult.

Pros

This is the first time I review for this software after using it in several years. In fact, I like this software because it's very easy to learn and use at the beginning level, anyone can learn it without taking a course. But if you want to become an advanced user with AutoCad, you must need some skills in IT area and get a course seriously. For the new interface, to be honest when I used it at the first time in several years ago, I didn't like it, I was familiar with the old one. But I tried and I found it is very effective and easy to use than I thought, because it gave me more chance to discover the other functions in AutoCad that I didn't know, for instance when I tried with dynamic block and parametric in the first time since a long time ago, I really felt in love with it. I also like the new purge function, it really didt good job. When I used Autocad 2013, I had to install AutoCAD_2013_2014_DGN_Hotfix to purge the large files. But the new AutocCad version already installed that function and I like it, it helped me so much when I worked with large files.

Cons

I have a big problem with the dimension in layout, it always change its value to larger, for example when I make dimension 200mm in layout, after I reopen the AutoCad file, the dimension will change to 1000mmm or more automatically, I tried to find many ways to fix it but I can't. I also change the computer or work with another files or create new dimension style but the problem was still the same. When I was trying to find a solution on the internet, I saw many people had the same problems like me and they didn't know know to fix it too.
I like to create dimension in layout but because of this problem I always have to check the drawing files again and again whenever I want to print or export it to pdf, sometimes I missed some places and I have to correct the dimension and print it again. I hate it so much. Now I have a change to tell to you (the AutoCad software developer), I wish I can know this page earlier, but I hope it's not late for me to contact to you now. Can you tell me how to fix that problem? I really appreciate if you can give me a solution.

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Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

Help people to create architectural designs

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/02/07
Review Source: Capterra

AutoCAD Architecture takes the former AutoCAD to a whole new dimension. The program significantly boosts productivity, which allows a client to work more efficiently and effectively. In fact, I think this product is something essential in every office and home that frequently deals with architectural designs. I also think that companies that choose to adopt this particular program will most likely enjoy the added benefit of mechanization of complex drafting undertakings than before.

Pros

CAD software is tailor-made to help people create aesthetically appealing architectural designs and documents quickly and easily. On the other hand, AutoCAD Architecture adds more salient features for architectural drawing, schedules, and documentation. It's also easy to automate drafting tasks with just a few clicks, which makes life easier and fun at the same time.
This software program is fairly easy to use, especially when you undertake a few beginner lessons. It's an excellent option for basic floor plans, landscape studies, and elevations to mention a few. You can easily turn off multiple layers that you don't need, and choose the ones that suit your specific project. I love to use this as my schematic starting point before uploading them to other designing tools, such as Revit or Photoshop.

Cons

There's a small learning curve a person may experience in the beginning before they can start using the program efficiently and effectively. The keyboard commands are many and overwhelming, and there are so many ways of accomplishing a single task. Also, the functionality to organize large drawings or to organize repetitive elements is very limited. All these technicalities make it very easy for a person to get lost and confused, especially if you're sharing your work with someone who has a different layout preference from yours. Another thing I really dislike about this program is the 3D software part. Sure, you're able to create awesome designs with 3D, but the whole experience is time-consuming and a largely manual task altogether.

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

AutoCAD Architecture

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/01/20
Review Source: Capterra

In general involvement with this product AutoCAD Architecture takes AutoCAD to an altogether new dimension. AutoCAD Architecture significantly expands productivity, enabling a client to progress quickly. Firms embracing AutoCAD Architecture, gain the advantage of mechanization of complex drafting undertakings.

Pros

In this day and age customers continuously request greater productivity, more accuracy, and extra building information. Although AutoCAD has provided a beautiful work of expanding the efficiency of 2D drafting in Architecture. AutoCAD Architecture further improves efficiency via robotizing numerous regular tasks. The outcome is quicker Construction Document (CD) generation with expanded exactness and coordination. Autodesk AutoCAD is a PC helped configuration program for two-and three-dimensional illustration. It is a software perceived globally for its full editing abilities, which make it conceivable to draw building designs or reproduce 3D pictures carefully.
Advantages of using AutoCAD in Architect Designing
1. Increase in speed and generation of remodels
2. Enhanced and better documentation all through the drafting procedure
3. Saves time by expelling the need to make complex incline changes designs
4. Resume work all the more rapidly in the event of a tainted document
5. Increasingly productive work process with the assistance of new direction line seek highlights
6. Apply different completions to a surface and computerize tedious drafting assignments to lessen mistakes
7. Naturally, append property set definitions to design objects
8. Tidy up drawings and can move unused layers all the more effectively

Cons

1. The program is expensive, because of its permit.
2. Learning how to use the product entirely requires a ton of time since there are numerous capacities, and even that they are of little application since they are quite specific.
3. It needs a fantastic PC to work with handling speed and a high space on the hard drive.
4. A great many people who need to figure out how to utilize this program need to pay costly courses to figure out how to use them all together.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

AutoCAD Pricing

Starting from
US$1 470,00/year
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

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

AutoCAD Features

  • API
  • Data Import/Export
  • Search Functionality

  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Automatic Reminders
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Calendar Management
  • Customer Database
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Payments
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Real Time Data
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Third Party Integration

Additional information for AutoCAD

Key features of AutoCAD

  • 2D drafting, drawing & annotation
  • 3D modeling & visualization
  • 3D navigation (orbit, wheel)
  • 3D scanning & point clouds
  • API
  • Action recorder
  • Associative arrays
  • Automated dimensions
  • Base, projected, & section views
  • CAD drawing management
  • CUI customization
  • Centerlines & center marks management
  • Collaboration tools
  • Command line
  • Common dialog boxes & toolbars
  • Content management
  • Customizable tool palettes
  • DGN file management
  • DWG & image references
  • Data extraction
  • Data linking
  • Data migration
  • Design management
  • Design view
  • Dynamic blocks
  • Express tools
  • External file references
  • Fields management
  • Format management
  • Geographic location & online maps
  • Geometry import
  • High-resolution monitor support
  • Layouts management
  • Leaders creation
  • Model documentation
  • Model references & import
  • Multifunctional grips
  • Navisworks model attachments
  • Object & layer transparency
  • Object selection
  • Object selection & isolation
  • Offline access
  • PDF & DGN import/export
  • Parametric constraints
  • Photorealistic rendering
  • Print studio
  • Revision clouds
  • Ribbon tabs & panels
  • Search functionality
  • Section planes
  • Sheet set manager
  • Shortcut menus
  • Solid, surface & mesh modeling
  • System variable monitor
  • Sysvar monitor
  • Tables
  • Text settings
  • Text to Mtext conversion
  • iOS & Android mobile apps

Benefits

  • 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.

  • AutoCAD FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for AutoCAD.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does AutoCAD offer?

    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.

    Q. What are the main features of AutoCAD?

    AutoCAD offers the following features:

    • 2D drafting, drawing & annotation
    • 3D modeling & visualization
    • 3D navigation (orbit, wheel)
    • 3D scanning & point clouds
    • API
    • Action recorder
    • Associative arrays
    • Automated dimensions
    • Base, projected, & section views
    • CAD drawing management
    • CUI customization
    • Centerlines & center marks management
    • Collaboration tools
    • Command line
    • Common dialog boxes & toolbars
    • Content management
    • Customizable tool palettes
    • DGN file management
    • DWG & image references
    • Data extraction
    • Data linking
    • Data migration
    • Design management
    • Design view
    • Dynamic blocks
    • Express tools
    • External file references
    • Fields management
    • Format management
    • Geographic location & online maps
    • Geometry import
    • High-resolution monitor support
    • Layouts management
    • Leaders creation
    • Model documentation
    • Model references & import
    • Multifunctional grips
    • Navisworks model attachments
    • Object & layer transparency
    • Object selection
    • Object selection & isolation
    • Offline access
    • PDF & DGN import/export
    • Parametric constraints
    • Photorealistic rendering
    • Print studio
    • Revision clouds
    • Ribbon tabs & panels
    • Search functionality
    • Section planes
    • Sheet set manager
    • Shortcut menus
    • Solid, surface & mesh modeling
    • System variable monitor
    • Sysvar monitor
    • Tables
    • Text settings
    • Text to Mtext conversion
    • iOS & Android mobile apps

    Q. Who are the typical users of AutoCAD?

    AutoCAD has the following typical customers:

    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

    Q. What languages does AutoCAD support?

    AutoCAD supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does AutoCAD offer?

    AutoCAD has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does AutoCAD support mobile devices?

    AutoCAD supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does AutoCAD integrate with?

    AutoCAD integrates with the following applications:

    Document Locator, MIE Trak Pro, Manufacturing X, MediaValet, Revizto, Upchain, iOFFICE

    Q. What level of support does AutoCAD offer?

    AutoCAD offers the following support options:

    Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials