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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    4,6 /5
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    Value for Money
    4,2/5
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    4,6/5
    Ease of Use
    4,1/5
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    Engr Md. ABS
    Engr Md. ABS
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    • Industry: Civil Engineering
    • Company size: 1 001–5 000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Drawing for AutoCAD or AutoCAD for Drawing- “AutoCAD is software 3D & 2D, I'm so recommended

    Reviewed on 2021/08/12

    AutoCAD is the first modeling software I learnt. it was a bit difficult at first but, i am happy i...

    AutoCAD is the first modeling software I learnt. it was a bit difficult at first but, i am happy i was patient enough to complete the tutorials because it gave me the solid foundation in 2D sketching which has helped me a lot.

    Pros

    Ease of use. Allows you to keep the interface the same throughout the years while still adding features. I have been using AutoCAD for over 20 years. It's the only system I would use.
    AutoCAD is very versatile, and I really like the user's ability to set up their own default environment that can be used for new projects going forward.

    Cons

    AutoCAD is difficult to learn especially for absolute beginners. also, when working on heavy files, it can be difficult to make changes on the file without the risk of your system lagging or even crashing. the user interface is frustrating but, i hope they review it and make it more interesting for users.

    Alternatives Considered

    Tekla Structures

    Reasons for Switching to AutoCAD

    AutoCAD is very versatile, and I really like the user's ability to set up their own default environment that can be used for new projects going forward. I can found my mistake easily while draw any works.
    Javauny
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    • Industry: Education Management
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    AutoCAD is one of the best drawing softwares despite its few shortcomings.

    Reviewed on 2023/05/26

    A smooth, fun and continuous learning curve. The capabilities are only limited by your own...

    A smooth, fun and continuous learning curve. The capabilities are only limited by your own imagination.

    Pros

    AutoCAD is widely used and easy to learn. It offers a wide range of functions and extensive options for customization for personal and indiviual use. The tools are easily accesible through a search bar and are given basic names in most cases.

    Cons

    The license can be costly for low end businesses and it may take some creativity and innovation to accomplish a certain end desire when 3D modelling.

    Nick
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    • Industry: Architecture & Planning
    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

    A critical program that often doesn't live up to its potential.

    Reviewed on 2018/09/06

    This program is on the out in terms of office use, but it has proven pretty reliable. The drafting...

    This program is on the out in terms of office use, but it has proven pretty reliable. The drafting tools are adequate and fulfill most of the challenges when assembling a drawing. There are some major gaps and omissions with the tools when compared to other programs like Rhino.

    Performance issues are the biggest road block that Autodesk hasn't seemed to iron out over the lifetime of the product. It still chugs and freezes at inopportune times, particularly between model and paper space.

    Revit is this future, but this will get you by.

    Pros

    Robust linking and organization tools. File formats that are easily transferred to other programs. Relatively simple UI.

    Cons

    Performance issues abound. This program uses more RAM and CPU power than it has the right to. A lot of freezing and hang-ups even on beefy machines.
    Some very frustrating UI decisions and limitations with commands.

    Mike
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 1 001–5 000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    Very good software for 2D and 3D design

    Reviewed on 2023/10/31

    Autocad it very good at creating additional models to what Revit isn't able

    Autocad it very good at creating additional models to what Revit isn't able

    Pros

    Autocad is a very simple, quick and easy tool to learn. Easily import external data as dwg is the standard.

    Cons

    It struggles massively with complex geometry

    Alternatives Considered

    MicroStation

    Reasons for Switching to AutoCAD

    The whole autodesk
    Kamran
    Kamran
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    • Industry: Events Services
    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
    • Used for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Autocad for "part-time" civil engineer

    Reviewed on 2019/07/28

    Once I tried to draw my own home's plan but could not manage software requires a lot of time and...

    Once I tried to draw my own home's plan but could not manage software requires a lot of time and patience.

    Pros

    It manages extremely large projects with exact measures and details. It gives availability to work in 3D Space. Cloud function helps to get advantage to work as a team.

    Cons

    It needs strong computer resources. Without qualified tutorials, it is like impossible to work on this program. Besides the price is so expensive.

    Alternatives Considered

    SketchUp and FreeCAD

    Reasons for Choosing AutoCAD

    Autocad has 3D navigation and 3D scanning which are features you will not find in SketchUp, besides AutoCAD pricing is better than SketchUp.

    Switched From

    SketchUp

    Reasons for Switching to AutoCAD

    Why I was considering these three versions I checked mainly the price, ease of use and functionality so that AutoCAD became my first choice.
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    AutoCAD FAQs

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    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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