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 Trial
  • Subscription

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

    Business size

    S M L

    Markets

    United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

    Supported Languages

    English

    Pricing starting from:

    US$1 470,00/year

    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

    Images

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

    Features

    Total features of AutoCAD: 13

    • API
    • Alerts / Escalation
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Content Management
    • Data Extraction
    • Data Format Management
    • Data Import/Export
    • Data Migration
    • Design Management
    • File Management
    • Geographic Maps
    • Offline Access
    • Search Functionality

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4,6 /5
    (2 142)
    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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    Kamran Y.
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    • Industry: Events Services
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Other 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.

    Lauren H.
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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: Self Employed
    • Used Other for Free Trial
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    There is a reason that the name AutoCAD is synonymous with drafting

    Reviewed on 2020/11/24

    There is a reason that AutoCAD has been the market leader for decades. The software is the gold...

    There is a reason that AutoCAD has been the market leader for decades. The software is the gold standard. The software keys getting better and easier to use with multiple ways to use the software (online, desktop, mobile). The price can be prohibitive for those who only have occasional usage like myself.

    Pros

    The online version is quick and easy to use. They offer a by month use plan which is great for my occasional use. The integration with AutoDesk's other software is useful. The UI is clean and intuitive. New features and updates keep the software fresh and on the cutting edge.

    Cons

    The software is expensive for my needs and navigating the various licenses and options can be a bit challenging.

    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.

    Jacek J.
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    • Industry: Architecture & Planning
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Monthly for Free Trial
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    • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

    A little outdated but still reasonable tool

    Reviewed on 2020/09/24

    I used to draw everything in AutoCad at my previous employer. Nowadays it seem slow and cumbersome....

    I used to draw everything in AutoCad at my previous employer. Nowadays it seem slow and cumbersome. It's tempting to use because of the ease of copy&paste of previously drawn elements but there is little automation. A single wrong value can snowball into big mistakes. A BIM software is much more desired.

    I still use AutoCad to draw detail and simple drawing that do not require much coordination.

    Pros

    Simple and robust software. File compatibility goes back to 1997. Though limited as it I rarely had any problems and there were never any problems when sending files. It opened all dwg without problems (unlike some other CAD programs I've tried)

    Cons

    Complicated interface and not intuitive. 3d drawing is especially daunting.
    Automation requires even more knowledge - I've never got to learning how to program titleblocks.
    Slow startup

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    AutoCAD FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for AutoCAD.

    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 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

    AutoCAD has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

    AutoCAD supports the following languages:

    English

    AutoCAD supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    AutoCAD integrates with the following applications:

    12d Synergy, Document Locator, Fulcrum, MIE Trak Pro, Manufacturing X, MediaValet, Revizto, Upchain, WIZZCAD, iOFFICE

    AutoCAD offers the following support options:

    Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials, Online Support

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