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AutoCAD 2015 for Mac software is a powerful 2D and 3D CAD design tool. The software includes most of the functionality of the Windows version of AutoCAD, but with a specialized Mac interface and feature set. Learn about the differences between the platforms.

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User interaction
Associative arrays
Command line
Multifunctional grips
Dynamic input
Auto-complete command entry1
Hide and isolate objects
Create and select similar objects
Delete duplicate objects
Properties palette
Quick view
In-canvas viewport controls
Editable UCS icon
Layer tools2
Layer groups
DesignCenter3
Full-screen mode
Layer state manager4
Quick select
Tool palettes
Lasso selection
Command preview
Resizable modelspace viewports
Quick properties palette
New layer notification
AutoCorrect command entry
Navigation bar
ShowMotion
File tabs5
New tab
Ribbon gallery
Move/copy performance boost
Coverflow navigation
Multitouch gestures
DOCUMENTATION
Geometry creation & measurement tools
Parametric constraints
Copy array
Object and layer transparency
Strike-through text
Blend curves
Multiple hatch editing
Sheet set manager6
Dynamic blocks
Model documentation tools
Table style editing
Hatch creation preview
Multiline style creation
Digitizer integration
Change space
Express tools7
Geographic location
Autobullets and numbering
Mtext match properties
Mtext superscript and subscript tools
Caps lock detection
Smart dimensioning
Revision cloud enhancements
Enhanced PDFs
Optimized PDF output
Searchable text in exported PDFs
Hyperlink support in exported PDFs
Sheet set links in exported multisheet PDFs
Simplified, powerful rendering
Override xref layer properties
DESIGN
Solid, surface, and mesh modeling
Surface curve extraction
PressPull
Autodesk materials library
Basic rendering
Sun properties8
Visual styles9
OpenGL Core Profile support
Material creation, editing, and mapping
Advanced rendering settings
Camera creation
Center of polygon object snap
High-fidelity line and curves
Coordination model
Point cloud dynamic UCS
Point cloud geometry extraction
ReCap point cloud tool
Walkthroughs, flybys, and animations
Point cloud manager, cropping, and object snaps
3D Orbit Target
CONNECTIVITY
External references (DWG™)
TrustedDWG™ technology
Image underlays
PDF underlays
In-place editing of DWG references
Batch publish
Publish or plot to PDF
Plot styles
Plot style table editor
A360 connectivity10
eTransmit11
SAT import and export
Data links
Text Align
Autodesk translation framework12
DWF™ underlays
DGN underlays
Hyperlinks
Data extraction
Markup set manager
dbConnect manager
WMF import and export
FBX import and export
Additional model import
Design feed
Import SketchUp files (SKP)
Design feed with local drawing storage
Licensing
Stand-alone licensing
Network licensing
Cross-platform licensing
Online license transfer utility
CUSTOMIZATION
CUI files (customizable menus, buttons, toolsets/toolbars)
Command aliases
ObjectARX
LISP
Autodesk Exchange Apps13
Secure load
Autodesk Application Manager
Ribbon customization*
Right-click menus, keyboard shortcuts, and double-click customization
VisualLISP
.NET*
VBA*
DCL dialogs
Action recorder and action macros
Reference manager (stand-alone application)
Custom dictionaries
Password-protected drawings
Digital signatures
Workspaces
User profiles
Migration tools
CAD standards tools
CUI import and export
BIM 360 add-in
Performance Reporting
Selection effect
Sysvar monitor
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*This is a proprietary Microsoft technology/feature that does not run natively on Mac.

1 Auto-complete may include commands and system variables that are not currently defined for Mac. System variables for missing features may still be editable but will have no effect if the accompanying feature is not included. They have been kept to help preserve scripting compatibility.

2 Unavailable commands include LAYCUR, LAYDEL, LAYMRG, LAYWALK, and LAYVPI.

AutoCAD for Mac has Content Palette, which is roughly the functional equivalent of DesignCenter.

4 Fundamental layer state operations can still be performed using the State option in the LAYER command or using the layer state AutoLISP functions.

5 On a Mac, floating windows are used to display multiple documents.

6 On a Mac, Project Manager is the functional equivalent of Sheet Set Manager.

7 Some former Express Tools, including OVERKILL, are now included in the core feature set for both Windows and Mac.

8 On a Mac, Sun properties are found in the Properties Inspector.

9 On a Mac, Visual styles are found in the Properties Inspector. New visual styles may be created with VISUALSTYLES.

10 On a Mac, A360 support only includes file sync.

11 On a Mac, Package Drawing is the functional equivalent of eTransmit.

12 AutoCAD for Mac uses ATF, but does not yet support all the formats supported by ATF on Windows.

13 AutoCAD for Mac currently supports only Autodesk Exchange Apps that specifically indicate Mac compatibility.