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AutoCAD 2016 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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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/Content Palette

Full-screen mode

Layer state manager4

Quick select

Tool palettes

Lasso selection

Command preview

Resizable modelspace viewports

Quick properties palette/My properties

New layer notification

AutoCorrect command entry

Navigation bar


File tabs5

New tab/Welcome screen


Move/copy performance boost

Coverflow navigation

Multitouch gestures

Show palettes as Icons

High-resolution display

Steering wheel

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

External reference path mapping

Solid, surface, and mesh modeling

Surface curve extraction

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

Walkthroughs, flybys, and animations

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


SAT import and export

Data links

Text Align

Autodesk translation framework12

DWF™ underlays

DGN underlays


Data extraction

Markup set manager

dbConnect manager

WMF import and export

FBX import and export

Design feed

Import SketchUp files (SKP)

Stand-alone licensing

Network licensing

Cross-platform licensing

Online license transfer utility

CUI files (customizable menus, buttons, toolsets/toolbars)

Command aliases



Secure load

Autodesk Application Manager

Right-click menus, keyboard shortcuts, and double-click customization




DCL dialogs

Action recorder and action macros

Reference manager (stand-alone application)

Custom dictionaries

Password-protected drawings

Digital signatures


User profiles

Migration tools

CAD standards tools

CUI import and export

BIM 360 add-in

Performance Reporting

Selection effect

Sysvar monitor

OS notification for updates

Language switching in product

*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.