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Associative arrays

Command line

Multifunctional grips

Dynamic input

Auto-complete command entry    

Hide and isolate objects

Create and select similar objects

Delete duplicate objects

Properties palette

Quick view

Editable UCS icon

Layer tools   

Layer groups

DesignCenter/Content Palette   

Full-screen mode

Layer state manager

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 tabs        

New tab/Welcome screen


Move/copy performance boost

Coverflow navigation

Multitouch gestures

High-resolution display

Steering wheel

Feature finder for help

Geometry creation & measurement tools

Parametric constraints

Copy array

Object and layer transparency

Strike-through text

Blend curves

Smart centerlines/center marks

Multiple hatch editing

Sheet set manager   

Dynamic blocks   

Model documentation tools

Table style editing

Multiline style creation

Digitizer integration

Express tools    

Geographic location

Autobullets and numbering

Mtext match properties

Mtext superscript and subscript tools

Smart dimensioning

Revision cloud enhancements

Enhanced PDFs

Optimized PDF output    

Searchable text in exported PDFs

Hyperlink support in exported PDFs    

Simplified, powerful rendering

Override xref layer properties

External reference path mapping

New feature highlighting

In-canvas viewport controls

Solid, surface, and mesh modeling

Surface curve extraction

Autodesk materials library

Basic rendering

Sun properties    

Visual styles    

OpenGL Core Profile support

Material creation, editing, and mapping

Advanced rendering settings

Camera creation

Center of polygon object snap

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 connectivity    


SAT import and export

Data links

Text Align

Autodesk translation framework    

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)

Design share

3D print studio

Reference Navisworks models

Single-user licensing

Multi-user licensing

Cross-platform licensing

Online license transfer utility

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

Command aliases



Secure load

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




DCL dialogs

Action recorder and action macros

Reference manager (stand-alone application)

Password-protected drawings

Digital signatures


User profiles

Autodesk desktop app

Migration tool enhancements 

CAD standards tools

CUI import and export

BIM 360 add-in

Performance Reporting

Sysvar monitor

OS notification for updates

Language switching in product

Import PDFs