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AutoCAD 2016 vs. AutoCAD 2015 and previous versions

Design with confidence using AutoCAD software. Richer design context helps you see your drawings more clearly. More intelligent tools such as Smart Dimensioning, Coordination Model, and reality computing add precision your drawings. See how AutoCAD 2016 compares to AutoCAD 2015, AutoCAD 2014, and AutoCAD 2013.

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Features
User interaction
Multifunctional grips
Associative arrays
Hide and isolate objects
Clickable command line options
Property edit preview
Viewport change preview
Intelligent command line
File tabs
Start
Help Find tool
Dark theme
Ribbon gallery
Improved graphics
Lasso selection
Command preview
Resizable modelspace viewports
Move/copy performance boost
DESIGN
Solid, surface, and mesh modeling
Autodesk materials library
In-canvas viewport controls
Surface curve extraction
Context-sensitive press-pull
Import sketchup files (SKP)
ReCap point cloud tool
Point cloud manager, cropping, and object snaps
3D Orbit Target
Center of polygon object snap
High-fidelity lines and curves
Coordination model
Point cloud dynamic UCS
Point cloud geometry extraction
DOCUMENTATION
Parametric constraints
Object and layer transparency
Base and projected views
Section and detail views
Strike-through text
Autobullets and numbering
Mtext match properties
Mtext superscript and subscript tools
Caps lock detection
Text Align
Smart dimensioning
Revision cloud enhancements
PDF enhancements
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
CONNECTIVITY
A360 connectivity
Design feed with A360 drawing storage
Design feed with local drawing storage
Autodesk translation framework
Geolocation coordinate system and online maps
DGN 8 import/export/underlay
PDF publish/underlay
IGES, CATIA, Rhino, pro/engineer, and step import
Inventor file import
CUSTOMIZATION
Action recorder
Online license transfer
Multiple plot file search paths
Customization and support file sync
Exchange App manager
Featured apps ribbon tab
Secure load
BIM 360 add-in
Autodesk Application Manager
Performance reporting
LISP/ARX scripting
Customizable user interface (CUI)
Selection effect customization
Sysvar monitor
Free trial