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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 to your drawings. See how AutoCAD 2016 compares to AutoCAD 2015, AutoCAD 2014, and AutoCAD 2013.

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Multifunctional grips

Associative arrays

Hide and isolate objects

Clickable command line options

Property edit preview

Viewport change preview

Intelligent command line

File tabs


Help Find tool

Dark theme

Ribbon gallery

Improved graphics

Lasso selection

Command preview

Resizable modelspace viewports

Move/copy performance boost

Solid, surface, and mesh modeling

Autodesk materials library

In-canvas viewport controls

Surface curve extraction

Context-sensitive press-pull

Import sketchup files plug-in (SKP)

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

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

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

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