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CAD tools for design and documentation

See how intelligent tools in AutoCAD® design and documentation software help speed your work, and how CAD features add precision to your drawings. View designs more clearly with Stunning Visual Experience and document in context with Coordination Model.

Desktop Subscription gives you access to the latest updates and releases, 1-on-1 web support, priority support in the forums, and flexible licensing.

"The 2016 release has more improvements for the average user than the last 2 or 3 releases combined. The improved PDF features and the smoother curves are great, but I think the automatic regen when zooming may still be my favorite, since I've been waiting for that one for such a long time."

– David, CAD Technician

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  • New

    Enhanced PDFs

    PDFs are smaller, smarter, and more searchable. (video: 2:05 min.)

  • New

    Smart Dimensioning

    Create measurements based on your drawing context. (video: 2:11 min.)

  • Revision clouds (enhanced)

    Create and modify revision clouds more easily.

  • Refined interface

    The darker interface helps reduce eyestrain. (video: 1:56 min.)

  • Ribbon galleries

    Access drawing content directly from the ribbon. (video: 1:47 min.)

  • New Tab page

    Quickly open new and existing drawings. (video: 1:47 min.)

  • Help window

    Easily find where tools are located. (video: 1:39 min.)

  • Command preview

    Preview the outcomes of frequently used commands. (video: 1:47 min.)

  • Intelligent command line

    Get AutoCorrect and Adaptive Suggestions. (video: 1:46 min.)


  • New

    Stunning Visual Experience

    See the details in your drawings more clearly. (video: 1:28 min.)

  • New

    Coordination Model

    Design within the context of existing BIM models. (video: 2:05 min.)

  • Reality computing (enhanced)

    Orient your work more precisely with the point cloud. (video: 2:16 min.)

  • Online maps

    Capture online maps as static images and print them. (video: 2:15 min.)

  • Surface Curve Extraction tool

    Extract isoline curves. (video: 54 sec.)

  • Context-sensitive PressPull tool

    Extrude and offset curves. (video: 54 sec.)

  • 3D free-form design tools

    Generate design ideas in almost any form. (video: 2:04 min.)

  • Surface analysis

    Analyze the continuity between different surfaces. (video: 1:11 min.)

  • In-canvas viewport controls

    Change viewport settings, views, visual styles. (video: 2:22 min.)


  • Design feed

    Work on an intranet, Internet, or cloud connection. (video: 2:10 min.)

  • Connected design solutions

    Integrate your desktop, cloud, and mobile workflow. (video: 2:32 min.)

  • TrustedDWG™ technology

    Help ensure the fidelity of your AutoCAD drawings. (video: 2:19 min.)

  • A360 connectivity

    Synchronize your files and custom settings. (video: 1:26 min.)

    Cloud Service
  • Inventor file import

    Import Inventor models. (video: 2:17 min.)

  • Social media sharing

    Use built-in connections for Facebook, Twitter. (video: 1:35 min.)

  • PDF support

    Share and reuse CAD files easily with PDF support. (video: 1:59 min.)

  • AutoCAD 360 app

    Stay connected via the web or your mobile device. (video: 1:16 min.)

  • Materials library

    Select and edit predefined surface materials. (video: 1:31 min.)


  • New

    Sysvar monitor

    Prevent unwanted changes to your system settings. 

  • Exchange Apps

    Customize your software with Exchange Apps. (video: 1:15 min.)

  • Customization and support file sync

    Share and access customization preferences. (video: 2:06 min.)

  • Programming UI for specialized applications

    Take advantage of our flexible development platform.

  • Customizable and expandable ribbon UI

    Customize the user interface to suit your needs.

  • Development support

    Integrate AutoCAD software into your workflow.

Mac highlights

  • Dynamic blocks

    Add flexibility, intelligence to block references. (video: 1:42 min.)

  • Retina display support

    View high-resolution graphics on a Retina display. (video: 1:44 min.)


  • Data links

    Embed a live link in an Excel spreadsheet.

  • Layer state manager

    Save layer settings to share with others.

  • Quick select

    Use the Object Query tool to find what you need.

  • Specialized Mac features

    Use a specialized Mac CAD software interface.

Best value

Desktop Subscription Preferred Plan

Benefits include:
  • Lower up-front cost
  • Access to the latest version
  • Flexible licensing
  • 1-on-1 web support
  • A360 Team
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