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AutoCAD features for design and documentation

AutoCAD® software features include an updated modern interface that improves the design process and productivity enhancements that help speed your workflow. Quickly open new and existing drawings with the New Tab page, access drawing content directly from the ribbon, and find tools with a more powerful Help window.  

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    Documentation

  • Refined interface New

    The new interface has an updated look and feel that helps improve the design process. The darker interface is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also reduces eyestrain by making fine lines, buttons, and text easier to see.

  • Ribbon galleries New

    Visually access drawing content directly from the ribbon, saving time and clicks. The Ribbon gallery offers a fast and intuitive workflow. For example, suppose you want to add a block to your design. Using the Ribbon gallery, hover over the ribbon for a block insertion. The Block gallery will display thumbnails of all the blocks. You can insert your selection right away, without having to use a dialog box.

  • New Tab page New

    Get started on your design immediately with the New Tab page. Quickly open new and existing drawings and access a large selection of design elements. Open templates, updates from design feed, or design data residing on the A360 cloud application.

  • Command preview New

    Preview the outcomes of frequently used commands before you commit to them. Command preview helps you reduce the number of Undo commands you make by letting you evaluate the potential changes of commands such as Offset, Fillet, and Trim.

  • Help window (enhanced)

    The Help window now displays tool locations within the interface. An animated arrow points to the tool in the ribbon, saving you time and keeping you productive.

  • Professional documentation tools

    Capture the precise details of your design with AutoCAD documentation tools. Import models from a wide variety of other formats and automatically generate intelligent CAD documentation.

  • Intelligent command line

    The command line interface includes AutoCorrect, Adaptive Suggestions, and Synonym Suggestions. AutoCorrect spellchecks your input and offers suggestions from a synonym list, so you never have to see the Command Not Found message. AutoComplete supports mid-string search.

  • Section and Detail views

    Easily access tools for creating Section and Detail views. Choose from common section methods including full, half, offset, and aligned.

  • Associative array functionality

    Establish and maintain a set of relationships between arrayed objects, such as windows on a building or trusses on a bridge. After you select the objects you want to array, you can dynamically preview the array while you modify its properties.

    Design

  • Online maps (enhanced)

    Access online maps—formerly live maps—directly inside the canvas. Now you can capture online maps as static images and print them with your design overlaid, or create PDFs that include the geolocation map.

  • Reality computing (enhanced)

    Reality computing lets you work with point cloud data directly in AutoCAD. The point cloud now behaves like any other design element inside AutoCAD, with the same flexibility and control. Enhanced point cloud functionality includes geolocation and the capability to display colors by elevation.

  • Surface Curve Extraction tool

    Extract isoline curves through a specified point on a surface or face of a solid to determine the contour lines of any shape. The tool displays a preview of the resulting spline before you pick the point. You can specify the direction of the isolines, either in the U or V direction.

  • Context-sensitive PressPull tool

    Extrude and offset curves, creating surfaces and solids. Use the Multiple option to select multiple objects within a single PressPull operation. You are no longer limited to clicking inside a bounded area: Now you can select 2D and 3D curves for a quick and easy PressPull operation.

  • 3D free-form design tools

    Generate design ideas in almost any form imaginable with AutoCAD design features. Push/pull faces, edges, and vertices to model complex shapes, add smooth surfaces, and more. Solid, mesh, and surface modeling give you flexibility and control when designing in 3D. The new navigation bar includes frequently used tools such as steering wheels, view cube, and show motion, as well as pan, zoom, and orbit.

  • Surface analysis

    Analyze the continuity, curvature, and draft of 3D solids and surfaces. The Zebra analysis projects stripes onto a 3D model to analyze surface continuity. The stripes display continuously only across tangent surfaces.

  • In-canvas viewport controls

    New viewport controls enable you to change viewport settings, views, and visual styles directly on the viewport canvas.

  • 3D associative array

    Define arrayed objects when designing in 3D. Rectangular, polar, and path associative arrays enable you to arrange selected objects in 3D space. 

  • Editable UCS icon

    Select the UCS icon and use the multi-functional grips to change the UCS. You can move the origin and rotate it around the X, Y, or Z axis. Because the UCS icon lets you directly manipulate the UCS, you can align the icon with objects more easily—without having to access the UCS command.

    Connectivity

  • Design feed (enhanced)

    Now you can use design feed on an intranet, as well as on an Internet or cloud connection. With design feed, the design and the conversation happen in the same place. When it’s time to send your final drawing, you can choose whether the conversation should go along with it. Built-in tools in both eTransmit and File Save workflows can strip the comments, if you like.

  • Connected design solutions

    Integrate your AutoCAD workflow across connected desktop, cloud, and mobile solutions. Open and edit AutoCAD designs in AutoCAD LT drafting software. View, create, edit, and share AutoCAD drawings on a mobile device or web browser via the AutoCAD 360 mobile and web app. AutoCAD 360 supports iOS and Android devices and works with any Internet-connected computer.

  • TrustedDWG™ technology

    Confidently share CAD files with TrustedDWG technology, which helps ensure that all the elements in your drawings, and the relationship between those elements, are maintained. All AutoCAD products use this technology to store and share design and documentation files.

  • Cloud Service

    A360 connectivity

    Use Autodesk cloud-based services to synchronize your files and custom settings. Sync drawings with your online account directly from within AutoCAD.

  • Inventor file import

    Save time by importing models from Inventor 3D CAD software directly into the AutoCAD model space environment.

  • Social media sharing

    Share media using built-in connections for Facebook and Twitter.

  • PDF support

    Share and reuse designs easily with PDF support within AutoCAD software.

  • AutoCAD 360 app

    The AutoCAD 360 web and mobile app for AutoCAD software keeps you connected to your designs over the web or from your mobile device.

  • Materials library

    AutoCAD includes hundreds of visually rich, predefined surface materials that you can select and edit using the Materials Browser and Editor.

    Customization

  • Exchange Apps

    Customize your software with Exchange Apps, which are Autodesk-approved extensions. The Exchange Apps marketplace includes general productivity tools, drawing content, and applications for specific disciplines. All apps have been extensively tested and are easy to download and install.

  • Windows 8 support

    AutoCAD 2015 supports Windows 8, as well as Windows 7.

  • Customization and support file sync

    Easily share your AutoCAD customization preferences and support files, and access them as you move from one machine to the next. Control the type of information you want to sync, including option settings, customization files, printer support files, custom hatch patterns, tool palettes, and drawing template files. Sync custom fonts, shapes, and linetypes; they will become available the next time you start AutoCAD.

  • Programming UI for specialized applications

    Use our flexible development platform to customize your CAD software.

  • Customizable and expandable ribbon UI

    Customize and expand the user interface to suit your needs and meet your company’s standards.

  • Development support

    Autodesk Developer Network training and support helps you integrate your AutoCAD plug-in or the latest release of AutoCAD software into your workflow. 

    Mac highlights

  • Dynamic blocks New

    Add flexibility and intelligence to your block references. You can now insert a block that can change shape, size, or configuration instead of having to insert numerous static blocks. For example, instead of creating multiple interior door blocks of different sizes, you can now create one resizable door block.

  • Data links New

    Create a live link between an Excel spreadsheet and an AutoCAD table in your drawing. Whether you update the spreadsheet from an external file or from the table, the data link feature updates both sources simultaneously.

  • Layer state manager New

    Save your layer settings as layer states, and share them with others. Layer states can save information like color or linetype, including whether a layer is turned off, frozen, or locked. Use the Layer State Manager dialog to create and manage sets of layer settings.

  • Quick select New

    Find what you need in your drawing with the Object Query tool. Create a selection set based on your filtering criteria, including object type and property parameters. For example, you can select all the multiline text objects in a drawing that use a specified text style.

  • Retina display support

    AutoCAD 2015 for Mac software fully supports the Retina display’s high-resolution graphics capabilities. Look for high-definition graphics throughout the user interface, from toolbars and icons to in-canvas line rendering.

  • Specialized Mac features

    Discover exclusive Mac features like multi-touch gestures, coverflow navigation, and an elegant Mac interface.