Features

CAD tools for design and documentation

AutoCAD® design and documentation software offers intelligent tools to speed your work and rich CAD features for more precise drawings. View designs more clearly with Stunning Visual Experience and document in context with Coordination Model.  
 

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    Documentation

  • Enhanced PDFs New

    Produce documents more quickly with smarter, smaller, and more powerful files. All text is searchable, and you can attach PDF files to your drawings for better performance.

  • Smart Dimensioning New

    Automatically create appropriate measurements based on your drawing context. Pass the cursor over selected objects to get a preview of the dimension—before you create it.

  • Revision clouds (enhanced)

    Create revision clouds with more flexibility and modify them with ease. Draw revision bubbles around new changes in a drawing to quickly identify your updates. Whether your revision cloud is rectangular, polygonal, or freehand, it's now easier to edit its size and shape with a grip.

  • Refined interface

    The darker interface not only looks great, but it also reduces eyestrain. It's easier to see fine lines, buttons, and text.

  • Ribbon galleries

    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

    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 A360 project collaboration software.

  • Help window

    The Help window displays tool locations within the interface. An animated arrow points to the tool in the ribbon. This saves you time and keeps you productive.

  • Command preview

    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.

  • 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.

    Design

  • Stunning Visual Experience New

    See the details in your designs more clearly with visual enhancements such as Line Fading. Readability is now enhanced with true curves instead of line segments. Minimize the need to undo an operation by using Command Preview, which lets you see the results of a command before you commit to it. Move and copy large selection sets more easily.

  • Coordination Model New

    Attach and view Navisworks and BIM 360 Glue models directly inside AutoCAD software. Reference the Navisworks model as you design to avoid potential conflicts. Take advantage of Navisworks’ vast file format support to bring models into AutoCAD from other applications.

  • Reality computing (enhanced)

    Orient your work more precisely with the point cloud. Maneuver between horizontal and vertical planes more quickly with Dynamic UCS. Snap to edges, intersections, corners, and centerlines to quickly create geometry using point cloud object snaps.

  • Online maps

    Access online maps (formerly live maps) directly inside the canvas. Capture online maps as static images and print them with your design overlaid, or create PDFs that include the geolocation map.

  • 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 and add smooth surfaces. Solid, mesh, and surface modeling give you flexibility and control when designing in 3D. The 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

    Use new viewport controls to change viewport settings, views, and visual styles directly on the viewport canvas.

    Connectivity

  • Design feed

    Use the design feed on an intranet, Internet, or cloud connection. The design and the conversation happen in the same place, but when it's time to send your final drawing, you have a choice. You can keep the comments intact, or strip them using built-in tools in the eTransmit and File Save workflows.

  • 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: It 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 software.

  • 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 CAD files easily with PDF support within AutoCAD software.

  • AutoCAD 360 app

    Stay connected to your designs with the AutoCAD 360 web and mobile app for AutoCAD software.

  • Materials library

    AutoCAD software includes hundreds of visually rich, predefined surface materials. Select and edit them with the Materials Browser and Editor.

    Customization

  • Sysvar monitor New

    Prevent unwanted changes to your system settings. This feature alerts you to changes to your preferences that could affect your drafting work.

  • 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.

  • Customization and support file sync

    Easily share your AutoCAD customization preferences and support files, and access them on multiple machines. 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Data links

    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

    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 box to create and manage sets of layer settings.

  • Quick select

    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.

  • Specialized Mac features

    Discover exclusive Mac features like multitouch gestures, coverflow navigation, and an elegant Mac interface.

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