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AutoCAD 2023 overview video (1:36 min)

What is AutoCAD

Power your teams’ creativity with automation, collaboration, and machine-learning features of AutoCAD® software. Architects, engineers, and construction professionals use AutoCAD to:

  • Design and annotate 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects
  • Automate tasks such as comparing drawings, counting objects, adding blocks, creating schedules, and more
  • Create a customized workspace to maximize productivity with add-on apps and APIs

Why use AutoCAD?

  • Accelerate your designs in 2D or 3D

    Complete your projects faster with AutoCAD’s automations and customizations.

  • Collaborate across teams and devices

    Share and annotate drawings safely and securely across desktop, web, or mobile devices.

  • Ensure fidelity and compatibility

    Only Autodesk has TrustedDWG® technology to ensure fidelity and compatibility for your DWGs.

Save time with specialized toolsets

These seven studies show an average productivity gain of up to 63% for AutoCAD tasks completed with the help of a specialized toolset.*

  • Up to 61% overall productivity gain

    The Architecture toolset saves you time on floor plans, elevations, and other common architecture design tasks.

  • Up to 55% overall productivity gain

    The Mechanical toolset speeds up a variety of mechanical design tasks such as creating bills of materials.

  • Up to 95% overall productivity gain

    The Electrical toolset helps you to quickly perform common electrical design tasks like numbering and tagging.

  • Up to 85% overall productivity gain

    The MEP toolset brings increased productivity to common MEP design tasks including HVAC, piping, and plumbing.

  • Up to 60% overall productivity gain

    The Map 3D toolset helps save time spent on mapping design tasks like creating and editing coordinate geometry.

  • Up to 74% overall productivity gain

    The Plant 3D toolset improves the efficiency of tasks frequently performed by process plant designers.

  • Up to 48% overall productivity gain

    The Raster Design toolset boosts your productivity when performing tasks such as insert and scale.

Key features of AutoCAD 2023

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  • My Insights

    Complete your projects faster with helpful tips and features from My Insights.

  • Markup Import and Markup Assist

    Import feedback from paper or PDFs and add changes automatically, without altering your existing drawing.

  • Share

    Send a controlled copy of your drawing to teammates and colleagues to view or edit from anywhere.

  • Count

    Automate counting of blocks or geometry with the COUNT command.

  • Floating windows

    Display drawing windows side by side or on multiple monitors, in the same instance of AutoCAD.

  • AutoCAD anytime, anywhere

    Create, edit, and view CAD drawings with a browser using the AutoCAD web app or AutoCAD mobile app.

  • Drawing History

    Compare past and present versions of a drawing to see the evolution of your work.

  • Push to Autodesk Docs

    Push your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs directly to Autodesk Docs from AutoCAD.

  • Blocks palette

    View and access your blocks from AutoCAD quickly on desktop or the AutoCAD web app.

What's new in AutoCAD 2023

New features of AutoCAD 2023

  • Markup Import and Markup Assist

    Rapidly send and incorporate feedback into your designs. Import feedback from printed paper or PDFs and add changes to your drawings automatically, without additional drawing steps.

  • My Insights

    Learn helpful tips and valuable information at the right time and in the right context to help you complete your projects faster.

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  • AutoCAD web APIs

    The AutoCAD LISP API is now available in the AutoCAD web app, exclusively for AutoCAD subscribers. Whether you are on the go, at a job site, or anywhere else, create your own customizations to automate sequences with LISP in the AutoCAD web app.

  • Sheet Set Manager

    Open sheet sets quicker than ever before. Using the Autodesk cloud platform, sending and opening sheet sets to and from teammates is quicker and safer.

  • Count

    Automate the counting of blocks or objects within a selected area or throughout your entire drawing with a menu to identify errors and navigate through your counted objects.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

AutoCAD is computer-aided design (CAD) software that is used for precise 2D and 3D drafting, design, and modeling with solids, surfaces, mesh objects, documentation features, and more. It includes features to automate tasks and increase productivity such as comparing drawings, counting, adding objects, and creating tables. It also comes with seven industry-specific toolsets for electrical design, plant design, architecture layout drawings, mechanical design, 3D mapping, adding scanned images, and converting raster images. AutoCAD enables users to create, edit, and annotate drawings via desktop, web, and mobile devices.

AutoCAD is used by students, architects, designers, engineers, project managers, real estate developers, and construction professionals to create precise 2D and 3D drawings.

AutoCAD LT is powerful 2D CAD software used for precision drafting and documentation. AutoCAD includes all the features of AutoCAD LT, plus additional features to benefit productivity such as 3D modeling and automation of repetitive processes. AutoCAD also lets you customize the user interface with APIs and add-on apps. With AutoCAD, users are able work more efficiently with seven industry-specific toolsets to enhance automation and productivity for tasks in architecture, mechanical design, electrical design, plant design, plumbing, converting raster images, geographic information systems, and 3D mapping.

Your AutoCAD subscription gives you access to install and use the three previoaus versions of AutoCAD. Available downloads are listed in your Autodesk Account after subscribing. See also previous releases available for subscribers.

With a subscription to AutoCAD software, you can install it on up to three computers or other devices. However, only the named user can sign in and use that software on a single computer at any given time. Please refer to the Software License Agreement (US site) for more information.

Launch your trial software and click Subscribe Now on the trial screen or buy AutoCAD here. When buying your subscription, enter the same email address and password combination you used to sign in to your trial. Learn more about converting a trial to a paid subscription.