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What is the difference between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT?

AutoCAD LT is ideal for 2D design, drafting, and drawing. It contains essential tools for 2D drafting without the complications of 3D modeling.

AutoCAD contains advanced tools for 3D modeling and rendering, customization (API, centralized libraries, sheet sets, add-ins, LISP, VB), parametric modeling (drawing geometry changes when you change the value of a dimension), standards checking, and data extraction.

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What are my options for subscribing to AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT?

You can subscribe to AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT individually. You can also get them bundled with other Autodesk software.

AutoCAD is included in the Product Design Collection and Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection, along with other essential Autodesk software and services at an attractive price.

AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite combines AutoCAD LT together with Inventor LT at a great value. AutoCAD Revit LT Suite provides the 3D BIM tools of Revit LT, plus the 2D drafting tools of AutoCAD LT, in a single, more cost-effective package.

We also offer AutoCAD tailored to your work: AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Mechanical, and AutoCAD MEP.

What is the difference between AutoCAD, Inventor, and Fusion 360?

AutoCAD is desktop-based design, drawing, drafting, and modeling software widely used in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries to create building plans, service and design schematics, and other layouts that can be represented in both 2D and 3D.

Inventor is 3D CAD software for modeling and mechanical design that allows you to associate individual drawings for parts and assemblies for manufacturing specifications into a complete working model that can simulate operation and performance in 3D.

Fusion 360 is cloud-based CAD/CAM/CAE software designed for mechanical engineers that uses freeform modeling to create true 3D simulations for mechanical design, testing, and manufacturing.

Get access to all 3 tools by subscribing to the Product Design Collection.

Can I use AutoCAD on Mac and Windows with a single license?

Yes. You can use the same subscription user name and password to activate your software on either Windows or Mac platforms. The version years must match, and you need to download and install the correct software for your operating system.

How is AutoCAD for Mac different from AutoCAD for Windows?

AutoCAD products for Mac include much of the functionality of the Windows versions but have a look and feel that is familiar to Mac users and a feature set designed for the Mac OS environment.

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Which versions of AutoCAD can I use if I subscribe to the current version?

Your subscription gives you access to install and use the 3 previous versions. Available downloads are listed in your Autodesk Account at after subscribing. See also Available Previous Releases for Subscribers.

Which older version file formats are compatible with AutoCAD 2018?

AutoCAD 2018 uses a new .DWG (drawing file) format, providing improvements in the efficiency of open and save operations. AutoCAD 2018 can open and edit older file format versions 2.x and later, and it can save .DWG formats back to 1998 version (AutoCAD R14).

Which file formats can AutoCAD import from other software?

The AutoCAD 2018 IMPORT command can read the following file formats: 3D Studio (*.3ds), ACIS (*.sat), Autodesk Inventor (*.ipt), (*.iam), CATIA V4 (*.model; *.session; *.exp; *.dlv3), CATIA V5 (*.CATPart; *.CATProduct), DGN (*.dgn), FBX (*.fbx), IGES (*.iges; *.igs), JT (*.ij), Parasolid (*.x_b), Parasolid (*.x_t), PDF (*.pdf), Pro/ENGINEER (*.prt*; *.asm*), Pro/ENGINEER Granite (*.g), Pro/ENGINEER Neutral (*.neu), Rhino (*.3dm), SolidWorks (*.prt; *.sldprt; *.asm; *.sldasm), Metafile (*.wmf), and STEP (*.ste; *.stp; *.step).

Which file formats can AutoCAD export for use by other software?

The AutoCAD 2018 EXPORT command can export drawing files to the following formats for use with other software: 3D DWF (*.dwf), 3D DWFx (*.dwfx), ACIS (*.sat), Bitmap (*.bmp), Block (*.dwg), DXX Extract (*.dxx), Encapsulated PS (*.eps), IGES (*.iges; *.igs), FBX files (*.fbx), Lithography (*.stl), Metafile (*.wmf), V7 DGN (*.dgn), V8 DGN (*.dgn).

Do I need to uninstall previous versions before installing AutoCAD 2018?

You can install different versions of AutoCAD on the same computer, use them side by side simultaneously, and share the same resources such as object libraries.

Your subscription includes access to eligible previous versions, which allows you to install and use more than one version.

Do you have a guide for getting started in AutoCAD?

The AutoCAD Getting Started page helps you learn how to use basic AutoCAD features and provides a wide variety of learning resources. Training and certification resources also are available.

Which Autodesk software do I use to print 3D models?

Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, Inventor, Fusion 360, and the AutoCAD portfolio are all good software packages for 3D printing. Learn more about 3D printing and compatible Autodesk software.

Which Autodesk products are best for designing household items?

Many Autodesk products can be used for designing household items such as furniture, firepits, utensils, or general housewares.

AutoCAD LT is an economical 2D design option.
AutoCAD, Inventor, and Fusion 360 provide 3D design, drafting and prototyping tools.
AutoCAD mobile app provides a cloud-based drawing experience.

Which Autodesk products can I use to design property renovations, landscapes, driveways, etc.?

AutoCAD LT provides a 2D environment to capture existing conditions, propose new designs, and create as-built documentation. AutoCAD extends the same functitonality into a 3D work space.

AutoCAD Civil 3D automates the process even further by providing tools for grading, cut-and-fill, and stationing.

Revit LT software is a simplified 3D BIM tool that helps you produce high-quality 3D architectural designs and documentation in a coordinated, model-based environment.

Which Autodesk product should I use for building estimating and measurements?

For measuring in the field, BIM 360 Glue is a cloud-based tool for BIM management and collaboration. Navisworks tools enable coordination, construction simulation, and whole-project analysis for integrated project review. Navisworks works alongside AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD MEP, and Revit. Use ReCap™ reality capture software to convert reality into a 3D model or 2D drawing that’s ready for further design.

Which Autodesk product do I use to design pipework to ANSI-ASME standards?

AutoCAD® P&ID software helps designers and engineers quickly create and edit piping and instrumentation diagrams with familiar AutoCAD in-context editing tools. AutoCAD Plant 3D design software can be utilized for 3D plant and piping designs to meet a variety of industry standards including AME, ASME, AWWA, and DIN.

Which Autodesk product provides tools for labeling wires and designing IDF closets?

AutoCAD Electrical includes all the functionality of familiar AutoCAD software plus a complete set of electrical design CAD features. AutoCAD MEP helps you draft, design, and document building systems.