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AutoCAD vs. AutoCAD for Mac

Compare the features of AutoCAD and AutoCAD for Mac, both included when you subscribe to AutoCAD. Learn about the differences between AutoCAD for Windows and Mac platforms.

  • Design every detail with 2D and 3D CAD software. Now includes access to industry-specific toolsets and improved workflows across desktop, web, and mobile.

    Use for:

    • 2D drafting, drawings, and documentation
    • 3D modeling and visualization

    What it does:

    • Create and edit 2D geometry.
    • Create and edit 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects.
    • Annotate drawings with text, dimensions, leaders, and tables.
    • Customize the ribbon and tool palettes.
    • Customize with add-on apps and APIs.
    • Extract object data to tables.
    • Attach and import data from PDF files. 
    • Share and use data from DGN files, Navisworks, and Bing Maps.
    • Apply and monitor CAD standards.
    • Access specialized toolsets for architecture, mechanical design, electrical design, and more.

    Licensing:

    • Single-user
    • Multi-user (network)
  • AutoCAD for Mac—included when you subscribe to AutoCAD—has the most popular functionality of the Windows version, but offers a look and feel that is familiar to Mac users and a feature set most appropriate for the OS X environment.

    Use for:

    • 2D drafting, drawings, and documentation
    • 3D modeling and visualization

    What it does:

    • Create and edit 2D geometry.
    • Create and edit 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects.
    • Annotate drawings with text, dimensions, leaders, and tables.
    • Customize the ribbon and tool palettes.
    • Customize with add-on apps and APIs.
    • Attach and import data from PDF files.

    Specialized Mac features include:

    • Coverflow navigation
    • Multitouch gestures
    • Multiview split screen
    • Touch bar support

    Licensing:

    • Single-user
    • Multi-user (network)

    Included with AutoCAD subscription