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Features

What’s new in AutoCAD 2018

AutoCAD® 2018 software includes enhancements and new features such as external reference path repair and recognition of SHX font files.

  • Enhanced

    PDF import

    Import geometry, including SHX font files, fills, raster images, and TrueType text into a drawing from a PDF. (video: 2:45 min.)

  • Enhanced

    External file references

    Save time and minimize frustration with tools to fix broken paths for externally referenced files. (video: 4:43 min.)

  • Enhanced

    Object selection

    Selected objects stay in the selection set, even if you pan or zoom off screen. (video: 1:20 min.)

  • Enhanced

    Text to Mtext

    Convert combinations of text and Mtext objects to a single Mtext object. (video: 1:54 min.)

  • Enhanced

    User interface

    Work intuitively with common dialog boxes and toolbars. (video: 2:32 min.)

  • Enhanced

    Share design views

    Publishes design views of your drawing to a secure location for viewing and sharing in a web browser. (video: 1:38 min.)

  • New

    High-resolution monitor support

    Enjoy the best possible viewing experience ever, even on 4K and higher resolution displays. (video: 2:39 min.)

  • AutoCAD mobile app

    View, create, edit, and share CAD drawings on your mobile device with the AutoCAD mobile app. (video: 2:02 min.)

More features

User interaction

  • Ribbon tabs and panels

    Access your favorite tools easily when you need them with the AutoCAD ribbon. 

  • Tool palettes

    Easily access your most frequently used content and tools with customizable tool palettes.

  • Command line

    Launch commands and respond to prompts quickly using simple keystrokes, right at the command line.

  • Multifunctional grips

    Easily reshape, move, or manipulate geometry with grip editing.

  • Object and layer transparency

    Control the transparency for selected objects or for all objects on a layer.

  • Dynamic blocks

    Add flexibility and intelligence to your block references, including changing the shape, size, or configuration.

  • Associative arrays

    Create and modify objects in circular or rectangular patterns, or along a path.

  • Object selection and isolation

    Find and select all objects that match the properties of an object. Hide or unhide the selected objects.

2D drafting, drawing, and annotation

  • Text settings

    Create single or multiline text (mtext) as a single text object. Format the text, columns, and boundaries.

  • Smart dimensioning

    Create dimensions automatically. Pass the cursor over selected objects to get a preview before you create it.

  • Leaders

    Create leaders with a variety of content, including text or blocks. Easily format leader lines, and define styles. 

  • Smart centerlines and center marks

    Create and edit centerlines and center marks that automatically move when you move the associated objects.

  • Tables

    Create tables with data and symbols in rows and columns, apply formulas, and link to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

  • Revision clouds

    Draw revision clouds around new changes in a drawing to quickly identify your updates.

  • Layouts

    Specify the size of your drawing sheet, add a title block, and display multiple views of your model.

  • Layout viewports

    Create layout viewports to display different elements of your design at varying scales.

  • Fields

    Use fields in text objects to display text that can be updated automatically as the field value changes. 

  • Data linking

    Enable simultaneous updates by creating a live link between a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and a table in your drawing. 

  • Data extraction

    Extract information from objects, blocks, and attributes, including drawing information.

  • Parametric constraints

    Apply geometric and dimensional constraints to maintain relationships between drawing geometry.

  • Express tools

    Extend the power of AutoCAD with a collection of productivity tools.

3D modeling and visualization

  • Solid, surface, and mesh modeling

    Create realistic 3D models of your design using a combination of solid, surface, and mesh modeling tools.

  • 3D navigation (orbit, ViewCube, wheel)

    Use 3D viewing and navigation tools to orbit, swivel, walk, and fly around a 3D model to showcase your design.

  • Visual styles

    Apply visual styles to control the display of edges, lighting, and shading of your 3D model.

  • Section planes

    Create section planes to display cross-sectional views through solids, surfaces, meshes, or regions.

  • Photorealistic rendering

    Apply lighting and materials to give your 3D models a realistic appearance and to help communicate your designs.

  • 3D scanning and point clouds

    Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to create 3D representations.

  • Base, projected, and section views

    Generate 2D drawings including base, projected, section, and detail views from 3D models.

  • Print Studio

    Print Studio provides the tools needed to prepare models for supported 3D printers and materials.

Collaboration

  • PDF and DGN import/export/underlay

    Share and reuse data from PDF and DGN files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.

  • DWG and image references

    Attach drawings and images to your current drawing as externally referenced files.

  • Sheet set manager

    View, access, manage, and plot multiple drawings as sheet sets.

  • Reference Navisworks models

    Attach and view Navisworks models as underlays to your AutoCAD drawings. 

  • Import 3D models

    Import maps, parts, and assemblies from applications including CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, and others.

  • Geographic location and online maps

    Insert geographic location information into a drawing, and display a map in the drawing from an online map service.

Installation and customization

  • TrustedDWG technology

    TrustedDWG™ technology lets you know of a possible incompatibility when a file was not last saved by an Autodesk software.

  • Migration tool

    Migrate your custom settings and files from previous releases.

  • CUI customization

    Customize the user interface to improve accessibility and reduce the number of steps for frequent tasks.

  • Secure load

    Specify security restrictions for running executables in AutoCAD to help protect against malicious executable code.

  • Action recorder

    Record commands and input values that can be played back as an action macro.

  • Multi-user (network) license sharing

    Pool licenses on a server to reduce costs when not all licenses are in use at the same time.

  • Sysvar monitor

    Monitor current system variables against a preferred list of values. Notification balloons alert you of deviations. 

  • Tools for managing CAD standards

    Define and monitor CAD standards to maintain consistent styles for layers, linetypes, text, and dimensions.

  • Application Programming Interface (API)

    Control drawings and databases with ActiveX, VBS, AutoLisp, Visual LISP, ObjectARX, JavaScript, and .NET.

  • Autodesk App Store

    Customize your software with Autodesk-approved extensions from the Autodesk App Store.

  • Autodesk desktop app

    Get alerts and install software updates without disrupting your workflow. View tutorials about new features.