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Features

Working smarter is easier with AutoCAD 2021

AutoCAD® 2021 software includes industry-specific toolsets; improved workflows across desktop, web, and mobile; and new features such as drawing history.

  • New

    Drawing history

    Compare past and present versions of a drawing and see the evolution of your work. (video: 2:16 min.)

  • New

    Xref compare

    See the changes made to your current drawing from changed external references (Xrefs). (video: 2:05 min.)

  • Enhanced

    Blocks palette

    View and access your blocks content from AutoCAD on desktop or within the AutoCAD web app. (video: 1:49 min.)

  • Enhanced

    Performance enhancements

    Experience faster save and install times. Leverage multicore processors for smoother orbit, pan, and zoom operations.

  • AutoCAD on any device

    View, edit, and create drawings in AutoCAD on virtually any device–desktop, web, or mobile.

  • Cloud storage connectivity

    Access any DWG™ file in AutoCAD with Autodesk’s cloud, as well as with leading cloud storage providers.

  • Quick measure

    Display all nearby measurements in a drawing simply by hovering your mouse. (video: 37 sec.)

  • Enhanced DWG compare

    Compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window. (video 1:05 min.)

  • Purge redesign

    Remove multiple unneeded objects at once with easy selection and object preview. (video: 1:11 min.)

More features

Extended workflows

  • AutoCAD anytime, anywhere

    Create, edit, and view CAD drawings through the browser using the AutoCAD web app or through the AutoCAD mobile app. (video: 59 sec.)

  • Save to web and mobile

    Save drawings from your desktop to view and edit on the AutoCAD web and mobile apps, Xrefs included. (video: 2:13 min.)

  • Shared views

    Publish design views of your drawing in a web browser for viewing and commenting. (video: 1:07 min.)

2D drafting, drawing, and annotation

  • Text settings

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

  • Dimensions

    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.

  • 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.

  • Views

    Save views by name to easily return to a specific view for quick reference or for applying to layout viewports.

  • Layouts

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

  • 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.

  • Dynamic blocks

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

  • Arrays

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

  • 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.

  • Rendering

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

  • Cloud rendering

    Render 3D models online without consuming processing power or disk space on your local computer.

  • Point clouds

    Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to use as a starting point for your designs.

  • Model documentation

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

Collaboration

  • PDF files

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

  • DGN Files

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

  • DWG and image references

    Attach DWG or image files to your current drawing as externally referenced files.

  • Sheet sets

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

  • Model references and import

    Attach Navisworks models as underlays to your drawings, and import models from other applications.

  • 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 alerts you to a possible incompatibility when a file was not last saved by Autodesk software.

  • 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.

  • System variable monitor

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

  • CAD standards checker

    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.

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