Explore the newest features in AutoCAD® 2022 software including industry-specific toolsets, new automations, and seamless connections across devices and Autodesk products.
Automate counting of blocks or geometry with the COUNT command.
Safely review and add feedback directly to a DWG™ without altering the existing drawing.
Send a controlled copy of your drawing to teammates and colleagues to view or edit from anywhere.
Push your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs directly to Autodesk Docs from AutoCAD.
Display drawing windows side by side or on multiple monitors, in the same instance of AutoCAD.
Create, edit, and view CAD drawings with a browser using the AutoCAD web app or AutoCAD mobile app.
Compare past and present versions of a drawing to see the evolution of your work.
Compare two versions of a drawing including external references (xrefs).
View and access your blocks from AutoCAD quickly on desktop or the AutoCAD web app.
Push to Autodesk Docs
Quickly make your CAD drawing sheets accessible for all your Autodesk AEC products without having to move them manually between folders. Push to Autodesk Docs publishes your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs to Autodesk Docs with one button directly from AutoCAD. (video: 1:49 min.)
Create single or multiline text (mtext) as a single text object. Easily format text, columns, and boundaries.
Create dimensions automatically. Pass the cursor over selected objects to see a preview before you create it.
Apply formulas, link to Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, and create tables with data and symbols. Automatically import data to tables using features like Count.
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.
Draw revision clouds around new changes in a drawing to quickly identify your updates.
Save views by name to easily return to a specific view for quick reference or for applying to layout viewports.
Specify the size of your drawing sheet, add a title block, and display multiple views of your model.
Use fields in text objects to display text that can be updated automatically as the field value changes.
Enable simultaneous updates by creating a live link between a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and a table in your drawing.
Extract information from objects, blocks, and attributes, including drawing information.
Add flexibility and intelligence to your block references, including changing the shape, size, or configuration.
Create and modify objects in circular or rectangular patterns, or along a path.
Apply geometric and dimensional constraints to maintain relationships between drawing geometry.
Remove multiple unneeded objects at once with easy selection and object preview.
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.
Apply visual styles to control the display of edges, lighting, and shading of your 3D model.
Create section planes to display cross-sectional views through solids, surfaces, meshes, or regions.
Apply lighting and materials to give your 3D models a realistic appearance and to help communicate your designs.
Render 3D models online without consuming processing power or disk space on your local computer.
Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to use as a starting point for your designs.
Generate 2D drawings including base, projected, section, and detail views from 3D models.
Share and reuse data from PDF files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.
Share and reuse data from DGN files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.
Compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window.
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.
Reduce the amount of time you spend setting up AutoCAD with faster and customizable installations.
The new AutoCAD Start tab lets you easily access files and other helpful content directly from the home screen.
TrustedDWG® technology alerts you to a possible incompatibility when a file was not last saved by Autodesk software.
Customize the user interface to improve accessibility and reduce the number of steps for frequent tasks.
Specify security restrictions for running executables in AutoCAD to help protect against malicious executable code.
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)
Autodesk App Store
Customize your software with Autodesk-approved extensions.
AutoCAD has a flexible subscription model, with new features available with each release and product update. If you have a perpetual license of AutoCAD 2016 or earlier, here’s what’s changed in AutoCAD 2017, AutoCAD 2018, AutoCAD 2019, AutoCAD 2020, AutoCAD 2021, and AutoCAD 2022.
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