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AutoCAD Key Features

AutoCAD® software is a available on both Windows and Mac. It comes in two main versions, AutoCAD® and AutoCAD® LT. AutoCAD is the premium high-end solution for 2D and 3D CAD design, and AutoCAD® LT is the entry level solution for handling 2D design. Browse the key features below.
INTERFACE
2D DESIGN
3D DESIGN
SHARING
TECHNOLOGY
FEATURE DESCRIPTION
AUTOCAD WIN
LT WIN
AUTOCAD MAC
LT MAC

AUTOCAD RIBBON

Group, customise, sort and access your favourite tools using the inbuilt AutoCAD ribbon.

TOOL PALETTES

Speed up your workflows by accessing all your commonly used content and tools with palettes.

COMMAND LINE

Shortcut and save time using quick keystrokes, entered directly at the command line.

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL GRIPS

Manage, move and reshape geometry with AutoCAD grip editing.

OBJECT AND LAYER TRANSPARENCY

Easily control the transparency of objects on a per object basis, or for the entire layer.

DYNAMIC BLOCKS

Change the size, shape and configuration or block references to add flexibility and intelligence to your workflows.

ASSOCIATIVE ARRAYS

Modify objects according to rectangular, circular or even path based patterns.

OBJECT SELECTION AND ISOLATION

Hide or show objects. Locate all objects that match particular properties.

MULTI-VIEW SPLIT SCREEN

Split your screen to work on multiple projects at the same time. Particularly effective for those with two monitors.

COVERFLOW NAVIGATION

Flip through drawing snapshots using a convenient 3D interface.

TOOL SETS PALETTES

Unique to the Mac environment, this function provides easy access to common AutoCAD commands.
FEATURE DESCRIPTION
AUTOCAD WIN
LT WIN
AUTOCAD MAC
LT MAC

TEXT

Manage text objects with ease. Format text columns, boundaries, create single or multi-line text objects.

DIMENSIONS

Automatically create object dimensions and get an instant preview just by hovering over the object.

LEADERS

Create leaders containing flexible and varied content. Format leaders lines and create original styles.

CENTRELINES AND CENTRE MARKS

Easily create and edit centrelines and marks which automatically adapt when you move them.

TABLES AND MICROSOFT EXCEL

Create data driven tables, edit and apply formulas. Link to Microsoft Excel for expanded interactivity.

REVISION CLOUDS

Draw revision clouds to quickly and easily identify your changes.

LAYOUTS

Manage the meta aspects of your document, including size, title block and multiple model views.

VIEWPORTS

Viewports enable you to display various elements of your design at different scales.

FIELDS

Incorporate dynamically changing fields that update as properties change.

DATA LINKING

Create a live real-time link between your document and Microsoft Excel, therefore enabling live data updates.

DATA EXTRACTION

Extract and collate object information for analysis.

PARAMETRIC CONSTRAINTS

Apply geometric constraints between objects to maintain proportional relationships as properties change.

EXPRESS TOOLS

Bonus productivity tools to extend and enhance AutoCAD.
FEATURE DESCRIPTION
AUTOCAD WIN
LT WIN
AUTOCAD MAC
LT MAC

SOLID, SURFACE AND MESH MODELLING

Combine surface, mesh and solid modelling tools to build your own unique designs.

3D NAVIGATION

AutoCAD 3D viewing tools allow you to orbit, fly, swivel and walk around a 3D model to showcase the design. Note some features are limited on Mac.

VISUAL STYLES

Apply your own visual styles to your 3D design including lighting and shading.

SECTION PLANES

Cross-sectional views through solids, surfaces, meshes, or regions.

PHOTO REALISTIC RENDERING

Apply lighting and materials to give your 3D models a realistic appearance. On a Mac, Materials editing and off-line rendering are not available.

3D SCANNING AND POINTCLOUDS

Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to create 3D representations. On a Mac, Materials editing and off-line rendering are not available.

BASE, PROJECTED, SECTION AND DETAIL VIEWS

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

3D PRINT STUDIO

Print Studio provides the tools needed to prepare models for supported 3D printers and materials..
FEATURE DESCRIPTION
AUTOCAD WIN
LT WIN
AUTOCAD MAC
LT MAC

PDF IMPORT / EXPORT / UNDERLAY

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

DWG IMAGE REFERENCES

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

SET SHEET MANAGER

View, access, manage and plot multiple drawings as sheet sets. On a Mac, Project Manager is the functional equivalent of Sheet Set Manager.

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.

GEOLOCATION CO-ORDINATE AND MAPS

Insert geographic location information into a drawing and display a map in the drawing from an on-line map service.

SHARE DESIGN VIEW

Publish design views of your drawing to a secure location for viewing and sharing in a web browser.

AUTOCAD MOBILE APP

View, create, edit and share CAD drawings on your mobile device with the AutoCAD mobile app. Available on iOS and Android.
FEATURE DESCRIPTION
AUTOCAD WIN
LT WIN
AUTOCAD MAC
LT MAC

TRUSTEDDWG™ TECHNOLOGY

TrustedDWG™ technology notifies you of potential incompatibility when a DWG file was not last saved by an Autodesk software.

HI-RES MONITOR SUPPORT

4K and higher resolution displays are supported. Includes Mac Retina.

MIGRATION TOOL

Migrate your custom settings and files from preceding releases.

CUI CUSTOMISATION

Customise 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. On a Mac, command line version is available.

ACTION RECORDER

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

SYSVAR MONITOR

Monitor current system variables against a preferred list of values.

TOOLS FOR MANAGING CAD STANDARDS

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

APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE

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

AUTODESK APP STORE

Customise your software with Autodesk-approved extensions from the Autodesk App Store. Note: only apps that specify Mac compatibility are supported on a Mac.

AUTODESK DESKTOP APP

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