AutoCAD including specialised toolsets

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Work faster with specialised toolsets

AutoCAD now includes industry-specific features and intelligent objects for architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical design, and more.

  • Automate floor plans, sections, and elevations
  • Draw piping, ducting, and circuiting quickly with parts libraries
  • Auto-generate annotations, layers, schedules, lists, and tables
  • Use a rules-driven workflow to accurately enforce industry standards

 

Architecture

  • 8,000+ intelligent architectural objects and styles specifically for architects.
  • Automate floorplans, sections, and elevations.
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Electrical

  • 65,000+ intelligent electrical symbols for electrical controls systems.
  • Boost productivity and quickly design panel layouts and schematic diagrams.
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Mechanical

  • 700,000+ intelligent manufacturing parts, features and symbols.
  • Automate generating machine components and creating bills of material.
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Plant 3D

  • Produce P&IDs & integrate into a 3D plant design model
  • Quickly create schematic diagrams, plant layouts, and other drawings with our 3D plant toolset
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Map 3D

  • Incorporate GIS and CAD data to support planning, design & data management.
  • Access spatial data stored in files, databases & web services.
  • Easily manage GIS data.
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MEP 

  • 10,500+ intelligent mechanical, electrical, and plumbing objects.
  • Design ductwork, electrical conduit, and circuiting for HVAC, plumbing, and electrical.
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Raster Design

  • Edit scanned drawings and convert raster images into DWG objects.
  • Edit, clean up and transform images, manipulate raster entities, and create vector shapes.
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Features

Top features

  • 2023 – Markup Import & Markup Assist: Automatically import feedback and incorporate collaborative changes to your drawings withoutadditional drawing steps
  • 2023 – My Insights: A frictionless guide to provide valuable tips and new features to help you work faster and in the right context.
  • 2023 – AutoCAD Web API’s: Automate steps in your AutoCAD web app workflow, exclusively for AutoCAD subscribers.
  • 2023 – Sheet Set Manager: Open and send sheet sets quicker and safer than ever before using the Autodesk cloud platform.
  • 2023 – Share: Send a controlled copy of your drawings to teammates to securely access wherever they are.
  • 2023 – Count: Automate the counting of blocks or geometry and reduce errors. Export your data to a dynamic table.
  • Trace: Safely review and add feedback directly to a DWG file without altering the existing drawing.
  • Push to Autodesk Docs: Publish your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs directly from AutoCAD to Autodesk Docs.
  • Start tab: The new AutoCAD start tab allows you to easily access files and other helpful content directly from the home screen..
  • Simplified Installation: Reduce the amount of time setting up your software with faster and customizable installations.
  • Drawing History: See changes made to your drawing over time and get automatic insights about previous versions.
  • Blocks palette: Insert blocks efficiently from the Libraries tab on desktop or in the AutoCAD web app.
  • Quick measure: Quickly display all nearby measurements including areas and perimeters in a drawing.
  • DWG™ compare: Compare differences between two drawing revisions without leaving your current window.
  • Save to web and mobile: Save drawings and their associated Xrefs from your desktop to view and edit in the AutoCAD web and mobile apps.
  • PDF import: Import geometry (SHX font files, fills, raster images, and TrueType text) into a drawing from a PDF.
  • Shared views: Publish design views of your drawing in a web browser for viewing and commenting.*
  • Attach/extract point cloud data: Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies.
  • AutoCAD anytime, anywhere: Access AutoCAD from your desktop, web, and mobile devices.

Extended workflows

  • AutoCAD web app – Create, edit and view CAD drawings from any device through the browser.
  • AutoCAD mobile app – Create, edit and view CAD drawings on your mobile device.
  • Save to web and mobile – Save drawings from your desktop to view and edit on the AutoCAD web and mobile apps, Xrefs included.
  • Shared views – Publish design views of your drawing in a web browser for viewing and commenting.

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 & symbols in rows & 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 visualisation

  • 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 customisation

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
Processor:
Basic
• 2.5-2.9 GHz processor (base) ARM Processors are not supported.
Recommended
• 3+ GHz processor (base), 4+ GHz (turbo)
Hardware:
Memory
Basic
• 8 GB
Recommended
• 16 GB
Display resolution:
Conventional Displays:
1920 x 1080 with True Color
High Resolution & 4K Displays:
Resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 (with capable display card)
Hardware (continued):
Disk space
10 GB (suggested SSD)
*Electrical: 20 GB
*Architecture: 20 GB
*MEP: 21 GB
*Mechanical: 12 GB
*Map 3D: 20 GB
*Plant 3D: 12 GB
Pointing device:
MS-Mouse compliant
Multiple processors:
Supported by the application
Display card:
Basic
• 1 GB GPU with 29 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX11 compliant
Recommended
• 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX12 compliant
DirectX 12 with Feature Level 12_0 is required for Shaded(Fast) and Shaded with edges(Fast) visual styles
Plotter/Printer:
Continued system printer and AutoCAD HDI support
Compiler:
Visual Studio 2019 Pro 16.11.5
Locking/License management:
FLEXnet & Autodesk Licensing Service will be used for Named User and Flex
Side-by-side install:
Supported

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Autodesk Licensing Options

  • Named User: For individuals or small to medium businesses requiring a specific number of users.
  • Students & educators: Prepare the next generation of architects, engineers and digital artists.

 

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The right tools to speed work

Access industry-specific features that help you be more efficient than ever before. Recent studies showed an average productivity gain of up to 63% for AutoCAD tasks completed with the help of a specialised toolset.*

  • Access libraries of over 750,000 symbols, parts, and detail components.
  • Automate the creation of annotations, layers, and properties.
  • Easily create details and views from 3D models, and quickly generate schedules, lists, and tables

* As compared to basic AutoCAD. Study was designed by Autodesk and commissioned to an outside consultant. Your results may differ. Autodesk provides this information “as is”, without warranty of any kind.

Get AutoCAD wherever you go

Stay connected to your CAD drawings at job sites, at home, and in clients’ offices with the AutoCAD web and mobile apps, included with an AutoCAD subscription.

  • AutoCAD web app: Access the latest drawings from anywhere without having AutoCAD installed on your computer. View, edit, create, and share CAD drawings in a simplified web interface that runs in your web browser. Connects to Autodesk Drive, Autodesk Docs and other cloud storage. Sign in with your Autodesk ID at web.autocad.com
  • AutoCAD mobile app:Take the power of AutoCAD with you anytime, anywhere. With easy-to-use tools on your smartphone or tablet, take measurements on-site and edit CAD drawings during client meetings – even offline. Download the AutoCAD mobile app from your app store.
  • Collaborate with ease: Communicate faster and make changes in real time with the AutoCAD web and mobile apps. Share a controlled copy of your drawing with teammates and safely review and markup colleagues’ CAD drawings directly in AutoCAD.
  • Continuous connectivity: Connect to your drawings wherever you are. View, edit, and save DWG files stored in the cloud directly with AutoCAD. Access files stored in Autodesk’s cloud, as well as leading cloud storage providers Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box.

Get new features & enhancements

Markup Import and Assist 

Import feedback and incorporate changes to your drawings automatically when collaborating with teammates and reviewers, reducing additional drawing steps.

My Insights 

My Insights is a frictionless guide to provide valuable tips and new features to help you work faster at the right time and in the right context.

AutoCAD web API’s

The AutoCAD LISP API to automate steps in your workflow is now available in the AutoCAD web app, available only for AutoCAD subscribers.

Sheet Set Manager

The Sheet Set Manager now enables you to open sheet sets quicker than ever before. Using the Autodesk cloud platform, sending and opening sheet sets to and from teammates is quicker and safer.

Trace

Enhance collaboration and streamline the review process. Safely review and provide feedback on a drawing in AutoCAD without altering the existing drawing. Works across desktop, web, and mobile.

Share

Send controlled copies of your drawings to your team and colleagues, establishing access for those who need only to view and those who need to edit. Save time sharing your drawings with AutoCAD.

Count

Automate counting tasks and reduce errors. Counting can be done by layer, mirror state, or scale. Counts easily update and can be exported into a dynamic table.

Push to Autodesk Docs

Improve productivity & reduce steps by publishing CAD drawing sheets as PDFs from AutoCAD to Autodesk Docs. Plus, you can access DWG files in Autodesk Docs anywhere with AutoCAD web app.

Floating windows

View and edit two drawings at the same time in fully functional windows side by side, or on multiple monitors. No need to open another instance of AutoCAD.

Redesigned Start Tab

The new AutoCAD start tab allows you to easily access files and other helpful content all in one place.

Customisable installation

Reduce the amount of time setting up your software with faster and customisable installations. You can even work in AutoCAD while it’s being installed.

Performance enhancements

Experience faster performance including when plotting and for 3D graphics.

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